T-Mobile announces the Comet, coming Nov. 3 for $10, along with new data optionsAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
So we already known that the LG Optimus T, Motorola DEFY, and myTouch 4G are all launching on November 3rd, and now Magenta's Android holiday has gotten even bigger. T-Mobile announced this morning that the Comet will arrive on November 3rd for the low price of...wait for it...$9.99 with a two year contract and $50 mail-in rebate. Specs for the Comet include a 2.8-inch display, 528MHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera, and what looks like vanilla Android 2.2.
Along with the Comet, T-Mobile took the opportunity to announce two new data-related add-ons. First up is the Tethering and WiFi Sharing plan, which will cost $14.99 per month and require a $30 unlimited data plan, meaning you'll be paying $45 per month to tether with one of T-Mo's "select smartphones." Additionally, a new 200MB data plan will soon be made available to Magenta customers. Interested customers can look forward to paying one of two different monthly rates for the 200MB option: $10 per month with a two year contract extension or $15 per month sans extension. Both the tethering add-on and the 200MB data plan will be made available "this holiday season." You can check out the full press release down below.
When T-Mobile announced the price of the Optimus T, I said that that handset was going to help introduce Android to a new wave of first-time smartphone buyers, and now the Comet is coming in even cheaper. Even those contract-wary consumers can hop on the Android train with the Comet and its sub-$200 prepaid price tag. Good on T-Mobile for making such an affordable Android smartphone. Plus, those of us looking for a cheap Android fix can save even more cash with the new 200MB data plan. Some T-Mo customers may not be so excited on the new $15 tethering add-on, especially since the capability is built into stock Android 2.2 for free, but $15 is a pretty good deal when you consider that Verizon and AT&T charge $20 for 2GB of a similar service. With all of the additions coming to T-Mobile in the next couple of months, it's definitely a good time to be a Magenta customer. Those of you that are on T-Mo or are considering switching, which of the above has you most interested?
T-Mobile Kicks Off the Holidays With a Compelling Lineup of Affordable Android-Powered Smartphones and new Low-Cost Data Service Plans
T-Mobile Is Making It Easier for Families to Stay Connected This Holiday Season and Beyond
BELLEVUE, Wash. — Nov. 1, 2010 PDT T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced new products and service plans designed to help families stay connected without busting their holiday budgets. Beginning Nov. 3, T-Mobile is planning to offer a variety of new Android™ smartphones, including the T-Mobile® Comet™, LG Optimus T™ with Google™ and Motorola DEFY™ with MOTOBLUR™, each for less than $100.
“We’re heading into this holiday season with our strongest and most affordable lineup ever of Android-powered smartphones,” said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “Combine that with low-cost data service plans and even easier ways to give T-Mobile products as gifts, and we believe families will make the move to smartphones -- enriching how they communicate in the new year.”
Affordable Android Smartphones for All
T-Mobile’s compelling suite of affordable Android smartphones appeals to each member of the family, even first-time smartphone users. In addition to providing access to the mobile Web while on the go, Android-powered smartphones provide customers with one-click access to their favorite Google services, such as Google Maps™, Gmail™, YouTube®, and over 100,000 applications in Android Market™. For less than $100 with qualifying rate plan on a two-year agreement (plus taxes and fees), T-Mobile customers can purchase any of the following devices during the holiday season:
The T-Mobile Comet offers a compact form factor, 528 MHz processor, 2.8-inch full touch screen display and a 3.2 megapixel camera. Perfect for customers who are ready to make the affordable transition to their first smartphone, the T-Mobile Comet is also available for prepaid customers at less than $200 (plus taxes and fees), the lowest-priced 3G Android smartphone in the T-Mobile portfolio. The T-Mobile Comet is available in a black finish.
The LG Optimus T is an easy-to-use smartphone with a user customizable home screen, 600 MHz processor, 3.2-inch full touch screen display and a 3.2 megapixel camera with video capture. Featuring Voice Actions for Android pre-loaded on the device, the LG Optimus T allows customers to perform commands through voice entry, such as calling, texting, e-mailing and navigating to a specific destination. The LG Optimus T is available in a burgundy or titanium finish.
Slim and pocket-able, the Motorola DEFY is equipped to withstand all that life throws your way. The DEFY is scratch- and water-resistant, as well as dust-proof, combined with MOTOBLUR™, an 800 MHz processor, a 3.7-inch full touch screen and a 5-megapixel camera with flash and video capture. The Motorola DEFY is available in a black and linen finish.
The Motorola CHARM with MOTOBLUR features a full QWERTY keyboard for easy messaging, a 2.8-inch touch screen paired with a BACKTRACK™ pad for simple navigation, and MOTOBLUR, making it easy to keep up with family and friends. Also featuring a 600 MHz processor and a 3 megapixel camera, the Motorola CHARM is available in a golden bronze or cabernet finish.
Services Families Can Afford
In addition to affordable Android-powered smartphones, T-Mobile is delivering new low-cost data service plans expected to be available this holiday season, making data even more accessible for families. New value offers include these:
Mobile data plans. With T-Mobile data plans, customers will have two options for data: the Web – 200MB plan or the Web – Unlimited plan. The Web – 200MB plan will be available for $10 per month with a new two-year service agreement or contract extension for a limited time or for $15 per month, which will not require a two-year contract extension. The Web – Unlimited plan will be available for $30 per month. Both data plans will be sold paired with a new or existing voice and text message plan.
Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing service plan. T-Mobile is offering a new tethering service plan that enables select smartphones to function as wireless modems for connecting devices, such as laptops, tablets and netbooks to the Internet through the T-Mobile network. Customers can add the Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing plan to their Web – Unlimited $30 monthly plan for an additional $14.99 per month.
The T-Mobile Comet, LG Optimus T and Motorola DEFY are expected to be available starting Nov. 3 at T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and online at http://www.t-mobile.com. The T-Mobile Comet will also be available as a prepaid Android smartphone at Best Buy, Radio Shack and Target. T-Mobile expects its new mobile data plans and tethering service plan will be available this holiday season.
Making it even easier for consumers to give T-Mobile devices and accessories to their friends and families this holiday season, T-Mobile Gift Cards can be purchased and redeemed at select T-Mobile retail stores nationwide.
For more information on T-Mobile products and services, visit http://www.t-mobile.com.