Not terribly long ago, T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere promised that the third phase in the company’s uncarrier strategy would arrive in the fall of 2013. Today Legere fulfills his promise as T-Mobile has announced a special “Uncarrier 3.0” event, which will take place on October 9th.
The upcoming event will kick of in New York this Wednesday, complete with a guest appearance from Shakira, who will perform at a “special event” at Bryant Park. While we don’t know for sure what all the announcement will bring, we have a feeling it will be big – at least judging by the impact caused by phase 1 and phase 2 of the uncarrier initiative.
As you likely already know, phase one saw the death of long-term contracts and phone subsidies for T-Mobile customers. The second phase introduced T-Mobile’s JUMP early upgrade program, which has since been imitated by the other three major U.S. carriers.
Here’s to hoping that phase three stirs the pot even further! Regardless of what the news brings, we’ll be here to cover it, so be sure to check back for more details on October 9th.
What do you think of T-Mobiles’ recent uncarrier strategy, have you been impressed or not? What do you hope to see from phase three?
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Love it! Everything about it. JUMP is by far the best out of all of the early upgrade services and I love that there is no contract
It’s still not as good as buying unlocked phones. Not even close. Getting phones from a carrier is like buying special built cars in a gasoline station, cars that can’t be fueled in any other station. I dont understand why people can’t see how much that sux?
Not everyone has 650 dollars to throw at once. I know you are still paying the whole phone but us the poor have to buy with low initial fees
$749 for the Note 3… lol
That’s why you buy what you can afford. You don’t -have- to use a flagship Galaxy S4, Note 3 or 5s — get something more affordable like the (now sold out) Nexus 4. Plus, there’s always eBay & HSN to score killer deals on phones.
If we talk needs vs desires you never need a smartphone, an HTC Dream or an iPhone 2G will do the trick, so if I -want- to use an smatphone and there is a way to get the one I -want- to use I’ll get that. And killer deals will never be Nexus 4′s pricing. If you dislike contracts that much you get a Nexus, or a mid-ranger, but if you don’t care why sacrifice my freedom of choice?
Ebay is only a killer deal if your happy with a bad ESN or water damaged phone 95% of the devices listed have significant issues…
Money is only part of that equation.. In all honesty AT&T, Sprint and Verizon charge you the same rate for a plan 2 year contract or not, so in reality by going with those guys and buying an unlocked phone you are just adding profit to their bottom line… If the only benefit of an unlocked phone some bloatware that I can Rom off and no contract but the rate is the same, no thanks….
$150/mo for a high data with unlimited talk/text plan, with or without contract, but I can get a phone for $250 instead of $750 just by signing a 2 year deal? That was a great deal,
BUT; Now T-mobile made that process transparent, and only with T-mobile is it worth buying an unlocked no-contract phone unless your going prepaid….
I’ve been very impressed and am looking forward to switching to the no contract plan as soon as my contract is up in a couple months. I’ll be getting more and spending less. Uh, that kind of sounded like a paid posting, didn’t it? It wasn’t. I’ll be switching from 4.5gb/month “unlimited” and 1,000 shared minutes/month (between 5 people), and no text service to unlimited everything and no speed throttling. And my monthly bill will go DOWN!
Yeah! This is good stuff.
“Uh, that kind of sounded like a paid posting, didn’t it?” I laughed way more than I probably should have. You win my like!
They all should just call this for what it is..leasing…this way nobody gets confused….
Sucks having to turn in you phone when you upgrade instead of selling.it to someone for a profit….I understand the reason is to make these now secondhand available to rest of the world at a.slightly cheaper cost but man….They are gonna make sooooooo much money from the reselling.of handset it’s crazy
You do have the option to sell it and pay off what you owe. You don’t have to turn it in. So If you’re a good sales person……
I’m really happy with my plan now. I went from a frankenstein 5 faves, nights and weekends, mobile-to-mobile + 700 shared minutes to just straight unlimited, got data turned up for all lines, and the rates went down!
I am finding the unsubsidized price of the top tier phones too much to swallow (iPhone, HTC One, Galaxy S4, etc.), but there’s a ton of mid-range Android and Windows phone devices that work perfectly well – Xperia M, HTC First, Optimus L9, etc.
I have no idea what they could be announcing, but I doubt it will matter much to me.
I have been very impressed, I left Verizon for T-Mobile, hopefully they get the message about unlimited data. Not likely though.
While I love their strategy, hopefully Phase 3 has something to do with massive network improvements.
PLEEEAAASE be a if you switch we pay your termination fee announcement!! (Not gonna Happen, but I can wish…) :)
That could be really smart, or really stupid. There’d have to be some sort of fine print saying you can’t be more than 6 months from contract-end or something.
Probably, and impose some sort of length requirements on service too, but it would be nice, especially since all 6 of my lines are at different points in a contract…
amyone know what time this big shin dig’s goin down tmrrw?