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T-Mobile emphasizes FlexPay in Project Dark

As expected, T-Mobile announced a new set of plans yesterday as part of Project Dark. In an effort to supplant Sprint as the No. 3 carrier in the country, T-Mobile has introduced a series of simple service plans to along with their new crop of high-end handsets and their eventual 21Mbps HSDPA upgrade. The plans aren’t quite as good as the rumored $50 all-in, but they do bring quality prices to prepaid. In fact, the FlexPay plans, which require no contract, are priced lower than their contractual counterparts.

T-Mobile has three tiers of voice usage: 500 minutes, 1,000 minutes, and unlimited minutes. It breaks down this way:

Talk Talk + Text Talk + Text + Web
Unlimited $49.99 $59.99 $79.99
1,000 $39.99 $49.99 $69.99
500 $29.99 $39.99 $59.99

The expected issue at this point is that T-Mobile does not subsidize handsets for FlexPay. They’ve come up with a solution to this, though. Instead of paying full price up front for the handset, T-Mobile is allowing customer to finance them at zero percent interest. Customers can break payments down into monthly payments, as few as four and as many as 20. That will act as a contract, keeping customers on T-Mobile at least until they pay off the handset, and then probably a while afterwards. The handset, after all, will be pretty expensive.

T-Mobile might not list FlexPay on the prepaid section of their website, but it’s still a prepaid plan. With these new improvements, it might be the best prepaid plan out there.