While T-Mobile’s monthly plans are by far the best deal for most users, phone financing is still a bit of a mystery for most consumers. The hot deal of the moment is the $100 for 10GB of data and 4 lines of unlimited talk and text. What isn’t mentioned in all those ads for paying off those termination fees and such is how much you actually have to put out each month.
First off, you have those four lines at $100. Adding the federal, local and whatever other fees you are subject to, which could total up to be as much as $25 more. You then add in the price of your new iPhone 6’s at $27.08 a month. and your bill begins to grow.
The final total bill that you will receive on that new plan with four lines for $100 is a whopping $233.32 a month. If you add the insurance and early upgrade option of Jump!, your bill heads towards the $300 mark very quickly. In the Seattle area, the bill would total $281.75. This puts the two year cost over $6750. This puts T-Mobile within striking distance of the monthly rates of Verizon Wireless ($300) and AT&T ($310) for the same time frame and data limit.
You also have to remember that T-Mobile may not have wireless contracts, but if you agree to finance your iPhone through their monthly payment plan and you leave, the entire balance on the device becomes due. This would make a payment of $2491.36 due after 30 days of use on T-Mobile. Verizon and AT&T would both only charge $1400 to leave your contract after 30 days.
Detailed information on the pricing is located below:
- 16GB iPhone 6: $0 down and 24 equal monthly payments of $27.08
- 64GB iPhone 6: $99.99 down with 24 monthly payments of $27.08
- 128GB iPhone 6: $199.99 down with 24 monthly payments of $27.08
- 16GB iPhone 6 Plus: $0 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $31.24
- 64GB iPhone 6 Plus: $99.99 down with 24 monthly payments of $31.25
- 128GB iPhone 6 Plus: $199.99 down with 24 monthly payments of $31.25
- These numbers translate to a full price of:
- 16GB iPhone 6 – $649.92
- 64GB iPhone 6 – $749.91
- 128GB iPhone 6 – $849.91
- 16GB iPhone 6 plus – $749.76
- 64GB iPhone 6 plus – $849.75
- 128GB iPhone 6 plus – $949.75
- Source: T-Mobile
If there is anything to learn from T-Mobile’s leadership, it would be that it is working. T-Mobile is quickly on the rise into the #3 spot in the US. Today’s “Uncarrier 7” announcement was yet another reason for T-Mobile to continue its climb to the top of the charts, at least for some.
Today, T-Mobile made its network personal. That’s right, it’s personal this time. Beginning soon, if you live in one of those ‘less than great coverage areas’, T-Mobile will let you take home a personal cell spot for a $25 deposit. They will also let you use your device in the air, at least for texting and voice mail access, for no additional charge. Overall, it is a fantastic way for them to supplement their network in those poor coverage areas while they grow it out.
What isn’t brought up by Magenta-Man is the fact that this will only affect users that are using T-Mobile branded handsets. So, if you sign up for that $50 simple choice plan, you have to tack on a phone payment or shell out $500 for that new handset in order to use these new features. Bringing that used iPhone or an unlocked Nexus device still won’t have the proper App selection to make the new plan features work.
Overall, it’s a great move to strengthen people’s perception of T-Mobile’s network, but honestly, leveraging your own WiFi network at home for better cellular coverage is something that has been around on T-Mobile for a very long time. The free Gogo access for in-flight texting will be nice, but at $10 a flight, you’d have to fly an awful lot to figure that is a major selling point. For now, just consider the savings that T-Mobile might give you as their best selling point. Remember that $50 plan already includes worldwide data roaming, unlimited music streaming and quite a few other features out of the box, making it a great value already.
While there was little secret that Apple was going to offer 2 new phones today at their huge announcement, the fact that both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now a reality has to be the biggest headline of the day in tech. Yes, both new devices are being offered up by Apple at the usual smattering of on-contract pricing that ranges from $199 to $399 for the iPhone 6 and $299 to $499 for the iPhone 6 Plus.
The iPhone 6 features a 4.7” display running at 1334×750 pixels. The 6.9mm thickness is also a record thinness for an iPhone design. The A8 chipset is claimed to be 25% faster and 50% more efficient than the older A7 counterpart found in the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 6 also features built in support for WiFi calling if the network you are on supports the feature. T-Mobile has already committed to supporting this feature. The camera remains at 8MP, but the newer model features a DSLR-style phase detection system. The interesting part of the iPhone 6 announcement is the disappearance of the 32GB model. The $199 contract price will net you 16GB of memory. $299 will get you 64GB and $399 will land you with 128GB of internal storage.
The iPhone 6 Plus offers up a beastly 5.5” display and adds optical image stabilization to the camera. The additional $100 added to the price is undoubtedly due to the most expensive display and additional hardware used for the larger format. The OIS will also be helpful for those with less steady hands when taking photos. Using iOS 8’s new two-paned landscape mode will also be much easier on the larger display.
If you’ve been eyeing the new Amazon Fire Phone the time to make a purchase is now. For $449 without a contract or FREE with 2 year agreement from AT&T, you can have the latest and greatest Amazon communication device in your pocket. While we never recommend signing on for a contract, getting a device as powerful as the Fire might be worth the consideration. Of course, the $449 non-contract price is also pretty amazing considering you get a free year of Amazon Prime included with the phone.
Get the full details on the Amazon Fire Phone here and see if it’s a great fit for you.
In 2010, the first 4G smartphone hit the US in the form of the HTC Evo 4G. Running on the Sprint WiMax network, the Evo 4G quickly became the hottest ticket on the planet, whether you had WiMax service in your town or not. The $200 device had a speedy processor, more RAM than anyone could imagine and a gorgeous 8MP camera that could shoot circles around anything else. The off-contract price of $599 was even paid up by plenty of users to get the greatest phone ever made.
Fast forward to 4 years later, somehow the HTC Evo 4G is still a relevant phone. Especially in markets where Sprint still has their WiMax network alive and kicking. The 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM barely run the basics today, but the Gingerbread powered beauty of yesteryear still does just fine for making phone calls, checking email and posting your status updates to social media. Best of all, with the FreedomPop Labor Day sale, you can snag one of these refurbished beauties for just $24.99. But wait, there’s more!
Not only does the $24.99 price get you a pretty great classic device, it also gets the user free cell phone service every month as well. For zilch out of pocket every month, users get 250 minutes of talk, 500 text messages and 500MB of WiMax/3G Data. If you live in a good Sprint coverage area, you can’t beat that price. Of course, if you need to talk a bit more or want additional data, various plans are also available for an incredibly low monthly rate. This is an extremely limited time offer, so grab it while you can.
If there is one thing that says how well a device is doing, it’s the availability of the handset to the general public. Sure, it’s hard for the carrier stores to sell out of the device, but when a third party reseller like Amazon sells out, you know your phone is doing well. This is currently the case with the HTC One M8 for Windows at the online giant. The $49.99 contract price was half the cost of Verizon’s own website and they are reaping the benefits of it.
Currently the HTC One M8 for Windows is showing as an, “Order now and we’ll deliver when available,” status. Of course, if you have to have one today, Verizon Wireless locations would be happy to take the additional money from you for the instant gratification of having your phone sooner. Either way, the HTC One M8 for Windows is a remarkable device and worth the price of admission. Remember also, the M8 ships unlocked for use on AT&T and T-Mobile or their MVNO’s with the proper APN editing being done. The only issue so far is that there is no option to edit the MMS APN.
Take note wireless savers! T-Mobile, the company that brought forth the $40 – 500MB Simple Starter plan is back for more fun with their new $45 – 2GB Simple Starter Plan! That’s right, beginning September 3, 2014, users will have the option to upgrade to the newer cap for just $5 more than their existing plan. This will be a limited time offer, so make sure to grab it fast.