Thrax said:Larger, faster. Sprint is a distant fourth in the carrier race.
Larger, faster. Sprint is a distant fourth in the carrier race.
fatcat said:Larger coverage...ah no:
Larger coverage...ah no:
And now you can afford to flat out buy any smartphone, and still save money at the end of it all. In fact, because T-Mobile isn't charging you the $100-200 subsidy fee other carriers are to basically rent the phone from them, you essentially have $1100 to spend on a phone. Any amount less than that is money saved versus any other carrier.
Sprint unlimited: $100 phone + (($109.99/mo)*24)) = $2739 for two years.
T-Mobile unlimited: $600 phone + (($70/mo)*25)) = $2280 for two years.
Closest AT&T plan (only 5GB/mo data): $100 phone + (($139.99/mo)*24)) = $3459.76 for two years.
And I'm too lazy to finish Verizon, but it's just as bad as AT&T. Dunno about you, but LTE isn't worth $1200 in my book.
T-Mobile is challenging you to rethink the way you deal with your smartphone plan. I've demonstrated here that paying "only $100" for the phone ends in highway robbery. You will get gouged for that carrier subsidy, and a phone you could have bought for just $600 will end up costing you in the neighborhood of $1500 with anybody but T-Mobile.
We need to stop being allergic to the true prices of cell phones, and play the long game to see real savings.
The problem is even for somewhat recently locked in AT&T customers, this isn't worth the hassle. I'd have to wait 18 months before I saved any money, and if you consider the future value of money and opportunity cost it doesn't actually make sense for many to change.
If I were brand new to the mobile world and wanted to start from scratch, yes T-mobile all the way. Unfortunately it just isn't worth it for me.
For many "family plan" people locked in with other carriers, the switching cost is too high.
For the record I have a spreadsheet that details the finances of this, and it could just be my own situation. I'm sure a ton of people can save from switching to or updating T-mobile plans. I am also sure a lot of people are like me where it doesn't add up.
Per what @Thrax said, if I was on an individual plan I would have already switched. No question. It's a lot easier when you don't have to worry about your family members. C'est la vie
How often do you want to get a new phone? For me it is at least every two years. If you are a replace your phone every 4-6 years person, then by all means T-mobile it up. Of course, do your own analysis first, but this is a critical variable.
$0 phone / 24 months = $2046.72
switching to T-Mobile:
$350 cancellation fee + $299 phone (Nexus4) / 24 months (2GB plan) = $2209.00 (A proximate without knowing taxes/fees per month(used $65x24))
The Unlimited Plan would put me at $2449.00
So, switching to T-Mobile NOW would be more expensive. A year from now it might be cheaper with pro-rated cancellation fees on Sprint.
Again, this is my case with employee discount
It was a good vacation.
The same plan with unlimited 4G on T-Mo, before taxes, fees, and any discounts, costs $180.
My only concern is voice coverage in my area. According to the maps, it's fine when you're near the freeways, but start moving away from them and you get spotty coverage. I guess those are the hazards of living in semi-rural Oklahoma areas.
National coverage maps also exaggerate the importance of blanketing all of the Dakotas in LTE. Areal coverage != population coverage.
All that matters is if a given network covers your usual locations. I hope nobody makes the mistake of signing with a provider because it has the "best" coverage in general, because it'll cost you.
I didn't think about this before I started googling on the topic, but I might be better off just insuring our cell phones through my homeowners insurance provider.