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T-Mobile LTE network goes live, iPhone 5 arriving next month

By Jos
Mar 26, 2013
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  1. T-Mobile rolled out its new no-contract plans without much fanfare over the weekend, with prices starting at $50 for unlimited minutes, unlimited text messages and 500MB of unthrottled data. But the company saved a few surprises for today’s “Uncarrier” event...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,826   +1,169

    This sounds almost too good to be true... no annual contract for the plan, savings of like $50/month per line over the other carriers. I just hope my city gets 4G coverage... before 2018.

    Here's a question... on T-mobile's site it says you can use your current phone so long as it takes a SIM card (like if it's from AT&T I think). So what's to stop someone from signing up with AT&T, getting a new phone for $199, breaking the contract and paying another $200 and bringing the phone over to T-Mobile? You'd still be saving $180 on the total phone cost, and getting to use T-Mobile's cheaper rates.
     
  3. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    The ETF or Early Termination Fee. For most handsets on ATT that are not smartphones its roughly 200 bucks. But smartphones ETF runs about 350$. So they really wouldnt be saving anything. Its even worse if a customer tries to circumvent the carriers because they will attempt to go after either the ETF the phone returned or both. There was a case where someone did what you suggested. They did it with 5 smartphones. It didnt end well for that person. Plus your credit is hit when this event happends. So trying to save a couple hundred bucks ends up effecting you for about 7 years.
     
  4. Mbloof

    Mbloof TS Rookie Posts: 56   +7

    Maybe just maybe if all the national carriers have LTE systems they will enact free roaming agreements? Naww.....
     

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