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AT&T, Verizon's Upgrade Plans: Insane Choices
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AustinIT
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7/19/2013 | 5:27:48 PM
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The sad thing is... a lot of the AT&T and Verizon faithful will fall for the trick.
I will be looking very closely at what T-Mobile has to offer in my area. This may just be the time to break ranks with the big guys.
Cara Latham
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7/29/2013 | 4:31:46 PM
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I agree. Not many people will even know to research these plans, especially if Verizon and AT&T marketing pros make it very appealing.
AustinIT
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7/30/2013 | 12:28:48 PM
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The new T-Mobile campaign has some very funny ads running on TV now. And, they are getting their point across without directly attacking their competitors. T-Mobile seems to really be upping their game lately.
Cara Latham
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7/30/2013 | 4:09:56 PM
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That is interesting. I haven't seen them yet. In which market are you viewing the ads?
AustinIT
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7/31/2013 | 12:40:05 PM
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Here in central Texas. Some of the spots are downright hilarious.

The campaign features Bill Hader (from Saturday Night Live fame) as the unlucky guy locked in a two year plan on "another" phone platform. He "experiences" the usual problems with aging equipment but is locked in that plan.

My favorite is the one in which his girl friend has an accident and goes to the hospital to get her broken arm treated. She keeps sending him texts about her ordeal but he never gets them. She thinks he is an insensitive nitwit...
Cara Latham
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8/23/2013 | 9:05:49 PM
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I have finally seen these commercials! I have to say, the ad campaign for T-Mobile. I think featuring Bill Hader also makes the ad campaign resound more with potential new customers. Smart idea on their part. It still might not be enough for me to make the switch, though.
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7/19/2013 | 5:35:16 PM
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Don't forget the data selling side of this too..SAP wants to broker Verizon data and split the profits with them..nasty stuff for consumers..

http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com...
TerryB
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7/19/2013 | 5:46:08 PM
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And what about the wonderful $36 upgrade fee I now pay AT&T even if user has gone the full 2 years of contract? Did they get rid of that in this new program?
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7/19/2013 | 7:06:09 PM
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I found that under "The Value Plan" at TMobile you cannot upgrade your phone with a new contract. We have no contract right now, and we own our 3 year old phones. I think the cost of a new phone is a total rip off. No phone is worth 700+ Dollars,
especially in this economy. I can buy a really nice laptop for that!

This is comparable to buying a new computer. The phone prices are WAY TOO HIGH! There are many other places to spend your cash. It will not be in a phone!

I will keep the old one until it turns to dust, unless I choose to upgrade. I will buy a used one that is an upgrade to what I have, but I will not be spending over $100.00 on it.

I see phone sales taking a nose dive in the next few years. People will not have the money, or refuse to part with it in this manner. A phone is a luxury, and I would go with out one rather than shell out big cash.
Shane M. O'Neill
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7/19/2013 | 8:34:03 PM
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The Verizon plan seems the most intentionally confusing and manipulative. I'll definitely consider T-Mobile for my next phone after reading this.
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7/20/2013 | 3:42:42 AM
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I have a 6 year old smart phone (win 6) and no data plan. So if I upgrade, not only do I have to pay for the phone, I have to pay for a data plan on top of it. I have to agree that $600 to $700+ for a phone is ludicrous. You can buy a full blown tablet or notepad for $300, a pretty nice low end laptop or desktop for $500. T-Mobile has the right idea and once they start getting some competition whether from other carriers or simply from other vendors just selling the phones without service, then I expect the price to start dropping rapidly.
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7/22/2013 | 5:59:52 PM
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If Sprint adopted the T-Mobile Jump plan or T-Mobile adopted Sprint's unlimited data plan, they'd gain a lot of AT&T and Verizon customers.
Cara Latham
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7/23/2013 | 1:07:03 PM
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It seems all of the big player service providers are implementing some gimmick like this. I will avoid these plans as long as I can. My phone lasted two years, and now that it is time for an upgrade, I wonder whether they will push these special plans in my face. I think keeping the package I have, upgrading now and waiting two years for the next big upgrade is my best bet Gă÷ as long as that is still an option.


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