T-Mobile's new UNcarrier plans are now in effect
0. phoneArena 24 Mar 2013, 14:13 posted on
As expected, T-Mobile has started up its new UNCarier era two days in advance of its media event with the carrier's corporate owned stores now offering the new Value Plan only while national retailers and authorized dealers have the Classic Plan to offer to new subscribers; the plans offer unlimited talk, text and data for as low as $70 per month...
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1. PeaceB (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
T-Mo really screwed up the "new" Uncarrier plan.. $70 for unlimited everything, while their prepaid service Simple Mobile offers $50 unlimit everything..
$70 is more than what i pay atm on T-Mo.. I expected "real" change and savings, but i guess that wont happen anytime soon in the US.. =.=
2. jfuente11 (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)
Actually with the postpay lines, it is really for customers who want to have 3 to 5 lines on a single account. For Value Plans, 1st line will be $50.00 (Unlimited Talk and Text with 500MB) then if you want to add a 2nd line it will be additional $30.00 then $10.00 for the 3rd to 5th line. If you will open an account for 5 lines, then you will be paying $110.00 each having Unlimited Talk and Text with 500MB. So it is like $22.00 per month per line, plus you have an option to purchase the phone in installment basis.
10. MartyK (Posts: 734; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
Unlimited Talk and Text with 500MB?....Wow,
this is a data rip off!!...smh
41. scsa852k (Posts: 329; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
Really? You're comparing a MVNO network service to its fully operating network?
Then all people at Verizon must be idiots not to use PagePlus, according to your analogy.
42. KennethP4V (Posts: 33; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
yes, this thing is beneficial to people on family plan. im currently on AT&T with 3 lines under the contract. 3 smarthones with 200MB each, bill come out 198 a month. I tried adding the Tmobile new plan to cart just for fun. 3 lines, all unlimited talk/text and 500MB data for each, and 2 new galaxy Note2 paying 20 dollars per month each, and 3rd line bring ur own phone over. the bill come out 140 a month. so in another word u get unlimited talk/text/more data and including the phone subsidy/payment bill is still 50 dollars cheaper than AT&T. Especially, Tmobile will be rolling out LTE to my area, so no worries about speed as well.
5. akz1112 (Posts: 16; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)
does any1 know will tax and fee be included or extra like contract plan?
8. 3SM.. (unregistered)
That is actually a good question! I would like to know that as well because that would be a bargain if the fees and taxes areexempted from this plan. I'd only pay $60 a month with the 2GB plan (I rarely go over 2GB since I'm mostly on wi-fi) on T-Mobile compared to paying $80 plus taxes and fees w/ Sprint's whacked up service.
6. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
So how the hell is T-Mobfail going to offer classic plans at Target when they are getting rid of them in favor of Sprint come April 1st?
7. evil.sidv (unregistered)
no contract required on the new value plan. sounds nice
9. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
God I hate people bashing contracts. Unless you don't plan on paying your bill you should never have an issue.
12. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
Well what if you want to switch carriers or just cancel service?
13. 3SM.. (unregistered)
If you switch, then I don't think you'll owe T-Mobile any obligations considering that you're not in a contract; however, if you're paying monthly on a phone and stop paying then I would guess that they would send your balance to a collection agency for the remaining balance you owe on the phone.
27. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Probably not to a collection agency, because the balance isn't considered past due if you've been paying for it every month. I think it'll come to the financial institution that you're paying to. If it's T-Mobile themselves, they may ask the user to pay for the remaining balance. Otherwise, the user could still continue to pay to the financial institution till the balance is paid off. There's no reason to forward an account to a collection agency if the account is active.
29. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Sorry, I misread your comment, you're right, the collection agency will probably come in after 3 attempts from T-Mobile trying to collect unsuccessfully.
20. akz1112 (Posts: 16; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)
U makes no sense. What does that has to do with paying your bill? People bashing contract is because majority of the time those plans are more expensive then prepaid plan even after including the full cost of the smartphone.
23. 3SM.. (unregistered)
I didn't mention anything about paying a bill. I was referring to "paying monthly on a phone" meaning that if you choose to pay off the phone (not the service) in monthly payments (for those people who don't buy the phone at full price initially) and if you fail to pay it, then you're likely be defaulted by T-Mobile sense you still owe them money for the phone. THINK before you post!
35. 3SM.. (unregistered)
21. suneeboy (Posts: 201; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)
You have to pay your bill regardless. It's about pricing, and long term commitments. That's why I go prepaid. Why pay more? $45 a month with Straight Talk and the Nexus 4. I'm winning.
11. alouden (unregistered)
They say no contract. But why is there an early termination fee? If I brought my phone over, I shouldn't be charged an ETF if I leave, should I? What am I missing?
16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3639; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Where'd you read that there is an ETF? From what I understand, there isn't one.
24. alouden (unregistered)
On their website. It is among the fine print. It reads that: " If you switch plans you may be bound by existing or extended contract term (including early termination provisions) and/or an up to $200 fee. "
But it occurs to me that I may be misreading things. It would also be reasonable for them to charge me for the phone if I were to cancel my plan.
34. ruthayy (Posts: 16; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)
if you are currently under a contract at the moment and want to switch to the new plans, yes there will be an ETF because the new plans are no contract. So you are breaking your existing contract with them.
25. alouden (unregistered)
No there isn't one. But tmobile would charge for the cost of the phone.
14. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
unlimited data should a must. We over pay for phone calls min alrdy.
I mean cable company dont charge data by the GB right
18. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
ATT do charged extra if you go over their 150gb cap
15. TheMan (Posts: 456; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
When briefing us at Costco yesterday, our TMO rep mentioned that aside from getting a phone at a subsidy, an advantage (albeit small) of Classic plans is an ability to get early upgrades (fee applied) This'll be a plus for the customer who bought an S3, say in November, and now wants an S4 (when it launches).
Specifics hadn't been finalized, but he said it may be as early as 6 months.
17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3639; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Yeah, but you can upgrade at any time on the Value Plan provided you've paid off the balance on whatever phone you're using.
19. gregsterg (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)
That's stupid you can make a down payment on phones without paying the full price everywhere but D.C. man we don't get no lone at all, why D.C. gotta be the only ones to pay the full price.
22. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
Unfortunately t-mobile's coverage is terrible for me. Hope this might cause some competition among the other big carriers.
30. JunitoNH (Posts: 1489; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Wish you were right, but I doubt if anything happens. TMobile is bleeding customers and most are going to Verizon and AT&T. They are going to bleed consumers as much as possible, and as long as they can.
28. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I think I like this... Not sure until I actually try it, but won't be till next year. I hope the refarming is still going on tho, cause T-Mo does have to step up their 3G coverage quite a bit. I'm really looking forward to go on the value plan tho.
36. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
They did... That's why the cell phones are not subsidized and not being part of the plan pricing. The cell phones are now with a downpayment, and pay off over 24 month.
37. ruthayy (Posts: 16; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)
exactly. so why this statement
'Both Classic and Value Plans offer Unlimited talk and text plus 500MB of data monthly for $50 monthly."
38. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3639; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
T-Mobile offers Value Plans only now. If you're getting a T-Mobile plan elsewhere (Best-Buy, Walmart, Costco, etc), it will be a Classic Plan.
39. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
He's referring to this article... ruthayy, if you check the T-Mobile web site, you'll see the classic plan is no longer available for selection.
44. TheMan (Posts: 456; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
But ruthayy is right about the Classic and Value NOT having the same monthly cost. It's Value - $50/mo and the Classic $60/mo.
FYI handset pricing can be such (at Costco at least) where it's still cheaper to get a Classic plan than a Value Plan. Let's say you want unlimited and unthrolttled everything. At $90 per month for the Classic, that's $20 higher than the Value, so bad deal, right? Well, currently the Galaxy S3 is $50 at Costco versus $550 at TMO. That $500 difference means you don't break even for 25 months. If you're the type who sits on old phones this could make sense, but if you upgrade every two years or less, the Classic plan could be the better choice.
My point: Always run the numbers.
40. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Well... that sucks... with the new uncarrier plan, there's no more rebates, and everything is just unlimited calls and texting. The unlimited calls is really a waste for me, even 1000 minutes is too much.
43. akz1112 (Posts: 16; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)
Read before u post, I wasn't talking about u. Lol