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.