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It will stay available for government and military, though

Many of those who have enjoyed T-Mobile's Advantage Monthly Discount program will see it on the chopping block in late April. 

According to Tmo News, T-Mobile is getting rid of its Advantage Monthly Discount for small and large companies on April 25, 2014. Customers who have been receiving this discount will start getting notifications in the mail on March 31. 

The program offers monthly discounts to groups like employees of small and large businesses, government and the military. Tmo News said government employees and members of the military will continue receiving the discount, but corporations are being taken off the list. 

There was a rumor that those who signed up before February 3 could keep their monthly discount program, but it looks like that's not happening. Everyone in the business category is getting the axe. 

Instead, employers who currently have the Advantage Monthly Discount program can provide their employees with a $25 reward card. 

“The old programs were designed to help big carriers close big corporate contracts, with employees as bargaining chips," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere. "We aren’t playing that game anymore. This change is about simplifying wireless for everyone … including employees of small and large companies alike.”

These customers will see adjustments to their bills after May 25. 

T-Mobile is currently trying to shake up the wireless industry with its UnCarrier initiative, which can't be cheap. The carrier will likely have to make cuts in other areas to ensure that it can provide such services it's promising to customers, such as paying up to $350 in early termination fees (ETFs) and offering free roaming for unlimited international text and data. 

It was reported that T-Mobile's Q4 contract cost was one-third the amount of Verizon's. 

Source: Tmo News

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By drycrust3 on 3/31/2014 3:13:30 PM , Rating: 0
I don't have a corporate discount so I am not affected by change, but this is pretty big for anyone who does.

A phone company has only two types of customers: those that it makes money from and those it doesn't. The trick with any type of corporate discount package is to make sure you still make a profit from it. As a Christian I think if you are going to offer below cost discounts it should be either to those who have a real disadvantage in life, e.g. the handicapped, or to those you have an obligation to, e.g. employees.
To say you aren't affected by corporate discounts may not be true if any of the existing corporate discounts in place were done at below cost, because then you are already affected by paying higher prices.
Yes, there will be corporates who decide to move to another carrier, but will T-Mobile loose or gain from this? Yes, T-Mobile could actually be better off if the corporate concerned expects services that cost more than they earn. Let them go to a competitor and increase the costs generated there, thus pushing their prices up and then T-Mobile will look even better to their existing loyal customers.

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