As expected, T-Mobile used today’s Uncarrier event in NYC to announce a new mobile plan consisting of unsubsidized phones (read: much more expensive) with cheaper monthly unlimited talk, text, data, and even tethering plans. The new plans might give the service a leg-up against other major carriers. Now we are learning a few more details.
The service will finally offer the iPhone 5 for $99, making it available on April 12th. In addtion to the monthly T-mobile fee, the iPhone will carry an additional $20/month fee. As an added goodie, the T-Mobile iPhone 5 will be the first to offer nationwide HD Voice.
The Blackberry Z10 will be T-Mobile’s first 4G LTE smartphone, available for $99. And the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in May.
The company announced that they will be rolling out a new 4G LTE network to cover all those new “unlimited” deals in seven select markets to start: Baltimore, MD; Kansas City, KS; Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Phoenix, AZ; San Jose, CA and Washington D.C. New York City will be live by the end of the summer.
CEO John Legere said he aims to reach 200 million people by the end of 2013. Speeds on the new network are expected to range between 10 to 20 Mbps down and 8 to 12 Mbps up, and customers will fall back into HSPA+ when LTE isn’t present.
T-Mobile is the last major network to rollout a 4G LTE service. To put that in some perspective, Verizon was the first carrier to offer 4G LTE and they currently cover 400 markets, while AT&T has LTE service in more than 50 markets, and Sprint Nextel promises to cover 19 markets by the end of the summer.