T-Mobile Axing Monthly Corporate Discounts
March 31, 2014 12:00 PM
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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.
, 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.
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 $350
in early termination fees (ETFs) and offering
for unlimited international text and data.
It was reported that T-Mobile's Q4 contract cost was
the amount of Verizon's.
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Not a good move
3/31/2014 9:24:07 PM
Corporate discounts are accessed by employees of large companies via a Employee portal/intranet which will detail how to avail of a discount. They vary between companies.
I have worked at multiple places that had corporate discounts for the various cell phone providers. As always T-Mobile has been the lowest.
Normally on the order of the highest these are how it has been at multiple places of work.
Sprint - 23-20%
AT&T - 22%-18%
Verizon - 15%
T-Mobile - 10%
AT&T is the easiest to sign-up for as all they need to activate is a valid email address from the company you are working. They have what is called FAN for every large company. For example if you work for XYZCompany.com, all you need is a valid email address ending in @XYZcompany.com. You can then change the email address to some other thing.
If you register through the intranet portal, you will immediately be enrolled into the discount plan within 2 billing cycles.
One advantage (loophole) in the ATT enrollment is that only in case of problems would they ask you to go to a ATT store with a pay stub/ company ID card to enroll. It is very advantageous for Contract workers/ consultants to enroll as they too would have
email address and it will pass basic FAN validation.
When I enrolled 5 years back at my previous client, I got 22% discount on the primary line. I had the 70$ 450 talk only plan which was 60$ for line 1 and 10$ for my spouse. The 22% was applied only to 60$ portion of the monthly bill and not the 10$ which was the additional. Don't know if ATT has now changed to the whole account.
T-Mobile was a little more involved that we have to give the Employee ID to verify but they applied 10% to the whole account rather than the primary line.
Now with the whole Un-carrier move, T-Mo gave a kick in the butt to the traditional carriers, but with reducing the employee discounts, they will hit acorss multiple cases where in except for the Totally Unlimited plan(where it will come eerily close to Sprint), other carriers might be cheaper for the limited plans. TMo will lose a lot of customers.
Legere basically has overplayed himself with this move. He could have done cleverly and slowly. By paying the ETFs (which is a stupid economical move) ally shot themselves to the foot by paying ETFs. I would not be surprised if the numbers fall down. The competition can just walk over them if they play the cards right....
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