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T-Mobile's CEO ranted about the plan on Twitter

With three out of four of the major U.S. wireless carriers rolling out upgrade plans, there was bound to be some heated competition -- and even an exchange of words. 

T-Mobile CEO John Legere bashed AT&T's "Next" upgrade plan on Twitter several times over the last 24 hours, claiming that T-Mobile's "Jump!" upgrade plan is cheaper and better for consumers. Here are some of the tweets, starting from oldest to newest:





Last week, T-Mobile launched its new "Jump!" program, which lets customers upgrade every six months for an extra $10 fee each month on top of their regular, monthly wireless charges. However, it differs from the "Next" plan in that it applies to only smartphones, not tablets. Also, customers have to pay the $10 monthly fee unlike AT&T, which doesn't require an activation fee or down-payment for using its plan, but does make customers pay the remaining months’ fees. 

Earlier this week, AT&T announced its "Next" plan, which will allow customers trade in their smartphones and tablets every 12 months on a post-paid basis -- meaning they pay a monthly fee on top of their regular AT&T plan based on a 20-month cycle.

For example, if a customer were to get a new smartphone or tablet, the retail cost of the device would be divided by 20. That number would then be added to the monthly bill on top of the traditional or family-share AT&T plan. In 12 months, the customer can upgrade to a new device and start the process over again. 

The "Next" plan won't lay any extra fees on the customer other than the retail price divided by 20, but customers will be forced to pay the remaining months’ fees. You can expect to see it roll out on July 26. 

T-Mobile and AT&T aren't alone in offering new upgrade plans. Verizon is planning a big reveal of the "VZ Edge" plan, which will reportedly allow customers to upgrade to new devices as soon as they pay off 50 percent of their current smartphone. 

Source: Phandroid



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RE: How to fix the cellphone industry.
By StevoLincolnite on 7/17/2013 8:40:32 PM , Rating: 2
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You walk into K-Mart. You pick out a phone, pay for it, and bring it home. You contact a phone service provider. They give you service. You can cancel that service and change to another provider at any time, for any reason.


You can buy unlocked phones from Kmart, then you can sign up with any provider you want. - In Australia at-least you can, not sure about the USA.


By Motoman on 7/17/2013 9:25:20 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, to all the people pointing this out...yes.

My point is that this should be the ONLY option. There should be no other way that this works. There should be no long-term contracts, with subsidies that obfuscate the cost of the device.

But I'm not sure it fixes the refurb-go-round problem though.


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