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Molten Llama
Sep 20, 2006


hanabi posted:

About to switch to T-mobile. Trying to add 2 new smartphones, one with 500mb of data and the other with 2.5gb of data. I went to a store and the guy working there said they have to activate any smartphone with a 2.5gb plan standard but that I could call customer support and "probably" switch one of the lines down to 500mb. Is he bullshitting me or is this an actual thing?

Bullshit, but not at all uncommon. This is the joy of T-Mobile's "don't call it a franchise" retail model; go to a supposed T-Mobile store, get the lovely reseller experience because it is a lovely reseller.

If you can't buy from someone more scrupulous, you can always walk out the door and immediately call 611 to unfuck your plan. No "probably" about it.

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Molten Llama
Sep 20, 2006


AwkwardKnob posted:

If I bought the device at a discount through Verizon when I signed up for my 2-year contract, this plan might not be as cut-and-dry right? Verizon would probably charge me an early termination fee, as well as try to charge me the remaining price for the phone itself? Sorry for asking extremely specific, kind-of-dumb questions but when it comes to Cell Phones it seems like the only way to navigate everything.

The ETF is there to recoup your handset subsidy. When you pay the ETF, you're effectively paying off your phone. (Unless you signed up for whatever awful JUMP knockoff Verizon was hawking, in which case you may have to pay both an ETF and the rest of your handset. I'm not familiar with their plan.)

If you just have regular old Verizon service, you're done once the ETF is paid.

Molten Llama
Sep 20, 2006


The downpayment counts as the first payment, even if you qualify for $0 down and paid nothing.

Molten Llama
Sep 20, 2006


Unless you were on one of their super-low-cost grandfathered unicorn plans (most of which have since fallen vicim to The Great Plan Purge), you were already paying monthly installments. It was just all rolled up into a higher monthly service fee.

Molten Llama
Sep 20, 2006


MycroftXXX posted:

This is definitely bad for business for any company not on the list and can definitely suppress competition. As a selfish customer though, holy crap I am going to stream so much music and its going to be awesome (assuming they whitelist all access).

Legere did say they'd like to extend it to all music services.

I'm not sure why they're holding a vote instead of just doing it if that's really the case, but that's what he said. Even assuming it requires providers to flag their packets somehow, you don't need customer input to get that ball rolling.

Molten Llama
Sep 20, 2006


r0ck0 posted:

Can anyone confirm that the free streaming is available to nerds on the $30 goon plan? Since its the last day of my pay period I'm gonna test it later today to see if the streaming music adds up on my account.

It's only on Simple Choice plans.

Molten Llama
Sep 20, 2006


Splat posted:

Well, I guess I'm dumb then. Why is this not an option at checkout? "Port my number now" vs "Port my number when I get my phone"? or a disclaimer somehwere? I didn't run into it when I last switched carriers, I was unawares :-/

You're not dumb. It should work the way you were expecting. Just like it did last time you ported a number.

And it used to work that way on T-Mobile. Probably still should, much like you should be able to pay your bill and should be able to download call details.

Molten Llama
Sep 20, 2006


Civil posted:

I'm wondering if they'll have an app available to those who went with the Moto phones (X, G).

Legere's response at the event seemed to indicate BYODers were SOL.

Molten Llama
Sep 20, 2006


Island Nation posted:

As for the router, it might be interesting if it's like AT&T's microcell with regards to coverage, GSM is lousy where I live but CDMA is nonexistant so I would be onboard there.

Despite the "CellSpot" name, it's just a WiFi router manufactured for T-Mobile by Asus. There's nothing cellular involved at all. The only thing really special about it is that it prioritizes T-Mobile voice packets by default, so you can stream all the porn (this was actually John Legere's example) and Netflix you want and still make calls.

T-Mo indicated the router would only be free to Simple Choice customers. But they also said that about the Music Freedom that dork plan users are getting. $99 for prepaid or extra routers. (And they're claiming an equivalent retail router would be ~$200.)

Molten Llama fucked around with this message at 22:09 on Sep 10, 2014

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Molten Llama
Sep 20, 2006


Astro7x posted:

Didn't Jump recently change where you have to have paid a minimum of half the price of the phone?

Yes, but new Jump didn't replace old Jump for existing customers.

Astro7x posted:

Exactly... how long is AT&T doing the $200 trade ins for, and how long is T-Mobile matching the trade ins?

AT&T is doing it through September 30th.

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