The cat is out of the bag, T-Mobile only recently revamped its tiered data plans and now only offers a single, unlimited plan with some fine text. It looks like T-Mobile planned this strategic move as it announced the new plans not too far before the iPhone 7s announcements.
But even with the new iPhone 7s announcement, T-Mobile isnt slowing down. John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. Has just tweeted that it will be offering a free iPhone 7 for T-Mobile with trade-in of an iPhone 6, 6S, 6 Plus, or 6S Plus.
Heres the way it works:
New or existing customers can trade in their iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S or 6S Plus in any memory variant
Phone must be able to turn on, not have water damage, and cant have a shattered screen
You have to agree to a 24-month finance plan (which will only cost the discounted price) [hint: this is the hook, Ill explain why]
iPhone 7 32GB is FREE, or iPhone 7 Plus would cost only $120, 128GB iPhone 7 would be $100, I think you get it
This offer is while supplies last so it could end at any time
Alright so heres the catch. By agreeing to a 24-month no-cost finance agreement T-Mobile will put the new iPhone down as a new finance purchase with monthly payments as normal, except the T-Mobile will apply credits to your monthly statement for the phone that is. Youll still need to pay for service and Jump (or equipment protection). So basically, by agreeing to a free (or heavily discounted) iPhone, youll have that iPhone tied to T-Mobile for two years.
If you want to leave, there is no negative consequence and its quite fair: Youd have to pay the remaining balance of the phone off if you want to leave T-Mobile (total cost credits already applied), or you can just turn it back in.
If you recall, T-Mobile did a lucratively similar offer for the Samsung Galaxy S7 by offering the brand-new phone as a two-for-one deal. This prompted all the carriers to do the same thing. We wouldnt be surprised if other carriers will chime in with similar and perhaps lucrative offers.