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Fee Freedom or Fee Folly? T-Mobile's Crafty Charge Game

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T-Mobile, known for being the more affordable and rebellious "Un-carrier" among the big US phone companies, used to be very vocal about how different it was, especially under its former CEO, John Legere. T-Mobile focused on having lower prices and building its 5G network faster than competitors like Verizon and AT&T. Now, with CEO Mike Sievert, T-Mobile isn't talking as much about being an Un-carrier, and its prices are a bit closer to its rivals.

Plan Prices: T-Mobile vs. Verizon vs. AT&T

T-Mobile's basic unlimited plans are still cheaper than Verizon's and AT&T's. Their family plans are a good deal, too.

However, the more lines you add to your plan, the less the price difference matters. For example, a T-Mobile family plan with four lines saves you about $5 per line each month compared to the others. But, if T-Mobile doesn't have good service where you need it, this saving might not be worth it.

Verizon is usually better in rural areas, but T-Mobile promotes its cheaper prices and 5G network.

Fees and Strategy:

T-Mobile has a two-part strategy to stay the underdog. It reduced a fee called the "Device Connection Charge" from $35 to $5 for adding new lines to postpaid plans (where you pay monthly and might have a contract).

For prepaid plans (where you pay upfront and aren't tied to a contract), T-Mobile raised the activation fee to $25 and added a $5 fee for in-store services.

Even with these fee changes, T-Mobile's Metro brand (formerly MetroPCS) is still a strong option in the prepaid market, offering competitive prices and services.


Even though T-Mobile has slightly increased fees for some services, it remains a favorite for many because of its lower prices and fast 5G network. What really matters for customers is whether T-Mobile has good service in their area.


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