More sunshine illuminates Project Dark

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More sunshine illuminates Project Dark
Project Dark is still going to be a gamechanging bit of news coming from T-Mobile, so says our tipster. He also wanted to clarify a few things about the unsubsidized phones that can be purchased and paid off monthly. Our source tells us that good credit is still required to qualify for the 20 month installment plan. You get a full priced handset payable over as long as 20 months and reduced price plans with no ETF. There will also be a 4 month installment plan with subsidized phones, but the cost of that plan will be higher than the cost of the 20 month, unsubsidized phone plan.

The reason why your credit score is necessary is because you are not saddled with an ETF, if you switch carriers you will be liable for the balance owed for the handset. The carrier wants to make sure that you have the ability to stick with the service for the 20 months so that you don't leave T-Mobile hanging in the breeze for the remaining balance of what is owed on an expensive phone. Without the ETF, T-Mobile would have no recourse if you stopped the service, except to start an expensive court battle. Our tipster tells us that no one in their right mind would want to leave the new unlimited plans which he characterized as being 1/3 of the cost of Verizon's unlimited plan. The cost of unlimited voice, voice and text, voice, text and data would be $40, $50, and $60 respectively, regardless of which phone you are using. The price using a subsidized phone would be $60, $70, or $80 respectively. Again, a good credit rating is necessary to qualify for the plan, and once you decide between subsidized or unsubsidized, you cannot change which style you are using. No changes back and forth between the plans will be allowed.

We are told that this should all be announced after this coming week. Our tipster hinted that there is more to come regarding Project Dark and the whole plan is still gamechanging. The air is thick with anticipation.

Thanks, anonymous tipster!



1. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Good Credit... No brainer And the balance on the phone is the ETF? What the hell is so revolutionary about this? The reason there is an ETF is because no carrier wants to be stuck with the cost of the subsidized phone. I like the way this is done though, but is their still a contract? I hope this helps move us away from contracts.

5. Striker13084

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

it all costs the same if you think about it. etf or pay monthly for your device on a finance plan. WOW, the game didn't change at all.

2. hates_fanboys

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 21, 2009

I really like the idea that I saw earlier about this whole project. tThat idea being no contracts I really hope more carriers start doing this and I'm glad to see US carriers to finally start doing what Europe has been doing payment plans for buying phones

3. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

So, get an unsubsidized monthly installment, and risk getting bad credit if you decide to leave for any reason, orrrrr, just make that full payment for an unsubsidized device over amazon or any other retail medium and if you hate the service, up and leave w/o it affecting your credit. But seeing how this is Tmo who uses a solitary 3G band, you're stuck w/ your purchase regardless... This is cool to most, to some, it's pretty eh... I'm still eager to see how this Project Dark even goes down...

4. 3nuggets3

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 16, 2009

Does anybody know if these new plans are for new customer also? And do they have family plans with these prices also?

6. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Will there be any additional charges for smartphones, RIM in particular?

7. WnnaFghtAboutIt

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

last time i checked people with good credit werent knocking on t-mobiles door....usually its after verizon or at&t tel them its a $400 deposit...

8. fmlive

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 11, 2009

why dont some poeple stop questions about the plan and just wait til the 25th. its a leak!

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