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Egzthunder1's "TMOUSA" Method for Saving Money on HD2

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19th April 2010, 10:45 PM   |  #1  
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For my 3000 post, I figured I would do something special for those of us fresh into TMOUSA's crappy 2 year contract (and for those thinking about it).

We all drooled and drooled consistently until TMOUSA came out with the HD2. There is a catch though, it is through TMOUSA. Many people have reported crappy service (cell-wise) and flat spots for data coverage (3G areas turning into Edge, turning into GPRS, into no-data). On top of that paying $450 for a device is not exactly appealing either ($199 sounds like a much better deal after all). I have been thinking about it long and hard and I came up with the perfect mathematical solution for getting a cheaper HD2, sticking to TMOUSA cheaper plans (or leave TMOUSA altogether), and not paying for such crappy data plan/coverage. If you are like me, you are surrounded by an accessible Wifi signal about 70-80% of your waking day, so being forced to pay $30 per month is borderline stupid.

Edit: My method is only for brand new devices. A lot of you are suggesting cheaper solutions by buying them off eBay or craiglist, which will come with the added risk of device malfunctions or scams. If you feel adventurous enough to go down these paths... by all means. It usually works out better in the end anyways. But this method ensures a brand new device, that you will get on the spot.

Without Further Ado, I give you the "Scr3w You Very Much, TMOUSA" Method...

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Getting HD2 without contract from the store:

$450

Cheapest Unlimited voice only plan from TMO: $49.99 (without contract)
Cost over two years: $49.99 * 24 months = $1199.76

Getting HD2 with contract from the store:

$199

Cheapest Unlimited voice + Data (they will force you into this) plan from TMO: $89.99 (2 year contract)
Cost over two years: $89.99 * 24 months = $2159.76

Cost to get out of the contract (option available only after 15 days from establishing a contract - aka remorse period): $200

Difference in phone price (with and without contract difference):

$450 - $199 = $251

Cost of breaking Contract and Keeping New Phone: $199 + $200 = $399

so we are saving $50 right off the bat (remember that the no contract price is $450, so $450 - $399 = $51)

Plan Cost:

$2159.76 - $1199.76 = $960 savings over two years

Total Savings over 2 years ($960 plan cost savings - $200 early cancellation fee + $50 for savings versus purchasing HD2 @ full price)= $810

You may think "but I still need internet" on the road... simple answer to that too:

Internet package from non contract plan = $25
Internet package from contract plan = $30

Savings over 24 months contract = $120

May not seem like much, but when you add that to the $240 from the unlimited voice plan difference (49.99 w/o contract vs $59.99 w contract), it adds to $360 for the life of the contract, plus you can leave them dry at any point you want...

I hope this is useful into deciding if you are getting a HD2 but don't want TMOUSA as your carrier or simply don't feel like paying a lot to them.
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19th April 2010, 11:14 PM   |  #2  
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Good to know for us tmobile users my friend.. i'll stick it as requested.
19th April 2010, 11:16 PM   |  #3  
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But there are those of us who actually need more than the basic services.
My business requires me to have unlimited minutes, texts, and e-mail access at all times.
So, over all, T-Mobile is cheaper than At&T or Verizon.

But I do see your point.
$30 a month for 3G internet service does seem a bit too much, when I pay the same amount for 4G (Clear Wireless) at home.
20th April 2010, 01:25 AM   |  #4  
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I would much rather opt out of TMOUS 2 year contract and jump ship to AT&T/Verizon/Sprint...

TMOUS has the absolute WORST service...
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I guess you forgot the %35 Bing cash back when you shop online and pay full price! $300 with no contract is the best deal
20th April 2010, 01:58 AM   |  #6  
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Originally Posted by Funkyrocemz

I would much rather opt out of TMOUS 2 year contract and jump ship to AT&T/Verizon/Sprint...

TMOUS has the absolute WORST service...

Depends on where you are...they work quite fine in many major areas.
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This does make sense. But then again it doesnt. Think about it!
Tmobile sells it on a 2 year contract for $199.
Walmart sells the samething (online) for $99 plus theres many coupons foe $25 off. So thats $75 on a new 2 year contract. Walmart also pays taxes.
Thats $75 vs. $450+ tax.

Now let me get to the point. If you want data+text+500 minutes. Its 59.99 on even more plus. Vs. $79.99 on contract.
So thats $20 more a month.
Heres the catch. If you cancel your contract after 6 months. The fee goes from $200 to $100 per line.
So lets add this up.

Buy the phone for $75. Add ($20 extra a month for 6 months= $120). And then add another $100 for the contract cancellation. Thats a total of $295.

So $295 vs. $450+ tax. Which sounds like a better deal?

After you cancel the contract. Just sign up for even more plus..
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As an alternative (I did that personally), buy one get one free from T-Mobile promotion ... and pay $200 + tax for TWO HD2 phones. Activation waived.

So you pay $214 (in FL) for 2 phones.
Then you pay for 2 weeks of cheapest service (around $70) and cancellation fees of $400 for 2 phones

Total loss: $684
And you eBay your 2nd HD2 for $500 (around 450 after all fees)

You get your new shiny HD2 for $234 and you did not even extended your contract yet
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Don't Forget HTC has extended the turn in a old phone and get 50.00 on top of that with teh purchase of a HD2, G1, etc... I think till May 19th
recyclerebates.com/htcWebQuote.do;jsessionid=B386A281A1471313D8E724CB A74DD8B4
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Good to know for us tmobile users my friend.. i'll stick it as requested.

Thanks a lot josh!

Always a pleasure hearing from you, my friend!

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