Saturday, February 21, 2009

T-Mobile tries $50 unlimited cell plan and $135 rebate to switch carriers

T-Mobile has rolled out an interesting new promotion in San Francisco: a $50 unlimited usage cellular voice plan. Also the company is offering customers in the Bay Area a $135 rebate to switch carriers, essentially eliminating the early termination fee costs.

T-Mobile says the new %50 rate plan is only available to customers who have used the service for 22 months. The new plan would allow T-Mobile customers to have unlimited data and voice for $85. AT&T, for example, charges $99.99 for unlimited voice, $30 for data and anywhere from $5 to $20 for texting.

The good news for consumers is if T-Mobile rolls this plan out nationwide and does well, it could force other carriers to react. A national analyst, John Hodulik, predicts we'll see T-Mobile make such a move next month.

Why? T-Mobile is struggling to keep up with AT&T and Verizon and Sprint in the cell phone wars.

With its best-selling iPhone spearheading purchases, AT&T added 2.1 million customers in the fourth quarter of 2008. Of those, 1.9 million were iPhone users.

Verizon added 1.4 million new users, but T-Mobile added far fewer: 621,000. That was down from 670,000 new customers in the third quarter and down from 951,000 new subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Sprint/Nextel lost 1.3 million customers in the fourth quarter as cell phone users seem to be choosing sides: AT&T or Verizon.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

They can offer unlimited plans for $20 a month for the next 3 years and still not have as many customers as Verizon. Verizon is the monopoly. Period. 82 million strong (and growing)

Anonymous said...

I currently have T-Mobile and love it! I can't wait for this promotion to be available here because it sounds like a great deal...even though my plan is already 30% cheaper than I could get from AT&T or Verizon!

Anonymous said...

At least AT&T doesn't lock out the features of your phone like Verizon does.

Anonymous said...

I use Net10 phone service. Ten cents a minute. $15 a month gives you 150 minutes, great emergency phone for those who don't need to chat all day.

butterfly valves said...

this is great news. Thanks for the info.

Closeupman said...

Re:
"I use Net10 phone service. Ten cents a minute. $15 a month gives you 150 minutes, great emergency phone for those who don't need to chat all day."

Not so great. That comes out to $180 a year. You can get T-mobile prepaid for $100 for a 1000minutes and it's good for a year, plus you get gold rewards on minutes purchased after that.

So essentially you're paying $80 less a year.(works out to about $9/month)

Better for an emergency phone!

Anonymous said...

Least we forget that Boost offers $50/month unlimited EVERYTHING. It's nationwide service too. The network may not be as great as AT&T or Verizon (uses Sprint/Nextel)but then again, everyone gets dropped on a call now and then regardless of your provider. Unlimited means talk, long distance, internet, walkie-talkie and more. Choice of phones is limited but do you really need a touchscreen phone? Actually, if you can even find a Boost phone at your local store lately you are doing well. Response has been huge! Expect Boost to be a key player in the war to knock down our cell plan pricing. Oh, and Boost has NO contracts. $50/mo people. It's your money...

Anonymous said...

Cool. I'll probably be switching to that plan with my unlocked iPhone. Then I'll be getting exactly what the AT&T iPhoners get for $50.00+ less, AND I'm not confined to just the App Store for my apps.

Anonymous said...

Well what can I do but switching immediately?! Not even viagra online makes this kind of promotions!

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So, I do not really imagine this is likely to have success.