T-Mobile will pay up to $650 per line for you to switch to their network

By on January 9, 2014, 7:15 AM
t-mobile, ces, att, early termination fee, etf, ces 2014, john legere

Just days after T-Mobile’s John Legere crashed AT&T’s private party at CES (and was subsequently tossed out by security), the CEO took the stage during his company’s press conference to confirm rumors that T-Mobile will pay the early termination fee (ETF) for customers interested in leaving their existing wireless network and joining theirs.

Customers switching from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon can have T-Mobile cover their ETF up to $650 per line, or as Legere put it, a “get out of jail free” feature. Unlike AT&T’s recent move, this isn’t a limited time offer but instead a permanent change. Here’s how it works.

Users must trade in their existing phones and can receive up to $300 credit per device / line. Moving forward, new customers can then select a new handset for zero money down – any phone in T-Mobile’s arsenal is eligible. The cost of that device is split into payments over the next 24 months that show up on your wireless bill.

Next, when you receive your final bill from your old carrier, either mail in a copy or upload it to T-Mobile to verify the phone number port and the pending ETF charges. Once verified, T-Mobile will send out a pre-loaded MasterCard for the amount of the ETF, up to $350 per line. The company even said they would prepare a “breakup” letter that you can send to your old carrier. Clever.

In related news, Legere also revealed that T-mobile service now reaches 209 million customers covering 273 metro areas. What’s more, they added 4.4 million new customers over the course of 2013 proving that the Uncarrier strategy is certainly paying off.




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Guest said:

Yep..lets just throw money at customers..cuz that what they want; they don't want good and reliable phone service. Do they? cuz obviously they're not getting it since the money was never used to improve the network.

Guest said:

Yep..lets just throw money at customers..cuz that what they want; they don't want good and reliable phone service. Do they? cuz obviously they're not getting it since the money was never used to improve the network.

That's a legitimate concern, let's hope that as they get more customers they also improve their coverage. As of now, that's the only thing that's keeping me from going with T-mobile.

treeski treeski said:

Yep..lets just throw money at customers..cuz that what they want; they don't want good and reliable phone service. Do they? cuz obviously they're not getting it since the money was never used to improve the network.

I don't know anything about how good/bad T-Mobile's service is, but they did just buy a range of spectrum from Verizon, so things might improve...

EClyde EClyde said:

I don't trust guys that wear headsets and prance around the stage. That doesn't mean this won't work out though. Ugly shirt

Khanonate said:

Never had any problem with T-Mobile.

Guest said:

I've had T-Mobile for years, never had any issues. Also anyone complaining about their coverage. They're like one of the only provide whose phones work in Europe normally as in the USA and don't charge extra to use them there.

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