T-Mobile said Wednesday it will sell a pay-in-advance BlackBerry smart phone that doesn't require a contract or credit check.
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is one of the four handsets offered through the carrier's new T-Mobile Complete package.
The kits start at $59.99, which includes the first month of service, and customers will have their choice of voice, text and data plans starting at $50 a month.
Pre-paid wireless plans and carriers have grown in popularity in the last few years, appealing to consumers who are budget-conscious, dislike being locked into an annual contract or lack the credit history to get a contract.
T-Mobile said it is the first national U.S. carrier to offer a pay-in-advance BlackBerry smart phone. The company is also targeting the Hispanic population. It said that 66 percent of Hispanic wireless consumers text message daily, compared with 36 percent of the general market, and that mobile Web use among Hispanics is growing rapidly.
The pre-paid kits are available at Best Buy stores and select Wal-Mart locations. The other phones offered are non-smart phones manufactured by Samsung.