As a countermove to Verizon Wireless’ announcement of new plans the previous week, T-Mobile has decided to tether the cost of a new smartphone with a line of service, and is offering this deal to new and current subscribers of its Simple Choice plans. This new special offer sees the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States essentially give away a free SamsungGalaxy On5 to mobile users under the 6 gigabyte monthly rate plan (or higher). T-Mobile is also offering the Samsung Galaxy J7 (which is considered a bit more powerful option than the Galaxy On5) for free to customers under the 10 gigabyte monthly rate plan or higher.
The 6 gigabyte monthly rate plan offered by T-Mobile is priced at $30 a month per line of service for families or groups who elect to get four lines of service at the minimum. In this plan, no data sharing is needed and overages are not charged by the wireless carrier -- what T-Mobile does instead is slow down connection speeds after subscribers have gone beyond their monthly allowances.
With regards to the Samsung Galaxy On5 and the Samsung Galaxy J7, the devices are typically made available for $140 and $240, respectively. Affordable prices aside, both handsets come with HD display screens of generous sizes, and are powered by Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Those who do decide to purchase the handsets can enjoy savings realized by way of bill credits over a period of 24 months on all eligible rate plans. Subscribers get to own the device outright after the 24 month period is done, and those who opt to cancel are required to complete payment of the remaining balance.
Interestingly, T-Mobile’s latest offer sounds like a clever twist on the subsidized device arrangement that the wireless carrier itself has helped eliminate way back. Mobile operators in America used to offer free or discounted handsets to customers who decide to sign up for two year agreements. However when T-Mobile decided to debut no contract pricing without subsidies in 2013, just about every one of its competitors followed suit, marking an end to subsidies for handsets.
A week ago, industry leader Verizon Wireless announced that it was increasing the price of its monthly service plans as well as the amount of gigabytes included in those plans. Not all were happy with the decision, particularly the head honchos of rival wireless networks such as T-Mobile and Sprint.
Still, Verizon Wireless’ new plans may have helped in upping the ante in the US mobile market. The second quarter of this year was relatively tame, but Verizon and T-Mobile starting to trade counter offers, the competition will likely continue to intensify in the months to come. For more T-Mobile deals, you can browse plans and phones from T-Mobile at Wirefly now.
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