T-Mobile introduces new calling plans and prices

T-Mobile introduces new calling plans and prices
T-Mobile has started to take the darkness out of Project Dark. The nation's fourth largest carrier has announced a new set of calling plans and prices that are pretty close to the leaked figures we passed on to you. T-Mobile will divide its' plans into two distinct categories: Even More, and Even More Plus. The 'Even More' plan requires you to sign a 2 year contract and rewards you with a subsidized phone. Prices range from $59 per month to $99 monthly for those who want unlimited voice, text and web.

The 'Even More Plus' offering from the carrier starts with a monthly charge of $49 and runs up to $79 a month for unlimited everything. With this plan there is no contract to sign, but there is also no subsidy on the handset you buy which means shelling out big bucks for those hot handsets. (Don't forget that part of Project Dark was rumored to be the availability of the Nokia N900, and there is talk of the ultra-sexy HTC HD2 coming to T-Mobile in the first quarter 2010). Speaking of the phones, T-Mobile is offering an installment plan called FlexPay for those who want an expensive model but can't afford it. FlexPay is available for both the 'Even More' and 'Even More Plus' plans. For the former, the subsidized price is paid off in 4 installments with no interest charges. For example, a $150 myTouch 3G would cost $37.50 a month for 4 months. With the latter plan, the unsubsidized phone's price is divided into as many as 20 equal monthly installments with no interest. With this program, the same myTouch 3G device would cost you $25 a month for 20 months. So even though there is no contract for the 'Even More Plus' plan, you are still liable to pay off your phone for the entire 20 month period-even if you walk away from the calling plan.

While most customers really count on the subsidy to get that handset they really, really want, with the 'Even More Plus' plan, you are paying $20 less monthly for your service but you are paying full price for the handset. With the my Touch 3G, you are paying $500 against the subsidized price of $150. After 18 months of paying $20 less for your calling plan, the difference in the price of the phone has been paid off in this example, and after that the $20 you save each month goes right into your pocket. So the way to see if you benefit from the 'Plus' is to look at the difference in subsidized and un-subsidized price of the phone you are buying. Divide the difference by $20 and that will give you the number of months it will take you to pay off the difference in the handset's price. For every month afterward that you remain a T-Mobile customer, that is a $20 savings to you and remember, there is no contract. For those who can do the math, this is one of those rare times that paying more for a phone can actually put some money in your pocket.

source: T-Mobile via EngadgetMobile


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12 Comments

1. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Wow those are good prices and options as well on the plans. I know AT&T is also offering a prepaid plan now with unlimited use on at least minutes for about $65/month. I think the big carriers are starting to feel the need to compete with the Metro Pcs type carriers.

2. rath

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 14, 2009

T-Mobile has all the new plans ready and how about the new coverage areas.

3. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

You get exactly what you pay for.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

in metro areas, residential areas, and highways you are covered. now of you live out in the middle of nowhere or a really rural area you may notice lack of coverage. honestly noone beats VZW overall coverage. its not even a a competition. You pay a premium for that coverage though, so if you live in a city or well populated area like most people, the coverage is nearly the same. Are you willing to pay what amounts to almost DOUBLE for VZW unl everything when you can have the same coverage much cheaper? For that much change difference, if you ever do go out in the middle of nowhere, get a used VZW phone from craigslist, and get a monthly as needed usage.. u will still save money. Add that to the fact that they are rolling out the 21mb/s 3g at THESE prices and expanding coverage pretty quickly FINALLY, and its a damn good deal coverage is arguably the same as ATT at half the price. this isnt some crappy prepay like ATTs gophone, its full service.

5. tuminatr

Posts: 1142; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I think this signals desperation on tmobiles part, but they have always been the low price leader I guess they are the wal mart of wireless

7. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

Desperation is a strong word. Its more just business. But its about time that they reacted to trying to get more subscribers. I'm sure others will soon enough compete with t-mo plans if t-mo gains enough subscribers. then as you say, they will be desperate as well.

6. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

Why is everyone dissing T-Mobile? You might not get 5 bars of service everywhere you go but t-mobile isn't anywhere close to a poor service provider. I travel a lot (in the states) and get service almost everywhere I go. Take it from someone who has switched from vzw, sprint, tmo, cricket(metro), and at&t. I've had a good dropped call or two with every wireless provider I've used and to complain about poor service on any of the top 4 major wireless carriers is dumb because they all have exceptional service. Some better than others from town to town but still exceptional and most definitely usable. Stop complaining bunch of whiners. T-mobile did something good to save people money. And those that aren't on t-mobile disagree with it instantly because its not there service provider. If verizon did this, you people would have an orgasm. Just hush and for once give t-mobile the satisfaction they deserve. But I must say I thought there would be something more to project dark. the plans aren't totally game changing imo. but still great though!

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

when you think of the fact that the EM+ prices are half that of the competition, its no contract, and not a prepay its pretty game changing. I dont know what else you would want from a top 4 carrier? unlimited everything for 80 bux nationwide? verizon and ATT are $150 for the same thing. Sprint is what.. 100 for true unlimited? True the phone is unsubsidised at that price, but thats why it can be so cheap. Get a decent texting phone and your walking with 10 bux out of pocket and 10 bux a month on a payment plan for the phone... no contract. how this isnt "game changing" i dont understand. You can upgrade your phone WHENEVER YOU WANT now with this plan. your only limited by your wallet, your credit line with tmo, and your immagination.

9. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

well considering that t-mobile already had flex pay and flex pay 2 year contracts for people with bad credit for a while, this doesn't really change much. Obviously the plan pricing changed but t-mobile had flex pay/no contract out already so its not really game changing for it to have a no contract option because it was already available. Not sure about all the other carriers but verizon had something like this too already (month to month service). So no contract commitments has already been out there. Yeah, prices are good from t-mo but its not entirely game changing. Unless your trying hard to save than your not missing out on too much

10. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

Sprint, just like ANY of the other 3 major carriers has average customer service. when you receive GOOD customer service, it's when YOU as the customer convey what you want in a logical and nicely packaged manner. if you go in with the attitude that you're gonna complain until you get what you want, even when you get what you want, you're just pissed about how you did it. if you have something done on your plan, have accountability as a consumer and follow up with your request. don't tell an entire back story about crap the sales person or operator don't care about. they don't care. would you? sprint has a low deposit structure of all the contracted carriers and it lends a larger subprime. subprime are on more occasions than not, kinda stupid. stupid people say stupid things and have a stupid sense on entitlement. hey i've been shopping at safeway for 18 years, where’s my valued customer discount. hey shell, i buy gas here every week, where’s my free tank. why don't people ask about this stuff? cause the expectation has not been set at these companies for a freaking handout. there are no buy-one-get-one on houses or cars. it's because the expectation in the wireless industry has become unreasonable. that's sprint. all consumers are stupid. i'm a consumer and i get stupid too. i think what is really upsetting though is not the companies and how they "screw" you, its the sad fact that more and more Americans have unrealistic expectations, are completely oblivious as to how a real business works, and arent't willing to try anything. try to compromise, try to learn, try to not be a flippin retard. you phone doesn't work in your house, it might be your service or it might be your lead box you live in or it might be because that archaic piece of junk you're talking on has taken a bath with you and seen the underside of your car. i'm done ranting.

11. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

dammit wrong post haha

12. nzilliox

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

If my math is right than it would cost for 2 years ( before taxes & fees) For the THC touch pro 2 ~$2650.72 on the Even More Plus plan and ~$2924.12 on the Even More Plan. Why sign a contract?

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