T-Mobile: New Tablets, BobSled and Prepaid Data Plans

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T-Mobile announced today their Galaxy S II is available now for $229 with a new two-year contract (and after a $50 mail-in rebate). T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chip — a notable change from the Sprint’s Galaxy S II and Samsung Exynos 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

Like AT&T’s Galaxy S II, T-Mobile’s model offers support for Near Field Communication and a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen. T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II runs Android 2.3.5, the latest version of Google’s Gingerbread, a small increment from the 2.3.4 release used on the Sprint and AT&T models.

T-Mobile USA also unveiled two new Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) tablets, the T-MobileĀ® SpringBoard, a 7 incher made by Huawei, their first Honeycomb tablet for the U.S. It’s powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core mobile processor and bundled with Netflix and Blockbuster. The 2nd tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, one of the thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablets on the market, with a 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor.

On the opposite end, Wal-Mart and T-Mobile USA said this week that they will jointly offer a new no-contract $30 plan that includes unlimited Internet access, text messages, and 100 minutes for phone calls.

The plan has no overage charges, but a customer will see their connection speed drop significantly once they hit 5GB/month. The 5GB threshold is much higher than the 2GB benchmark other carriers have set. After customers exceed their allotment of voice minutes, the charge is 10 cents a minute.

The new prepaid plan will be available in Wal-Mart’s 2,200 stores and on T-Mobile and Wal-Mart’s Web sites on October 16. Walmart is also increasing its line-up of affordable T-Mobile phones to six, including the addition of Walmart’s first 4G prepaid handset.

The deal comes shortly after T-Mobile announced the availability of a LG phone in 7-Eleven’s retail stores. That $50-per-month plan offers unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited Web with no overage charges and the first 100 MB of data at up to 4G speeds.

On Monday T-Mobile also unveiled a mobile app version of its Bobsled Web-based chat service. The app enables free phone calls, riding on the data connection rather than using voice minutes. The service works on any iOS or Android phone, which means an iPhone customer can use their data plan to make calls to save out on their minutes.

Bobsled lets users call Facebook friends from most desktop browsers, Android smartphones and tablets, and Apple iOS devices. In addition, Bobsled provides users with free calling to any mobile or landline phone number in the U.S, Canada or Puerto Rico from inside or outside the U.S. from their desktop browser.

Eventually, Internet-based voice service may replace traditional voice service on the cellular networks, says C/Net. But not anytime soon.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 12:28 pm .

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