T-Mobile Considering Elimination of Service Contracts?

File this one under "R" for "rumor," but early termination fees at T-Mobile might soon be a thing of the past. That's because T-Mobile is reportedly getting rid of service contracts altogether, whereby existing subscribers will finish out their current agreement and then be able to upgrade to a new device sans service agreement. New customers will be able to take advantage of T-Mobile's no-contract service perhaps as early as March 24th.

What will this mean for smartphone prices, which are often subsidized when a customer agrees to a two-year service agreement? According to TMoNews, the wireless carrier will introduce a new equipment installment plan tier in the $25-$30 range, in addition to a $99 (or less) down payment.

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"Like all good rumors in the tech world, these details are subject to change but we’re pretty comfortable calling this next bit of info as something you should expect to see later this year," TMoNews says.

T-Mobile, currently the fourth largest wireless carrier in the U.S., is looking to reinvent itself as the "un-carrier" in hopes of becoming a bigger competitor to Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. The question is, will the no-contract gamble pay off?
Via:  TMoNews
Sevags one year ago

Most likely won't pay off. There are plenty of prepaid phone services out there with very competitive prices compared to tmobile so I don't see how this move is revolutionary.

These moves are great when it comes to keeping the cost of the service down but cost is hardly the most important factor in choosing a provider seeing as Verizon is the most expensive yet largest carrier in the US. Tmobile can make their service free but if the service is sub-standard against it's competition which it is then many of us have no choice but to go with another carrier. Tmobile should be focusing on bettering the service and not just making it cheaper they may be trying to change the industry as a whole but at this rate th change won't come until after tmobile closes down.

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