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AT&T offering $450 to entice T-Mobile customers to switch

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AT&T offering $450 to entice T-Mobile customers to switch
Maybe it is because they are the two major GSM carriers in the U.S. Or perhaps AT&T executives are still upset that T-Mobile CEO John Legere called out AT&T's pipeline at last year's CES. Or, it could be that there is something to the rumor that T-Mobile's highly anticipated announcement at CES will have to do with the mobile operator paying off the ETF fees of consumers who jump to T-Mobile. Whatever the reason, AT&T is going right after T-Mobile customers with its new promotion.

Switch from T-Mobile to AT&T and the nation's second largest carrier will give you as much as $450. Some of that sum comes from a promotion card that AT&T will give you for trading in your current smartphone. The card must be used for AT&T products or services, and the actual amount you'll receive will be determined by the age, condition and model of the phone you trade in.

The remaining $200 is awarded to T-Mobile customers who jump to AT&T, sign up for AT&T Next and purchase a new device at full price or have a phone activated that they already own. AT&T Next is the plan that offers an early equipment upgrade to customers who make at least 12 monthly payments toward a new phone purchased at the full retail price.

Sounds like at least one major U.S. carrier hears footsteps behind them, and is peering over its shoulder.

source: AT&T

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posted on 03 Jan 2014, 09:05 2

1. cncrim (Posts: 415; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Love competition.......
Hopefully sprint an tmobile merge not working out otherwise customer is the one thay will loose, however i hope anyone can buy Tmobile but the big 3 carrier.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 09:17 6

2. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


Tmobile gives more and is much cheaper.

Verizon the best, but to expensive, ripoff.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 09:28 10

3. jamesedward318 (Posts: 95; Member since: 25 Dec 2010)


Sorry but as funny as this may sound $450 is not enough for me to come back and worry about data overages. I'll stick with the pink.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 09:46 6

4. hellonerds (Posts: 122; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Can't wait to go back to tmo.. have tmo note 3 on att and I pay 80$ month for 200 text/450 mins /4500 weekend/ cap at 5 GB data grandfather iphone plan.. t-mo offers 70$ unlimited everything and no throttling. .

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 14:43 1

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6615; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I have a Note 3 w/ T-Mo and these 35mbps+ speeds with unlimited everything for $70 a month make me happy I don't have to worry about overages.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 15:35 1

15. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


Great deal you:ve got there. Does thst include 4G or 3G...?

I remember few users are on Verizon with old price plan giving unlimited 4G for $90 with no throttling. What a lucky buggers those are. Wish i had that price plan...

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 22:18 1

22. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6615; Member since: 14 May 2012)


3G and LTE.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 09:52 7

5. EnigmaticPsychotic (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Nov 2013)


Dear AT&T,

I left you after 7 years of overpriced service for the greener pastures of T-Mobile. I have never looked back with regret.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 10:05 2

6. dcgore (Posts: 198; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


T-mo is doing great things, the problem is coverage even in a city like NYC where i live. Bulding penetration is not the best, i only get 2G inside my office.

I am back with AT&T and service is great. I thank T-mo for making them lower their monthly service fees.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 12:04 3

9. Augustine (Posts: 433; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Indeed, the AWS band has trouble going through many walls. I myself experienced poor signal in a store in a mall last week. That's probably the motivation behind the spectrum swap with Verizon to get to use the 700 MHz band in some locations like AT&T, which gets more easily through walls.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 16:53

17. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


I have T-mobile on one of my phones and AIO (AT&T's prepaid service) on another. When I'm outside both are great but when I go inside a building AIO gets a better signal. If T-Mobile had better building penetration I would get rid of AIO.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 10:43 5

7. wilsong17 (Posts: 258; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


hmm 70 dollar everything unlimited

do you att have this kind of plan

NO

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 11:21 1

8. oister85 (Posts: 385; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Yeah man at&t is so dammed expensive every time you go over your date they charge you $10 additional.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 12:44 1

10. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


This is the dumbest plan ever. Only $200 and buying a phone at full price! So dumb. You will lose that and more with 2 months of service with ATT

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 13:39

11. ziggiec (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


Shouldn't att battle Verizon and make them lower their prices. Instead att is in battle with 4th place tmo. Tmo really got to them. Funny.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 16:55 1

18. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


T-Mobile is causing AT&T to lower its prices and it does have an effect on what Verizon does.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 13:39 1

12. mike2959 (Posts: 155; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Tried TMO and still if you're not in s INNER city coverage is challenging. Heck look at their own coverage maps, look at 3rd party maps. The coverage just isn't there. The HSPA+ is awesome, but again when there's coverage.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 13:59

13. Gemmol (Posts: 441; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


There are no tmobile towers in New York they could use that line for promotion anyone with tmobile knows once you get inside a building the service goes dead

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 16:47

16. downphoenix (Posts: 2231; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Im really hoping T-mobile pulls through the ETF payouts... I may have to switch over to them. It will be adios to Sprint if so.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 18:23

19. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 723; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


KEEP TRYING AT&T, TMO IS WAY AHEAD.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 20:08

20. btbotimtim (Posts: 134; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


If Tmobile pays Verizon customers' ETFs, I will switch.
I have 5 smartphone lines (two unlimited data) and pay around 265 a month including tax, fees and discounts... it seems pretty a lot..

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 22:07

21. Augustine (Posts: 433; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Why should anyone ball you out of your poor decisions?

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