T-Mobile likes to agitate its competitors, especially AT&T and Verizon. At CES 2014, the carrier announced that it’s becoming the “un-carrier” by paying for early termination fees incurred from switching carriers.

T-Mobile Pays ETF


John Legere, T-Mobile’s President and CEO, says this:

We’re giving families a “Get Out of Jail Free Card.” Carriers have counted on staggered contract end dates and hefty early termination fees to keep people bound to them forever. But now families can switch to T-Mobile without paying a single red cent to leave them behind.

That’s a stellar plan; here’s how it works:

Starting tomorrow, customers from the three major national carriers who hand in their eligible devices at any participating T-Mobile location and switch to a postpaid Simple Choice Plan can receive an instant credit, based on the value of their phone, of up to $300. They then purchase any eligible device . . . . After customers get the final bill from their old carrier (showing their early termination fees), they either mail it to T-Mobile or upload it to www.switch2tmobile.com. T-Mobile then sends an additional payment equal to those fees, up to $350 per line. Trade-in of their old phone, purchase of a new T-Mobile phone and porting of their phone number to T-Mobile are required to qualify.

Obviously, that means you could have a Nexus 5 for about $50, give or take taxes. This is tempting for me, especially since I chose Moto X over Nexus 5, because of the early termination costs. I’m more likely to switch to T-Mobile because of this incentive.

That got me to thinking: Will T-Mobile’s new “un-carrier” incentive get you to switch? Here’s the new poll.

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If you’re not likely to switch, why not? Let me know in the comments below.

Jeff Taylor

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Steven Sciple · January 9, 2014 at 5:32 am

Would love to, but Verizon’s coverage is much better.

    Jeffrey Taylor · January 9, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Coverage is an issue. Verizon’s big, red “map of the United States” is a big selling point.

Harold Goldner · January 9, 2014 at 9:20 am

Completely agree with Jeffrey above (or below – however you order posts). Had the predecessor to AT&T for decades and there are coverage holes in my area that continue to persist, even after decades. Best coverage in my area is Big Red. If I can’t get a connection, it doesn’t do me any good for someone else to pay my early termination fees.

    Jeffrey Taylor · January 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I think T-Mobile is about to take cell phone coverage seriously and really start challenging “Big Blue” and “Big Red.”

Reed Martz · January 11, 2014 at 6:35 pm

I’m considering a change.

Deborah Savadra · January 12, 2014 at 6:31 pm

I actually switched from Big Blue to T-Mobile several months ago when I bought a new unlocked phone. Let’s just say I was very unhappy with Blue’s approach to “customer service”.

In my area, T-Mobile’s voice coverage is less than stellar, and the data coverage is worse. But they were willing to do things AT&T would not.

Life is full of little tradeoffs.

    Jeffrey Taylor · January 13, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I’m betting that T-Mobile will push to get more coverage in more places, especially with this push to swtich.

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