T-Mobile launched its “blazing fast” 4G LTE network service today in seven major metropolitan areas across the U.S.

Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose, Calif. and Washington, D.C. are the first cities to get a taste of “state-of-the-art” network.

The fourth-largest U.S. wireless carrier said its 4G LTE network is expected to reach 100 million Americans by mid-year and 200 million by the end of 2013.

“T-Mobile’s 4G LTE deployment will complement its existing nationwide 4G network — which third-party tests show rivals or beats existing LTE networks — creating what T-Mobile expects to be the fastest 4G combination in the United States,” the company said in a press release. “T-Mobile 4G LTE devices will automatically and seamlessly transition to T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G where LTE has not yet launched.”

T-Mobile announced the kick-off of the network at a special press conference in New York this morning as well as several moves to “address consumer frustration with the unnecessary cost and complexity of wireless.”

The carrier is doing away with subsidized pricing plans and contracts in favor of pre-paid plans and is offering the most popular Smartphones for what it described as the lowest up-front cost.

“These bold moves serve notice that T-Mobile is canceling its membership in the out-of-touch wireless club,” said T-Mobile USA president and CEO John Legere. “This is an industry filled with ridiculously confusing contracts, limits on how much data you can use or when you can upgrade, and monthly bills that make little sense. As America’s Un-carrier, we are changing all of that and bringing common sense to wireless.”

The carrier is offering its brand new Simple Choice Plan, with three main options featured on its website:

• $50 a month — Unlimited talk, text and high speed Internet on the first 500 MB of data at up to 4G speed;

• $60 a month — Unlimited talk, text and high speed Internet on the first 2.5 GB of data at up to 4G speed;

• $70 a month —Unlimited talk, text and high speed Internet nationwide with data speeds up to 4G.

Customers can also add a second phone line for $30 per month, and each additional line is just $10 per month.

T-Mobile also is offering a selection of 4G LTE-capable devices on its website, including the Samsung Galaxy S 4, BlackBerry Z10, HTC One, T-Mobile Sonic 2.0 Mobile HotSpot LTE and Samsung Galaxy Note II.

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T-Mobile Launches 4G LTE Network, Axes Contracts

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