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.