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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.