T-Mobile launched new “no-contract” service plans last month in an effort to differentiate themselves in the U.S. market. As we noted when examining the plans, the new hardware financing options could lead consumers to pay an even greater amount to get out of the non-existent contract than what they would have paid under the old system that used early termination fees. That possibility led Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson to pursue an agreement to get T-Mobile to disclose these new terms in their advertising and offer customers a chance to cancel with no penalty if they were an early adopter of the new plans. » Read the rest
With T-Mobile generating buzz after announcing its new Simple Choice Plans, it appears other wireless carriers are taking notes. During a company event Wednesday in New York City, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said he’s open to the idea of ditching contracts. McAdam has been monitoring what T-Mobile customers have been saying and even said that if Verizon customers started asking for no-contract plans, he’d consider getting rid of them. However, as the saying goes, “Actions speak louder than words”. While no-contract plans sound great, there is a potential downside. With T-Mobile’s new plans, removing contracts means customers have to pay anywhere from $5 to $20 per month per device over 24 months to make up for the lack of a contract.
T-Mobile made a splash announcing its new no-contract Simple Choice plans and we here at Talk Android are wondering: Can they actually save you money? For the longest time, the wireless industry here in the U.S. has been dominated by two-year contracts. Whether you go with Sprint, Verizon or AT&T, the only way to get a solid smartphone at a lower price ($99 to $299), is by signing a two-year contract. Many Americans simply don’t have the cash to pay full price for an unlocked smartphone or tablet.
T-Mobile wants to change that with Simple Choice. There are no contracts and kicking off with the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 for just $99, it sounds like a great deal. First, let’s see what Simple Choice has to offer and at what prices:
T-Mobile has just solidified its name with budget-minded folks by offering its prepaid and monthly 4G no-contract plans in over 6,000 Dollar General stores. With low pricing comes less choice, and only Samsung‘s t139 flip phone will be available, no Android in sight. Click past the break for the full press release if you care.
Today, Samsung and T-Mobile announced the launch of a new budget-friendly phone – the Samsung Exhibit II 4G, the sequel to the original Exhibit 4G that was introduced back in June. This new device will be available in Walmart stores tomorrow, October 27th, and will be sold at T-Mobile retail outlets starting November 2nd. Although budget friendly, the phone is still feature packed sporting a 3.7″ WVGA display, 1GHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 3 megapixel camera, front camera, and 4G (HSPA+) connectivity.
The Samsung Exhibit II 4G will be T-Mobile’s first no annual contract 4G smartphone, though it will also be available with a two-year contract. The Exhibit II 4G will run $29.99 after a $50 mail in rebate and a two-year contract, you can also get it for $199.99 sans contract, not too bad for someone who want’s an affordable device with the benefits of 4G speeds. Now, who plans on picking one of these up tomorrow?
Join us after the break to see the full press release.
I have been a long time Boost Mobile user because of the push to talk feature on iDEN phones, but don’t want a long term contract. Ever since I first heard of the Motorola i1 I have been keeping tabs on it. Well today the new smart phone is here and ready for your hard earned dollars. In case you have not seen it before, the Motorola i1 is an Android based phone for Boost Mobile, which runs on Sprint’s iDEN network. This means all the goodies of Android with the instant walkie talkie feature us iDEN users love.
Here is a recap of some of the specs:
- Android 1.5 OS
- 3.1″ HVGA touch-screen display
- Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
- 5.0MP camera with autofocus, flash and zoom
- SWYPE technology
- Nationwide Walkie-Talkie
- Mil-Spec Durability
While the i1 is running only Android 1.5, for a device like this with unlimited services at around $50/month, and no contract to boot you cannot go wrong. I have seen around the web, people getting the device for $299 but when I checked my local Best Buy store they want $399 for it. Kind of pricey for this type of device so we will have to see if it comes down once the hype is over. If it does maybe a hands on look might be in the future :) If you’re a Boost Mobile user and pick one up we would love to hear what you think of the i1.