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Target makes Brightspot official with October 6th launch for the pre-paid carrier

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Target makes Brightspot official with October 6th launch for the pre-paid carrier
On Tuesday, we told you about a tweet from evleaks that revealed all of the important information for Target's new pre-paid carrier service powered by T-Mobile. Brightspot has now been officially announced by the discount retailer and will open for business on October 6th. There are two options available. For $35, you receive unlimited talk and text with no data. For $50, you receive the unlimited talk and text and web. Here is the deal with the unlimited web. Each month you are allowed to consume 1GB of T-Mobile's best vintage 4G data. Exceed that 1GB cap and you are throttled.

The MVNO does have some interesting perks. Every 6 months you will receive a $25 Target gift card and Target REDcard holders can take a 5% discount on each plan. If you want to use your own phone, SIM kits will be available for unlocked GSM phones.

"We know guests are looking for customizable and convenient mobile plans that won’t break the bank. Starting Oct. 6, Target will offer guests more options and flexibility with brightspot, the Bullseye’s fresh, new mobile program. brightspot brings together the mobile phone plans you want with the devices you desire."-Target

We haven't seen an official list of phones being offered for Brightspot, but one of our loyal readers sent us a picture of the Alcatel One Touch Fierce packaged specifically for the service. This device offers a 4.5 inch screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 (qHD). A MediaTek quad-core 1.2GHz processor is on hand with 1GB of RAM on board. 4GB of native storage can be expanded using a microSD card, and there is an 1800mAh cell keeping the lights on. Back and front cameras weigh in at 5MP and .3MP respectively, and Android 4.2 is pre-installed. We should point out that the device has connectivity for 21Mbps HSPA+ 4G. There is no LTE connectivity with the device. Although pricing is unknown, T-Mobile was charging its own customers $19.99 down and 24 monthly payments of $6 ($163.99) for the model.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: Target via TmoNews

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posted on 03 Oct 2013, 02:04 1

1. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)

Meh, I kind of think they missed the "target".

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 02:13

2. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

i see what you done with that... Hehehe, they missed the target. +1 from me.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 02:17

3. promise7 (Posts: 891; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

After 1GB and your throttled? Does T-Mobile also throttle users on their $70 unlimited everything plan after a certain amount of data?

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 07:59 1

4. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

The $70 tmobile plan has no throttling whatsoever. You can go stream Netflix all day and you will never get throttled. It also comes with 2.5GB of tethering for free.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:05

5. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3816; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Shatter is technically wrong. If you read the fine print, they throttle at 9,735GB. Yeah, you read that right. Nine thousand, seven hundred thirty-five. An impossible number to reach in one month...so...yeah...pretty much unlimited.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:49 1

6. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

That's 9.5TB if you got 40mbps for 1 month straight downloaded at that speed it would take you 23 days to hit your cap. If you managed to hit their 9.5TB cap they would probably be like wtf are you doing. The most I have ever used in one month was like 250GB (1080p movie and TV streaming mainly)

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