By Stephen Schenck | March 26, 2013 12:12 PM
T-Mobile officially broke in its new service plans at its “UNcarrier” press event today, doing away with subsidies and endeavoring to offer simpler, more attractive choices to subscribers.
The carrier started things off by announcing the launch of its new LTE network, which today goes live in Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Washington DC, San Jose, and Phoenix. New York City will join that list by early summer.
As for these new service plans, even the carrier’s postpaid plans will be switching to a no-annual-contract model. New “Simple Choice” plans options include 500MB, 2GB, or unlimited data on plans costing $50, $60, or $70 a month, respectively, all with unlimited voice.
What about new hardware? You could always bring an off-contract iPhone to T-Mobile, either using EDGE data or 1900MHz 3G where T-Mobile offered it, but now the carrier finally fully embraces Apple’s smartphone, announcing the start of direct iPhone sales. You can get the iPhone 5 with no service contract for just about $100 plus a $20 monthly payment spread out over 24 months. The T-Mobile iPhone 5 will reportedly function over the carrier’s new LTE network, as well as supporting both 1700MHz and 1900MHz HSPA+. Unlike the iPhone 5 on other carriers, T-Mobile’s will support HD voice. T-Mobile should also get the iPhone 4 and 4S, but we haven’t yet heard the details on their radio specs.
Beyond the iPhone, T-Mobile’s LTE network will support the Galaxy S 4, BlackBerry Z10, and the HTC One. Like the iPhone, those flagships will all sell for about $100, with the rest of the cost spread out into monthly payments. We’ve already seen LTE support arrive for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note II.
T-Mobile gets the Z10 today, and the Galaxy S 4 will arrive on May 1.