T-Mobile Value Plans to Offer Savings For Bringing Your Own Phone

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The idea of buying an off-contract smartphone can sound pretty tempting. Once you get past the high upfront, unsubsidized cost, at least you’ll no longer be bound by contracts, and can save a buck by just signing-on for the services you’re interested in, right? While you certainly have some more options with pre-paid or monthly services, if you’re still looking to maintain traditional talk, text, and data on a major carrier, you may find that your service options aren’t that different from what someone with a subsidized phone pays. If part of the cost of their phone is supposed to come out of what they pay for service, why don’t non-subsidized phones get a discount? T-Mobile thinks they should, and is introducing a series of “Value” plans that’s perfect for users who already own their own phone.

From what we’ve seen, it really does look like some big savings are possible. Right now, a two-line family plan with unlimited talk, text, and 2GB of data will run you about $140 a month. The same plan, under this new Value category for un-subsidized hardware, is just $100. That $480 a year you’d save could go a long way towards buying the new phone of your choice.

The big problem is the selection available of smartphones with T-Mobile’s 1700MHz 3/4G band. Sure, you could go with any of the models T-Mobile currently offers, but if you’re looking to import a phone from Europe, something you can’t easily get in the US, you’re a heck of a lot more likely to find one that supports AT&T than T-Mobile. Still, this sounds like a great idea, and we’d be interested to see more carriers offer similar service plans.

T-Mobile’s new Value plans will be available as of July 24.

Source: T-Mobile

Via: BGR

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!