T-Mobile is planning on starting a new pre-paid wireless service called GoSmart Mobile
. The website for the service is now live and reveals pricing as low as $30 for unlimited talk and text. With the $35 a month service you get unlimited talk and text with unlimited 2G browsing which the website calls an "appropriate" speed for browsing, email and social networking. The $45 a month plan gives you unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited web. The latter includes 5GB of what is being called high-speed internet, but is in reality just 3G speeds. Go over that cap and you're throttled down to 2G.
The only phone shown on the website is the Alcatel OT 838
for $69. The device has a dedicated Facebook button and a 2MP camera with video capture. A 2.4 inch screen and a physical QWERTY are some of the features of the device. Of course, you can bring your own phone to the carrier although BlackBerry units and micro-SIM devices will run with limited functionality. A SIM card kit is available for $8 if needed.
We have no details as to when the service will open for business, but we're sure that T-Mobile will give us a heads-up and we will pass that along to you. No thanks necessary, just doin' our job!