The recent changes T-Mobile’s been making to its service offerings have been a lot more interesting than just “get X gigabytes for Y dollars,” and by tackling things like subsidies and contract, have really been trying to shake-up the status quo for the US smartphone market. Every few months, we’ve been learning of more details behind this new “Uncarrier” direction for the company, and the next Uncarrier 4.0 announcement, ready to arrive on January 8 during the CES, could be one of the biggest yet, at least if the rumors of its content are true.
Supposedly, T-Mobile may attempt to attract new users by offering to pay early termination fees for subscribers currently on-contract with other carriers. The details aren’t entirely clear, but you could get one credit for trading in your old phone, and another designed to compensate you for your ETF – up to $350 total.
Now, even if that’s close to the mark, there’s bound to be some detail we’re missing here. After all, what would stop someone from taking advantage of T-Mobile’s generosity to break their old contract, but then thanks to T-Mobile’s contract-free options, abandon that carrier as well, ultimately moving to a third option?
In any case, we’re less than two weeks away from finding out.