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T-Mobile's iPhone discounts are for customers only

by tohapply / March 28, 2013 5:16 PM PDT

Sorry, you can't buy a $580 iPhone 5 from T-Mobile and then sign up with another carrier — you have to give T-Mo at least once month of service.
T-Mobile is still selling a commitment-free iPhone for full price even if it doesn't stand to gain from the transaction as a service provider. T-Mobile is essentially becoming a phone retailer as well as carrier, and I think that has significant implications for the industry.

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What is your point ???
by birdmantd Forum moderator / March 28, 2013 11:17 PM PDT

Do you feel this is somehow unfair ??? Seems perfectly logical to require a customer to commit to a minimum service period if they get a phone/service at a discounted price.

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My point
by tohapply / April 1, 2013 6:19 PM PDT
In reply to: What is your point ???

I mean T-Mobile not only provice for its customers but also want to convince others to use T-Mobile

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And yet.....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / April 1, 2013 9:28 PM PDT
In reply to: My point

.....your "clarification" still makes no sense. Why wouldn't T-mobile convince others to use their service ?

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I remain unconvinced most of the time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 2, 2013 2:11 AM PDT
In reply to: And yet.....

And here we are again with an unconvincing discussion.

But I'll try to explain why you get to sign up for at least a month. Ready?

-> There is no way to test this phone without it being activated on a network. If you want to get an unlocked, unactivated phone then go do that. The company must do this so you get a good working phone.

Disagree? Don't buy it and shop elsewhere. No one is reaching in your pocket here. Unless you are in Cyprus.

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