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We reported a few days ago that T-Mobile was rumored to be implementing an unlimited data option for its prepaid phone service. Well, now the carrier is confirming it. Starting on Wednesday January 9th, customers will be able to sign up for unlimited 4G HSPA+ data, voice, and text on prepaid for just $70 per-month.

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This plan replaces the $70 unlimited talk/text plan with 5GB of 4G data. T-Mobile's data plans can be a little confusing because the carrier likes to still call them "unlimited" at times. What T-Mobile means is that all its data plans are technically unlimited if you don't mind downloading at a snail's pace. When you hit the cap, you get throttled down to 2G EDGE speeds. This new unlimited plan will remove that worry.

To promote the new plan, T-Mobile is offering the mid-range LG Optimus L9 for $199.99 off contract. The L9 packs a 4.5-inch qHD screen, a TI OMAP 4430 ARM processor, and 4GB of internal storage. This Android 4.0 handset isn't going to set the world on fire, but it will get you through the day. Full PR below:

Today at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced an industry first — its popular Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will be available with no annual contract starting tomorrow, Jan. 9. T-Mobile is the only U.S. carrier to offer an unlimited, nationwide, 4G data plan on a fast, dependable, nationwide, 4G network, giving customers the ultimate worry-free experience with no data caps, overages or bill shock.

“As the ‘Uncarrier,’ we’re doing the unthinkable,” said John Legere, president and chief executive officer of T-Mobile USA. “We’re directly confronting the frustrations of American consumers fed up with the cost, complexity and congested networks of our competitors. Our Unlimited 4G Data plan means 4G speeds, no caps and no overages on a smoking-fast, nationwide, 4G network. What this means is simply that T-Mobile customers are going to be able to enjoy everything a 4G smartphone is actually designed to do without limits and without a term contract.”

Consumers today are demanding more choice and flexibility in how they purchase wireless, along with the freedom to take advantage of everything their 4G smartphone has to offer without having to keep track of their data usage. Since its introduction in September, T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan is by far the most popular plan choice among T-Mobile customers. In fact, nearly half (46 percent) of new customers opted for the new data plan in December 2012.

“Simply put, consumers want their data to be blazing fast, without limits and without overages,” said Mike Sievert, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “With our new Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, that’s exactly what we’re giving them, and for the first time, we’re offering it without an annual contract. Other carriers want to lock customers in; we’re going to earn our customers’ business with an amazing 4G experience every day.”

Wireless data usage on T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G network continues to grow as consumers increasingly step up to a fast and unlimited experience on the latest 4G devices. In total, T-Mobile customers stream 32 million songs and visit Facebook 1.8 billion times per day. T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan helps these customers power a variety of 4G experiences — from on-the-go gaming to streaming music and video — all without limits on its 4G network.

Beginning Jan. 9, T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan will be available with no annual contract for $70 per month online at www.t-mobile.com, at T-Mobile retail stores or through select dealers and national retail stores.

To kick off the Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan with no annual contract, T-Mobile will have a new offer on one of its latest smartphones. Starting Jan. 9, the LG Optimus L9 will be available for $199.99 with no annual contract. Featuring a stylish design and a stunning 4.5-inch qHD touch screen, the Optimus L9 on T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G data network delivers amazing 4G experiences, including streaming movies, searching the Web, online gaming and more.

[T-Mobile]

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  • Steve

    "When you hit the cap, you get throttled down to 3G EDGE speeds."

    Did you mean 2G EDGE speeds?

  • Paul

    IF I were crazy enough to pay $70/month for true unlimited, I wouldn't feel guilty one bit about tethering all the time.

    • djespo

      There is no tethering

  • David Stephenson

    So, question. I've heard that this plan won't forward voicemails to Google Voice? Are there compatibility problems with this plan and Google Voice? If not, I'm very interested in this plan.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1202836 Hovannes Abramyan

      You have to request T-Mobile disable voicemail on your number. Once this is done, Google Voice will work.

      • spydie

        Google voice will tell you that it doesn't work on pre-paid plans regardless

    • Jarrod Davis

      Just call the customer service people (611 from the phone with the SIM card, I think) and ask them to turn off T-Mobile's voicemail. Google Voice should take care of the rest.

  • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

    No word on removing the 200MB cap from the $3 Pay-By-The-Day plan?

  • spydie

    And you can get the same thing with Simple Mobile for $10 a month less! This is still no bargain. I have the $50/mo plan and used up my 100mb of data before the month was over. Simple Mobile gives you 250 mb for $40 (at 4G speeds, then drops to 2G just like T-mobile) using T-mobile towers. I'm switching.

    • SIMple

      Theres a 2.5 gb soft cap so it wont be true unlimited

      • Goldenpins

        but he can get the $70 plan which is true unlimited and with no throttle. They have one also but for subsidised models to. I think I saw it as $90 or $95.

        • itznfb

          Classic Unlimited Nationwide 4G - 89.99/mo

  • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

    When they cut off the "4g" speeds how bad is the throttling really? Im curious if its something, day to day, I could deal with at the end of the month and then just bump up to another plan if I was intending to travel and such.

    • itznfb

      It's unusable.

      • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

        Ah, so no better than my Sprint "3g" connection then. Thanks, guess this means I will have to do, at least, the 2GB plan.

        • itznfb

          The $30/mo 100 minutes Unlimited text Unlimited 4G Data (5GB) prepaid deal is still the best thing around in terms of price/service. As long as you don't talk that often.

        • mat jonson

          is your Sprint connection giving good costumer service
          i had my issues with them in the past

          • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

            I don't have sprint anymore. Their "3g" connection was so horrible and their LTE essentially vaporware despite claims that Atlanta was "live." The moment my contract was up I dropped Sprint like a terrible girlfriend and went to T-Mobile/Straight talk. Now I am averaging speeds better than I got when I got LTE with Sprint for considerably less money.

            "Unlimited" is worthless when its at 200kb/s.

    • Alexander Fooston

      It feels much like my C Spire 3G unless I was in a high-signal area. Even then, it was pretty slow. X3

  • itznfb

    So they are copying their Classic Unlimited Nationwide 4G plan to a prepaid plan... for $20 less. That's pretty awesome.

  • Zak Taccardi

    in what way is this a good deal?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Comparing to other carriers' compatible plans, this is a pretty good deal.

      • mat jonson

        it seems to be a good deal but i believe other carriers will follow and will offer competitive plans

        • Peacen1k

          I want to believe.

  • http://twitter.com/Delanoact1 Frank Delano

    I recently switched to t-mobile , I am using a iPhone 3G and i turned on the $2 daily plan cause it works out for me and they are saying it's unlimited 2G but i get 3G speeds with my iPhone 3G, I am wondering if the $50 unlimited monthly plan has a data cap cause i got One full day of streaming video and music for only $2 on the daily plan . does anyone know how this is possible and what are the data caps for the monthly $50 plan? if there is any.

    • mat jonson

      well i advice that you go for GoSmart $45 plan, it gives you unlimited talk & text, along with unlimited data first 5GB would be at 3G speed and rest would be at 2G

      if you try to buy this plan at eBay then i am sure that you will get good discount as well, see T-Mobile gives lots of commission to its dealers, and more sells they do more commission they earn http://www.pccwireless.com/gosmart-mobile-dealership.aspx and to get more commission, these dealers sell plans cheaper than actual price

      if you think 2G speed is good for you you may try $35 plan, why should you yell $10 more

  • djespo

    They took away tethering. Tmobile sucks!

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