Sources have confirmed to PhoneNews.com that T-Mobile today expanded their trial regions for the unlimited $49.99 (and family $89.99) voice plan trials.
Similar to the trials launched in San Francisco, customers in South Florida may now purchase the new test plans. However, like San Francisco, only customers that have been with T-Mobile for 22 months or longer qualify. The unlimited plans continue T-Mobile’s testing, which will determine if the price-point is viable for a future nationwide offering.
This is the latest chapter in the unlimited voice price wars, which began with Verizon and AT&T rolling out $99 voice-only plans on the same day. Sprint then matched the offering, but included unlimited data, TV, GPS Navigation, and push to talk. Sprint-owned Boost Mobile then offered a similar plan for $49, but on the slower, 2G iDEN network.
If T-Mobile does deploy the new unlimited plans nationwide, it could spark an across-the-board drop of rate plans. At $49, several plans on both individual and family plan lines would have to be dropped considerably, or removed completely. If the unlimited plan price wars were to continue, this trend points to carriers eschewing all per minute plans completely; focusing on data add-ons and other features to boost ARPU.
Update: T-Mobile has confirmed mid-day that the unlimited plan trials are now fully nationwide. However, they still are limited to existing customers who have maintained service for at least 22 months.