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Information on T-Mobile's new Value Plan leaks

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Information on T-Mobile's new Value Plan leaks
Earlier this week, leaked internal documents revealed T-Mobile's expected pricing for its Classic Plan. This plan will be offered only by national retailers like Target and Best Buy because of the intricacies involved in paying commission and working out Equipment Installment Plans with national chains. T-Mobile's own corporate stores and website will be using its new Value Plan, the details of which have been leaked out by a source. The new plans are expected to take effect on March 24th and be announced two days later. Current T-Mobile subscribers will be grandfathered into their current plans. The pricing, as you will see, is very similar to the new Classic Plan.

With the new Value Plan, everyone starts with a $50 base that includes Unlimited talk and text. You can stop there and receive 500MB of data each month, or pay an additional $20 monthly for unlimited data.That works out to $70 a month for Unlimited talk, text and data. The Unlimited plan does not include tethering, so if you plan on using that feature, you will need to pay extra, or use the data bucket option and pay $10 for 2.5GB of data per month or $60 for 12.5GB of monthly data. Obviously, if you do not use the tethering feature, your best bet is to pay for Unlimited data.

Family plans start with a base $80 per month for Unlimited talk and text for two lines. Each additional line will cost $10 for lines 3 to 5. As with the individual plan, Unlimited data is $20 monthly although this does not include tethering. If you use the tethering feature, you will have the same data bucket options as offered for the individual plan and as we pointed out, if you do not use this at all, you should stick to the $20 Unlimited data option.

The leak also showed how T-Mobile plans on marketing the new plans. Reps are being taught that the new pricing structure eliminates unfair overage charges and makes it easier for customers to get the latest phones. To be the UNcarrier, T-Mobile says it will offer fair and simple rate plans and services, the best access to amazing devices, and have a nationwide 4G LTE network.

source: AndroidAuthority

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posted on 22 Mar 2013, 12:10 5

1. imkyle (Posts: 1086; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Their coverage is just horrible. Fast speeds when you have service.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 12:15 2

2. j643121 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)

At $60 for unlimited everything, they would have had me. But as it is, I can't justify paying more than what I do now for services I don't need (namely unlimited talk and text).

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 17:30

21. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

look at solavei. unlimited everything, 4GB of high speed. $49/mo. uses tmobile's network. i use it and really like it.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 12:15 5

3. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

100 bucks cheaper then AT&T for 5 lines give or take but wish they had better coverage...

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 12:24

4. bdavis022 (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)

It looks like majority of people are signing up for unlimited everything anyway. What are they doing with the phone pricing?

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 13:19

10. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

I think it was they'll be keeping every phone at $100 and under, and you'll pay $25-30 a month along with your monthly bill until you paid the whole phone off, which will be about 17 months later (based on a $600 phone off contract), and then after you paid the phone off your monthly rates will go down until you buy a new phone. Or you can just buy the phone outright, of course.

I'm just wondering if they would let me switch over to one of their new "uncarrier" plans before I finish my current contract.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 16:24

15. indigo212 (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)

I work for T-Mobile, and so far through training for the UNcarrier launch the Phones will require a down payment + taxes on the full value of the phone, and then payment plans for 20 months.
(Ex: GS III $199 downpayment + Taxes on $599 and then $20/mo for 20/mos) If you are under contract on the current value or classic plans then you will have to fufill those contracts before being able to migrate over to the new plans, as the new plans are all no contract.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 20:27

24. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Indigo, can you clarify something. I assume that the 20 dollars for data is per line, correct? not 20 dollars for the entire plan. I just want to confirm. I can't see it being the latter, but it doesn't specifically say in the sales material above.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:58

28. indigo212 (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)

Yes, Correct. The $20 is a per line charge.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 12:38

5. DarkShadow (Posts: 51; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

it funny l have that plan.. l pay 50/ month with 500mb since the beginig of feb went their text me for the upgrade from 100 to 400 more=500

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 13:06

6. kozza3 (Posts: 715; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

ok so lets say $70 for unlimited plan, provided you bring your own device. if not, your gonna add anywhere from $15-$25 to that $70 right?

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 13:23

11. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

If you buy a phone on one of their new installment plans, you will have to pay $25-30 extra a month until you pay the full retail price of that phone off contract. I would guess if you brought your own device you would be exempt from that.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 16:32

18. indigo212 (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)

The equipment installment plans (EIP) don't go above $20 and 20/mo installments. If you bring your own phone you just pay for the plan. However you aren't eligible to go on EIP until you've completed 1yr of service.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 16:34

19. indigo212 (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)

Also the down payment is based on credit. Well qualified customers will have little to no down payment on certain devices.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 16:43 1

20. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

I was just recalling what I read on an article, of course it would be off from what an actual T-Mobile employee like yourself would know. Thanks for the corrections and the information

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 13:08 1

7. ViBRATOt49 (Posts: 17; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)

i cancelled in one day. their coverage is weak and what really pissed me off was i had a coupon that said from their website to wave activation fees if i bring my own device. no one wanted to honor it. i had to go through 3 reps till the supervisor just till i said ill cancel .

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 13:11

8. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

7-Up (the Uncola if you're under 35) is the official drink of the UNcarrier.

Does the "uncarrier" designation have any appeal to any reader here? I don't see it having much of a hook to the average consumer. It'll take time to educate consumers. As for the plans, I'm not clear whether paying in installments will continue to require a 2-year contract. Otherwise, I understand what it's trying to do, but TMO's been experimenting with rate plans more than any competitor in the last five years. I haven't seen an indication that Americans are ready to embrace paying $500+ for a phone to bypass a contract.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 14:03

12. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

I think that the off-contract market is starting to open up a bit though. The Nexus 4 is a big one, and there's still a chance of the cheap iPhone (though I still think it's a weird move). Heck, T-Mobile's changes might help push manufacturers along.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 16:27

17. indigo212 (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)

These new UNcarrier plans are not contracted rate plans which is why the subscriber pays the full value of the phone over 20 months. But even with the contracted rate plans at the big 3 you still end up paying for the phone through their high rate plans. Only with TMO the price drops off after 20 months.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 13:19

9. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Im paying Ā£60 unlimited talk and texts with 10Gb of 4G with 12 mont contract

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 14:34

14. jmoney62987 (Posts: 31; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)

Uh so that pricing is practically exactly the same ...and in no way competitive considering their service sucks. I have att in NJ and despite my hate for att I will say it's far better than tmobile around here.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 20:34

25. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

How do you figure it is "exactly the same"? For me I would be saving 65 dollars a month, and that's with a 20% corporate credit on verizon. I would be ok with that.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 16:25

16. indigo212 (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)

I work for TMO and actually the unlimtied data plan does include up to 500MB of mobile hotspot.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 18:56 1

22. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

I rather go with their new, Gosmart plans via MVNO, and pay $45/month for 5bg high speed. I'm sorry but I had the prepaid $70/month plan and it was not worth it. Instead of worrying about LTE this and that, they need to improve network deficiencies.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 19:19

23. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

im comparing this to my current tmobile family plan and I dont think Im saving money at all?

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 10:39 1

29. cjjohnson86 (Posts: 29; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)

The coverage is a hit or miss based on your location. I can say I have had more positive experiences with t-mobile than I have of the other 4, and I travel nationwide. The areas you don't get coverage in of course sucks, but the areas you do get coverage in is without a doubt the best. It all depends on what you look for. Overall its a good deal if your looking for unlimited everything. God knows I was paying twice as much with verizon and still didn't get the unlimited data. But with t-mo i do enjoy the free wifi calling. thanks to that i pretty much got rid of my home phone.

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