AT&T Says Keep Your Rate Plan, Even When Your Contract Expires

While AT&T awaits FCC approval, DOJ lawsuits and a host of contentious members of the political machine they are still trying to win over the T-Mobile customer. As of September 16th T-Mobile updated their internal FAQ for employees regarding possible customers question surrounding rate plans changing post-AT&T takeover. A small addendum might help allay the fears of some T-Mobile customers who are fearful that their rate plans will disappear.

We’ve known for a while that AT&T has said T-Mobile customers will be able to keep their rate plans but for the same length of time we’ve wondered what would happen at the end of a contract. AT&T has finally answered that question by stating that T-Mobile customers will be able to hang onto their current rate plan “even when their term ends and the service continues on a month-to-month basis.”

That’s good news but the real question is: what happens when I want to upgrade? When I decide the time is right for a new smartphone will I be forced to leave my beloved T-Mobile rate plan behind and pick one of AT&T’s current offerings? That’s the question I want someone to answer.


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  • Meagan

    Yeah tmo peeps, you can keep your old tmo plan as long as you want. But eventually you will give up using that old useless tmobile band with only AT&T Edge. You get a new AT&T mobile when we pry off old tmo plan from you for an upgrade. Anyway, Bye bye UMA. It was fun while it lasted.

    • Tbyrne

      I hope your next bill from At&t is full of overcharges and you have to wait 2 hours on hold and then somebody comes on who doesn’t speak english and, well, you get where I’m going. You’re pathetic!

  • Anonymous

    I guess we can 1) buy lightly used new phone then stick the SIM in there 2) pay full price for new phone so you don’t need to change the contract.  The problem is our current Tmobile 3g frequency will eventually be phased our so we’ll have to change our SIM sooner or later, which means new plan.  Nice try AT&T.  Keep your hands off tmobile

    • FtKnoxTMO

      FYI Cookie, the sim has nothing to do with the 3G freq’s, that’s part of the phone’s modem/radio chip, so you can keep your sim, but you will have to change phones if you want to use AT&T 3G/HSPA+ frequencies, just like with the iPhone today.

  • Infin1ty

    Screw AT&T, if I wanted an AT&T contract I would have gotten one. They never really seem to learn do they? If they buy out TMO they are just one more step closer to another bell system division.

  • Anonymous

    To me, it makes no difference if this buyout goes through or not.
    TMobile sold out it’s customers, I’m done with them.
    I’ll look into Sprint or one of the smaller, less expensive providers.
    It’s a depression folks, we need to spend less of the money we don’t have, not more.
    I will never be a customer of ATT again.
    Having a land line under them for years was painful enough…

  • Anonymous

    AT&T destroyed Cingular. AT&T will destroy T-Mobile.

    • Time4Tech

      Cingular destroyed itself. They closed out the original AT&T company, then when they had the chance, they switched over to the AT&T name.