T-Mobile to kill Even More Plus plans, bringing “Value” and “Classic”?
1. DigitalMD222222 (unregistered)
Unfortunately I expect things to get worse rather than better for the entire Smart device community with Google beginning to put a strangle hold on the ANdroid source code and the big cell boys throttling or tier pricing data. I expect a general slow down in progress while everyone tries to make a buck or two.
2. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
there wouldnt even be a point to redoing the EM+ plans. the whole point was it was no contract. Why would someone want to be under contract and still have to pay full retail for the device? Granted the plans are uber cheap but ur still locked in which goes against the whole idea of the EM+ plan..
11. ssjassassin (Posts: 108; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)
EM+ is going away forever. This is going to replace the traditional contract. You are paying less for the service and paying for the phone over time. The contract is because the cost of the service is so cheap. What you can expect is to buy a phone in store for the regular contract price. You will then pay the rest off over time to the no contract price point. The end point is that your going to pay less than customers do now with T-Mobile including the cost of the phones.
13. DUH (unregistered)
With the EM+ if you elected to use the payment option, if I remembered correctly was over 20 months, t-mobile required you to have that service for the time period equal to that of the payment. Basically u If you truly wanted to be month to month u would have to pay for the phone up front. Granted with th value u option the eliminate the option of no contract in its entirety but how many t-mobile customers were actually paying full price to go month to month, I suspect they realized the EM+ customers were using the payment option, opting for service agreement over 20 months, that's contract language without using the actual term contract.
14. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
no, EM+ was no contract period. If you did the payment plan then yea, you were billed for the cost of the phone. The problem was a lot of people that didnt care about their credit went n get multiple smartphones by putting down the initial 20 dollar first payment then never paid their bills. Tmobile lost a lot of money on it which is why it went to the background.
EM+ has never left, its still availible if u go into the store, u just wont find anyone actively selling it.
3. Gizmos (unregistered)
What is the point to having new plan? You (Tmobile) going to belong to ATT. Really
5. oddmanout (Posts: 441; Member since: 22 May 2009)
Changing the plans isn't necessarily a bad thing nor without reason. T-mobile might be bought by AT&T but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't bother competing. Regardless of whether the buyout goes through, they still are an active company and why not make moves for the better to attract more customers? Its not like AT&T has taken over already and ever cent they make belongs to AT&T.
6. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
besides, the lower they make their plans now, the more it will ANNOY ATT when they will have to abide by these super low contract prices.. lol :)
I hope the month before the merger, they drop down to 50 bux unl everything or less on contract and advertise the hell out of it.. :)
Here's a question. Why are people still ATT customers knowing that they are about to have 30 million people on their network that pay half the price for the same service? Who's smarter? The ATT customer that stays with ATT and its high prices and tiered data, or the one that jumps to Tmo and comes back with the super cheap unlimited plan...
If your going to end up on the same network, why pay more?
12. ssjassassin (Posts: 108; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)
The reason they are changing it to these plans is so they are spending zero cash upfront on phones. It is like writing a check to DT now before the merger for more money. The fact is it is great for customers but really is only for the benefit T-Mobiles parent company.
7. btbotimtim (Posts: 153; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
Contracts are required without subsidy?
How much is the early termination fee?
If there is ETF, why do they charge ETF for?
8. reader (unregistered)
The new value plans would cost you less each month (although still requiring a contract) because you either already have the phone you want to use, or you will simply pay full price for the device. The classic plans cost more because the cost of the phones are subsidized.
9. drew (unregistered)
Glad I locked in $59.99 unlimted a month. Woo hoo!
15. star_droid (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jul 2011)
well atleast you can purchase a phone on installment plan and get a lowest rate plan possible.. still a good thing though...