AT&T beats T-Mobile to the punch, offers its customers up to $450 to switch

By Shawn Knight · 6 replies
Jan 3, 2014
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  1. The nation’s second largest wireless provider just went on the offensive in the battle against underdog wireless carrier T-Mobile by offering its customers up to $450 per line to switch to AT&T. The plan builds on the company’s existing smartphone...

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  2. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    This is great. more competition the better for us. I remember back in early 2000 when cell phones were taking off for the masses. everybody had the same phone, there were no exclusives. the monthly rate plans were all VERY competitive. I miss those days.

    although the upfront credits of $200 seem enticing, and if you opt to trade in your phone that could be even more enticing. however, based on monthly rate plan comparison, AT&T is still lagging behind and more expensive. hopefully they can be more competitive on their monthly rate plan, because that's ultimate where customers will save the most money.
  3. You are being very optimistic. AT&T will have to be dragged by the feet into competition. Even with this deal, you are still getting a worse deal than T-Mobile's plans. AT&T is just hoping that a few fools will be lured by upfront cash in return for bending over and taking it.
  4. Mallok

    Mallok TS Rookie Posts: 22   +7

    I'd like to see how many people want to go back to contracts and ETFs after switching to T-mobile. Aren't more and more people switching to no contract plans every quarter? Probably still a long way to go until it hurts Verizon and AT&T but not so far out that we can't wring our hands in anticipation.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,256   +454

    Oh yeah lots of people are switching away from the contract plans. I did and my family is right behind me along with a couple of friends. With the prices of some smart phones coming down it is no wonder. No one likes being bound up in a contract.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    The only time I'd sign a contract with any wireless carrier is if it was free. I cancelled my contract over 8 years ago and never looked back. It saves me a bundle.
  7. Fbarnett

    Fbarnett TS Booster Posts: 210   +30

    Who cares what they give you when u spend 20 per phone per month more per line

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