Value Plan Customers Won’t Pay Upgrade Fee

For those of you waking up this morning and are now checking out the “official” word on T-Mobile’s new Value and Classic plans we’ve got one more piece of information to give you. As the image above shows Value Plan subscribers won’t pay the much loathed upgrade fee when purchasing new equipment. This is of course likely due to the fact that you aren’t really upgrading since you are purchasing devices at full price but still, we figured we’d let you know anyway. You’re welcome.

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  • Barker1964

    Great news

  • Thom

    why would there be an upgrade fee.  you are paying full retail for phone.  

    • Anonymous

      No fee, but am I reading it right? If you buy your own phone at any time you get locked into a new 2 year contract?

      Thats crap.

    • Anonymous

      No fee, but am I reading it right? If you buy your own phone at any time you get locked into a new 2 year contract?

      Thats crap.

      • Makoute

        I hope that is not the case, but I am going to wait and see what is in these plans.

        • Ryan

          Seems like that will be the case.

        • Jay23

          its the case only way to not be on a contract with tmobile is to be on 4g monthly

        • Albert Einstein

          Hello… it breaks down in simple english as follows: classic=discounted phone ; value=discounted plan…. either way you get a deal so either way you get a 2yr contract…

        • Albert Einstein

          Hello… it breaks down in simple english as follows: classic=discounted phone ; value=discounted plan…. either way you get a deal so either way you get a 2yr contract…

      • Pointless plan

        Yeah thats stupid and nobody is going to go that route. The whole purpose of buying a phone at full price is to avoid two year contracts.

        • Rick

          Just by your new phone from a vendor other than T-mobile.  That wouldn’t cause your contract to renew for another two years.  Personally, I have no problem with a 2 year contract as I know the price will will not increase during the life of the contract. 

  • Ryan

    The last bullet point is concerning… if I’m currently on Even More Plus, will I be able to move to a standard plan with subsidized phone?

    Last year, the T-Mobile store employee told me that I couldn’t move from an Even More Plus to Even More because T-Mobile had been loosing money on me (LOL!), that they couldn’t allow me to get a subsidized phone and move on contract.  I asked why it would be any different from a new customer coming on board?  He couldn’t give a straight answer.

    • http://twitter.com/lisap006 Jalissa Peterson

      if you call in right now they will be able to give u a discount on a new phone and move u over to a contracted plan and get u hooked up with a discount….this can only be done over the phone thru customer care not in the store

      • Ryan

        Hey, thanks for the tip.  Now, do I want the MT4GS, or Sensation4G?

      • Anonymous

        Not true. We can do the migration in the store.

      • Anonymous

        Not true. We can do the migration in the store.

    • Jay23

      no it doesnt have to be done over the phone… if you go into the store they can do it for you… you just have to be doing an upgrade that day… you cant just change plans you HAVE TO DO AN UPGRADE TO GET THE NEW PLAN

  • Magenta

    Anyone that would sign up for the “value” plan is a fool. It’s the worst plan I’ve ever seen in my entire life. There are ZERO benefits to it…….

  • Magenta

    Anyone that would sign up for the “value” plan is a fool. It’s the worst plan I’ve ever seen in my entire life. There are ZERO benefits to it…….

  • Magenta

    Anyone that would sign up for the “value” plan is a fool. It’s the worst plan I’ve ever seen in my entire life. There are ZERO benefits to it…….

    • Ryan

      Depending on the phone, it could be much cheaper over the two years than a regular plan.  The cheaper the phone, the sooner you could upgrade, and still be ahead.  ie.  if these plans are $20 cheaper per month, then that’s $480.  So long as you buy a phone that’s cheaper than that, you’re good.  Since T-Mobile lets you pay interest free payments, you still don’t need to pay all the cost of the phone up front, and end up with a cheaper plan once the phone is paid off.

      • greg

        Sounds like a good benefit to me… $480 savings or go with a classic plan and only save $350 on a sensation… I’ll take the extra $130 and run with it.

        • LEADER

          U WILL HAVE TO PAY FULL PRICE FOR THE SENSATION SO U WOULDNT SAVE ANYTHING

        • LEADER

          U WILL HAVE TO PAY FULL PRICE FOR THE SENSATION SO U WOULDNT SAVE ANYTHING

        • LEADER

          U WILL HAVE TO PAY FULL PRICE FOR THE SENSATION SO U WOULDNT SAVE ANYTHING

        • Ryan

          Right, you’d have to pay $550 for the sensation with this plan. However, with the regular plan, (unless you get a deal), you’ll be paying $200 for the sensation.  So, as Greg said, you’d be paying $350 more for the sensation, but would save $480 with the plan, saving you $130 total.

        • Ryan

          Right, you’d have to pay $550 for the sensation with this plan. However, with the regular plan, (unless you get a deal), you’ll be paying $200 for the sensation.  So, as Greg said, you’d be paying $350 more for the sensation, but would save $480 with the plan, saving you $130 total.

        • LEADER

          U WILL HAVE TO PAY FULL PRICE FOR THE SENSATION SO U WOULDNT SAVE ANYTHING

        • LEADER

          U WILL HAVE TO PAY FULL PRICE FOR THE SENSATION SO U WOULDNT SAVE ANYTHING

    • Ryan

      Depending on the phone, it could be much cheaper over the two years than a regular plan.  The cheaper the phone, the sooner you could upgrade, and still be ahead.  ie.  if these plans are $20 cheaper per month, then that’s $480.  So long as you buy a phone that’s cheaper than that, you’re good.  Since T-Mobile lets you pay interest free payments, you still don’t need to pay all the cost of the phone up front, and end up with a cheaper plan once the phone is paid off.

    • CRT24

      If that is what you really think then you are the fool……while you are entitled to your opinion misguided as it is, these plans are by far the lowest price of any of the “big 4″ carriers especially of you are furnishing your own device and they are still less by a substantial amount even if you buy a phone at full cost. No one else has a no contract option for post paid so what are your options?? None if you want the best value for your service.

      • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

        Actually, both AT&T and Verizon have offered postpaid without 2yr contract terms for quite some time now. Sprint never did, and most regional carriers (aside from Cincinnati Bell) don’t either. T-Mobile was the first to introduce postpaid without a 2yr contract, but AT&T and Verizon have since offered it too. The difference: AT&T and Verizon don’t reduce your monthly rate when you go without a contract on postpaid.

        What makes T-Mobile’s Value plans different is that they are effectively bringing the European style of postpaid service to us, where the monthly rate can fluctuate depending on what device you wish to purchase (if you use the installment system).

      • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

        Actually, both AT&T and Verizon have offered postpaid without 2yr contract terms for quite some time now. Sprint never did, and most regional carriers (aside from Cincinnati Bell) don’t either. T-Mobile was the first to introduce postpaid without a 2yr contract, but AT&T and Verizon have since offered it too. The difference: AT&T and Verizon don’t reduce your monthly rate when you go without a contract on postpaid.

        What makes T-Mobile’s Value plans different is that they are effectively bringing the European style of postpaid service to us, where the monthly rate can fluctuate depending on what device you wish to purchase (if you use the installment system).

    • CRT24

      If that is what you really think then you are the fool……while you are entitled to your opinion misguided as it is, these plans are by far the lowest price of any of the “big 4″ carriers especially of you are furnishing your own device and they are still less by a substantial amount even if you buy a phone at full cost. No one else has a no contract option for post paid so what are your options?? None if you want the best value for your service.

  • kristin

    Does anyone know of features are contracted on value plans? For example I buy sensation 4G full price and move to value plan, is the web feature going to be required?

    • Shawnh91

      New data plan pricing for Value plans
      200MB for $5
      2GB for $10
      3GB for $15
      5GB for $25
      10GB for $55
      No web features are required for value plans

      • J. Williams

        Those are some good data prices…wow.

      • J. Williams

        Those are some good data prices…wow.

      • Anonymous

        10GB should be 50.

  • Thefencechild

    I see a lot of benefits to these plans. Even with the price of the phone on it it’s still cheaper than the normal plans and most people don’t use over 2gb anyway

  • Thefencechild

    I see a lot of benefits to these plans. Even with the price of the phone on it it’s still cheaper than the normal plans and most people don’t use over 2gb anyway

  • Thefencechild

    I see a lot of benefits to these plans. Even with the price of the phone on it it’s still cheaper than the normal plans and most people don’t use over 2gb anyway

  • Ryan

    So, I’m currently on an Even More Plus plan with unlimited data (which according to the slides in the other article, will be grandfathered in).  The question is, what does unlimited mean for me?  Unlimited data at 4g speeds?  Or T-mobile’s new unlimited definition, which includes throttling?

  • Ryan

    So, I’m currently on an Even More Plus plan with unlimited data (which according to the slides in the other article, will be grandfathered in).  The question is, what does unlimited mean for me?  Unlimited data at 4g speeds?  Or T-mobile’s new unlimited definition, which includes throttling?

  • livingitcool

    I currently have a Even More plus plan. Would I need to forcefully change to the new plans? Or can I still keep my Even More plus plan?

    • Ryan

      If the unlimited data of EMP is really unlimited (data and no throttling), then it may be better to just buy a new phone and don’t change anything.  However, since EMP is not contracted, I wonder will happen after an AT&T takeover.

      If the data isn’t truly unlimited, then it may be better to get on contract and make use of their free loan for the phone.

      • Vlad2277

        Exactly, if ATT takes over, all no contract plans could be gone overnight. So at least this option gives you 2yrs of cheapest plan and then figure what to do.

    • Ryan

      If the unlimited data of EMP is really unlimited (data and no throttling), then it may be better to just buy a new phone and don’t change anything.  However, since EMP is not contracted, I wonder will happen after an AT&T takeover.

      If the data isn’t truly unlimited, then it may be better to get on contract and make use of their free loan for the phone.

    • Ryan

      If the unlimited data of EMP is really unlimited (data and no throttling), then it may be better to just buy a new phone and don’t change anything.  However, since EMP is not contracted, I wonder will happen after an AT&T takeover.

      If the data isn’t truly unlimited, then it may be better to get on contract and make use of their free loan for the phone.

    • CRT24

      You can stay on it but you can only go to the value plan after the 23rd…..you will not be able to go to classic. If you don’t mind a contract you will actually pay less on the value than em+

      • Ryan

        It really depends on what unlimited data on EM+ means…
        Right now, I’m at $60/mo with 500 min, unlimited text & data.
        Value plan 500 min/unlimited text is $50 for 2gb and $65 for 5gb

        • CRT24

          The data on em+ is throttled at 5gb as well…..but if you are not using 2 gb then the 500 ttw would be 10.00 less than em+ ttw with 5gb….but if you compare unlimited ttw on value with 5gb then it is 5.00 less than the em+ unlimited ttw

      • livingitcool

        Does the contract require a credit check?

        • CRT24

          Yes, it is a post paid service so it would require a credit check. But unless you are on flex pay em+ then you are already on a post paid plan and can just migrate to the value plan if you want.

        • livingitcool

          I’m on flex pay currently. Thanks for the info

      • livingitcool

        Does the contract require a credit check?

    • Craig

      You’ll be able to go to the classic plan or new value both require contracts

  • livingitcool

    I currently have a Even More plus plan. Would I need to forcefully change to the new plans? Or can I still keep my Even More plus plan?

  • Vlad2277

    I’m thinking…how many of you who complain about unlimited data actually know your real usage. I use internet and maps a lot, and my usage only goes to about 1.3 gb monthly.
    Unless you people watching a lot of movies or something, majority will never go over 2gb. I would rather be paying 10 for data, then 25, just that saves 360 in 24months. Plus a lot of people don’t use data, so you not even forced to get unlimited 30 plan, like you are on any regular plan in any company.

    • Ryan

      You’re right.  The past 2 year’s I’ve been using a BB 8520, and just recently rooted my GFs old Cliq (put CM7 on it), and have been using that for about a week.  I’m pretty sure I’ve not come close 2GB on mobile, especially since T-Mobile is still EDGE where I am.  But, I do have my phone download podcasts over mobile, so not entirely sure.  Where are your prior months data usage reported?  It could be looking like the best option for me will be to move to the value plan 2GB.

      • Vlad2277

        I see data usage in T-Mobile Android app, you can probably find out from customer service too.

        • Ryan

          Just looked online…  looks like 2GB would be plenty for me until I can use my phone at work all day (streaming pandora would be nice). Current data usage (started downloading podcasts in May):
          June: 270MB
          May: 187MB
          April: 4MB
          March: 19MB
          February: 8MB
          January: 35MB

    • jarjon76

      It’s people who live on their phones that go over 2GB. I consider myself a heavy data user and have maybe hit 2GB once. 

  • Vlad2277

    I’m thinking…how many of you who complain about unlimited data actually know your real usage. I use internet and maps a lot, and my usage only goes to about 1.3 gb monthly.
    Unless you people watching a lot of movies or something, majority will never go over 2gb. I would rather be paying 10 for data, then 25, just that saves 360 in 24months. Plus a lot of people don’t use data, so you not even forced to get unlimited 30 plan, like you are on any regular plan in any company.

  • JR

    Has anyone tried Simple Mobile? I am not a heavy user so any service for me will work as long as is not ATT or Verizon. Any suggestions or advice will be greatly appreciated

  • tmorules310

    I just bought an HTC Sensation through Tmobile for $199 and they offered me a another Sensation for free for staying with them and signing a new 2 yr agreement.  I called the cancellation Dept.

  • Booksgalore22

    Hi I was wondering if everyone can help me….Currently I am on a pretty old plan….5 faves, 1800 minutes, free mobile to mobile, and a few other types of services but I recently upgraded my phone and did not realize I would not be able to switch to the value packages….it would save me money with it on all three of my phones…..they are telling me I have to pay a $250 migration fee in order to change plans….I CANNOT do that and frankly will not…..I just think it is crazy I have been with tmobile for 8 years and to pay a fee like that is just ridiculous in my opinion…..is there a way to get that fee waived?