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Old 12-06-2012, 07:33 PM   #1
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Arrow T-Mobile to make people pay full price for its phones in 2013...

http://www.neowin.net/news/t-mobile-...hones-in-2013?

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There's already been some big news from today's T-Mobile investor conference; namely that the wireless carrier will begin offering some unnamed Apple products for sale in 2013. Now there's word of an even bigger shakeup in how T-Mobile will handle sales of both its phones and its wireless calling plans next year.

Engadget reports that T-Mobile announced plans to move its customers to their "Value Plans" exclusively in 2013. T-Mobile's Value Plans entail customers purchasing new phones at their full price, rather than at reduced prices that are subsidized by a multi-year contract. Value Plans typically have lower monthly fees than those under contract. T-Mobile also allows users to bring in their own phones and use the company's SIM cards under their Value Plans. There's no word on any specific dates for when this new system will begin.

On the one hand, this is a big and bold move by T-Mobile, which is currently the fourth largest wireless provider in the US, behind Verizon AT&T and Sprint. It certainly will make T-Mobile stand out and it will also provide customers with cheaper monthly fees for its phones.

On the other hand, the big wireless carriers typically hook customers on their service with cheap prices for the latest smartphones in exchange for keeping them under contract for two years. That system seems to have worked pretty well so far. It remains to be seen if T-Mobile's move will be one that is viewed as competitive or one that's seen by consumers as charging them more up front for a smartphone.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:34 AM   #2
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This is the way many here have advocated & what the rest of the world does in many countries.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:27 PM   #3
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This is a great move. T-Mobile won't have to waste money on subsidies, and customers won't have to subsidize other customers (namely Android customers subsidizing iPhone customers). I love the savings on my T-Mobile Value plan, and unless T-Mobile screws up their network as badly as Sprint did to theirs, I don't see myself ever going back to a traditional cell phone plan again.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:29 PM   #4
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To say nothing of the utter decimation of the sales of various handsets which aren't laughably close to the value represented by the price the vendors insist on charging. There goes HTC.....! Boom.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:31 PM   #5
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Love the title... biased much?
How about "T-Mobile to encourage people to use more straightforward plan pricing"?
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:19 PM   #6
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They do have a lease to own option which is more like a pay a little every month plan. Not sure what happens if you terminate before you pay it off. Maybe you have to return it and you get hosed. Maybe not.
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:01 PM   #7
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They do have a lease to own option which is more like a pay a little every month plan. Not sure what happens if you terminate before you pay it off. Maybe you have to return it and you get hosed. Maybe not.
You have to pay the rest of it off, as well as the ETF.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:15 PM   #8
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Love the title... biased much?
How about "T-Mobile to encourage people to use more straightforward plan pricing"?
Yeah that title is ridiculous, completely skewed. Shame.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:45 AM   #9
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Love the title... biased much?
How about "T-Mobile to encourage people to use more straightforward plan pricing"?
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Yeah that title is ridiculous, completely skewed. Shame.
It's media guys, and the US is not used to these practices...
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Although the european model has been the norm across the pond. Carriers overseas following the U.S. model have seen success as well. Here's an article giving an example of Telefonica doing away with subsidies and getting clobbered. Although I prefer the european model because it gets you away from carrier bloatware, increases competition from the OEM's which lowers prices, I don't think T-Mo's plan will be very successful over here unless another carrier (preferably one of the Big-Two) joins up to create a critical mass.

http://www.tmonews.com/2012/12/telef...ing-subsidies/
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:12 PM   #11
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Other than the latest greatest fanboi edition iPhone that people wait on line in the cold and the rain for 8 days to get, I can't see most people ever bothering to pay MSRP for a smartphone. Otherwise no one would wait for the upgrade discounts they DO get. I do know a few years ago there was a company experimenting with a truly disposable phone, it was made mostly out of compressed paper. That's the kind of phone that's worth full list price.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:47 PM   #12
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While it glad tmobilemis finally simplifying their plans going pure value plan is stupid. Especially when they encourage bring your own device. Who wants to get stuck in a contract? I think this will only help their Monthyl 4G prepaid even more. Post paid not so much.

I see the value of Value Plans but when you have dive lines doing $20x20 that's a huge price jump on the bill from the quoted price. And customers will only see the sticker shock price, and not the actual long term savings, which they never do.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:06 AM   #13
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This is why it's America - no1 is going to wipe your ass for you & no 1 size fit all.

So TMO's move creates choices. As a consumer that's what we want.

**My 3 SPCS lines pay $143 for 1500 minutes & Unlimited Data (we use 3gb combined twice in the last 2 years)
On TMO it would be $150 (value plan) for 3 indv. 500 min buckets & 2gb of data each at faster speeds & comparable coverage.

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Other than the latest greatest fanboi edition iPhone that people wait on line in the cold and the rain for 8 days to get, I can't see most people ever bothering to pay MSRP for a smartphone. Otherwise no one would wait for the upgrade discounts they DO get. I do know a few years ago there was a company experimenting with a truly disposable phone, it was made mostly out of compressed paper. That's the kind of phone that's worth full list price.
Have you ever priced out how much "discount" you get on your contract renewals? In my case I save hundreds a year by buying my phone at MSRP and using Tmobile Monthly4G. YMMV.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:41 AM   #15
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They actually already do this for "value plan" customers such as myself. Sad part is with 5 lines and 5 phones "financed" I am paying only a smidge more than I did with sprint and once they get paid off ill actually be saving money.

Next year they are moving to a model of only doing this that is all they are changing.
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