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Re: Network unlock code
hmm, doing a quick pricing for you, on TMo it appears you'll be paying (and I'm assuming some features you may or may not need):
Originally Posted by dpham00
Smartphone 1: $50 base + $20 unlimited 4GLTE (note, the base also includes unlimted talk and text and 500mb of 4GLTE data)
Smartphone 2: $30 base + $10 for 2gigs of 4GLTE data (or it is $20 for unlimted 4GLTE like phone#1, or $0 if this phone can live with 500mb of data)
dumbphone1: $10 base
dumbphone2: $10 base
dumbphone3: $10 base
= $120 or $130 or $140 depending on what smartphone2 wants in terms of data amounts
As mentioned before, this includes unlimited night and weekends and t-mobile to t-mobile calling, and unlimited text on all lines, and 500mb of data on each line as a default. AND you get Mobile Hotspot tethering on Smartphone#1, which may or may not be useful if you have tablets you want to connect. No contract.
so it looks comparable to your VZ deal in terms of monthly payment. The TMo is advantagous in your case when you want to bring your own phone (with a preowned phone, i'm thinking likely the case with dumbphones, and smartphone#2) or if you want to keep your phones for a long time (beyond 2 years) or if the number of lines are constantly changing (from 5 to 3 to 4, etc), or if you want to constantly switch smartphones, you don't have to wait out your 2-year contract on a subsidized phone as on VZ, all these points are effects of the no-contract concept on TMo. Additionally, anytime one of your phones use extra data, instead of charging you outrageous overage fees, T-Mobile simply just bumps that phone into the next tier data plan (currently online, it says you'll have to request for this, but I thought they were making it automatic). So if dumbphone uses 1gigs of data, you're only charge an extra $10, and that phone can use up to 2gigs of data at that rate, then it's bumped into the next tier.
BTW: I would check in again on your VZ phone policy which I read recently has changed. They now want you to wait out the FULL 2 years before they'll let you switch phones if you're taking their subsidy. They'll still let you switch phones if you pay to break your contract. Don't quote me on this, but I think this is a change from old policy where you could switch phones & sign a new contract 1.75 years into your current contract. In effect VZ is forcing customers to pay out their full terms (which is fair, they're loosing out otherwise once the customer quits).
I'm thinking your family setup is simliar to mine. I also have 5 lines, 2 smartphones. The difference is, I'm on a grandfather plan (the recently discontinued "value plans", which are essentially bring your own devices plans but with contracts), and I pay....wait of it....$90/mo including tax, but also with a 15% corporate discount. (I also took advantage of the free add a line deal before Tmo switched to the new un-carrier plans, sometime next year, each extra line is $5 each).
Features of my plan, which is locked in for 2 years (but I wish they can lock me in for longer, I mean come on, this is a killer deal):
The two smartphones currently EACH gets 2gigs of 4GLTE speeds, unlimited text (I had to pay a-la-carte for on each phone that needs this feature).
The 3 dumbphones, with only 1 needing unlimited text. We all share 1000 minutes, however, but practically, all the phones just call each other, which is free...lol.
My old grandfathered value plan is even cheaper for me b/c the un-carrier plans bundled text and 500mbs of data for all lines (with a increase in base price). My old value plan allows me to pick and choose the features of data and text a-la-carte. As 2 of my dumbphones do no require text and data, and the 3rd phone doesn't require data, I'm saving at least $15-$25 a month vs the un-carrier plans.