Recently, T-Mobile has been doing just about anything and everything to distance themselves from the other major carriers. They got rid of contracts and made it easier to upgrade phones faster in an attempt to filch customers off AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Well, now they’re taking a more direct approach to doing that. Starting now, T-Mobile wants to break contract shackles by paying off early termination fees.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere made the announcement at CES, a year after the original announcement that T-Mobile was going to become the ‘un-carrier’ by ditching contracts. This year, Legere broadsided the other three carriers, with a verbal salvo that likened the competition to jailers, saying ‘carriers have counted on staggered contract end dates and hefty early termination fees to keep people bound to them forever,’ before going all Rich Uncle Pennybags and passing out Get Out of Jail Free cards to everyone. Consider those early termination fees paid off if you cast your lot with T-Mobile.
Getting in on the deal requires that you trade in your old smartphone and buy one from T-Mobile with the help of the credit that you get from the trade-in. Once you do, take the plunge and break your contract with your old carrier/warden. Once they hit you with the early termination fee-laden bill, you can email or send it to T-Mobile, who will give you a credit to pay that bill off, up to $350.
T-Mobile sweetened the pot from there, revealing that according to the most recent speed tests, the fastest 4G LTE network in the land belongs to them. They also revealed a few new devices coming to T-Mobile this year – the 7” Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, the brand new curved LG G Flex, and Sony’s flagship Xperia Z1 smartphone. A pretty compelling case, all in all.