T-Mobile is about to get rid of its current T-Mobile Advantage corporate discount scheme. At least in its current state. As it stands, various companies, education providers and organizations partner with Tmo to offer their employees cheaper plans at varying levels. Advantage offers a 15% monthly discount on plan rates. But that’s all set to change next month.
First to tip us of these changes was @CellPhonius. Following his contact, our own handy collection of sources confirmed that these changes would be concrete from the end of the month. Internal documentation and customer emails would suggest these plans have been incoming, very quietly, for the past couple of months.
Thankfully, it would seem anyone who signed up to the program before February 3rd will keep their monthly discount.
Anyone who signed up to the program afterwards may find that it’s disappeared, and sales reps in store will no longer be able to add it to customer accounts. Instead, you’ll have to go to T-Mobile’s Advantage signup page to check your eligibility.
Now, details on the exact changes and documentation on it isn’t the clearest. So, I’m a little hazy on some of the details. The fact that some of our sources themselves are unclear shows how poorly this is being communicated. But, here’s what I know (or think I know) so far:
- From March 31, 2014, T-Mobile Advantage in its current state disappears. (Except for government workers?).
- In its place is will be a new scheme where corporate partners get $25 off the price of a device (or a “reward” card).
- Anyone who signed up before February 3rd will get to keep their monthly discount, and it will apply to any lines added to that account going forward.
- For anyone who took it after that date, you’ll probably receive (or have already received) a letter detailing the changes.
Like I say, it leaves a lot of questions unanswered. But, if any of you can help out with details to get this crystal clear, or can provide any documentation on this to help us all understand it better, please hit me up on Twitter (@TiP_Cam) or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re a sales rep, or a customer who’s received notice of the changes, I’d love to hear from you on this.
*UPDATE: Changes are coming.
Checking through the Support pages on T-Mobile’s website, there’s a conversation regarding the Advantage scheme. One commenter in response to the original question about the rumors posted the following:
Thanks! I e-mailed MCSAmigrations@T-mobilesupport.com and this is what they had to say. To summarize they said that starting March 31st, the Advantage program will change from a discount on rate plans to a reward card offer with the purchase of a device. It says eligible customers who purchase a device in store may enroll in the new Advantage Program up to 30 days after activation. If your company participates in the Advantage Program, you will receive a reward card when you validate your employment by visiting www.t-mobile.com/verify. It says you can use the reward card to purchase accessories, or even apply it to the purchase of your next device.
So with that being said it sounds like it’s confirmed that it will be changing. I sent another e-mail asking if customers who are already on the Advantage program would be grandfathered in or not and what the reward card amount would be for my employer. So we’ll see what they come back with.
In short: In three days time, the Advantage plan as you know it will no longer exist.