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Hello everyone,

Recently, some people over at Howardforums on grandfathered/classic plans have discovered that their $20/month 5GB Preferred Android Web data plan was replaced with a $5/month 5GB "Pref Android Web Reduced" data plan. Details are as follows:

-$5/month for 5GB. Throttles after 5GB although some users have reported no throttling at all.

-Only works for Grandfathered and Classic plans, NOT Value plans.

-Get by calling 611 on your T-mobile phone and saying "cancel" at the prompt to reach the retentions/loyalty department.

-Loyalty CSR called it "Bridge to Value Preferred Web" and described it as a way of giving classic plan members a sample of Value cost savings.

-Despite the name, it does not require you to switch to Value at anytime, nor was I forced to extend my contract.

-This reduced data plan is not eligible as a choice for getting an upgraded smartphones. Upgrading a line with the $5 plan will change the line back to the $20 plan. It's not clear whether you add the $5 data plan on a line that has upgraded recently.

-This is not like T-zones/Web2Go in that it WILL work with any Android phone. I don't know about other types of phones.


My post on the Howardforum thread
[howardforums.com]

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http://slickdeals.net/f/5242262-T-Mobile-Loyalty-Customers-10-off-month-for-24-months-with-new-contract-YMMV

http://slickdeals.net/f/5036672-T-mobile-12-or-10-off-total-bill

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#46
I think this is meant for people who are still on-contract.

Lets say you have 1 year on your contract (Classic) left. You can use the Bridge-to-value to reduce your bill now and for the remainder of the contract. If you did a full switch to the value plan, you would have to pay the Classic ETF, plus have to sign a new 2-year contract for the Value plan.
After your 1-year Classic plan is up, you could sign up for Value plan. to get the full savings.
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Quote from Liquidus View Post :
I'm on the Grandfathered Family 600 Minutes plan and it worked for me. There shouldn't be a charge to switch to a classic plan, did you mean a Value plan?
i got told same thing. grandfathered plan not eligible. only classic. also told me that when i switch to classic, i will loose myfavs.
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Quote from memon_bhai View Post :
i am in the same boat except 3 of my 4 lines have 200mb data @ 10 dollars per month, and the fourth line has 5 gb preferred for 20 per month - i was hoping to change all four data packages to the 5 per month package - did the CSR say that they could change the data on the lines with existing data?
So the CSR was pitching my the Value plan and said none of my lines are eligible for the 5GB/$5 data plan. I think the eligibility to add this line to your current contract is if you are 18 months into your contract. I actually went ahead and got the contracted 2 year 1000 minutes value plan with 2 additional lines at $5 a piece, unlimited text on all lines, and 2GB data on 3 lines, with a $10/month rebate for 2 years. Total is $90 before tax. The only thing I lost here is the ability to get a subsidized phone, which isn't a big deal to me. Hope that helps.
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told me that i had to be 18 months into my contract - anyone have luck otherwise?
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Loyalty rep said to be eligible for the $5 data plan it needs to be 22 months since I last upgraded. Since I upgraded 5 months ago, I wasn't eligible. Is this true? Anyone have different luck?
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i think they are just making up numbers now, different reps told me different things
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Cellphone coverage just like GPS should free and provided by uncle Sam.
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Quote from bryant.kobe View Post :
So the CSR was pitching my the Value plan and said none of my lines are eligible for the 5GB/$5 data plan. I think the eligibility to add this line to your current contract is if you are 18 months into your contract. I actually went ahead and got the contracted 2 year 1000 minutes value plan with 2 additional lines at $5 a piece, unlimited text on all lines, and 2GB data on 3 lines, with a $10/month rebate for 2 years. Total is $90 before tax. The only thing I lost here is the ability to get a subsidized phone, which isn't a big deal to me. Hope that helps.
what exactly did you tell the CSR to get this? also, were you under contract or out of contract at that point? i dont need a subsidized phone either - ill gladly take the savings and go to chinatown and pick up an S3 for 350 bucks brand new on t mobile no contract - or probably 450 for the S4 when that comes out
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Quote from memon_bhai View Post :
told me that i had to be 18 months into my contract - anyone have luck otherwise?
i am out of contract for last 3 years. and rep told me to switch to classic plan before I could get this feature. They are just trying to upsell things.
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No go for me. I guess I'm not eligible since I just did upgrades on both my family lines back in November. So it looks like its only for people that's close to the end of their contracts and looking for phone upgrade. Oh well! Any body know if there are better plans than my current one?

My current plan for two lines:
Preferred FT 600 w/NW for 49.99
Unl. Family Messaging for 9.99
Preferred Android Unl. Web each line for 20.00

Plus 14% AAA discount every month!
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Quote from laztpn0i View Post :
No go for me. I guess I'm not eligible since I just did upgrades on both my family lines back in November. So it looks like its only for people that's close to the end of their contracts and looking for phone upgrade. Oh well! Any body know if there are better plans than my current one?

My current plan for two lines:
Preferred FT 600 w/NW for 49.99
Unl. Family Messaging for 9.99
Preferred Android Unl. Web each line for 20.00

Plus 14% AAA discount every month!
I have the same plan as you except I have 4 lines, the T-mobile@home line which is $10, and only a 10% freelancers discount. I was wondering if there are better plans out there too. My bill is about 179 a month.
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#57
For someone looking to stay on their Classic plan, aside from possibly losing upgrade eligibility, are there any other cons to this offer? I pay $10 for 200mb and am on a family plan. I'm upgrade eligible too.
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My daughter in law just gave birth over Christmas. Would I be eligible for this plan? Thanks.
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Quote from XeoNoX View Post :
i agree, not as good as a deal as it sounds, instead of giving discounted phones they are giving discounted data, but in the long term there is less savings over the span of 2 YEARS!!!. Value Plan is still the way to go with anything over 3 lines. 2 Lines is give n take/borderline. The whole key to this is the contract for 2 YEARS!! Short term worth it, long term not, but since u go on 2 years contract its not worth it cuz there is no short term!!

Value Plan is still a better way to go over the course of a 2yr/ (24 month) contract
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Have 2 lines, unlimited minutes/text and inet (throttled @ 2gb). Pay $101.24 after taxes every month. Could I be on a better plan gurus? Help a brother out please.
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