Quick Note: T-Mobile Eliminating Grandfathered Rate Plans
October 15, 2013 12:22 PM
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T-Mobile wants to get rid of the clutter
has been introducing many changes lately as part of its
, but one eyebrow-raising change taking place outside of the Un-carrier scope is the death of many grandfathered rate plans.
, T-Mobile is sending letters out to certain customers with grandfathered rate plans to let them know about the expiration of various older plans. In one such letter, a customer was told that their grandfathered plan would be terminated in November and that a new plan had already been selected for them.
Below is a scanned version of the letter from
It's not clear if all customers with grandfathered plans will receive this letter or not, but a T-Mobile spokesperson did confirm that the company plans to kill many older plans to make T-Mobile's system less complicated.
"Maintaining thousands of rate plans is the norm in the industry, but we think it creates unnecessary complexity," said a T-Mobile spokesperson. "Simple is better, which is why we’re reducing the number of older plans in our systems. We’re giving customers on these plans the opportunity to choose a plan that best meets their needs. For the vast majority, their plan will provide similar or better features at a comparable price."
If customers are unhappy with their new plans, they can cancel them by February without customary penalty.
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RE: Stupid Rate Plans
10/15/2013 2:12:26 PM
Actually, T-Mobile doesn't do that anymore. But, they aren't subsidizing the phones. If you decide to pay for part of the phone overtime, then I assume you are locked in or at least have to payoff the balance owed for the phone.
RE: Stupid Rate Plans
10/15/2013 2:33:53 PM
Yes, they do. T-Mobile has some great prepaid plans. You just have to look for them (scroll to the bottom):
You can also get better deals on all of the carriers using MVNOs (Straight Talk, etc.).
Quit being a lemming and drop the contracted, post-paid plans.
RE: Stupid Rate Plans
10/15/2013 2:35:08 PM
You don't sign a contratc for the service, but you do agree to make payments on the phone. If you decide to leave T-Mobile before you have paid off the phone, you just need to pay the remaining balance. i.e if it's $20 per month, and you have had service for 18 months, it would only cost you $20*6 or $120 when you cancel.
My biggest problem with thier new plans is that T-Mobile is expensive on thier phone costs. They wanted over $400 for a Nexus 4, that listed for only $349 from Google (just add $20 for the t-mobile sim.
When Google dropped the price to $249 I bought 2 and switched to the t-mobile simple family plan. 3 lines for $90, unlimited voice, unlimited text, and 500GB 4G data. The best part of T-Mobile plans is that they don't charge you extra if you go over on Data, they just slow you down to 2G speeds, which is fine for emails. I'm usually on WiFi, so I only used over 500GB once last year.
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