No more post-paid T-Mobile devices at Target starting April 7th

No more post-paid T-Mobile devices at Target starting April 7th
Speculation has arisen that the 683 Target locations that currently carry smartphones that are part of T-Mobile's post-paid lineup, will stop carrying those models on April 7th. Those phones will be replaced by handsets that are carried by Sprint for its post-paid customers. Meanwhile, phones that are offered by T-Mobile for its pre-paid service will continue to be sold by the 1700 Target locations where they are available.

Target (pronounced Tar-jay by those who swap Grey Poupon from their Rolls Royce) will continue to offer handsets from AT&T and Verizon, soon to be joined by Sprint. T-Mobile will be looking for another retailer to partner up with to sell its post-paid offerings. This could be announced before the end of this month.

If you have a Target credit card, you automatically get a 5% discount on purchases made at the store with the card. This means that if you are a T-Mobile customer with the retailer's card and want to take advantage of that discount on the purchase of a new phone, you have until April 7th to do so.

source: TmoNews



1. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

That may help explain why Optimus L9 is going for 20% discount when purchase with $50 top-up card. The phone retails for $200 so that would be a $40 savings. Since you need to buy air time, the $50 is just like an advance payment. If I do get the phone, which I doubt, it would be. On the Walmart $30 a month, 100 minutes and 5GB of 4G daa.

15. Droiddoes unregistered

LMAO...wal mart

2. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

T-Mobile is done...I told u people... sprint next

4. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Sprint sells better than T-Mobile therefore its only logical that they so this.

9. _VipeR_

Posts: 47; Member since: May 30, 2011

I am a Target Mobile Manager and I have been asking for this since I took over my store. Honestly, I do sell a lot of T-Mo, but over half of the guests that I deal with currently have Sprint and want to stay with Sprint, obviously because of the unlimited data and we have LTE 4g live in our location. This will be an awesome switch for me!

10. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Glad to hear it! I thought it was odd with the Target-Radioshack partnership they had, that they didn't sell Sprint and sold T-Mobile instead. Don't get me wrong I do like things about T-Mobile but you've got to follow the money trail!

12. jcarrigan unregistered

The Target-RadioShack partnership ends April 8th. Market Source/Bright Star will instead be taking over where RadioShack failed to produce in its business partnership with Target. Hopefully this will be a sign for a bright future with Target Mobile

19. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Hopefully for Target and RadioShack both.

11. jcarrigan unregistered

I am a target mobile sales manager and my store doesnt carry tmobile, mine carries sprint, att, and verizon and Im glad because Sprint gives us amazing commission. By the way shop at Target Mobile :)

5. Phoenity

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

people don't know, but the reason t-mobile is out is because there's no profit margin for the parties involved in the sale. Radioshack is bleeding money out of the Target Mobile program, and April 7th is the last day for them to run it. Most of the associates working there have either jumped ship (like I did), been fired unceremoniously just to save Radioshack a few bucks in unemployment(like a few of my coworkers did), or moved over to the new company (Marketsource) and stayed in their position. Marketsource wants nothing to do with losing money though, so cutting T-Mobile and bringing in Sprint is smart (and what Radioshack said they were going to do/should have done since the day the program launched in 2009).

6. The_Original_Zon

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

I love that I learn important information about my job from Phonearena before I hear about it from the job itself! But in my opinion it all depends on the area. Where I'm at, Sprint has horrible service and T-Mobile is actually quite good. So this move will end up hurting my paycheck rather than help it.

13. jcarrigan unregistered

In my area the only thing that Works is Verizon but I still sale quite a bit of Sprint due to its Unlimited data. It wont hurt your paycheck man, Sprint pays better to its authorized retailers then anybody else.

16. Droiddoes unregistered

I get that, but with TMO only offering value plans starting this month I suspect your TMO sales would become nearly non existent. The value plan is a freaking joke and people HATE it, mainly because TMO conveniently leaves out the part about paying full price for their phones. I am a TGT Mobile mgr too, and I easily turn away 2-5 people a week because they are on the VP and we cannot work with those. They also leave pissed the f*ck off because no one told them about no longer getting subsidised upgrades.

7. targetmobileDude

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

i also was one of those guys that got fired from target mobile in illinois.... sucks man

14. jcarrigan unregistered

Everyday I come into work and find out a new manager was fired. My district has 24 stores and I can barely keep track of who works in my district anymore, its kinda depressing seeing hard working amazing sales people thrown aside.

17. Droiddoes unregistered

Let's be fair: those managers/associates who were let go were due to - failing or not going to the drug test - fraud issues - shrink issues - not following company guidlines I have not heard of a single person straight up being fired for no good reason. Cut the bull, please.

20. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

The correct business term is known as "shrinkage".

22. jcarrigan unregistered

well who knows if they were honest with me or not about why there were let go, all i know is im still employed and i may not have to agree with everything the old company is doing but im happy with what the new company wil be doing :)

8. Manevolence

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

This was going to happen sooner or later anyway. With T-Mobile transitioning to only provide their Value plans, third party vendors like Target Mobile won't be able to carry T-Mobile anymore.

18. Droiddoes unregistered

Nor would they want to. The value plan is a joke, TMO is a joke, and I would rather saw off my own toe than have to deal with TMO's incompetent reps for another year. Pretty sad when more often than not I end up telling them how to do theuir jobs and say "you are wrong, I know for a fact you CAN do this as I've had it done in the past"

23. remy112

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

That's not true only T-Mobile corporate stores and Costco will be able to provide the Value Plan. Big box retailers will still carry the classic plans which are due to change this month.

21. JeffPom unregistered

Target Red Card - not just Credit Card. They also offer a debit option that comes straight out of your checking card. And you don't even need to use the Red Card. (Credit or debit.) You can just show it to the mobile rep.

24. besmartplease

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Target mobile is a joke. They are very unorganized. I use to work for the best district here in ny and thank god I left to Verizon. The pay there sucks I was getting paid more than managers can you believe that . Tmobile value plans are not to bad actually if you think about it with a classic plan your paying your phone twice thru the life of the contract at least after 20 months your bill goes down or you can upgrade when ever you want . One more thing good look target mobile employees getting paid by your new commission structure 1dollar for each point 6 points for each postpaid that's on 6 dollars a post lol what a joke

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