T-Mobile CEO John Legere hinted that his company was about to make another big splash in the wireless industry and if this report from TmoNews is accurate then he wasn't kidding. An unnamed source tells TmoNews that T-Mobile is planning an initiative that would pay off subscribers' early termination fees if they switch from a rival carrier to T-Mobile. Specifically the source said that the company is planning "a project codenamed 'Houdini' which will give switchers up to $350 in credit when they switch to TMO" with a particular emphasis placed "on families switching up to 5 lines regardless of contract end dates."
Paying off customers' early termination fees would destroy a huge barrier to wireless subscribers switching to T-Mobile. It would also go a long way toward killing off the two-year service agreements that T-Mobile scrapped as part of its first "uncarrier" initiative. T-Mobile has become a major annoyance for incumbent carriers and earlier this year it also made moves to give customers the option of upgrading their smartphones earlier and to offer free international data roaming.
T-Mobile plans to announce its next major "uncarrier" plan on January 8th at the Consumer Electronics Show so we won't have to wait much longer to learn just what Legere and crew have up their sleeves.
That's up to a $300 trade in credit for each of your used working devices to get started, PLUS
Up to $350 for your Early Termination Fees per line, once you send in your final bill.
NOTE: Only works if you both trade in your old phones and buy new one from t-mobile.
FAQ's from T-Mobile:
What if my phone or device is broken?
Even if you trade in a non-working phone or device, you're still eligible for the program. Your phone's trade-in value will be $0, but you're still eligible for an ETF reimbursement for up to $350.
What if the value of my phone is $0?
You can still qualify for the full ETF reimbursement. To qualify for this promotion, you need to trade in a phone or device, even if the trade-in value is $0.
Can I activate more than 5 lines?
You can can activate more than 5 lines, but you'll only be reimbursed for the first 5 lines.
I'm an existing T-Mobile customer. Do I have to trade in my phone?
Yes. To be eligible for the ETF Reimbursement Offer, a trade-in of your current phone or device – either working or broken – is a requirement.
What if I'm with a mobile carrier not listed in your offer?
You can transfer your existing mobile number from any carrier. Even current T-Mobile customers are eligible for this offer.
www.switch2tmobile.com . T-Mobile then sends an additional payment equal to those fees, up to $350 per line. Trade-in of their old phone, purchase of a new T-Mobile phone and porting of their phone number to T-Mobile are required to qualify.
This offer to pay early termination fees provides families with a quick way to escape carrier contracts that have deterred them from pursuing a better and more affordable wireless experience with T-Mobile.
T-Mobile is also making it easier for its longtime customers to migrate to Simple Choice plans as well without incurring any migration fees. To qualify for this option a current customer under contract trades in their current device and purchases a new T-Mobile device and switches to Simple Choice. In addition to waiving the migration fee, T-Mobile will also eliminate the existing annual service contract for that customer's line.
With a Simple Choice Plan from T-Mobile, families start with one line at $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and Web with up to 500 MB of 4G LTE data. They can add a second phone line for $30 per month, and each additional line is just $10 per month. In short, a family could get four lines for just $100 per month (plus taxes and fees). The potential savings are so significant that if every single AT&T, Sprint and Verizon customer switched to a Simple Choice Plan, T-Mobile estimates they would save up to $20 billion [iv]collectively each year.
Unlocking an AT&T phone, it's a PROCESS!
There is a lot of discussion regarding unlocking iPhones with AT&T. I just went through this process so I'll outline below.
For this example, we will assume the monthly cut off date is the 15th. Please note, this process is the same for ALL AT&T phones.
Call AT&T PRIOR to the 15th to cancel your contract. AT&T cannot/will not process the ETF unless it's on your statement.
Here is some reference data from T-Mobile Site:
1) Who is this offer designed for?
Individuals and families (up to five lines) who are currently under a postpaid contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon and want to switch to T-Mobile.
2) What are your eligibility requirements?
In order to qualify for this ETF offer, you must be switching from a postpaid plan with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon and port your current numbers to T-Mobile. You would need to trade-in a working mobile phone or tablet and purchase a new device with T-Mobile on a qualifying postpaid Simple Choice plan (you would not be able to sign up for a T-Mobile prepaid or Simple Choice Family Plan with no credit check). All lines must be activated in the same T-Mobile market with the same billing address and area code.
3) Can I bring my tablet to T-Mobile and have you buy out my ETF?
Yes. We will cover up to five total lines, which can be a combination of tablets and mobile phones. For tablets, we will cover your ETF up to $350 per mobile Internet line.
4) How does it work? What does the process look like? How do customers receive their credits?
Customers from the three largest national wireless carriers (i.e., AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint) can trade-in their working phones and tablets at any participating T-Mobile location, switch their numbers over and receive a credit, based on the value of their device, which can be used towards a new device purchase. The maximum trade-in value for devices is $300 per line. When a customer gets their final bill from their previous carrier stating their ETF amounts and sends it to T-Mobile, they receive a prepaid MasterCard card equal to their ETF, with up to $350 per line, within 8 weeks. The maximum payout per line would be up to $650.
5) Can I keep the number I already have if I switch?
We've made it simple for you to switch and keep your old number. First you need to check that your existing number is eligible to be transferred. Check your phone's eligibility by entering the phone number of the phone you want to transfer. If it's eligible, you'll be able to add it to your cart along with your old carrier account information using our secure checkout and we will have your number transferred in as little as 2 business days.
6) What is 4G data?
A 4G data network is the technology that provides the mobile internet access for your phone, tablet, laptop and other wireless devices. Our nationwide 4G data network is fast so you can surf, download, stream and email quickly from any device, virtually anywhere.
7) What's tethering?
Tethering is when you use your phone as a mobile hotspot in order to surf the web or check email between your other internet-enabled devices. If you're interested in one of our tethering plans, please visit your local retail store for details.
8) What is high speed data?
High-speed data allows Internet access at a high data rate or speed providing a smooth Internet connection for heavy data activities such as streaming media, watching video and online gaming. In some areas the activities you do may be transmitted on slower speeds and may reduce the quality of some of your heavy data activities. A capable device and qualifying rate plan are required for 4G and 3G speeds.
9) What is new at T-Mobile?
At T-Mobile, we're un-leashing our coverage beyond the nationwide map and going global. T-Mobile now offers the largest global data coverage area included at no extra charge. Available to both consumer and business customers, T-Mobile's Simple Choice Plan will now include unlimited data and text in more than 100 countries worldwide at no extra charge. Even better, voice calls to the US are a simple flat rate of $0.20 per minute. And that's all without signing an annual service contract. This global freedom will be automatically added to customers signing up for qualifying Simple Choice plan options at no extra charge beginning October 20. Existing Simple Choice customers with qualifying plan options will have global coverage automatically added to their plan by October 31st.
10) How do I know if I'll have coverage in my area?
New data shows our advanced nationwide network has significantly less network congestion than AT&T's. That means you're less likely to slow down during busy peak times of use. And you can connect in more places with WiFi Calling using virtually any available WiFi network. To find out what coverage is like near you, check our map.
11) What about international services?
We have very affordable ways for you to stay in touch with friends and family worldwide. Our International Talk & Text plan turns your domestic calling plan into an international plan for only $10 a month. We also have international discounted calling. If you have questions, check out the details of our international plans and services.
12) Does T-Mobile offer a plan for international travel with my tablet or mobile hotspot?
To use your tablet or mobile hotspot while you're out of the country, simply sign up for T-Mobile International Internet Service before your trip. First, check your device to make sure it supports the frequencies used at your destinations. T-Mobile's Simple Choice Mobile Internet Plan now includes unlimited data and text in more than 100 countries worldwide at no extra charges. Simple Choice MI plans for Tablets and Hotspots offer the same benefit. Plans start at just $10 for T-Mobile Voice customers who have a Mobile Internet line on their account.
trade in phone does NOT have to be from the same carrier or even the same one on your account...but YMMV
Price Drop on Nexus 5 to $396 at Tmobile still a little expensive than play store who is selling at $349 but just a thought you guys should know - Bad Boy
Also dont forget to take advantage of this offer from tmobile while you are switching.
If you have friends or family that have tmobile. They and you can earn $25 each. Just go on tmobile website and follow the instructions.