Getting out of a cell phone contract in the states is like pulling teeth. It’s expensive, and almost always painful. Some recent rumors suggest that may be about to change as T-Mobile may is gearing up to make a big announcement at CES on January 8th.
T-mobile will let the world know its plans with the Uncarrier 4.0 announcement which is only a few weeks away. The only real details on the event comes courtesy of the invitation sent out to journalists that reads, “This one you aren’t going to believe.” Tmob’s “uncarrier” concept has already sent contracts the way of the dinosaur along with letting folks upgrade early with their Jump program. Speculation abounds on Uncarrier 4.0, and T-Mobile CEO John Legere has said the next phase will eliminate another customer “pain point.”
While the details are vague, TmoNews is reporting that the announcement may have to do with those nasty ETF fees. Their tipster said Legere is teasing something called “Houdini” with could give up to a $350 credit if the customer switches to T-Mobile and that the emphasis will be on families switch up to 5 lines. The tipster went on to say that new customers would receive instant credit when they trade in their old smartphone, and get a credit for the ETF by submitting their final bill to T-Mobile.
While this news is definitely in the “rumor” stage, it would be an interesting approach for T-Mobile to take. ETF fees are astronomical depending on your plan, and it’s far worse if you have 3-4 lines to contend with. Whether T-Mobile will kill the ETF fees or unveil something different altogether, we’ll just have to wait and see. Luckily, we only have to wait a few more weeks until January 8th.
Via – TmoNews
Adam is a tech aficionado that enjoys gadgets, Game of Thrones, and all things Android.