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I love ya T-Mobile but man these plans can by cryptic...
Will this even matter?
Existing customers will be able to keep the plans, but when they get a new phone (or if they want to switch plans) they'll have to change.
Plans like this are another reason I'll be really sad to...
If I was a T-Mobile dealer
Even More Plus was a better deal
Now they're offering the same thing, except they're requiring a two year contract and charging a bigger up-front down payment (instead of 1st payment up-front).
Still better than a subsidized two-year contract, but not as good as before.
The Plans are the Step in the right direction
Think about it, no discount on handsets means no required data feture, either, so all of that garbage is out the window.
The new plans are awesome.
Should I also mention 10 Gigabytes has a cost of $55.00 now ?
I've always wondered about this
So if I read this correctly, I would have a low monthly bill unless I get a subsidized phone, correct? And if I do get the phone and after I am finished paying it off, my monthly bill will come down?
If so, I might just be jumping over to T-mobile lol.
I hope Sprint adopts this and I will stay.
Grandfathered on old deals with TMO, wonder if I should switch?