T-Mobile officially dumps FlexPay
FlexPay plans were great for customers with less than stellar credit. Instead of high deposits, aspiring customers could get service with T-Mobile by paying a slightly higher price for the phone with a contract. There was also an option to get a FlexPay plan with no contract, but anyone interested would have to pay full retail price for the phone of their choice.
While existing FlexPay customers may be grandfathered into their plans, there is a catch. Anybody with FlexPay will not be able to add any lines to their account whether or not it is a family plan. Moreover, any plan changes would have to be to a current plan instead of a previously offered FlexPay plan.
Anybody looking to get service on T-Mobile will go through the regular credit check but now may be faced with a deposit instead of the option of FlexPay. Tell us what you think in the comments below.
2. E (unregistered)
Here's an idea, pay your bill, or don't over expend if you know you cant afford it, its called personal responsibility and some people straight up don't have it. so here's an idea for those kindly SOL - boost galaxy prevail $180 for phone plus $50/month unlimited and with 18 months of, guess what? PAYING YOUR BILL you could have unlimited everything for $35. Wake up people you have a brain USE IT.
3. ibap (Posts: 700; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
I agree largely with the responsibility thing, but I have a recollection of having to pay a big deposit to the (landline) phone company years ago, not because I had BAD credit, but because I had NO credit history. Actually, they paid 6% interest on the deposit, and I kind of wanted to ask them if they'd keep it longer, since you couldn't get 6% on a regular savings account anyway.
So it isn't just those with bad credit, and it could be hard on those just starting out on their own. A little charity of spirit, please.
But prepay would be the way to start out in this case.
7. Matt (unregistered)
I do this because it is $10 cheaper a month (I paid full price for Nokia N900)...
10. Loverboy Phlug (unregistered)
Ironically, iBap and E are both right, neither are wrong.
Some people can't spend within their means, others get the hose when they have no credit.
4. Jim (unregistered)
E...that's a bold statement given what the economy has been like the last couple years....I really hope you go through what I had to...you will be singing a different tune Mr. holier than thou.
5. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Ah it feels good to be independently wealthy by making smart decisions and spending within my budget.
9. Spear (unregistered)
Alot of TMO customers got a text, including myself, that stated CONGRATS you can now upgrade out of FlexPay and convert to a regualr account. Just an FYI, you have to renew your contact to change to a 'standard' account.