T-Mobile announced the Simple Choice plans a while back and as of today -- they have been announced for families. Basically, T-Mobile has extended their UNcarrier approach to family accounts (in addition to individual accounts). This setup will be available in mid-July and include plans with unlimited talk, text and web with an additional 500MB of high-speed data included.
Specifically, this option will be available beginning on July 14th. This plan will be priced at $100 per month and it means no credit checks and no annual contracts. T-Mobile has also said these plans will be available for up to four lines. Bottom line here, your credit or desire to go contract-free will no longer have any effect on your ability to secure a family account with T-Mobile.
In addition to the upcoming availability of the Simple Choice plans for families, T-Mobile has announced the JUMP upgrade program along with an expansion to their 4G LTE device lineup. The JUMP program will allow users to upgrade their device two times per year and comes with a $10 per month price tag. Those choosing to enter the JUMP program will also have device coverage included with that price.
The new 4G LTE devices include the Sony Xperia Z (which has been long rumored). This handset will be available on July 17th and those interested will have to shell out a downpayment of $99.99 along with 24 monthly payments of $20. Aside from the new LTE Android handset coming to T-Mobile, the carrier also unveiled details of the network rollout.
With that in mind, the T-Mobile LTE network now covers 157 million people, which as was pointed out -- is "far exceeding the company’s stated midyear goal of reaching 100 million people." Otherwise, the network is live in 116 metropolitan areas. T-Mobile also has plans for LTE coverage to be available for 200 million people in more than 200 metropolitan areas by years end.