T-Mobile announced new “Value” plans for customers who sign up for service and pay the full price of a new phone or bring their own device. Beginning on July 24th, customers will have the option of paying for a new device at an unsubsidized cost upfront or in monthly installments. T-Mobile’s cheapest Value plan is a $39 monthly option that provides 500 minutes and unlimited texting, but the carrier will also offer 2GB, 5GB, and 10GB data packages. Family lines will start at $49.99 per line, and customers will have the option of signing up for “value” mobile broadband plans, too. The new plans will be particularly attractive to customers who take hand-me-down phones from friends, but there’s a small catch. It’s typically attractive to buy a phone at full price to avoid being locked into a two-year agreement. If you sign up for a Value plan, however, you’ll still be locked into a contract. T-Mobile’s current “Even More” plans will be rebranded “Classic” when the Value options make their debut. Read on for the full press release from T-Mobile. More →
Want to pay full-retail price for an iPhone 4 and avoid
selling your soul signing a lengthy service contract? Well, if you are living in the U.S. that is just too damn bad. The FAQ section of Apple’s website lists the question: “Can I buy an iPhone without an AT&T contract?” And, according to the FAQ, the answer to that question is “no.” The site reads that the purchasing of an iPhone from Apple “requires a two-year AT&T wireless service contract.” We’re not quite sure why you can pay out the nose for a contract-free iPhone in Canada and Mexico, but not right here in the good ol’ U-S of A. Although, Apple has been known to do things that defy common logic from time to time. AT&T has stated that it will still sell you an iPhone, off-contract for its full retail value… through its retail stores only. Anyone out there been thwarted in trying to purchase an iPhone for the full price from Apple?
UPDATE: Apple was kind enough to point out that we (along with everyone else who published this story) were in fact… wrong. Apple is still offering full-priced iPhones for those who do not want to be locked-in to a two-year contract. Apologies for the mis-information.