The Phone You're Paying For But Not Getting
T-Mobile's $10 discount isn't quite enough
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...
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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