T-Mobile making an extra buck

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  1. bizack, Sep 26, 2014
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    bizack macrumors 6502a

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    Placed an order for an iPhone 6 Plus, 128 GB, paid in full. Looked over my order to check the status, and noticed:

    T-Mobile Cost:
    949.99

    Apple Cost:
    949.00

    Really T-Mobile? So let's ballpark this... say ~1,000,000 customers have ordered that phone (or *will* order that phone). T-Mobile makes an extra $1,000,000 with this little trick.

    Not cool. Canceling my order out of principle.
     
  2. LandoVol macrumors member

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    Maybe this is how esurance is really saving us those dollars. They are in cahoots with Tmob.
     
  3. mightyjabba macrumors 65816

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    Apple doesn't do prices ending in .99 but if you look at other retailers selling iPads, MacBooks or iPhones they all pretty much do. It's not unique to T-mobile.
     
  4. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a

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    This is almost certainly why the FCC blocked the AT&T + T-Mobile merger.
     
  5. bizack thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's unique in that T-Mobile is the only carrier selling above the prices listed on apple.com.

    If you buy the *same* phone from Apple (i.e. T-Mobile, no contract), it's $0.99 cheaper.
     
  6. mightyjabba macrumors 65816

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    AT&T charged me $499.99 for my phone...
     
  7. bizack, Sep 26, 2014
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    bizack thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    As another member has pointed out, that's not for an unsubsidized phone.
     
  8. Steve686 macrumors 68040

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    Have you considered Apple may charge T=Mobile more per phone, wholesale, than the other carriers because of the dual band compatibility?

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    That's not full retail price. Only a "payment" to ATT to subsidize it. The OP is stating full price.
     
  9. bizack thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm trying to think what that would buy Apple. *Maybe* if Apple thought 'unsubsidized phones won't be our big sellers, so let's add a premium to the carrier.' But if that were the case, you'd think T-Mobile would respond with 'fair enough, but we want 1/2 of your unsubsidized inventory.'
     

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