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kq4ym
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kq4ym,
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6/27/2015 | 9:13:10 AM
Re: savings
It's interesting how many creative ways there are to mix up the formulas to get into the pockets of the consumers. And of course making it a bit confusing, and hiding the "gotcha" is all part of the game we have to play each time there's a marketing change. And even so one wonders if there's really any significant saving between the different players anyway, at least in the long term.
mhhf1ve
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mhhf1ve,
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6/25/2015 | 5:39:20 PM
Re: savings
T-mobile's network isn't as reliable as say VZW, but... it's pretty good in some areas. That's always been true for wireless carriers, tho? Sprint isn't exactly great everywhere, either. The whole "Can you hear me now?" ad campaign was meant to remind everyone that not all wireless service providers have access to the same high quality spectrum -- something that T-mobile's CEO has been trying to get the FCC to do something to improve (without costing T-mobile the billions it requires to bid on the best low band spectrum, that is).

I wish Google or some other MVNO could combine together multiple networks to make a more reliable one... I'm not sure if Tracphone does this in a single phone, but it would be nice if such aggregation were more common....
mhhf1ve
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mhhf1ve,
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6/25/2015 | 5:32:49 PM
Re: savings
T-Mobile supports unlocked phones, but I think this plan makes it slightly more convenient to upgrade (in that you don't have to sell your old phone yourself?). I'm not exactly sure how the pricing works out, tho... I'll have to look into that.
Mitch Wagner
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User Rank: Lightning
6/25/2015 | 4:31:34 PM
Re: savings
How does the pricing and cost work out here? Do consumers pay full retail price for the phone? Why not just buy an unlocked phone and use it with the T-Mobile network? Or does T-Mobile not support that?
danielcawrey
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6/25/2015 | 2:45:47 PM
Re: savings
I like that T-Mobile is trying to really upend the wireless market. The only problem? I don't think their service is very good. You can provide as many awesome phones and subsidiary services you want. But if you cannot provide quality service wherever I am, then what is the point?
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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6/25/2015 | 11:15:38 AM
savings
So, is the gamble here that most people will want insurance, so they're only out an extra $2 per month? I imagine the sales people will definitely push the insurance when its customers are making this switch. They did at Verizon (almost as hard as they pushed the Edge plan) for me. It's still a great, consumer-friendly move from T-Mobile, but they are never quite as good as they seem.


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