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Last Edited by green_key June 16, 2013 at 09:23 AM
update 04/29/2013
Only available to existing out of contract t-mobile customer by calling retention department. YMMV.

update 02/12/2013
Alive from Feb 13, 2013 to Mar 23, 2013. You get free add-a-line for value plan or $5 add-a-line on classic till Jan 2014

Current Family Value Plan, get it now: Note: This deal ends March 23rd
1. If you don't want unlimited minutes, eg: 1000 shared family minutes among 5 people
2. If you only want max of 2 lines of unlimited minutes
3. If you use 2GB or more data monthly, and do not mind getting throttled

Wait for uncarrier ..rumoured to start end of March
1. If you want unlimited voice minutes for 3 lines or more, then definitely wait for the new uncarrier plan.
2. If you don't want contract

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T-Mobile’s Back-To-School Promotion Begins July 1st
TMobile upcoming back-to-school promotion beginning July 1st offering promotional family plans with $5 Classic and $0 Value add-a-lines. This promotional offering will offer savings of $5 per month, until January 2, 2014.

The promo offer is good for all Classic and Value plans that have shared limited buckets of minutes and the 500-minute AAL on unlimited family plans. Free nights and weekends, and other t-mobile.

Notes/Fine prints:
  • Good for both new and existing customers, and of course it requires a two-year contract. Existing customers will be required to change their existing rate plan and extend their contract on all lines to take advantage of this promo. A quick reminder that a contract extension for a rate plan change does not affect your upgrade date for a new phone
  • No grandfathered features (no myfav, no tzone, no web2go, no ...etc).
  • Tax+fees depending on your location, +12% in CA. Some military or corp -5% to -20% discount. Also tax on migration fees, and smartphone.
  • You do NOT need to get all 5 lines, but current promo gives you 3rd, 4th and 5th discount until Jan 2, 2014. Pricing will not change if you only get less line. After Jan 2nd, 2014, you will have to pay $5 extra for each 3rd, 4th and 5th.
  • Once that line/number are on Value plan, current t-mobile policy will not allow you to get back to plan which offer subsidy in future. So once you are in value plan, you will always have to buy devices yourself.
  • One account can have upto 5 lines. One person if qualify can have multiple accounts.

Best deal on value plan. Corp, military discount can be applied.

UNLIMITED MINUTES WITH DATA VALUE PLAN:
add $25 for 3rd, 4th, 5th each for unlimited talk. Add $10 for 3rd, 4th, 5th each for 2GB high speed. Add $25 for 3rd, 4th, 5th for 5GB high speed, $10 per line mobile to/from mobile (skype, google voice is not consider as mobile). Add $20 for unlimited nationwide un-throttle
5 lines for $80: (2 unlimited talk/text) + (3 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each) << add $10 for 2GB, $20 for un-throttle data, $25 for 5GB, $25 for unlimited voice
5 lines for $100: (2 unlimited talk/text/data with 2GB at 4G) + (3 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each)
5 lines for $110: (2 unlimited talk/text/data with 2GB at 4G) + (1 line unlimited text, 2GB at 4G, 500 minutes each) + (2 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each)
5 lines for $110: (2 unlimited talk/text) + (3 lines unlimited text, 2GB at 4G, 500 minutes each)
5 lines for $120: (2 unlimited talk/text/data with 2GB at 4G) + (2 line unlimited text, 2GB at 4G, 500 minutes each) + (1 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each)
5 lines for $120: (2 unlimited talk/text/data with unlimited nationwide, un-throttle data) + (3 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each)
5 lines for $130: (2 unlimited talk/text/data with 2GB at 4G) + (3 line unlimited text, 2GB at 4G, 500 minutes each)
5 lines for $130: (2 unlimited talk/text/data with 5GB at 4G) + (3 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each)

1000 SHARED MINUTES WITH DATA VALUE PLAN:
5 lines for $80: (5 lines sharing 1000 minutes, unlimited text, 2 lines with 2GB at 4G each)
5 lines for $90: (5 lines sharing 1000 minutes, unlimited text, 3 lines with 2GB at 4G each)
5 lines for $100: (5 lines sharing 1000 minutes, unlimited text, 2 lines with unlimited nationwide, un-throttle data)

VOICE WITH TEXT VALUE PLAN, NO DATA:
5 lines for $60: (5 lines sharing 1000 minutes, unlimited text, no data) << add $10 for 2GB, $20 for un-throttle data, $25 for 5GB
5 lines for $80: (2 lines unlimited talk/text, no data) + (3 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each, no data)
5 lines for $105: (3 lines unlimited talk/text, no data) + (2 lines unlimited text, 500 minutes each, no data)

VOICE ONLY VALUE PLAN, NO DATA, NO TEXT: ... update: 10/15/2012 thanks to npatel3c
5 lines for $50: (5 lines sharing 1000 minutes, no text, no data) << add $10 for 2GB, $20 for un-throttle data, $25 for 5GB
.....

I have worked hard to pull info from different official sites to create this deal...rep me if you find this a good deal hug

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Classic plan also have this promo benefit, but monthly will be slightly more, BUT YOU GET BETTER DISCOUNT on smartphone. Value plan customer needs to buy smartphone at "retail price". In my location, costco retail price on smartphone is cheaper than t-mobile retail store.

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HOW TO GET THIS DEAL

STEP 0: Check t-mobile coverage in your area: http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/pcc.aspx
If you are new to t-mobile or getting a new plan, please do the activation in person, do NOT use t-mobile chat. This will save a lot of grief and human error, a wisdom from many experienced t-mobile customers.

A.If you are still in contract t-mobile customer, call t-mobile directly for the add-on promo. If you are interested in value plan, they will have to check if you qualify for value plan. Check migration fees below. For NEW customer, I would recommend going personally to costco or tmobile retail store. Update, just learn this myself on 7/5: You can get this online. Put the package into the cart first and then customize each line at checkout, http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/Pack...kages.aspx. Update 7/6: if you cannot get unlimited plan via t-mobile website, you can call t-mobile directly or goto retail store (t-mobile, costco, best buy...etc). It's still available, t-mobile website is just missing lots of features and plan.

B. IF you are interested in value plan and planning to get a smartphone at costco, eg Samsung S2, do steps below:
1. First make sure you qualify: out of t-mobile contract or qualify for upgrade (not value plan) or less than 6 months left on t-mobile contract (not value plan) or new t-mobile customer or currently value plan customer wanting add-a-line, AND (access to costco membership and data plan)
2. Goto local costco. Tell them that you wanted value plan and wanted smartphones as well. Do your transactions. New activation is free, not sure about existing add-a-line customer. Sim is free.
3. Go home, make sure everything works and happy. If you have corp/military/eduction discount..etct, then call t-mobile CS. They should be able to apply for you.
UPDATE 7/23/2012: Costco will NO longer sell S3 with value plan.
UPDATE 8/07/2012: Costco now require phone purchase with all value lines activated. Thus I would recommend ONLY activating value plan lines for smartphones (first two line) or (add-a-line). Costco smartphone are decently priced but all their dumb phone are really really expensive! Then goto t-mobile stores to add/activate the rest. Remember to ask for free activation.

C. You DO NOT need to goto costco to get the value plan and classic plan deal. You can get value plan or classic plan along with smartphone anywhere, eg: t-mobile store, amazon wireless, walmart, ...etc. Major differences is the pricing of the smartphone. You can always buy at independent market like google nexus at google play or ebay or craigslist or amazon store. Costco is only mentioned here because they have great smartphone price when u activate/signup there. Where and when you activate/signup the value plan will determine the cost of your smartphone. So if you signup/activate at costco, then you get costo smartphone pricing. If you signup/activate at t-mobile store, you get t-mobile store smartphone pricing, you cannot go back to costco to get costco smartphone pricing later for that line. Lesson here: signup/activate plan or line where the smartphone is cheapest, and get the smartphone for that line at the same time.

D. If you don't want to buy smartphones for value plan, then just goto t-mobile store. It'll be free sim and NO activation fees. Note that once you are already in value plan, in future, you will NOT be able to buy smartphone for those lines at value plan prices, not in costco and not with t-mobile. Those lines will not be able to transfer back to a subsidized t-mobile plan (eg: classic, ...etc). This is the current t-mobile policy. It may or may not change in future. You can buy phones at ebay, craigslist, google play or get pre-paid phones, ..etc. Note that phone prices trend is dropping like crazy.

E. If you decide to buy smartphone, remember that tax on smartphone is based on retail price. If you pay migration fees, there will be tax on that too.

My experience shows that being nice to the salesperson or cs makes getting the deal easier, especially retention laugh out loud
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MIGRATION FEES for existing t-mobile customer still in contract and wanting to move to value plan. Depending on when you get your phone subsidized, there maybe a migration fees going to value plan PER LINE. Tax on migration fees. Official doc from t-mobile: http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-3282. Use this if anyone tells you differently.

Months Completed on Contract, per t-mobile official doc 3282, lasts modified Mar 8, 2012 10:38 PM by tmo_ryanm
0-7 months completed $200
8-11 months completed $150
12-15 months completed $100
16-17 months completed $50
18+ months completed $0

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Data Add-on Features:

Data Add-on Classic Plan Value Plan 4G Speed Allowance Details
Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data $30 $20 Unlimited Not compatible w/Smartphone Mobile Hotspot
Simple 200MB ??? $5 up to 200 MB, then 10 cents per MB ???
Unlimited Plus 2GB $20 $10 Up to 2 GB, then throttle Compatible w/smartphone hotspot for additional charge
Unlimited Premium 5 GB $35 $25 Up to 5 GB, then throttle Free hotspot/tethering
Unlimited Ultra 10 GB $65 $55 Up to 10 GB, then throttle Free hotspot/tethering

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Last Edited by green_key June 16, 2013 at 09:21 AM
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update 04/29/2013
Only available to existing out of contract t-mobile customer by calling retention department. YMMV.

update 02/12/2013
Alive from Feb 13, 2013 to Mar 23, 2013. You get free add-a-line for value plan or $5 add-a-line on classic till Jan 2014


update 02/12/2013
Original deal is alive again from Feb 13, 2013 to Mar 23, 2013. You get free add-a-line for value plan or $5 add-a-line on classic till Jan 2014
........ Deal Ending TODAY (March 23, 2013)

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update 12/27/2012: Retention is still able to give this deal ...look at posting 1730
page 116 posting: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=56416450&postcount=1730

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Nov 21, 2012: Dead ??? ...

Update Nov 21, 2012:
Value Plan:
$5 per line for 3rd, 4th or 5th line

Classic Plan:
$10 per line for 3rd, 4th or 5th line
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Google just announced NEW Nexus 4- $299 (8GB) / $349 (16GB), available with google play. https://play.google.com/store/search?q=nexus+4
pro: Screen 4.7", Qualcomm Snapdragon(TM) S4 Pro, SlimPort HDMI, Android 4.2
cons: no microSD slot, LG (due to previous reputation on G2x phones), non removable battery, no T-Mobile WiFi Calling app

Bank of America has $75 cash back when sign up for a new line directly from T-Mobile retail stores & websites.
thanks & reps to maximmarkets. http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=54324804&postcount=14

t-mobile is giving out $50 Master Card gift card for NEW t-mobile value plan customers. Migrated grandfather customer will not qualify.
http://slickdeals.net/f/5664802-T-Mobile-Value-Plan-50-gift-card-for-NEW-customer-new-account-or-new-AAL?p=55823002#post55823002


UPDATE 10/18/2012: http://www.tmonews.com/2012/10/t-...b-minimum/http://www.tmonews.com/2012/10/t-...b-minimum/
As of Oct 10, 2012:
T-Mobile did change their data feature requirement for smartphones as of October 10th. Previously, T-Mobile allowed their 200MB data feature to meet the requirement with smartphone activation.
As of October 10th however, the smallest data package required for smartphone purchase moves to the 2GB plan, though this has no impact on existing customers already working with the 200MB plan.
  • If you get smartphone WITH value plan, then does it mean the NEW requirement is 2GB minimum??
  • Not sure how/if impacts costco smartphone w/required data -- > migrate value plan (is data still required?). Does paying migration fees to break contract means data requirement from previous contract is no longer valid? Maybe someone who recently gone through this process can comment ???
  • Not sure how/if impacts buy smartphone from t-mobile w/required data in old/classic plan -- > migrate value plan (is data still required?). Does paying migration fees to break contract means data requirement from previous contract is no longer valid? Maybe someone who recently gone through this process can comment ???

The big advantage over prepaid are....
- Unlimited any T-Mobile® to T-Mobile calling
- Unlimited nights and weekends
- Better data coverage since data roaming is included for postpaid (Voice roaming is included with postpaid and prepaid)
- Wi-Fi Calling from anywhere in the world does not use any in-plan minutes

The big advantage over post-paid are....
-It is much cheaper for single individual.
-you won't get hit with a unexpected bill.

For single line, going pre-paid (no contract) w/Tmobile is much cheaper, note pro & cons of pre-paid vs post-paid in wiki
http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-plans

Tax on migration fees, and smartphone based on retail price

Quote from tastyriceboi View Post :
Just a warning for those who buy phones on craigslist. If the seller defaults on their payments or call in and say their phone was stolen/lost, the phones IMEI will be blacklisted and at this point it looks like there is no way to get off the blacklist. I've been trying to see if there are any sure ways to avoid this, but I haven't found anything that seems to avoid this situation. So just be cautious when you buy some of those newer phones like the S3, S2, One S and the amaze or sensation. Buying older phones should be more safe.
Wi-Fi Calling - this is a free add-on feature for any capable phone. For Value and Classic Plan, minutes are not taken out of any non-unlimited voice plan. If the majority of your phone calls take place while on a wifi network, then it might be in your best interest to look at the 1000-minute Value Plan. You will save $30/mo compared to the unlimited voice plan. Also note: any calls that start while on Wi-Fi Calling will drop as soon as you get out of the wifi network's range; calls that start on the cellular network will continue to be on the cellular network until the call ends (using your in-plan minutes).

Please remember that ETF on value plans upto $300 per line.Check the fine print
http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/Pack...kages.aspx

Take an ADDITIONAL 10-% - 15% off your bill

Value Plan UNLIMITED ANY Mobile to ANY Mobile $10 per line
you wont see this advertised but its like a "hidden add-on"
Its worth it to throw the Unlimited Any Mobile to Any mobile on the "extra" lines with 500 minutes.

International Talk & Text - $15 per month/line Countries:
http://www.t-mobile.com/internati...rview.aspx

Andorra Argentina Australia Austria Bahamas Belgium Brazil Brunei Canada Chile
China Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cyprus Dominican Republic Estonia France French Antilles FYROM
Germany Greece Guadeloupe Hong Kong Hungary India Ireland Israel Italy Japan
Jordan Latvia Luxembourg Macau Malaysia Mexico Netherlands New Zealand
Norway Panama Poland Portugal Romania Singapore Slovenia South Africa South Korea
Spain Switzerland Taiwan Thailand Turkey United Kingdom Uruguay Venezuela Zambia

200MB Data Add-on Features:

There are two types of 200MB data plans available. Both are $5/mo on the Value Plan. If you don't see either/both choices on-line, then you will need to call to get it added.

Data Add-on Classic Plan Value Plan 4G Speed Allowance Details
Simple 200MB $15? $5 Up to 200 MB, then 10 cents per MB ???
Simple 200MB Capped $15? $5 Up to 200 MB, then capped If data useage is very low, and you don't want to risk overages

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Quote from Edxzxz View Post :
What's the deal with the t-mobile value plan - I read just about this entire thread, and I'm getting lost. Best bet for me is what?
I have no current t-mobile plan at all, on at&t but long past the end of my contract with them, I need 2 smart phones, would like to add 3 dumb phones for my kids, I have 3 dumb phones that should work on t-mobile, need 2 decent smart phones, don't care where they come from as long as they're cheap, would like good smart phones, ideal would be samsung s3, but s2 is fine, would take anything else if the price is right (need touchscreen for my daughter). No word on add a line free deal coming back today? Could I sign up for the 2 lines first, and wait & see if the add a line deal comes back in the next 2 weeks? Should I go to costco, sam's wholesale club, t-mobile store, or online someplace? I guess if I'm having my own phones activated, I need to bring them with me if I do the signup in a b&m store?
Another key question is how much minutes and data do you need? If you don't use much minutes and data, then classic plan maybe better since your phone is subsidized. Amount of minutes, and/or data will be key between value vs classic plan.

On the other hand, if you want need unlimited minutes for 2 of your lines, and maybe data in 2-3 lines, then value plan is the way to go.

Next, the phones itself. If you are on classic plan, get the S3 fully subsidized for the cheapest reliable vendor.... or get Note 2 from reliable vendor.

If you are going directly to value plan, you can get new generation LG Nexus google phone, no micro sdhc for ~$300 each. If you really want a S3, then check t-mobile website or SD for christmas special, they have zero down payment followed by $20 x 20 months, for $400 each phone. For Note 1 or Note 2, I would goto costco for first two lines, and then goto t-mobile store for the rest of your lines.

Also if you transferring non-tmobile number in, and buying new phones, search sd, there is $50 rebate. Everything has tax and fees associated.
update: sorry, rebate is dead on Nov 27...

Keep us posted on your experience.... Smilie

Quote from Liquidus View Post :
I'm renewing my contract with T-mobile tomorrow and I can ask about the free lines.
call retention, especially if you are on classic or subsidized plan...they normally have great deal on handset, loyalty discounts, monthly discounts... etc. iphones coming soon, next week or so....wonder how much retention will discount ...
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Last edited by green_key December 5, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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Quote from Edxzxz View Post :
What's the deal with the t-mobile value plan - I read just about this entire thread, and I'm getting lost. Best bet for me is what?
I have no current t-mobile plan at all, on at&t but long past the end of my contract with them, I need 2 smart phones, would like to add 3 dumb phones for my kids, I have 3 dumb phones that should work on t-mobile, need 2 decent smart phones, don't care where they come from as long as they're cheap, would like good smart phones, ideal would be samsung s3, but s2 is fine, would take anything else if the price is right (need touchscreen for my daughter). No word on add a line free deal coming back today? Could I sign up for the 2 lines first, and wait & see if the add a line deal comes back in the next 2 weeks? Should I go to costco, sam's wholesale club, t-mobile store, or online someplace? I guess if I'm having my own phones activated, I need to bring them with me if I do the signup in a b&m store?
very informative situation u posted, however u are missing a few things....how many minutes u need and how much txting u need and if u are a "heavy" internet user? how much are u paying right now with att and for how many lines?
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Quote from XeoNoX View Post :
very informative situation u posted, however u are missing a few things....how many minutes u need and how much txting u need and if u are a "heavy" internet user? how much are u paying right now with att and for how many lines?
I hardly use any minutes at all, same for my daughter & my other 2 kids. She texts alot, and on her current verizon prepaid 'plan', she uses her $25 in prepaid funds before the month ends, every month, and then has no service at all a week or more each month. She wants a touchscreen phone. She really wanted an iphone, but I researched my options for iphones, way too expensive. I pay $45 total for a 450 minute a month at&t dumb phone, I use 200 minutes a month, I do not text, I have little interest in using a phone for internet stuff, but would probably find it useful to have sometimes. I already got my ex to commit to giving me $450 to move my daughter and her 2 brothers onto a new plan under my name, with her 2 brothers to get dumb phones with unlimited text, no data, enough minutes they won't run up overage charges (they hardly use their phones at all, other than texting their friends like crazy). It's a major pita trying to compare plans. I have no problem laying out a giant wad of cash up front if it saves me $$ over the 2 years of the contract. Here's what I distilled down by making an excel sheet with all the variables, all variations working off a 1000 minutes of pooled/shared voice minutes, 2 gb data for 2 smart phones, 2 dumb phones I already own (compatible with tmo and unlocked), unlimited text on all lines (assuming I get $50 rebate per line for 3 lines porting numbers into tmo from other carriers), total cost over the 2 year contract including phones + activation - rebates:
classic plan + 2 samsung S2's = $2,199.76
classic plan + 2 samsung S3's = $2,659.74
classic plan with 1 S2 & 1 x S3 (idk if I care enough about having the latest & greatest phone, my daughter would be happier I'm sure with the newest thing out) = $2,479.75
Value plan with 2 x Samsung S3's ($550 each with no rebates I can find)= $2,099.76

So, the value plan option seems to me to be the best deal over the 2 year contract, since it's $100 cheaper than the classic plan with 2 lesser phones (s2's on classic plan S3's on value plan). Here's the key though - the classic plans say they have free tmo to tmo and unlimited nights & weekends, I assume value plan doesn't have that. Is the data plan the same under value / classic (both options are 2gb 'unlimited' data, throttled after 2 gb) - by that I mean, is it the same network, or is value bumped onto a sub carrier with less towers, less coverage, and/ or lower speeds? Tmo csr's instant answer to any question on chat is 'you want the classic plan'. Clearly, the value plans are less expensive over a 2 year contract, I just don't want to find out after signing a 2 year deal that the value plan data is useless, and I am somewhat leery that we'll run into overages on voice even though none of us uses many minutes - all it takes is one of the 4 of us to go haywire one month, and I have no control over that. Unlimited tmo to tmo & nights/weekends free would eliminate my concern on that, but, of course I'd rather have 2 x S3's than 2 x S2's.

in a nutshell, I'm torn between classic & value, the clincher is whether value plan is identical to classic plan as far as data speeds and coverage, and whether I'd get unlimited nights weekends & tmo to tmo on the value plan. Unlimited plan for voice is not an option, because the added lines for 3rd & 4th jump from $10 a month for the 1000 minute shared plan to $30 each per month on the unlimited plan. I'm pissed my daughter only got back to me this week about a phone, I'd been asking her for months, and of course my ex agreed to give me the $$ for the kids' phone service 2 days after the free add line deal ended, so now I'm stuck moving them onto a plan with me.
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I hardly use any minutes at all, same for my daughter & my other 2 kids. She texts alot, and on her current verizon prepaid 'plan', she uses her $25 in prepaid funds before the month ends, every month, and then has no service at all a week or more each month. She wants a touchscreen phone. She really wanted an iphone, but I researched my options for iphones, way too expensive. I pay $45 total for a 450 minute a month at&t dumb phone, I use 200 minutes a month, I do not text, I have little interest in using a phone for internet stuff, but would probably find it useful to have sometimes. I already got my ex to commit to giving me $450 to move my daughter and her 2 brothers onto a new plan under my name, with her 2 brothers to get dumb phones with unlimited text, no data, enough minutes they won't run up overage charges (they hardly use their phones at all, other than texting their friends like crazy). It's a major pita trying to compare plans. I have no problem laying out a giant wad of cash up front if it saves me $$ over the 2 years of the contract. Here's what I distilled down by making an excel sheet with all the variables, all variations working off a 1000 minutes of pooled/shared voice minutes, 2 gb data for 2 smart phones, 2 dumb phones I already own (compatible with tmo and unlocked), unlimited text on all lines (assuming I get $50 rebate per line for 3 lines porting numbers into tmo from other carriers), total cost over the 2 year contract including phones + activation - rebates:
classic plan + 2 samsung S2's = $2,199.76
classic plan + 2 samsung S3's = $2,659.74
classic plan with 1 S2 & 1 x S3 (idk if I care enough about having the latest & greatest phone, my daughter would be happier I'm sure with the newest thing out) = $2,479.75
Value plan with 2 x Samsung S3's ($550 each with no rebates I can find)= $2,099.76

So, the value plan option seems to me to be the best deal over the 2 year contract, since it's $100 cheaper than the classic plan with 2 lesser phones (s2's on classic plan S3's on value plan). Here's the key though - the classic plans say they have free tmo to tmo and unlimited nights & weekends, I assume value plan doesn't have that. Is the data plan the same under value / classic (both options are 2gb 'unlimited' data, throttled after 2 gb) - by that I mean, is it the same network, or is value bumped onto a sub carrier with less towers, less coverage, and/ or lower speeds? Tmo csr's instant answer to any question on chat is 'you want the classic plan'. Clearly, the value plans are less expensive over a 2 year contract, I just don't want to find out after signing a 2 year deal that the value plan data is useless, and I am somewhat leery that we'll run into overages on voice even though none of us uses many minutes - all it takes is one of the 4 of us to go haywire one month, and I have no control over that. Unlimited tmo to tmo & nights/weekends free would eliminate my concern on that, but, of course I'd rather have 2 x S3's than 2 x S2's.

in a nutshell, I'm torn between classic & value, the clincher is whether value plan is identical to classic plan as far as data speeds and coverage, and whether I'd get unlimited nights weekends & tmo to tmo on the value plan. Unlimited plan for voice is not an option, because the added lines for 3rd & 4th jump from $10 a month for the 1000 minute shared plan to $30 each per month on the unlimited plan. I'm pissed my daughter only got back to me this week about a phone, I'd been asking her for months, and of course my ex agreed to give me the $$ for the kids' phone service 2 days after the free add line deal ended, so now I'm stuck moving them onto a plan with me.
If you're willing to wait a few weeks to receive the phones, you could get the Value plan with 2 x Nexus 4 [google.com] for $300 - $350 each, saving you another $400 - $500. The specs [gizmag.com] are pretty similar to the S3 and your phone will stay up to date for several years (directly supported by Google).
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Last edited by xur17 December 6, 2012 at 10:34 AM
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Quote from xur17 View Post :
If you're willing to wait a few weeks to receive the phones, you could get the Value plan with 2 x Nexus 4 [google.com] for $300 - $350 each, saving you another $400 - $500. The specs [gizmag.com] are pretty similar to the S3.
Value plan is identical to Classic Free TMo - TMo, unlimited night weekends etc..
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Quote from xur17 View Post :
If you're willing to wait a few weeks to receive the phones, you could get the Value plan with 2 x Nexus 4 [google.com] for $300 - $350 each, saving you another $400 - $500. The specs [gizmag.com] are pretty similar to the S3 and your phone will stay up to date for several years (directly supported by Google).
I'm not, it's a Christmas present, and her mother has already stopped topping up her account, so she needs a phone asap. I checked out the nexus, it seems like a smashed screen waiting to happen, just too fragile looking, imho, to give to a 13 year old girl. no sd slot kills it for me.

Quote from sdfw View Post :
Value plan is identical to Classic Free TMo - TMo, unlimited night weekends etc..
I guess Tmo not putting that info out there on its value plan pages is just part of their relentlessly hawking the classic plans. Not to be a pita, but you're sure about that, right? I looked all over the tmo site and couldn't find an answer to that.
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I'm not, it's a Christmas present, and her mother has already stopped topping up her account, so she needs a phone asap. I checked out the nexus, it seems like a smashed screen waiting to happen, just too fragile looking, imho, to give to a 13 year old girl. no sd slot kills it for me.



I guess Tmo not putting that info out there on its value plan pages is just part of their relentlessly hawking the classic plans. Not to be a pita, but you're sure about that, right? I looked all over the tmo site and couldn't find an answer to that.
If you can find the S3 on sale for under $350.00 for signing up with the classic plan then pay the $200.00 migration fee and still come out ahead of the $550.00 no contract price.
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I'm not, it's a Christmas present, and her mother has already stopped topping up her account, so she needs a phone asap. I checked out the nexus, it seems like a smashed screen waiting to happen, just too fragile looking, imho, to give to a 13 year old girl. no sd slot kills it for me.
HTC One S or something older like the Mytouch 4G would be nice. HTC Amaze also somewhat decent.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-WHITE...416ef458ac

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HTC-One-S...5d3728b0ec


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I guess Tmo not putting that info out there on its value plan pages is just part of their relentlessly hawking the classic plans. Not to be a pita, but you're sure about that, right? I looked all over the tmo site and couldn't find an answer to that.
It's on their site....
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Quote from Edxzxz View Post :
I'm not, it's a Christmas present, and her mother has already stopped topping up her account, so she needs a phone asap. I checked out the nexus, it seems like a smashed screen waiting to happen, just too fragile looking, imho, to give to a 13 year old girl. no sd slot kills it for me.



I guess Tmo not putting that info out there on its value plan pages is just part of their relentlessly hawking the classic plans. Not to be a pita, but you're sure about that, right? I looked all over the tmo site and couldn't find an answer to that.
From what I've read, Value plans are Tmobile's future and their recent sales and marketing have been focused on that. I'm not sure why your chat CSRs would suggest the classic plan.
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Can someone please tell me how much it cost me for Unlimited data and 1000 share minutes for 3 lines? Do I get free/discounted smartphone with 2 years contract.
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HTC One S or something older like the Mytouch 4G would be nice. HTC Amaze also somewhat decent.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-WHITE...416ef458ac

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HTC-One-S...5d3728b0ec




It's on their site....
So, 'same great coverage and features' = unlimited night & weekends & free tmo - tmo, and not a lesser subset of their network. CSR on chat didn't have any reply for me after she said 'you want the classic plan' & my reply was 'that would cost me almost $600 more for the same plan & phones over 2 years compared to the value plan'. $25 a month ($600/24 months) seems like a hefty premium to avoid paying an extra $560 on the front end ($550 per s3 on value compared to $280 on classic plan, x 2 phones for me).

I called my closest tmobile store, very nice lady spent some time confirming they had the s3 in stock, could port numbers, told me what I needed to bring, and when I griped about how tmo charges $35 activation if I buy phones from them, but not if I brought my own and activated sim cards, she said in a noticeably disgusted tone 'Oh we'll waive any activation fees for you for a new account'. So, there's another $70 in savings. I know it seems stupid, that $550 each for 2 new phones doesn't really bother me too much, but $35 x 2 for 'activation fees' was a deal breaker for me on general principle.
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Can someone please tell me how much it cost me for Unlimited data and 1000 share minutes for 3 lines?
Assuming lines 3, 4, 5 are still free. you're probably looking at a monthly cost of $50 (1000 minutes) + $60 (3 x unlimited data) = $110
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Assuming lines 3, 4, 5 are still free. you're probably looking at a monthly cost of $50 (1000 minutes) + $60 (3 x unlimited data) = $110
Do I get free phone if I sign 2 year contract ?
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Do I get free phone if I sign 2 year contract ?
no, the point of the value plan is you'd have to provide/buy your own phones in exchange for cheaper monthly fee. this will give you flexibility and depending on the phone you want, allow you to save money over the duration of your contract.
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So, 'same great coverage and features' = unlimited night & weekends & free tmo - tmo, and not a lesser subset of their network. CSR on chat didn't have any reply for me after she said 'you want the classic plan' & my reply was 'that would cost me almost $600 more for the same plan & phones over 2 years compared to the value plan'. $25 a month ($600/24 months) seems like a hefty premium to avoid paying an extra $560 on the front end ($550 per s3 on value compared to $280 on classic plan, x 2 phones for me).

I called my closest tmobile store, very nice lady spent some time confirming they had the s3 in stock, could port numbers, told me what I needed to bring, and when I griped about how tmo charges $35 activation if I buy phones from them, but not if I brought my own and activated sim cards, she said in a noticeably disgusted tone 'Oh we'll waive any activation fees for you for a new account'. So, there's another $70 in savings. I know it seems stupid, that $550 each for 2 new phones doesn't really bother me too much, but $35 x 2 for 'activation fees' was a deal breaker for me on general principle.
Yes, just like the site says....they are identical to the classic plans. But instead of signing a contract to subsidize the phone you sign one to subsidize the plan.

Fair warning.....They can promise you everything under the sun to sign up but by the time you find out that they charged you for activation, there is nothing you can rly do about it.

I'm a bit bitter with T-Mo atm because they seem to consistently be charging us more than what they should be month after month(4 months now). The reps are super nice and basically refuse to help and each one has a different explanation than the last.

If you aren't saving a significant amount of money and/or you don't need unlimited data....I'd say its a better idea to head to another carrier personally.
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