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Is the new T-Mobile a real threat or just marketing?

0. phoneArena posted on 26 Mar 2013, 21:24

We finally saw the future of T-Mobile today. We had seen bits and pieces and we had known what to expect to a certain degree, but today we got all of the answers and saw the plans laid out. But, the real question remains whether or not the change to being the "UNcarrier" makes T-Mobile a real threat to the competition or if it's just another marketing plan...

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posted on 27 Mar 2013, 14:56

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

Verizon, and AT&T will look at this and just laugh. They know perfectly well, TMobile network is full of holes and gabs, just like a spiderweb. Moreover, people whom rely on good service, and reliability will not stick with this network. However, Verizon being an opportunist their take is as follow, eliminate subsidizes, while maintaining the same price structure. Don't think for a minute, if they increase your down payment, prices are going to go down.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 15:53

31. deadstroke (Posts: 113; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)

lm so glad that lm wiz t -mobile now!!!!

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 16:15

32. Jyakotu (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

T-Mobile USA will have to do A LOT of explaining to new customers. Essentially, there is still some sort of contract here, if you choose the EIP. However, for customers who have already been purchasing unlocked phones, T-Mobile USA does seem to offer a better deal.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 16:35

33. _PHug_ (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

Now? No.
But if they took their $30 plan and added options for more talk time like 500 minutes for $40 and 1000 minutes for $50 THEN they would be a real threat.

As of now they are either
1. Cheaper than ATT & Verizon with less coverage
- or -
2. More expensive than MVNOs with similar coverage but with faster data

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 17:06 1

34. scsa852k (Posts: 331; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

Unless your job requires you to travel a lot, doesn't the 'best' network mean the network that gives you cheap rates and good coverage in your area?

In that case, T-Mo is the best network for me bar none.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 00:58

37. Rager722 (Posts: 319; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)

I don't think you should call them "tech elites" because many people are just obsessed with having everything new and to be on top. So that can be a huge group of people.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 12:25

38. AL4010 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)

I work for a bank and even with my hefty discount Sprint charges around 170.00 for three lines 2 non smartphones and 1 smartphone. I just went to T-Mobile yesterday and they told me to get three smartphones with unlimited text, talk, and web its 135-140 for no contract plan, paying full retail price for the phone, and discount i still save 30 - 35 dollars a month so why not switch!? They are the new competition. They split up the payments on the retail price of the phone for 24 months or you can pay in full up to you. LTE around the Chicago OHare area sucks even after the tower upgrades with Sprint. Sprint had to supply us with a "AirWave" system that gives me 5000 square feet of service around my home and still i get more like 100 square feet of coverage. Go outside on a clear day and I have to drive 3 blocks to get any service at all without my call being droped. So you decide and argue all you want on my comment but im moving on.

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