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The Trick to a Cheap Phone at T-Mobile- BEATING THE SUBSIDY

by usconcepts    Mar 21, 2013, 11:24 PM   edited Mar 21, 2013, 11:33 PM

There is a tricky way that works if you are switching to T-Mobile or qualify for a maximum upgrade online to get a really cheap price on a phone. If you are planning on going on their Monthly 4G plan, there is a better way to do it than they will tell you in the store or on the phone. Don't try and explain this to them as they are not bright enough to figure this out.

Lets give you the example of today, March 22nd. You want to go on Monthly 4G and buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 2. So you walk into T-Mobile (make sure its a company owned store or company website), get their Monthly 4G plan for $60 bucks, pay $699 for the Galaxy Note 2, and walk out the door. Done. That's the way T-Mobile wants you to do it. That's the way you are supposed to do it. (They offer payment plans as well for about 20 months but why pay at all? We aren't looking at this more expensive option here) You pay $700 for the phone and start paying $60 a month for contract free service.

But there is a dirty little secret that even most T-Mobile employees don't realize. How would you like to save almost $300 on your phone. Instead, do this:

STEP ONE:
Buy the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 on sale this week (THIS WORKS FOR FULL UPGRADES TOO) (or do this with any of their phones when they have a heavy subsidy sale for contracts) for $299 online with a $100 mail in rebate. They are currently waiving the activation fee of $35.00. So you walk in or go online wherever the contract special is, pay $299, get on a monthly plan for say $80 bucks per month, and walk out the door. Fill out your rebate form and mail it in. The rebate form states that you only have to make one call to qualify. So fill out the form, and mail it in. In about a week, you will receive an email from T-Mobile that your rebate is in the system and is being processed.

STEP TWO:
After a week on the new plan, call T-Mobile and switch to any Monthly 4G plan of your choice. $60 is a good one with 2GB of high speed data, and everything else unlimited. Or whatever you want. The representative will tell you that you will have to pay a $200 migration fee. Just smile, and say great. (you can read about this here: http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-3282 ) The rep will be surprised. So you are now switched to the low low price plan that you would have bought originally in the store and you still have you Galaxy Note in your hand with NO CONTRACT

STEP THREE:
Review your savings and gloat. The phone was marked at $699. You paid $299 with the online special.(or whatever contract phone was heavily subsidized this week) You will get $100 back in the mail in a few months. You will be charged $200 for migration to a non contract plan. BINGO. Do the math and you will see that your final price for the Galaxy Note 2 (or any similar phone) was $299-$100+200=$399. I have instructed my friends to do this and they do it every time, piece of cake. You just saved $300 with absolutely no effort and less than 20 minutes total on the phone.

Oh, one last point. For the doubters out there, may I point out that I do this all the time, and have done it for three of my friends. Its legal, and you are following all T-Mobile policies. You are simply following their rules of converting from a post paid to a Monthly 4G plan.

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