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T-Mobile Brings End to Employer Rate Plan Discounts, Opts for Transparency Instead

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T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere made an announcement at the end of last week that his company would be ending employer rate plan discounts, opting for a more “transparent” game plan.

“The old programs were designed to help big carriers close big corporate contracts, with employees as bargaining chips.  We aren’t playing that game anymore,” was what John had to say about the current setup of employee discounts. 

The end of discounted rate plans will begin tomorrow, April 1. Starting then and going forward, customers with a qualifying account will receive a T-Mobile reward card of $25 each time they purchases a new device through the carrier. According to T-Mobile, this method is simple, clear and transparent.

John closed the message with a hopeful look to the future, as the Uncarrier has even more plans at simplifying wireless for everyone. “A year ago, I promised we’d change this industry, and this is just one more step in the movement.  And, we’re not done yet.  Stay tuned.”

Are you affected by this change? If so, let us know your thoughts on the new “deal” below in the comments section.

Via: T-Mobile
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  • ki11ak3nn

    My employee discount with T-Mobile was only 15%. So I’m not really missing it. I miss my 25% discount with Verizon, but still even with the discount T-Mobile is cheaper with better service. So I’ll stick with you for now T-Mobile. Hopefully I’ll hear news of you getting the Sony Z2. Gotta use my JUMP pretty soon.

  • Stone Cold

    This could end up as being the ending to the old way but about to possible offer a new batch of Corporate perks. Only time will tell.

  • Aaron C

    Yeah, I tried to activate my AAA discount, and T-Mobile sent me through hoops and wouldn’t do it. Eventually I went to AAA with it, and they said, “the program is ending in April anyway.” Oh well.

  • David Henry

    Is it just me or does this source of information seem off?

    Not going to believe it until it is a blog or announcement from the t-mobile.com domain…

  • Telfon

    Yup, I just called and asked. Best Buy got dropped from the list. and now my cheaper 17 dollar a month Nexus 5 payments are now more favorable than eventually Jumping to a Galaxy S5 or G3 or Note 4 in the future… Sigh

  • davidtb

    “A year ago, I promised we’d change this industry, and this is just one
    more step in the movement. And, we’re not done yet. Stay tuned.”
    How long is this gonna take?

  • yankeesusa

    Well, even after losing my 12% discount its still cheaper than att 2 line $130 10gb plan. But not by much. If att keeps their discount I get about $10 off which makes it 120 before taxes. After taxes with tmobile I pay 102 currently- it will probably jump to 112 now. So its still ok. Especially with most of their 2g cell towers switching over to lte by end of year I will give them a chance i guess