In Depth With T-Mobile’s New Classic And Value Rate Plans

The news of T-Mobile’s revamped rate plans has been met with trepidation as it’s beginning to feel like T-Mobile can’t hit a sweet spot and constantly changes up their price plan offerings. Once again they are trying some drastic changes just as they did with the announcement of the Even More and Even More Plus plans. As we first posted this morning T-Mobile is doing away with Even More Plus plans in lieu of “Value” plans and “Classic” plans which is the newly renamed Even More offering.

T-Mobile will position the new Value plan as the most inexpensive postpaid rate plan they offer along with the pitch that it doesn’t require a data plan. It does however require a two year contract much to the dismay of Even More Plus users who won’t see any reason to migrate over if they wish to remain sans contract. Along with the two year contract, subsidized handset pricing is a thing of the past for Value plans as customers will pay the full price of the handset though they may do so over a 21 month timeframe.

The obvious emphasis here is the savings customer will receive over the rebranded “Classic” plans over the “Value” plans because of the lower monthly rates. Customers who opt for the Value plan will make an initial down payment equal to the price of the phone on a Classic plan and have an additional 20 payments for the overall cost of the phone. For instance the Classic cost of the HTC Sensation 4G is $249.99 with a full retail cost of $549.99. So the initial payment on a Value plan will be $249.99 with installments of the remaining $300.00. For those remaining 20 months customers will pay $15 a month.

Take a good look at the gallery of ninja shots we’ve obtained to get a glimpse of what’s changing and what isn’t. Remember, we’re still around a month away from the expected launch so anything can change. There are plenty of remaining holes that we need to fill in order to get a clear picture of exactly whats going to happen and when. Still, with this gallery you can get a better idea of whats coming, going, staying, leaving and flying away.

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  • DB

    so I’m on EM+ without data, but i plan on getting a smartphone soon, should i just jump on EM+ w/ data now before it is phased out?

  • Rknig11

    These new plans suck ass. Bring Back EM+ T-mobile!
    Although the ATT merger can be consider a breach of contract on T-Mobiles part allowing an easy out of your contract if the merger does go through if one were to switch to one of these new plans. 

  • Rknig11

    These new plans suck ass. Bring Back EM+ T-mobile!
    Although the ATT merger can be consider a breach of contract on T-Mobiles part allowing an easy out of your contract if the merger does go through if one were to switch to one of these new plans. 

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  • PlanBForOpenOffice

    Gee the first slide I hit is “Keep it simple…”

    Der T-Mobile,
    hear is my version of keeping it simple.
    * No Contracts or a short contract terminiation period (~ 3 mo), monthly network access rate.
    * Sell talk time by the minutes, 500 min for $X with 12 mo expiration.
    * Sell data by the GB. Text some code to purchase a new X GB with 12 mo expiration or autorenewal. Shared between all lines or separate. May be even data by the GB per max speed ?)
    * Sell texts (if you have to) by the bundle 100, 200, or 500 with 12 mo expiration.
    * All such services are billed to the monthly bill
    * Offer max purchases per line (to control teh kids spending or even the spending if the phone is stolen
    * Separate purchase of phones not locked to your network, options of $X down, rest over N mo  for financing is fine (if % APR is disclosed).
    * Separate trade in program to trade in your phone towards the purchase of a new one.

    See, fixed that for you. Easy to understand, easy to contraol spending. Easy to compare. No marketing gimiks needed (like unlimited, but not at the advertised speed).

    Kaj

  • http://www.facebook.com/phathom Peter Dudycz

    I switched me and my wife from a everything plus family plan with unlimited text and 750 minutes ($85 after taxes) to 2 separate prepaid $30 a month 1500 minutes/text and 30mb of internet. Now we save over $25 ($15 in taxes and rest for service)

  • Rgevargiss

    STop the Merger . buy out, forget these plans, 

  • Hawks7897

    This is crap! I buy my phones outright so I don’t have to be on a contract!

  • Peter V

    Awesome! For Me!
    3 Lines for 79.99 – 1000 Minutes, TEXT & 200 MB Data (yeah, I know but I lots of WiFi hotspots!)
    $30 for Phones + $15 insurance
    $130 saves me money over T-Mobile’s Unlimited $50 Plan
    $20/month to sell-out for contract & a better phone
    I just hope they change terms and conditions after this to cancel contract!

  • Peter V

    Awesome! For Me!
    3 Lines for 79.99 – 1000 Minutes, TEXT & 200 MB Data (yeah, I know but I lots of WiFi hotspots!)
    $30 for Phones + $15 insurance
    $130 saves me money over T-Mobile’s Unlimited $50 Plan
    $20/month to sell-out for contract & a better phone
    I just hope they change terms and conditions after this to cancel contract!

  • Anonymous

    Actually thinking about these new plan, I think if T-Mobile released the next iPhone… this plan might be valuable… People can customized their plans (having data or not or whatever… but yet they’re still paying for the full phone price in installments.)

    Single line w/ iPhone…

    AT&T… 450mins w/ unlimited text & any mobile to mobile calls plus 2gb for $85.

    Verizon… 450 mins w/ unlimited text plus 2gb (w/ their new data plan to be comparable w/ other carrier) for $90.

    T-Mobile… 500 mins w/ unlimited text plus 2gb for $49.99 plus $22.50 installments ($649(MSRP)-$199(contract
    price)=$450. $450/20(installments)= $22.50/mo) a monthly total of  $73.50 a month.

    if getting a family plan (w/ 3 lines – for my example)…

    AT&T/Verizon, their plans w/ the smartphone plan (2gb) would cost over say an estimate of $160+/mo

    T-Mobile: 1000 mins with unlimited text & 2gb data: $79.99+$5 (extra line) + $10 (2gb data)= $94.99
    plus $22.50*3= $67.50 (for three iphones – installments for 20 months) = $162.50 (for first 20 months).

    (I would altered my plans to 1000 mins w/ 2gb on two lines, 1 unlimited text on one line. I should be saving more, since the other line would have wifi available most of the time.) So it might not be a great deal for those who changes their phone quite frequently, but those who just set with one phone until it dies, then I think t-mobile plans are much more affordable after the installments is done. 2 years contract wouldn’t really matter to me since if i’m satisfied w/ t-mobile services (been for 4+ years) i’m not planning to go anywhere… so 2 years is not important to me. If the Acquisition w/ AT&T doesn’t approve, and if say the new investor buys t-mobile and keep the service the same/better, then I would renew my contract… hopefully the iphone comes to t-mobile.

    –Please correct me if I’m incorrect in any part. :)

    • know my rates

      That was an awesome breakdown and completely correct

    • http://profiles.google.com/aantoine87 akil antoine

      great breakdown but bigest mistake you made was assuming everyone wants to buy a $550 phone (which is the most expensive phone), if you opt for a $190 lg optimus t or a $125 t-mobile comet then your phone installment plan will be 3-6x cheaper making your monthly payments more like $63-$53 a month

      • Anonymous

        Sure, maybe not all of us would buy any phone that ranges around the price I set as an example but it’s common sense, if you’re going to buy a cheaper phone, then of course your monthly total would be reduce from the example I set.

        Since my point was that even with a $650 dollar phone (yeh the iphone), Yet, these new plan still save them alot more than the “competitive” carriers. =]

      • Anonymous

        Sure, maybe not all of us would buy any phone that ranges around the price I set as an example but it’s common sense, if you’re going to buy a cheaper phone, then of course your monthly total would be reduce from the example I set.

        Since my point was that even with a $650 dollar phone (yeh the iphone), Yet, these new plan still save them alot more than the “competitive” carriers. =]

        • http://profiles.google.com/aantoine87 akil antoine

          oh i know its common sense but most of these people on these comments dont have common sense hence all the complaining you see throughout this post

          you are one of the few

        • Anonymous

          I don’t quite sure what you mean, but I’m fine with people complaining cus everyone is in a different situation, it may benefit some, and some folks might see it not valuable. Everyone are entitled to their own opinion. Hopefully with my example, it helps people see abit more than just what it is shown in the picture above.

    • t h

      so where is this site getting its information? I called t-mobile and they said there are no such plans, I spent  3 hrs with an csr and they said this dose not exist and there will be no plans like this. I’m not sure why this site is getting people’s hopes up because there are no plan like this that exist, its false and misleading information, and should be deleted.  

      • Anonymous

        Are you kidding me? I guess you haven’t been up with this forum.

        These are leaks to upcoming plans… which is NOT available yet until “late july” (as david posted in the other blog).

        Your comment made me LOL!

      • http://tmonews.com David

        A quick re-read of the post would have told you all you needed to know!

  • t h

    so where is this site getting its information? I called t-mobile and they said there are no such plans, I spent  3 hrs with an csr and they said this dose not exist and there will be no plans like this. I’m not sure why this site is getting people’s hopes up because there are no plan like this that exist, its false and misleading information, and should be deleted.  

    • CRT24

      Are you serious with this? The plans are not available right now because they haven’t launched yet but these plans are coming later this month. We in the retail stores get occasional inaccurate information from cc reps but this rep you spoke to may simply not know about the new plans but I can assure you they are coming. One word of advice…..I wouldn’t base your posts on what a cc rep tells you.

      • theWayofThings

        Indeed… 99% of the time customer care reps are kept in the dark until just a few days before new plans are unveiled. If a rep knows about something before then, most likely they read it here on Tmonews…

        Usually reps will hear rumors of upcoming rateplan changes, but nothing concrete until within a week of the drop, then they are SOMETIMES given a short one hour training or just a pamphlet.. and people wonder why one CC rep will say one thing and another rep will say something totally different… there is barely any uniformity in training for things like new rateplans and devices from team to team, supervisor to supervisor…

        Mismanagement is the name of the game at Big Magenta…
         

    • Anonymous

      You spent 3 hours with a CSR?  Do you mean you were on a date in your car?  It  can’t be you were on the phone.What a tool. Like anyone is going to believe you were on the phone for three hours.  If you are going to make stuff up, at least make it sound believable.  E.g., leave out the part about three hours.

      • Android sucker

        i did too!  Its no lie and unbelievable how Cust Svc reps get away with transferring custs to depts that can’t help.  Get the reps ID # at top of the call and report them if they give you no cust svc or worse.. a wild goose chase!

  • Noneyabidness

    Wow… I can see why the government or companies in general like to keep things between the higher ups who are actually TRUSTWORTHY!!! T-mobile is already in trouble with merge and you go and take pictures of something that is confidential, they gave that information out because of feedback from the reps themselves… I am not stupid, I know ‘DAVID’ isn’t the one that released this. I will hunt down the taker of these pictures and refer them to there local TM…. be prepared.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t be silly, T-Mobile is known for “faux leaks” where its marketing plan includes “leaking” this kind of information or encouraging it.

      • None

        HaHaHa…  You said TMO has a marketing plan!   :)

      • None

        HaHaHa…  You said TMO has a marketing plan!   :)

        • Anonymous

          Yes indeed, it’s called the “K-Mart Marketing Plan.” 

        • Anonymous

          Yes indeed, it’s called the “K-Mart Marketing Plan.” 

  • tj

    To

  • callmeotter

    Why are they going thru all this if theyre gonna be taken over by att in less than a year?  What happens to those of us on even older plans?  Im on a 39.99 1000 minutes plus free night/weekend….but Ive been looking more and more into either going with a smaller company like Boost, MetroPCS, Walmart Family Mobile (Which runs on Tmobile) , Virgin and those unlimited talk/text/web or going  upscale and getting an iphone since I just got a Macbookpro for my birthday

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=630442511 Preston Stringer

      Boost is the way to go. I am switching to Boost in Oct when my ATT contract is up. I have an Iphone but I’m tired if it and am looking forward to a $65/mo. Andriod phone for unlimited everything w/no contract.

  • Kwaidonjin

    So,  should I get my Family plan now so I can get my smartphones for free?

  • lotsaquestions

    I currently have the $49.99 unlimited talk “loyalty” plan for being with Tmobile for the past 6 years (plus $5 for 400 text messages). Total bill is consistently $66 after taxes each month. My most recent contract ended over 3 months ago and I have been trying to figure out what to do.  

    My friend has Tmobile prepaid for $50 flat a month and is trying to convince me to switch to prepaid. My current blackberry pearl is at its end (track ball doesn’t work and keys are starting to not work) so I also need a new phone. 

    It would be great to do the $50 flat for prepaid, but my concern is that as soon as AT&T swallows up Tmobile, they will eliminate the Tmobile prepaid option as soon as they logistically can so that they can force the prepaid customers to migrate over to AT&T’s prepaid rates which are much more expensive. 

    My thinking is that it would be better to do a value plan and pay full retail for either the Samsung Exhibit 4G or a REFURBISHED Samsung Galaxy (both cost $349.99). That way I could lock in a contract rate that AT&T would have to honor after they take over Tmobile. Do you think this is the best strategy? 

    The document language also says “After 20 months (or when EIP is paid off), Value plan
    customers can choose to upgrade and finance another device with the same out of
    pocket cost as a fully discounted Classic upgrade.” Does this mean that after 20 months you can get the rebates the way a Classic plan offers now? Or does it mean that you will still have to pay full retail for a new phone but they will simply help you with the financing (i.e. same down payment as the classic rebated price but you still must pay the full retail for the phone either up front or over the course of the EIP)?     
    Also, do you think Retention will offer a better deal to long time customers? Typically I have seen them offer $5 below the published monthly rate. Do you think they might offer an account credit? How much is a typical account credit for a long time customer (I hadn’t heard of these until now)? 

    One last question: Any thoughts on buying the “refurbished” Samsung Galaxy as opposed to a brand new Samsung Exhibit? I would much rather have an affordable Galaxy but am concerned about the “refurbished” part. 

    Sorry for so many questions – but any guidance you can provide would really help! 

    • Kwaidonjin

      The Galaxy S is free right now, no need to buy refurbished.