”Project Dark” Will End the Need for T-Mobile Customers to Sign Service Contracts

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T-Mobile’s Project Dark is intended to make this carrier more competitive in the U.S. phone market. The details haven’t been officially announced yet, but the new pricing plans have leaked out already, and these show that T-Mobile is going to stop forcing its customers into multi-year service contracts.

T-Mobile USA LogoThis wireless company intends to unveil its new pricing plans on Sunday, and has already given the details to its retail stores, and they were quickly leaked to the press.

T-Mobile plans to give its individual customers a range of plans which do not require signing a service contract. These range from a simple voice-only plan with 500 minutes for $30, to a plan with unlimited voice, text, and data for $80.

This carrier’s new family plans — with two lines — start at with 750 minutes going going for $50, or an unlimited voice, text, and data plan for $180.

Contracts Still an Option
T-Mobile company isn’t throwing out the idea of contracts, and will still let users sign up for them. These actually cost more per month, apparently because customers who choose these will be able to buy phones at subsidized prices.

The no-contract plans will require people to pay full-price for their models, but T-Mobile is reportedly going to allow users to pay for phones in monthly installments, rather than asking for the cost of the device up front.

The price for an individual on contract with 500 minutes of talk time will be $40 a month, while $100 will get that customer unlimited voice, text, and data.

This carrier’s family plans will start at $60 for 750 minutes and two lines, and go up to $180 for those two lines to have unlimited voice, text, and data.

More Pricing Details
Both the Individual and Family plans include free calling to other T-Mobile customers and free nights and weekends.

Unlimited web access for a smartphone can be added to any of the no-contract plans for $25 a month, or to the with-contract plans for $30.

A complete breakdown of T-Mobile’s new service plans:

Individual — No Contract

Minutes Monthly Cost
500 $30
500 + Unlimited Text $40
500 + Unlimited Text  + Unlimited Web $60
1000 $40
1000 + Unlimited Text $50
1000 + Unlimited Text  + Unlimited Web $70
Unlimited Talk $50
Unlimited Talk + Unlimited Text $60
Unlimited Talk + Unlimited Text  + Unlimited Web $80

 

Family Plans — No Contract

Minutes Monthly Cost
750 $50
750 + Unlimited Text $70
750 + Unlimited Text  + Unlimited Web $110
1500 $60
1500 + Unlimited Text $80
1500 + Unlimited Text  + Unlimited Web $120
Unlimited Talk $80
Unlimited Talk + Unlimited Text $100
Unlimited Talk + Unlimited Text  + Unlimited Web $140

 

Individual — With Contract

Minutes Monthly Cost
500 $40
500 + Unlimited Text $50
500 + Unlimited Text  + Unlimited Web $80
1000 $50
1000 + Unlimited Text $60
1000 + Unlimited Text  + Unlimited Web $90
Unlimited Talk $60
Unlimited Talk + Unlimited Text $70
Unlimited Talk + Unlimited Text  + Unlimited Web $100

Family Plans — With Contract

Minutes Monthly Cost
750 $60
750 + Unlimited Text $80
750 + Unlimited Text  + Unlimited Web $140
1500 $80
1500 + Unlimited Text $100
1500 + Unlimited Text  + Unlimited Web $160
Unlimited Talk $100
Unlimited Talk + Unlimited Text $120
Unlimited Talk + Unlimited Text  + Unlimited Web $180

More about Project Dark
The theme for T-Mobile’s upcoming campaign will reportedly be “The coverage you need, price you want, and the handset you crave.”

Unconfirmed reports say the first part of that promise will be a roll out of HSPA+ service in markets across the U.S. This will give users 21 Mbps access, considerably faster than most of its competitors’ mobile broadband. This carrier already has this service up and running Philadelphia.

The second part of the campaign — the “price you want” — includes the new pricing plans previously covered.

And the third part of Project Dark will be a collection of new smartphones, including the Nokia N900, BlackBerry Bold 9700, and maybe even the HTC HD2.

Source: TmoNews

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