Three T-Mobile phones worth waiting for (roundup)

In addition to taking the full plunge into prepaid territory, T-Mobile has lined up some highly anticipated top-tier phones. Here's the lowdown on the three handsets that are worth considering.

T-Mobile at CES
Earlier this year at CES, T-Mobile unveiled its $70 no-contract unlimited data plan. Lori Grunin/CNET

Now that T-Mobile has done away with its two-year contract model, we take a look at the three hottest handsets that are destined for the carrier.

Based on its new options, you will be able to get these phones alongside a monthly $50 unlimited talk and text plan (and 500MB of data thrown in for good measure). If you want unlimited data, you'll need to pay $20 more, totaling up to a reasonable $70 per month.

For more on what the carrier has in store, join CNET tomorrow at 8 a.m. PT as we live blog its "Uncarrier" event in New York.


Samsung Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4. Sarah Tew/CNET
Samsung Galaxy S4, expected in Q2 for T-Mobile
As if the Galaxy S4 doesn't have enough things going for it, the device will also pack a vividly bright 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED screen, either a 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor or a 1.6GHz octo-core Exynos 5 Octa CPU (though chances are the U.S. model will get the former), and a 13-megapixel camera. Read the full review.


HTC One
The HTC One. Sarah Tew/CNET
HTC One, expected mid- to late March for T-Mobile
Not only is the One just a fine-looking, all-aluminum-cased handset, it also has room under the hood for some impressive specs. It was one of the very first phones to be announced with a (1.7GHz) quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, it has a 4-megapixel "Ultrapixel" camera that can record 1080p full HD video, and its 4.7-inch LCD screen boasts a whopping 468ppi. Read the full review.


BlackBerry Z10
The BlackBerry Z10. Josh Miller/CNET
BlackBerry Z10, pre-registration available now for T-Mobile
As the Hail Mary phone from BlackBerry, you can bet the company filled its Z10 flagship to the brim with high-tech specs and features. In addition to running the novel and heavily gesture-based BB10 OS, the handset also sports an HDMI port, an 8-megapixel camera, and a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus processor. All packaged in a handsome, sturdy construction. Read the full review.


Compare these phones head-to-head.

Read the full CNET Review

Samsung Galaxy S4

The Bottom Line: Its laundry list of features require time and effort to truly master, but the Galaxy S4 is the top choice for anyone looking for a big-screen, do-everything smartphone. / Read full review

Read the full CNET Review

BlackBerry Z10

The Bottom Line: Though it's not quite enough to draw committed iPhone or Android owners, the BlackBerry Z10's modern design and features give BlackBerry fans what they've hungered for. / Read full review

Read the full CNET Review

HTC One

The Bottom Line: A few quibbles notwithstanding, the powerhouse HTC One is a beautifully crafted, near-ideal smartphone. / Read full review

About the author

Lynn La is CNET's associate editor for cell phone and smartphone news and reviews. Prior to coming to CNET, she wrote for the Sacramento Bee and was a staff editor at Macworld. In addition to covering technology, she has reported on health, science, and politics.

 

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