T-Mobile USA debuted two new prepaid unlimited plans days after the nation's No. 4 carrier revealed it slumped to a net loss of 77,000 subscribers in the first quarter.
The new prepaid unlimited plans, available beginning May 19, include a $15 per month unlimited texting plan and a $50 per month unlimited voice and texting plan with no per-minute fees. Previously, T-Mobile's Even More Plus no-contract plans offered unlimited voice and texting for $59.99 per month or unlimited voice for $49.99 per month. The company's premier Even More Plus plan gives subscribers unlimited voice, texting and Web browsing for $79.99 per month.
With the new plans, T-Mobile is joining other flat-rate carriers that have made $50 a key price point. Sprint Nextel's (NYSE:S) Boost Mobile brand continues to offer unlimited voice, texting and Web browsing for $50 per month. Sprint also recently relaunched its Virgin Mobile brand, and one of Virgin's new plans offers unlimited messaging, email, data and Web access with unlimited voice for $60 per month.
T-Mobile reported a net subscriber loss of 77,000 in the first quarter, a stark reversal of the 415,000 subscriber additions it reported in the first quarter of 2009, and also down from the 371,000 net additions it had the fourth quarter. However, T-Mobile also recorded a loss of 77,000 subscribers in the third quarter of last year.
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