T-Mobile is cutting the price of its smartphone plans. Its mid-tier plan–which includes unlimited phone calls, text messages, and data is dropping by $20 to $59.99 a month. In comparison, Sprint’s comparable plan–which includes unlimited data, text, and calls to other cell phones–costs $69.99 a month.
T-Mobile is also dropping overage fees on its data plans. While technically capped for high-speed data, the plans are “unlimited” in the sense that you’ll then only be dropped to a slower speed. The pricing on the plans is also very competitive.
- 200 MB for $15 USD/month
- 2 GB for $20 USD/month
- 5 GB per month allowance for $30 USD/month
- 10 GB allowance for $60 USD/month
T-Mobile and HTC also announced an Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) upgrade for their myTouch 4G ($129). “Our goal is to get the next 100 million Americans on smartphones,” said John Clelland, senior vice president of marketing for T-Mobile. “We really do think it’s a key that unlocks the next wave of growth.”
T-Mobile gangs two 5MHz HSPA channels together for double the speed of AT&T’s similar HSPA service. Both AT&T and T-Mobile call their HSPA+ service “4G”, although most industry observers say only LTE and WiMAX have the proper juice to be called “4G”.
T-Mobile’s “unlimited” plan is second only to Sprint, which offers fully unlimited high-speed data. The new plans come after Verizon Wireless made the switch to a tiered data plan model, something rival AT&T did last year. Verizon Wireless’ lowest-end plan costs $30 and has its cap at 2 gigabytes.
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