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.

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.

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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