Leaked images reveal that simplified billing will be T-Mobile's UN-Carrier 5.0

Leaked images reveal that simplified billing will be T-Mobile's UN-Carrier 5.0
John Legere, the CEO of T-Mobile, will announce the carrier's latest pro-consumer initiative tomorrow. There is speculation that the carrier will introduce a simplified pricing structure that rolls everything into one bottom-line price, including taxes and regulatory fees. Also rumored to be getting axed is the whole prorated billing issue that confuses many customers. It will all be known as UN-Carrier 5.0.

These prorated fees usually appear on your first bill and include the period of time between the activation of the account, and the beginning of your regular billing cycle. The charge usually upsets account holders, most of whom can't seem to understand how the whole thing works.

If the speculation turns out to be legit, T-Mobile will no longer include the prorated period in a customer's first bill. Instead, the initial invoice received by a new T-Mobile customer will cover one month, and one month only. For those who remember the yelling and screaming when they received their first bill from a wireless carrier, this is good news indeed.

In addition, a new T-Mobile customer's first bill should now include his first installment charge for any purchased hardware. Currently, a new T-Mobile customer might not be billed for his new phone until he gets his third monthly bill. That could leave a T-Mobile customer thinking that he is three months closer to paying off his phone than he really is.

Leaked images below show that T-Mobile will introduce tomorrow, a simplified bill with no prorated charges. Other features will include EIP billing starting from the first bill, and the use of up and down arrows to show monthly changes in voice and data usage.


source: TmoNews

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26 Comments

1. j_scorp

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

T-Mobile can't stop won't stop. I love it. Keep it coming.

20. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Good move from T-Mobile, would be nice if the other carriers followed suit, part of the reason people get overcharged is because they miss certain charges on the bill and just assume it's right as long as the costs are within a reasonable range.

2. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

From where I'm standing, Tmobile is looking more and more like an overglorified pre-paid carrier. There is nothing wrong with this, but, let's call a spade a spade. John B

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

You mean they are looking more and more like a cable company which is pre-paid in most markets? Once you don't have a service contract, just a phone contract, I don't see any important financial distinction between pre-paid and post-paid.

22. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

There really isn't. I'm not sure what many here are observing. I'm seeing a carrier offering the equivalent of a pre-paid carrier. Just because Tmobile says you don't pay for taxes or fees, wireless carriers are taxed. Tmobile is not going to absorb this without passing it on to the customer. I'm seeing a lot of free this, don't need to do this, you can do this, etc. In the end, this company is taking on a lot of debt to be an "uncarrier". The money will need to be paid down and balanced out. I can only presume who will be the beneficiaries once the dust settles. John B.

26. jamesedward318 unregistered

When you have a parent company like DT, who has deep pockets, you can eat all the debt you want and not worry about it. I love T-Mobile!

3. neilmc1983

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

Still a years behind the UK networks (carriers). You're still getting ripped off.

4. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

How so?

6. neilmc1983

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

We have an open market here which encourages competition between the networks (carriers) which means good deals for us. I Pay £12.50 a month, no hidden charges. that's for unlimited texts, unlimited calls, unlimited 4G data and unlimited tethering. and i can use my phone in 16 countries (including USA) without any extra charges. totally unlimited. Our phones are not carrier branded. they're all available off contract as well.

7. j_scorp

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

That's wonderful. That will happen in the USA on Nev-u-ary the 32nd.

8. neilmc1983

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

lol Also we don't have anyone like the FCC who allows our market to be dictated and monopolized by the carriers. I'm sure one day you'll have a free market.

10. tettech

Posts: 69; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I know where I'll move next.

14. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

what network is that? and which countries? I'm asking because I plan to move outside the US this fall, and some EU countries have deplorable pricing for scraps.

16. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

nvm on the which countries question.. but which carrier? And can I use this carrier if I live in one of the 16 countries?

19. neilmc1983

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

I'm using Three in the UK. Have a look at this link for more info on using Three in the 16 countries. w w w dot three dot co dot uk /Discover/Phones/Feel_At_Home

23. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Dude I love Three. I've always looked at their pricing with longing. Hell, I knew that when I'll have a flat in UK (to go to every now and then) that I'd have 3. They seem to be the most progressive out of the cellular providers and their pricing is beautiful.

9. Dante216

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

This can't be the only thing Uncarrier is about. I work for T-Mobile and this is stuff we all know is coming. Uncarrier is usually a surprise until they announce it

11. tettech

Posts: 69; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I'm impress at what T-Mobile is trying to do in the industry. These shake ups will definitely let other carriers scratching their heads and consider new plans.

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

T-Mobile is offering some nice improvements to the market dynamic. The only thing missing from the T-Mobile equation is a high quality high coverage network. A lot of the country still only gets 2G service from T-Mobile. This is not going to cut it vs. ATT and Verizon. Hopefully T-Mobile will be able to improve their network coverage soon.

13. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

They already announced that ALL of their 2G will be LTE by mid 2015. That's faster than Verizon's deployment of LTE. They estimated that it would be more than 50% complete at the end of this year.

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Hopefully this comes to pass and T-Mobile is not killed by some "merger" with Sprint.

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

And the 2G to 4G/LTE refarm has already begun and is taking place in several cities across the US. Sensorly has been tracking T-Mobile's move since the start of 2014 and their progress is pretty fast.

24. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

No offense, but I will believe it when I see it, as I've heard this before quite some time ago and I'm still in a 2G area.

18. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

Its things like this that make me really not want the merger to take place, sprint has changed very little in the past 5 years along with the other big 2.

21. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Well, the leaked new bill format clearly has taxes and fees on it.

25. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I don't know how they are going to pull this off, as alot of places in the U.S. have county and city taxes on top of the federal and state taxes. And, all these entities are money-hungry.

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