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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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#121
Quote from xpacdx View Post :
they said the same thing to me, basically that its for people who are eligible for a phone upgrade, they will get this price until they upgrade their phone.

she also said we can give you $10 off a month for 6 months without me even asking for it.
thanks.
Are you getting any corp discount?
family plan? how many lines?
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#122
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thanks.
Are you getting any corp discount?
family plan? how many lines?
When I called and griped a little bit about having to enter a new contract she offered me $10 off the 24 month term. 5 line family plan, with corporate discount.
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#123
I have been out of contract for years. Have the t-zones internet on my line, $25 unlimited android internet on my brothers, and no data on my mom's line. Would I be able to call and get $5 internet added to my mom's account?
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#124
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I have been out of contract for years. Have the t-zones internet on my line, $25 unlimited android internet on my brothers, and no data on my mom's line. Would I be able to call and get $5 internet added to my mom's account?
Why don't you just call and ask?
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#125
When you are talking to the reps, do you have to threaten that you are cancelling in order to get the deals?
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#126
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When you are talking to the reps, do you have to threaten that you are cancelling in order to get the deals?
No this isn't a special offer
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#127
Looks like it doesnt work on grandfathered plans, oh well.
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#128
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When you are talking to the reps, do you have to threaten that you are cancelling in order to get the deals?
No need to specifically threaten to cancel, but you do want to get to the loyalty department for the best deals.

When you get into the automated system (during business hours) and tell the system you want to "cancel", you'll get transferred to the loyalty department.
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#129
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Looks like it doesnt work on grandfathered plans, oh well.
Not sure what you mean. I'm on FT 600 and I got the plan.
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#130
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Depends, boy or girl? LMAO
hehehehe
Big Grin
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#131
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?
yes you can change the data on lines with existing data as long as it's been 18 months since your last subsidized upgrade.

Quote from walled View Post :
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?
I think the requirement is 18 mths since your last subsidizded upgrade.

Quote from wly3298456 View Post :
Looks like it doesnt work on grandfathered plans, oh well.
it works on grandfathered plans but they have to be family plans.

Quote from wly3298456 View Post :
When you are talking to the reps, do you have to threaten that you are cancelling in order to get the deals?
No, you have to ask t-mobile loyalty though.

Quote from Chow View Post :
I have been out of contract for years. Have the t-zones internet on my line, $25 unlimited android internet on my brothers, and no data on my mom's line. Would I be able to call and get $5 internet added to my mom's account?
Yes you can get it added if your mom has not had a subsidized upgrade in the past 18 mths.
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#132
Quote from lexluthor View Post :
Just spoke with the loyalty department and my head is spinning. Hopefully, someone can help me make some sense of this.

Currently:
3 lines (1 @ full upgrade eligible, 2 @ 9 months since last subsidized upgrade)
Family 700+1 Additional line+Family Texting+2 Pref Web (5GB)+1 200MB web-$10 loyalty discount (probably expires in a few months, I don't recall) = $120/mo

Offered:
Classic 1000+1 Additional line+3 Bridge to Value (2GB) = $100
This includes a 12 mo discount of $5/mo for the additional line, so I guess it'll go up to $105 in 2014.
Also, I was given an Unlimited Bridge to Value offer of $10/line. I think 2GB would suffice for my phones though.

EDIT: Reading above, seems strange that she told me the $5/mo Bridge to Value was 2GB when it's reported as 5GB in the first post. Will clarify that when she calls back on Tuesday.

This is all before the 10% corporate discount that I get.

The rep did confirm that I will lose the bridge to value plan if I use a phone upgrade.

But, she offered me an S3 for $180, Nexus 4 for $150 or One S for $130 WITHOUT using my upgrade.

Because of that, I'd be in place to move to a value plan without penalty in 9 months.

This something I should proceed with?

One other concern is that my kids are going to want the iphone. Seems like I might have to be on a value plan in order to get an iphone. I know there's nothing definite, but signs are looking like that might be the case. Loyalty has always stepped up for me though, so I wouldn't be shocked if there's a way around that.

And what happens when I do go to value? I basically pay the same as what I'd pay with this Classic offer, except I have to pay for my phones? If the phones are effectively worth $20/mo each, maybe I am better just staying on the Family plan I have now and continuing to get subsidized upgrades, no? When I get 3 new phones a year from now, won't I then be paying $160/mo on the Classic plan, when I could have received 3 subsidized phones and still be paying the $120/mo that I'm paying now? I'm all assuming about the same money down for a phone as well.

Not sure I understand how the value plan is good for me. I must be missing something.

Appreciate anyone's thoughts on this.
Bump. Anyone have any thoughts on this? The loyalty rep is calling me back tomorrow, so I need to make a decision.
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#133
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Bump. Anyone have any thoughts on this? The loyalty rep is calling me back tomorrow, so I need to make a decision.
I'm not sure what your question is, but if you can get those phones at those prices without an upgrade, I would definitely take it.
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#134
They are only offering $5 for 2GB here and it doesn't work on a Grandfathered plan either. Only works on Classic or Value they told me.
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#135
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Bump. Anyone have any thoughts on this? The loyalty rep is calling me back tomorrow, so I need to make a decision.
Take the phone with the highest resale value, sell it then buy unlocked Iphone to use it on TMo. Choose the plan that best suits your needs.
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