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T-Mobile Has a $10 Android; New Tethering Plan

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T-Mobile has announced that it will soon launch a budget Froyo phone along with a $15 unlimited tethering plan for customers already on the network's unlimited data plan.

With Halloween over, we're fully expecting to see holiday cheer bandied about with careless abandon. Kicking things off is T-Mobile, which this morning service plans "designed to help families stay connected without busting their holiday budget."

All told there's actually a few interesting nuggets of news here, the first being a $15 tethering plan for customers already paying $30 per month for unlimited data from the carrier. For users not interested in guzzling all the data they can, T-Mobile is also launching a $10 plan that will give customers on a new two-year contract 200MB of data per month. Customers on old plans can get that $10 pricing if they're up for a contract extension. If not, they'll have to pay $15 per month.

To go with this new, bite-sized data plan, T-Mobile is launching a budget smartphone, the T-Mobile Comet, which should serve as healthy competition for the dumbphone market. Engadget reports that this device should be available for just $9.99 (after a $50 rebate) on contract, or under $200 as a prepaid device. Packing a 528MHz processor and a 2.8-inch touchscreen display, the Comet boasts a 3.2 megapixel camera, 7.2Mbps HSPA, FM radio, integrated Swype, microSD expansion up to 32GB, and 802.11b / g / n. All of this runs on the latest version of Android, 2.2 aka Froyo.

T-Mobile also announced the LG Optimus (600MHz CPU, a 3.2-inch full touch screen display and a 3.2 megapixel camera with video capture), the Motorola Defy, (scratch- and water-resistant, dust-proof, 800 MHz processor, a 3.7-inch full touch screen and a 5-megapixel camera with flash and video capture), and the Motorola Charm (full QWERTY keyboard, a 2.8-inch touch screen, a 600 MHz processor and a 3 megapixel camera).

The Comet, LG Optimus T and Motorola Defy are expected to be available starting Nov. 3 from T-Mobile. The T-Mobile Comet will also be available as a prepaid option at Best Buy, Radio Shack and Target. No specific date for the data plans just yet, but T-Mobile is saying, "this holiday season," so you won't have to wait long.

Source: T-Mobile PR, Engadget

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    mavroxur , November 2, 2010 1:39 AM
    God when will providers wake up and quit charging for tethering. It's UNLIMITED DATA, why charge because you chose to use it on something other than your phone? If you consume 1gb of data on your phone, why should that 1gb cost more because you used it on your laptop?
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    mavroxur , November 2, 2010 1:39 AM
    God when will providers wake up and quit charging for tethering. It's UNLIMITED DATA, why charge because you chose to use it on something other than your phone? If you consume 1gb of data on your phone, why should that 1gb cost more because you used it on your laptop?
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    fans 6 , November 2, 2010 1:43 AM
    Bloody hell.

    I can finally jump in the smartphone bandwagon.....This phone is as important to bringing something to the masses like..........The Bessemer process was to steel.

    wow, thank you t-mobile. I will cancel my contract with AT&T now!

    I admit there may be some gimmicks with this phone, but wow, this is great.

    The Toyota corolla had gimmicks, but it still brought transport to many.
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    toofly , November 2, 2010 1:53 AM
    Wait, am I about to lose my unlimited data when tethering from my Nexus 1?? Fuck that!! That is seriously the only reason I stayed with T-mobile and didn't switch to Verizon.
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    mlopinto2k1 , November 2, 2010 1:54 AM
    I kinda like the features the phones provide! Not bad at all. Good article.
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    Nesto1000 , November 2, 2010 2:51 AM
    Ah sweet! I'm not much for smart phones cuz they're too expensive for me, and I have no need for mobile internet, so this is perfect for me! :) 
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    firebee1991 , November 2, 2010 2:51 AM
    I think the networks fail to realize that while that charging extra for tethering crap may work on a locked-down platform, there are plenty of free apps on Android that provide tethering for free.
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    Pyroflea , November 2, 2010 3:10 AM
    I'm still eagerly waiting for there to be more than half a dozen android phones in Canada lol.
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    thillntn , November 2, 2010 3:21 AM
    Well I have tethering on my touch pro 2.I am glad that my contract is almost up if you are gonna be that stingy :p 
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    Anonymous , November 2, 2010 4:35 AM
    @firebee1991 I think they can tell if ur tethering even if its with an app on the market and if u don't have there tethering package they'll charge u buy the mb! I never tether anymore but I don't like the fact that there basically taking something we've had for free for all these years and are now charging for it. They also slow ur internet speeds if u go over 5gbs of data in a month.(not really unlimited) any how my G2 is an awesome phone so I won't leave them just for that everyone else charges for tethering to
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    jincuteguy , November 2, 2010 4:35 AM
    Is the new $10 - 200mb data plan only for the low end smartphones? Or for all phones including the high end smartphones like the Samsung Vibrant and MyTouch 4G? anyone knows?
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    Amen2That , November 2, 2010 4:53 AM
    T-Mobile previously offered tethering at no additional charge because the didn't have an official policy. The also didn't throttle you down until you hit ~10GB/month. But now, it's stated in their TOS with the throttle point set at 5GB/month for the same $30/month and they charge you the extra $15/month for tethering.

    Why you ask? Well, a while back some people did a lot of whining and complaining. One such person by the name of Trent Alvarez, decided to file a class action lawsuit against T-Mobile over throttling--particularly on the issue as to why unlimited was not truly unlimited as it were. There were even those who supported Mr. Alvarez in his fight for the little guy because no big company is gonna push us little consumer around, right? Right. Well, the lawyers and Mr. Alvarez may get what they want (i.e. $$$), those that supported his cause get to be right, T-Mobile gets to charge more for the same service even if it has to state the limits more clearly now, but the rest of us are getting the shaft.
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    jincuteguy , November 2, 2010 5:11 AM
    So no one knows if the new $10 / month 200mb data plan is for all smartphones? or only the low end one?
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    house70 , November 2, 2010 12:52 PM
    specter0420If a post has more than 3-4 dollar signs why is it not automatically flagged as spam Toms?

    + 1000
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    Anonymous , November 2, 2010 1:01 PM
    My Verizon Android phone has free tethering. Take that Verizon! And thanks to the people on the forums that tought me how to root my phone.
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    megamanx00 , November 2, 2010 3:07 PM
    $15 a month for tethering? No. Begin the "Rooting" :D 
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    dark_lord69 , November 2, 2010 3:38 PM
    "$30 per month for unlimited data from the carrier"
    Ummm.... My wife and I only pay $20
    And my phone comes with software that allows me to "tether" for no charge...
    Even if that wasn't the case there has to be a way to hack it and allow data access from your phone. I just don't bother cause it's too damn slow.
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    drutort , November 2, 2010 4:28 PM
    this is stupid, oh well at least im sticking with rooted g1 for the basics its still a great phone so long as you stay within its hardware limits and know the limits, otherwise its a cheap and fast phone with froyo :) 

    I refuse to pay for contract thats why myself and my family are all on EM+ plan screw the contracts, this is after we had been customers for who knows how long, I dont care to ever go back to a contract unless the day comes when you get true unlimited data for about 10-15 a month... I guess that will be very very long time so I dont really care, wifi will take over anyway by that time :p 

    majority of large public places I have been to now have a number of open wifi hot spots, and the only time internet on the phone might be nice is hmm in the car for gps... but oh wait I can buy the cheapo gps devices for dirt cheap without the need for internet...

    if more and more ppl would get of the contracts the carriers will wake up and start to push more appealing off contract options
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    braneman , November 2, 2010 5:58 PM
    wow bandwidth is really cheap, they must be making an astronomical profit margin on those 200mb plans, you might actually have to use scientific notation to express how huge they really are.
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    jojesa , November 2, 2010 6:47 PM
    I will jump between wifi spots before giving you another cent T-Mobile.
    Talk about nickel and dime customers.
    Customers have to pay for a phone plan then a text plan and then data (internet) plan and on top of that T-Mobile wants us to pay again for the data plan. Geez
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