Discuss: T-mobile's New Pricing Structure

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March 29, 2013 at 03:24:50
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about the newly announced T-mobile subsidy-free pricing structure. Discuss here if you think the industry as a whole will soon stop phone subsidies in favor of lower plan costs, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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March 29, 2013 at 04:19:58
So the phone will still cost you $579 (spread over two years) and you are essentially on a BYO plan with the carrier. Here's the question that wasn't answered in the press release. Is the handset locked to their network? It wouldn't surprise me to see an unlocking charge if you do decide to bail out of the service. Is it a true BYO plan that you could bring any unlocked handset and just sign up for the usage on month-to-month.
Do handsets come carrier-locked in US ?
This news won't change anything for us in AUS. 4G data is still about 10x the cost of ADSL or cable. Admittedly with a population of only around 22m our market is miniscule in comparison to US but the same handset here costs about $800 to $900 unlocked. (ebay prices)

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March 30, 2013 at 07:42:47
Looking at the T Mobile site the phone requirements are linked below. It appears that T Mobile locked phones and most unlocked phones will work. There is a app to check your model for compatibility.

On another note, after being a long time T Mobile customer with an expired plan I switched to a prepaid plan. The plan was supposed to be flexible by allowing me to move for any of the plans to any other plan.

I just checked and they eliminated the plan that I was primarily interested in and replaced it with a plan with only 100 minutes of talk time. I just did the switch 2 months ago. So, most folks using T Mobile will save money under the new plan, I won't. I did get a substantial discount off the phone when I bought it.


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April 4, 2013 at 09:15:21
Always thought it was somewhat annoying how U.S. pricing structure for phone plans is so completely and totally insane, compared to European rates. Consider how much text messaging costs in terms of infrastructure, compared to how much they charge for it. There's also a ton of redundancy between network towers, with each network building their own - whereas in many other regions, the tower is publicly owned and then leased.

Any effort to increase the competitiveness of pricing structures at a benefit to the consumer is a good thing, I feel.

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April 4, 2013 at 11:36:54

On that same note, the cable providers should share one large fiber optic cable that none of them own. The redundancy is ridiculous. A few years ago I read that Verizon spent over $900 for every home they passed, to install their infrastructure.

Considering each provider is probably lucky to get a quarter or a third of the homes they pass by, the cost per customer that they must recover is very high.

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