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T-Mobile Schedules March 26 Event
To Unveil LTE Network And Detail Strategy
by Karl Bode 06:54PM Wednesday Mar 20 2013
T-Mobile has announced they'll be holding a March 26 event at which the company is expected to officially launch their shiny new LTE network. The company will also be providing some additional insight into their plan to kill off handset subsidies and long-term contracts, letting users pay for shiny new smartphones in monthly installments. Just a year or so out from gleefully supporting being swallowed whole by AT&T, the company now intends to play pesky upstart with a focus on being the "uncarrier."

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88615298
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meh

pricing no different that at&t and Verizon and expect you to pay full price for a phone. Except with an inferior network. Sounds like a winning plan.

ArrayList
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Re: meh

where are you seeing prices? None of the links had any prices. I doubt that T-Mobile will be anywhere near as bad as Verizon. Plus, they have unlimited, Verizon hasn't had that for years.

88615298
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Re: meh

said by ArrayList:

where are you seeing prices? None of the links had any prices. I doubt that T-Mobile will be anywhere near as bad as Verizon. Plus, they have unlimited, Verizon hasn't had that for years.

unlimited for only the phone. Thethering not only extra for unlimited plans, but limited to a max of 4.5 GB per month.


iansltx

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Re: meh

Those plans are for outlets that can't support TMo's new EIP. So those prices reflect a traditional handset subsidy.

Value Plans are cheaper.
squashpile

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Yeah.. because signing a contract and paying more over the life of the contract is winning...lmao

Does ATT/Verizon have a $30 unlimited plan?

G Nexus and T-Mobile Prepaid FTW

88615298
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Re: meh

said by squashpile:

Yeah.. because signing a contract and paying more over the life of the contract is winning...lmao

Does ATT/Verizon have a $30 unlimited plan?

G Nexus and T-Mobile Prepaid FTW

A) Were not talking about prepaid. I doubt that $30 included 4G or tethering.

B) Contract big deal? I have no intentions on leaving so who cares if I signed a contract. Better than paying $600 for a phone.
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Re: meh

Were not talking about prepaid. I doubt that $30 included 4G or tethering - Yes
Contract big deal? I have no intentions on leaving so who cares if I signed a contract. Better than paying $600 for a phone.
Really? good grief.. didn't research much huh?

88615298
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Re: meh

said by squashpile:

Were not talking about prepaid. I doubt that $30 included 4G or tethering - Yes
Contract big deal? I have no intentions on leaving so who cares if I signed a contract. Better than paying $600 for a phone.
Really? good grief.. didn't research much huh?

translate that into english. what does "didn't research much huh" mean?
cooperaaaron

join:2004-04-10
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I paid $300 for my Nexus 4 and I have the $30 plan with unlimited data, text, and 100 minutes, and I get 4G speeds.

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Re: meh

said by cooperaaaron:

I paid $300 for my Nexus 4 and I have the $30 plan with unlimited data, text, and 100 minutes, and I get 4G speeds.

From the website *First 5GB at up to 4G speeds Not quite my definition of "unlimited" but whatever. Also you won't get anything better than 256 kbps when you're not in a T-Mobile area which is most everywhere.

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said by 88615298:

said by squashpile:

Yeah.. because signing a contract and paying more over the life of the contract is winning...lmao

Does ATT/Verizon have a $30 unlimited plan?

G Nexus and T-Mobile Prepaid FTW

A) Were not talking about prepaid. I doubt that $30 included 4G or tethering.

B) Contract big deal? I have no intentions on leaving so who cares if I signed a contract. Better than paying $600 for a phone.

It's actually "faux-G" but speeds are not much different if not faster than 4G LTE. I too have the $30 unlimited Data (5GiB "faux-g"), Text and 100 minutes on a Samsung Galaxy S III that I use exclusively for tethering my tablets and sometimes my laptop. I also have a Galaxy Note II on contract that has unlimited everything.
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iansltx

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Re: meh

Are you sure that's GiB, rather than GB?

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Re: meh

said by iansltx:

Are you sure that's GiB, rather than GB?

I'm fairly certain that it's GiB. It isn't an HDD so I feel confident in saying GiB.

88615298
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Re: meh

said by jbgroup1:

said by iansltx:

Are you sure that's GiB, rather than GB?

I'm fairly certain that it's GiB. It isn't an HDD so I feel confident in saying GiB.

I'm fairly certain you're wrong. T-Mobile itself lists it as 5 GB

jbgroup1
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Re: meh

GB and Gib are so misunderstood that it can be confusing. Data is usually in niB while storage is usually in nB. base 2 vs. base 10

88615298
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Re: meh

Why are you arguing? The website says GB. That's what everyone uses.

88615298
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So in other words your UNLMITED data actually has a limit. That's not false advertising or anything.

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Re: meh

said by 88615298:

So in other words your UNLMITED data actually has a limit. That's not false advertising or anything.

The data is unlimited but the speeds are not.

88615298
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Re: meh

said by jbgroup1:

said by 88615298:

So in other words your UNLMITED data actually has a limit. That's not false advertising or anything.

The data is unlimited but the speeds are not.

I'm 100% sure people looking for "unlimited" data are not also looking to have their speeds greatly reduced after just 5 GB. Kind of defeats the purpose.

88615298
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OH here's their new prepaid plans


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Re: meh

Better than $99 for AT&T, VZW and Spent.

88615298
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Re: meh

Verizon pre-paid plans are not $99. I mean sure they still stink but they aren't $99. I'd never go pre-paid anyway.
bugabuga

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$30 / 5GB plan killed?

They used to have $30 for 5Gb 4G speed data + 100 min + unlimited text. I guess that plan will be killed as too cheap now
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Re: $30 / 5GB plan killed?

said by bugabuga:

They used to have $30 for 5Gb 4G speed data + 100 min + unlimited text. I guess that plan will be killed as too cheap now

That plan was never really promoted because it was only for Walmart prepaid initially then a web only deal. While I would be disappointed if it were discontinued I think my next plan will be the unlimited $70 plan.
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88615298
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It's still there. It says right on it that it's still offered just not promoted. In other words if you don't already know about it they aren't going to tell you.

jbgroup1
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Re: $30 / 5GB plan killed?

That plan is different in that it has only 1500 text/data combo and 500 MB of high seed data included. The plan referred to above has 5GB of high speed data included as well as 100 mins. talk and unlimited text.

88615298
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Re: $30 / 5GB plan killed?

Well then you guys can't brag about that plan because new customers won't be able to get it.
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Re: $30 / 5GB plan killed?

That plan was never advertised in stores anyway.

It's always been Wal-Mart or T-Mobile.com only. Even before all of this, you sure as hell weren't going to see it in marketing documents for salespeople.

I would be very surprised if anyone gets kicked off of it, and slightly surprised if they stopped allowing people to get on it.
BiggA

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It could be $20

And I still wouldn't care. Their network is terrible. AT&T costs a bit more, but you get a whole lot more.

whiteshp

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Xenia, OH

Terrible pricing

Honestly I think that T-mobile's new pricing here is just rotten terrible. They price just under AT&T/Verizon but don't offer the network value and cap the hell out of everything. Add you must buy your own phone (good "IF" it can actually save you money over another offer).

10+ years ago T-mobile plans used to cost 1/2 of AT&T. Their network was not as big but it was a value to me as a poor collage student who needed to save every penny. Now they think they can get all the bargain hunters being a few dollars less than AT&T? Not to mention MVNO's will eat their market nitch for lunch! T-mobile has some great ideas but their marketing and pricing always screw themselves over. Remember @Home/UMA service that was never advertised even by most store REPS?

Just an example of how badly T-mobile's marketing pricing can (I think WILL) fail is I had a 11+ year old T-mobile family account that I kept forever because of the grandfathered low rate (2 lines $49 1000 min+free UMA). With data+text and a crap ton of fees/taxes I paid $130+.

I dropped my T-mobile account to port my numbers to Ting (ting.com Sprint-Data+Sprint/Verizon-Voice/text reseller). I'm paying $27/month for hosting 2 Android phones with talk/text/data. That included my taxes and fees! Plus voice coverage is better. This is what I mean by MVNO's killing T-mobile's STUPID pricing "we'll just be a few dollars cheaper than AT&T" plans. Even Straight Talk offers better coverage for less $.

I stuck it out with T-mobile for a LONG time. But it's like these days they are making caviar with wine arm chair decisions on how to market/price their company and not in touch with US the customers at all. Just my opinion.
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here is my math...

If I wanted to get 4 lines (me, wife, and my parents who live in the same town)

line 1 = $50 + $10 for extra data (2GB)
line 2 = $30 + $10 for extra data
line 3 = $10 + $10 for extra data my mom will never use, otherwise leave her at the included 500MB
line 4 = $10 + $10 for extra data my dad will never use, otherwise leave him at the included 500MB

so we are at $140 per month (split 4 ways that is $35/mo... plus whatever taxes and fees)

now for phones... 3 of us will probably pay up front for nexus 4's, my mom could decide to get the Note 2 or whatever and do a down-payment and monthly payments.

that seems good to me... just need to see how good the coverage really is in my area as I have been on VZ.

note: prices based on the brochure that has leaked.