Carrier T-Mobile Family Plan: unlimited talk, text, data* on all 4 lines for $100 a month

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  1. EbookReader, Mar 19, 2013
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    macrumors 65816

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    $50 (1st line) + $30 (2nd line) + $10 (3rd line) + $10 (4th line)

    Line 1: unlimited talk, unlimited text and 500MB of 4G LTE data, unlimited 2G
    Line 2: unlimited talk, unlimited text and 500MB of 4G LTE data, unlimited 2G
    Line 3: unlimited talk, unlimited text and 500MB of 4G LTE data, unlimited 2G
    Line 4: unlimited talk, unlimited text and 500MB of 4G LTE data, unlimited 2G

    With no contract. Cancel anytime.
    You can add 2GB for an extra $10 to any line you want.

    http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phone-plans/family.html
     
  2. macrumors 68040

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    Tmobile always have had great deals. What they are missing is great service.
     
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    The only way they can offer there deals is because nobody buys from them
     
  5. macrumors 68040

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    Good deals. They coincide with the upcoming launch of the iPhone early April. Could be big for them.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    T-Mobile has terrible service in my area, and even when I do get service their 4G is very slow compared to ATT and Verizon...
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    As of today I have cancelled and ported over my number from AT&T to T-Mobile. I can't handle AT&Ts extra slow data speeds. I get between 5-10Mbps on my 4S on T-mobile just at my house. 3G on T-Mobile is fully active in my area. On my Nexus 4, I get 17-21Mbps.

    One thing to note, iMessage will not work on T-Mobile since they are an unsupported carrier. If you have a plan with unlimited messages, that shouldn't matter.
     
  8. macrumors 68040

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    Seems affordable.

    But many of us get discounts. I get 24% ATT discount. So math gets fuzzy with ATT's $400 per line iPhone subsidy when trying to compare with T-mobile's new plans. And not every needs a smartphone.

    Right now I have 4 lines on ATT. 700 min plan with rollpver with any mobile and 10 A-list and $20 family unlimited text. I have 2 $30 iPhone data plans unlimited. And 2 flip phone lines. (My mother uses one line) and one line I keep as a ghost just to get another iPhone upgrade and immediately switch line to flip phone and cancel data.

    2 smartphone lines. 2 flips. $155 is my total bill with discounts and all taxes. I use between1-2 GB data and my wife uses 1-2 GB data usually.

    So on paper the T-mobile plans are $700 cheaper after 20 months (the time in between ATT subsidy upgrades). $3100 for my current ATT plan vs $2400 for t-mobile plan (add $10 per line for additional 2GB data).

    So spread is $700 cheaper for t-mobile.

    But not so fast....

    Add back the $400 iPhone subsidy ATT gives me per line. $400 x4 lines equals $1600 in subsidy.

    So what started out as $700 advantage for t-mobile quickly becomes $900 cheaper for me to stay with ATT over a 20 month period. And than I will be eligible for another full upgrade

    Even of you guys say no fair. Cause I have 2 flip lines with no data. I can add $20/300mb data to each of those flip lines with smartphones.

    So add $40 extra to my 2 flip line a month x 20 months. That adds $800 to my total ATT bill.

    That still makes my ATT subsidized phone bill with 4 lines all with data $100 cheaper than T-mobile's plans.

    I add a 5th line and ATT'a family plan is even more cheaper!!

    This is why carriers are in a catch 22 situation with family plans. They supported family plans as "growth" and bragging rights to claim they have "added millions of customers" when all they really did was add a line at $10/month.

    Remember 60% of Americans are on family plans and 88% are on discounted plans and family plans.
     
  9. macrumors 65816

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    What if you use iMessage with apple id instead of phone numbers?
     
  10. macrumors 68040

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    You might want to try toggling it on/off a few times or rebooting the phone. iMessage works fine with T-Mobile on all the iPhones I've tried as long as you have a data connection.
     
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    You get what you pay for. Mediocre service in major cities and zero service (GPRS/EDGE) once you're out of the city. There's a reason why people are still leaving them in droves.
     
  12. thehustleman, Mar 19, 2013
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    macrumors 65816

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    Can't fault you for lying...
     
  13. macrumors 6502a

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    Yup. As much as I want to save money by thinking of switching to tmobile, I have a 18% corporate discount on all data and lines, in addition to the subsidized phone pricing like you mentioned. It actually works out to be better by staying on AT&T.. the only thing for tmobile is that their data pricing is much more reasonable at 2/$20 in the era of tiered data pricing.

    Also their refarmed coverage is still very lacking.
     
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    I still do not know how they can say their 4G is faster than AT&T's and their call quality is better? I have service basically anywhere I go with AT&T, but with T-Mobile it is horrible in Central NJ.
     
  15. macrumors 6502a

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    I cancelled my AT&T account yesterday and ported my number over to T-Mobile because the iPhone 3G speeds are faster compared to AT&T. On my iPhone, today I am getting between 6Mbps - 10Mbps on T-Mobile compared to 0.00Mbps - .5Mbps on AT&T. Verizon was even worse, I had no data and no 3G while at home.

    Edit, Sorry, I forgot I already posted the same thing in this thread yesterday.
     
  16. macrumors 6502a

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    Remember you need to add the EIP to those plans. There is no contract but you need to finance the phones on your plan.

    Top tier smartphones have EIP's at $20/month.
     
  17. macrumors regular

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    It looks good, but like many others, I get a 20% corporate discount at Verizon, which puts pricing at a much closer competitive rate.
     
  18. macrumors 68040

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    Their HSPA+ 4G IS faster than AT&T. They have a HSPA 42 network while AT&T only goes up to HSPA 21. LTE is another story because Tmobile doesn't even have their LTE network live yet.
     
  19. macrumors 65816

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    I don't either, T-Mobile doesn't even have 4g.more like faux G.

    AT&T has 4g but not tmobile
     
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    Yup, T-Mobile is trash. AT&T has more LTE than T-Mobile has in Massachusetts basically. Whereas AT&T/VZW cover almost all of the highways with LTE/HSPA, T-Mobile covers them with super speedy EDGE! :D
     
  21. macrumors 68000

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    Huh? I've been using iMessage w/ T-mobile on my iPhone 5 for several months. Are you having trouble activating it?
     
  22. macrumors 65816

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    Might be because of the port, try deactivating and than reactivating it will work has been tested.
     
  23. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Look like it has gone live on T-Mobile website now...

    http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/plans/family-plans.aspx




    $80 for line 1 and line 2 + $10 for 3rd line + $10 for 4th line = $100 for 4 lines.

    Line 1: unlimited talk, unlimited text and 500MB of data
    Line 2: unlimited talk, unlimited text and 500MB of data.
    Line 3: unlimited talk, unlimited text and 500MB of data
    Line 4: unlimited talk, unlimited text and 500MB of data



    $90 for 3 lines: $30 each
    $100 for 4 lines: $25 each
    etc...

    $10 more to get 2GB of data instead of just 500MB
     
  24. macrumors 68040

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    How is this different. If you are paying for the phone in installments, you would be under some sort of contract.
     
  25. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    You can switch carrier without paying any cancellation fee because there is none.
     

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