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T-Mobile Bringing Android Smartphones To $9.99

11/01/2010 01:07:56 PM Eastern
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Bellevue,
Wash. - Android-based smartphones could be poised for a further market-share
gain in the coming months with the launch of Android smartphones priced down to
$9.99 at T-Mobile.

The
carrier also unveiled lower cost data plans and a Wi-Fi tethering plan.

 T-mobile's low-priced Android phones are:

  • T-Mobile Comet, available Nov. 3 at $9.99
    after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement and qualifying
    data plan. It will also be available as a prepaid phone in Best Buy, RadioShack and Target stores at less than $200;

  • LG Optimus T with Google, available Nov. 3 at
    $29.99
    after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement and qualifying
    data plan;
  • Motorola Charm, which is already available at $49.99 after a
    $50 mail-in rebate and two-year agreement with
    qualifying
    data plan;

Motorola Defy at
$99.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year agreement and qualifying data
plan. An availability date wasn't
released.

The launches will follow a launch by Sprint of
two of its own low-priced Android phones. One is the LG Optimus, which became
available Oct. 31 in Sprint
channels at $49.99 after $100 rebate with data plan. The other Sprint
phone is the Sanyo Zio from
Kyocera. It debuted Oct.
10 in Sprint channels at $99.99 with two-year service agreement and after a
$100 mail-in rebate.

To
go with its low-cost Android quartet, T-Mobile unveiled lower data-plan prices that it expects to offer sometime during
the holiday season. For a limited time, a 200MB/month plan will be
available for $10 per month with a new two-year service agreement or $15/month without contract. A new unlimited plan
will be available for $30/month. Both
plans must be paired with a voice and text-message plan.

The carrier's Wi-Fi tethering plan lets users
connect their Wi-Fi-equipped laptop or other portable device to the Internet
via a WiFi-equipped cellphone. The tethering plan at $14.99/month is available
only in conjunction with the $30/month unlimited-data plan.

Here
are the details on each of the four new T-Mobile phones:

  T-Mobile Comet:
The device features 528MHz
processor, 2.8-inch full touchscreen display and 3.2-megapixel camera.
It's targeted to consumers said to be "ready to make the affordable transition
to their first smartphone." It's
available in black.

LG
Optimus T:
The device features customizable
home screen, 600MHz processor, 3.2-inch full touchscreen display and 3.2-megapixel camera
with video capture. Features include
voice command. It's available in burgundy or Titanium finish.

Motorola
Defy:
The scratch- and
water-resistant device is also dust-proof and features Motorola's Motoblur social-network and
contact-aggregation service. It comes with 800MHz processor, 3.7-inch full touchscreen, and 5-megapixel camera with flash and video capture.
It's available in black and Linen colors.

 Motorola Charm: Also with Motoblur service, the Charm features full
QWERTY keyboard, 2.8-inch touchscreen, Backtrack touchpad on back to simplify onscreen
navigation, 600MHz
processor and 3-megapixel camera. It will come in Golden Bronze or Cabernet colors.