The new Samsung Galaxy S4,on T-Mobile. When is it coming? How Much? Read on below:
T-mobile’s big press event for their new “uncarrier” plans was held today in NYC. The company announced it’s intention to scrap carrier contracts, LTE rollout plans, and announced pricing and availability for the Galaxy S4.
Led by rebel executive John Legere, T-mobile let loose a ton of new plans for their network, beginning now. Legere, advocating his plan to create a system where carrier pricing and subsidies are more transparent and cost-effective, went on a spiel, saying:
“Carriers are really nice to you… once every 23 months…This is the biggest crock of shit in my life. Do you have any idea how much you’re paying? … I’m going to explain how stupid we all are because once it becomes flat and transparent, there’s nowhere to hide. You pay so much for your phones, it’s incredible.”
Leger’s new system is proving to be right as the company went on to announce a list of new devices being launched and how much you’ll be saving not signed to T-Mobile, than you would be signed on another network. Announcing simpler contract free plans, where $50 a month will get you unlimited text, talk and 500mb of data and $70 bucks a month will get you unlimited everything. Although, with the new contract-free pricing, it’s surprising that the T-Mobile phone subsidy policy hasn’t changed. Still taking ‘down-payments’ for devices, which means still being somewhat locked into the carrier until you’ve paid off the device in full. T-Mobile’s plan being: to charge the same $20 installment fee (nothing new to anyone currently on T-Mo) for devices, does tend to lock you into their network for 20-24 months. Although users are welcome to pay for the device in full and upfront.
T-Mobile also announced the official roll-out of their LTE Networks. Hitting 7 cities throughout the US with an 8th coming soon. You can find those details here. Although ‘officially’ only Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Note 2 will be LTE capable, unofficial reports that pinged the new LTE spectrum before the announcement, spotted the Galaxy S3 accessing the spectrum as well as some fruit branded devices. So we’ll have to see when if any other devices will be added to that list. Don’t be surprised if they do.
Of the devices T-Mobile briefly mentioned, none piqued my interest than news of the Galaxy S4. Said to be launching on May 1st, for $99. This device will be one of the few device on T-Mobile that’s LTE compatible once the roll-out begins. This makes T-Mobile the 1st US (un)carrier to announce a date — although a soft date, as Leger was quoted as saying “about May 1st”, it may also be a sign that T-Mobile has a lock on being the 1st carrier to launch the device stateside (like last year with the S3). They also mentioned the HTC ONE, which would have garnered more attention, but they had no definitive facts. other than being released sometime in “Spring.” Hopefully that’ll mean sometime in April as HTC wanted (and needed) to get a head start on Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Unfortunately manufacturing delays for HTC’s new camera tech seem to be holding them up for the foreseeable future.
So any thoughts on T-Mobile new un-carrier move? Will you be picking up the S4 when it launches on May 1st? Or will you be like me and hopefully picking up a new Nexus device (for much cheaper) once my current phone is paid off and avoid being locked in altogether?