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T-Mobile's $10 discount isn't quite enough

Globhead

Mar 20, 2013, 12:07 PM
It's a little complicated to figure out exactly what we are paying for our phones (good enough reason to change the system right there).

Your first subsidy with a new carrier can be as high as $400 for some of the very popular high-end phones. That works out to about $20/month.

But your "upgrade" discount is usually only about $200-250, which is about $10/month.

So T-Mobile's option only relieves us of the subsidy scam if we are planning on staying with the same carrier (for whatever reason) by switching to the non-subsidized plan for a renewal, AND if we took advantage of the $400 discount for the first phone.

If you truly want to not waste money, you have to switch carriers every 2 years to get $400 back from the $20/month you...
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usconcepts

Mar 21, 2013, 10:54 PM
Nice thinking about switching carriers, but again, you are missing a big piece of the puzzle. First, you usually don't get that huge $400 subsidy. Maybe on their sale phone of the week, or some odd Thanksgiving day promotion. But even so, there is something even bigger than the subsidies, and that's the new expensive plans.

For example, Tmobile has unlimited talk, text and 5GB of 4G data for 69.99 with no phone subsidy. AT&T for the same plan (and the networks are so similar as they share each others towers in so many neighborhoods) is $140. (69.99 for talk, 50.00 for 5GB and 20 for text). So over a two year contract, offering the same services, you will save almost 2000.00 on T-Mobile.

So, if you move to AT&T (at today's rate pla...
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adam2106

Mar 24, 2013, 4:01 PM
what are you searching for? they already offer the lowest plans in the industry.
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