T-Mobile introduces SCORE!

T-Mobile introduces SCORE!
Back on Friday, we showed you leaked information about T-Mobile's SCORE! plan. Today, the carrier made it official, and it is as simple as can be. Pre-paid subscribers, those who paid full retail for their phone and those who brought their own phone to the carrier are all welcome. The cost of the plan is $5 per month and after 6 months, you can get an entry-level 4G phone, like the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2, for free. That phone normally carries a full retail price of $79.20.

If you stick it out for 12 months, you can receive discounts on every phone, including high-end 4G LTE models. Some of the 12 month deals include a trio you can get for free such as the T-Mobile Concord II (retail price $150), LG Optimus L90 (retail price $168, $198 for pre-paid) or the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 (retail price $126, pre-paid $156). Or, you can take advantage of the discounts offered on phones like the 32GB Nexus 6, priced at $499 (retail price $649.99); Samsung Galaxy S5, priced at $510 (retail price $609.60) and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, priced at $599 (retail price $749.76).

Once you use SCORE!, whether it is after 6 months or 12 months, your clock resets to zero and the mount count starts anew. The plan debuts today, and you can sign up for SCORE! at T-Mobile's online store (www.t-mobile.com) or at the carrier's physical locations.

source: T-Mobile



1. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Rip Off

2. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

How so?

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

It depends on how T-mobile does the pricing 6 months from now and 12 months from now. Let say for the Note 3. It came out in 2013 at $750, and it came down to $520 at T-mobile about 12 months after its release. It even went down to $420 after that on T-mobile website. You didn't needed SCORE to take advantage of that low price. Now look at the Note 4 SCORE deal there. In 12 months, you will be able to get the Note 4 for $600 (plus $60 of SCORE payments). But by that time, the Note 4 will be a last-year device already, and the price will drop to around $500 or even less from other sellers. But if the Note 4 under SCORE plan becomes around $400 by January 2016, this SCORE thing will make some sense. But then again, I personally think it's a bad idea to pay for SCORE and HOPE that T-mobile will lower its retail price. With SCORE being out, I think T-mobile will just keep the retail prices high even 12 months from now. Upgrade plans have rarely been good deals, and I don't see much light from this new SCORE thing either. But I'll wait till next year to see how all the pricing work out at T-mobile.

7. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

The point isn't that you can get it for less elsewhere.. the point is that it'll cost less than MSRP by a good amount. You think a month before the Note 5 is released, the carriers will drop the price to $400? of course not. They'll keep the MSRP at $750, though they may drop the contract price from $300 to $100-200. Otherwise, your monthly payments currently, or if you buy it 10 months from now, will be the same (24 payments totaling $750). A Note 4 from T-Mobile at $600 (plus $60 in payments) totaling $660, will be less than AT&T's, Verizon's, and Sprints price of $750.

8. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

If you read the first paragraph, you would relate. The Note 3 went down to $520 at T-Mobile. That there is a good price, and no score plan was involved. Also, if Sprint, At&t and Verizon prices the Note 4 at $750 12 months from now, they will be rip offs too. Cuz well, the Note 5 will already be out at the same price range, and no last-year model should cost the same as the current model. Even Apple drop their phones by $100 after a year. Your point is comparing SCORE to other rip off prices. My point is... why do consumers have to pay more? Whatever pricing from the previous year sounds way better than what is coming up.

10. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

The discount is not based on the price before 12 months, but after the 12 months you get an additional discount over the current MSRP.

11. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yeah, and hopefully T-mobile will drop prices nicely like they did in the previous year. However, I see no guarantee. This program can either turn out to be kinda good, or straight up rip off, and it depends on future pricing of this carrier.

9. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I kinda misread your comment on the part about 1 month before the Note 5 comes out. My bad. So yeah, by that time, wait a bit more and get it for a much better price.

3. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Yeah I'm not sure how this helps

4. ilxxxli

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

can someone explain this whole thing in a better sense? I don't quite understand how is this different than jump

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I think it's like this: you pay T-mobile $5 a month starting the time you sign up for it, and after a 6-month period or a 12-month period, you will get a discount on one phone from the available SCORE selections.

12. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

There seems to be some confusion from the comments. It's pretty straightforward. After paying $5 per month for 6 months ($30 out of pocket), a SCORE! customer can get a cheap, entry-level smartphone for free, rather than about $150, so it has saved the customer about $120. After paying $5 per month for 12 months ($60 out of pocket) discounts on flagship phones are unlocked, so a phone that might normally cost $600 may be $500, or a new high-feature or high-memory phone (like a Note or iphonie6+) might be $600 instead of $700, a savings of about $40. The biggest savings shown was on the Nexus6, being $650 usually, and only $500 with the plan. With that in mind, this means IF the user opts to buy a phone, they can be saving money, EXCEPT that there's still sales tax, so it may wind up being a wash for some flagships - when my sister in law bought her Note, sales tax was over $50, IIRC. Also, if a customer doesn't take advantage of the upgrade, the $5/mo is wasted. There's also nothing mentioned about how it works with the JUMP! Program, which is both insurance and the ability to upgrade sooner and trade in the old phone on a newer one without paying much, if any, more.

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