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I suppose it all depends on what your coming from. If youre paying $100+ a month for a single line of service like some ATT people report, youll save money on their new plan. Many people, myself included, were already on plans that are very close to the cost of their "new cheaper rates" and we got subsidized phones. In this case there is little to no change in your bill.

If this new structure saves you tons of money its because youve been overpaying, not because the new structure is great. There have been $70-90 a month subsidized plans for quite a while from a few different carriers.
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I suppose it all depends on what your coming from. If youre paying $100+ a month for a single line of service like some ATT people report, youll save money on their new plan. Many people, myself included, were already on plans that are very close to the cost of their "new cheaper rates" and we got subsidized phones. In this case there is little to no change in your bill.

If this new structure saves you tons of money its because youve been overpaying, not because the new structure is great. There have been $70-90 a month subsidized plans for quite a while from a few different carriers.

Agreed, but there's another side to this as well...

Let's look at it from the other side of the fence... There are a number of carriers, metroPCS included, that offer unlimited voice/text/data for $50 - $60 per month right now. The issue with those carriers is coverage, but that's getting much better. And this is where the whole subsidies issue breaks down. If we get enough people to forgo the subsidies and opt for buying their phones at retail price and then shopping around for pricing on plans; the carriers will have to adapt... The only reason carriers keep the contract plans on higher prices is because they know they can (they already got you on the hook for a 2 year contract). What we need is for the whole subsidy mentality to be phased out and once every carrier is on the same level (as just a signal provider); you'll see the pricing on the plans drop due to competition... That can't happen when they got people hooked into long term contracts. It's simple business 101; once I got your signature there is no incentive on my end to "work" for your money because you already agreed to give it to me for the next 24 months.
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Well yeah, I agree completely on those points. I was just commenting on the people that are acting like their new rates are that much lower than they were before.

I called Tmobile to see about switching from the plan Im on to their new plan. The rep told me I would have to pay a $200 migration fee to cover the cost of my recent upgrade. Im pretty sure Ill do it, I just need to look into the new plans a bit more and make my mind up. In less than a year the savings will cover the cost of the migration fee.
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This how its going to break down, phone is 99 down payment, then lets say you get unlimited talk text and first 500mb for 50 or add on 2gb of data for extra 10 so that's 60, then you have to pay the rest of the phone 20$ for 24 month so your bill goes up to 80 thats really all to it. I have done the math compare to att or verizon 2 years with there 199 for a phone in the long run tmobile saves you more money i think this is a great thing Tmobile is doing but that's just me, some people really don't see it all they think is OH i have to pay for the full price of the phone, well guess what you have to do the same with any carrier its just hidden. My 2 cents

But what I'm saying is that wasn't the old 2-year contract plan better? Because then you would be able to get a $600 phone for $200, but still only pay about $70 a month for unlimited everything.

No it was 90 or even 100 unlimited everything with the pld classic plan on a 2 year.
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I certainly wish that was the case with me. I have 7 months left on my T-Mo contract and I'm stuck with an out-of-warranty, restart-happy, Radar 4G. Freaking phone restarts itself at least 10 times a day. Did everything tech support suggested but no luck. I'm not eligible for early upgrade until October, spoke with a representative and she basically told me I'm screwed. These are my options: pay full price for a new phone, pay $100 and migrate to non-contract and get unlimited everything and do the whole $70+$20 per month thing, wait until June so the $100 migration fee won't apply to me THEN change my plan and pay whatever amount for the new phone OR just suck it up and keep trucking along with my Radar.

I really want to wait another 3 months so I can migrate at no additional charge, but at the same time, I really just want a new phone. Why does the Blackberry Z10 appeal to me so much at the worst time!?
try flashing your phone to another rom.
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Thats how the carriers work here in Cyprus, and always have (2 main carriers MTN and Vodafone-Cyta)

For example MTN says you can chose between 18 month and 24month duration and pay €15 per month. That totals to €270 or €360 over the contract duration and the balance of the phone up front. Phone are unlocked and the carrier service fees are the same as if you didn't obtain a phone.

Vodafone-Cyta on the other hand gives you an option from €5-€20 per month you want to pay on a 18 or 24 month contract and the rest paid upfront.


You are basicly buying the phone on a 0% interest finance.

EDIT: Forgot to mention phones are unlcoked smile.gif
Edited by Firann - 4/4/13 at 3:56am
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