T-Mobile SCORE! leaks; new early phone upgrade plan launches on Sunday?

No sooner did Deutsche Telekom's CEO Tim Hoettges say that T-Mobile's current strategy can't be sustained, than the U.S. carrier introduced Smartphone Equality. This new feature allows those without perfect credit scores to qualify for the best deals on new handsets by making 12 consecutive on-time payments. Hoettges does care about T-Mobile because Deutsche Telekom owns 67% of the mobile operator.

Now, it appears that T-Mobile is about to make another big announcement. A leaked document reveals that SCORE! is about to be launched by the carrier on January 25th, which is this Sunday. SCORE! will cost $5 a month and will allow those who don't qualify for JUMP! to upgrade their phone early. Those who have paid the full retail price for their phone, or who have a pre-paid or postpaid account without EIP, can subscribe to SCORE! Also eligible are T-Mobile customers who bring their own phone.

An easy way to look at this is that postpaid customers with an equipment installment plan (EIP) can subscribe to JUMP! while all other T-Mobile subscribers can pay $5 a month for SCORE! After 6 months, those signed on to the plan can upgrade free to an entry level handset. Current examples of entry-level phones would include the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2, Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2, LG Optimus L90 or the T-Mobile Concord II. If you wait for 12 months, you can use SCORE! to obtain special pricing on higher-end handsets. Once SCORE! is used, the month count starts over again beginning with zero.

source: TmoNews

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13 Comments

1. robert26101

Posts: 107; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

Deutsche Telekom will eventually have to put their foot down. T-Mobile is throwing money out the door.

2. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

No they aren't. T-Mobile is actually HIGHLY profitable right now. If one actually looks at it, it's similar to Verizon's old pricing (which is what built Verizons fortunes up to date). Similar in pricing but infinitely better. Verizon: 700 minute family plan- $70/month unlimited texting- $10/month Line access fee per phone- $10/month *Data access per phone- $30/month Minimum cost: 1 line= $90, 3 lines= $110, 5 lines= $130 With data plans: 1 line= $120, 3 lines= $170, 5 lines= $230 T-Mobile: Unlimited talk- $N/A Unlimited text- $N/A Data Access- Varying Minimum cost: 1 line= $50, 3 lines= $90, 5 lines= $110 Unlimited data cost: 1 line= $80, 3 lines= $180, 5 lines= $260 ***Verizons costs include subsidized phone price*** We can see that T-Mobile is actually quite profitable on the upper end of the scale, where it costs more than Verizon's old pricing (specifically with the data cost). BUT T-Mobile does provide infinitely more for your buck than Verizon did and does: -Unlimited international text from US -Unlimited international text/data roaming -Buying out your contracts -No contracts (tho again, your phone isn't subsidized) -Rollover Data -Music streaming doesn't count against your data -$10/month unlimited calling to over 70 countries landline and 30 countries cellular for all lines (a steal.. though it was a limited promotion) -etc

3. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I like T-Mobile and what they're doing to the mobile industry, but to say they're "HIGHLY profitable right now" is a bit off. According to the 3rd quarter results, they are leading carriers in revenue growth, and are the fastest growing out of the four major carriers, but they're also the least profitable of all of them. http://www.fiercewireless.com/special-reports/how-verizon-att-sprint-t-mobile-and-tracfone-stacked-q3 Still, love what they're doing, and once my contract is up I'll be leaving my carrier to join T-Mobile.

7. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Why are you waiting when they'll pay you back for your Early Termination Fees?

8. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I don't want a new phone, just gonna use mine on their network.

9. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Then buy a cheap junk one for like $35 online, hook it up to your line, then do the switchup and have T-Mobile pay for it :) You won't get a dime for the phone of course, but at least they'll pay for your contract. Unless you have like a month left then I'd just wait it out.

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

the best carrier plan in US.

5. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Verizon 5 lines with Data plans is supposed to say $280.. $70(base plan)+$10(texting)+50(5 line access fees)+ 150 (data plans).. So I guess even then T-Mo is priced less.. BUT Verizon subsidized phones.

6. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

The fact that Verizon subsidizes phones balances out the prices, but T-Mobile is more consumer friendly.

12. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Don't forget he's comparing Verizon's pricing from years ago to T-Mobile's current offerings. Back then it was just a $30 data access charge. Using even just 1GB a month wasn't possible on a 2010 era smart phone and 3G only internet.

10. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Article hyping or overstating T-Mobile? Check to see if Alan wrote it.

11. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

youlookfoolish, you look foolish. Has it occurred to you that journalists are often assigned specific topics to report on? And in what way does this article hype or overstate T-Mobile?

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

He has a hard-on for T-Mobile & he literally has nothing better to do than sit around & troll T-Mobile articles. This article is simply reporting a new upcoming plan. There are no opinions given, but through biased eyes, it would appear otherwise. Oh, well. Trolls gon' troll.

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