AT&T Tries Poaching T-Mobile Subscribers by Offering up to $450 Per Line to Switch

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Damnlogin

The cheapest good plan i can find on AT&T is $94. It comes with unlimited txt & voice plus 2GB data. My current bill on T-Mobile is $70. I get unlimited txt, voice and data with 2.5GB 4G.
Short term value = Fail!
Long term value = Epic Fail!

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ram1220

AT$T is the reason I have had Sprint for the past 3 years. My old AT$T cell service always dropped calls. And on Friday evenings I always got the dreaded "please try again later" message when trying to make a call. No thanks AT$T. I have perfect unlimited everything service with Sprint. No way I'd go back to AT$T even if they offered the deal to me.

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Verocity

AT&T has a shit network. Their high traffic routers and long haul equipment is terrible. I don't know about their mobile back haul however anyone I know that has them as a provider says they are horrible. There's a reason they have to pay people to switch...

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KenLV

For my two lines I'd pay $600+ MORE per year, each and every year, to switch to ATT. PLUS there's the cost of TWO new phones. Not such a great deal. Not in the short term OR long term. Who falls for this crap?

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Corfy

I'm not a T-Mobile customer, but this wouldn't attract me. I pay $35 per month for 300 voice minutes (I've only used half that many minutes once in the three years I've been with them), 2.5 GB data (well, I get unlimited data, but it slows down significantly after 2.5 GB, or it would if I used that much, which I never have... I'm usually around 1.5 GB) and unlimited texts. It would take more than $450 to pull me away from that.

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aundae

If AT&T can compete on the actual price of service, then switching would be worth it to me, but just giving some money up front is about the same as giving me a phone for free on an expensive contract. That is, it feels good to begin with, but 24 months later, I'm screwed out of more money than I had to be.

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praetor_alpha

"Award-winning customer service" you say? You probably don't want to be touting those, since those are for having the worst service.

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jgrimoldy

I'd like to know what organization gives the awards that AT&T's customer service won, and what their selection criteria are.

I can make my own awards and give them to myself.

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iheartpcs

How crappy is their service that they have to pay people to use it?

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froggz

If AT&T can beat T-mobile's walmart pay as you go plan I would be willing to switch, but that will never happen. I just don't see AT&T offering unlimited data plan for $30 dollars.

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Peanut Fox

While they don't advertise it, you can apply for that plan without going through Wal-Mart. It's great if you want to bring your own device.

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froggz

I did not know that, thanks for the info since my Galaxy S2 is getting a little worn down.

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Peanut Fox

It's extremely hard to find. Here's a link. You'll have to scroll to near the bottom of the page, but it's there.

http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-plans

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Peanut Fox

Is there a reason the deal only applies to T-Mobile customers?

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jgrimoldy

It's guaranteed there's some agenda here. This is not arbitrary.

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Peanut Fox

The only things I could come up with is that ATT wanted to devalue T-MO and attempt another buy out. The only other idea I came up with is that they don't want to get into a price war with Verizon.

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jgrimoldy

I think those are both pretty sensible. I was thinking something along the lines of your first idea (though just not quite as succinctly).

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The Mac

most likely because they are both GSM carriers

sprint and verizon use CDMA.

The radios in the phones are not compatible and cant be switched without purchasing a new one.

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Peanut Fox

Which makes sense, except they're giving them new phones when they switch service from T-Mo to ATT. Up to $250 worth of credit. That'll get you an iPhone or any flagship Android.

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The Mac

With a new contract discount yes which they dont appear to be offering, full reatil is $600 on most flagships.

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Peanut Fox

On the page with the promo it lists step 3 as trading in your smartphone.

To get the up to 250 dollars towards a new phone you've got to trade in your old one. It's part of their recycle a phone setup, and they've taken Verizon and Sprint devices in the past.

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The Mac

Thats the $250 part of the $250+$200. And that assume the phone you are trading in gets the full $250.

as long as retail is less than $450 on the phone you get its a wash.

for example the iphone 5s is $649. minus the 250 and the 200 still leaves you with $200 out of pocket unless they give you the $450 subsidized new contract discount.