T-Mobile are once again playing with fire by announcing something which may well end up changing within 12 months. Aping Three’s ‘One Plan’, they have announced a range of tariffs today available on two-year contracts. Prices start at £36 per month for 2000 cross-network minutes and unlimited data, WiFi, texts and calls to other T-Mobile customers. £41 per month gives completely unlimited everything and the option of a free iPhone 4 with no upfront charges. The next two tariffs are purely for paying the Apple Tax, with £46 per month giving you a free iPhone 4S 16GB model, and the frankly ludicrous £61 per month giving a free 32GB 4S. There you have it. At least an extra £240 over the term for the pleasure of the latest iPhone.
The interesting bit is the WiFi is going to make use of the BT Openzone network. To combat the difficulties of logging in, T-Mobile will be launching their own app which will probably mimic the BT Fon app to permit users to automatically connect whenever they are in range. According to ElectricPigthe Android app will launch tomorrow, while iOS and Blackberry will arrive during February and March respectively.
A word of caution on the tariffs though: T-Mobile and partner in mobile Orange have a tendency for reneging on prior agreements (as personal experience demonstrated). As eloquently put by The Register reader Jemma:
Given that this lot are now in cahoots with the paragon of mobile phone honesty and customer support that is Orange – my suggestion to anyone contemplating this would be to be very very careful and read the contracts and every document associated in company with their solicitor or lawyer.
Orange is well known for changing contracts and T & C’s left and centre (and memorably got clobbered by the regulator more than once).
Can you imagine the bill you would get if T-Mobile/Orange decided at the start of the month to change unlimited to 1gb/600/600? A £700 bill is one hell of a shock and dont expect the regulator to support you.
A bad bad bad idea, especially for a smartphone newbie.
Via Electric Pig.