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AT&T to Allow T-Mobile Customers to Retain Current Rate Plan After Contract Expires

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In a move to ease regulatory approval and hopefully win over the opposition–which includes the Department of Justice, seven state attorney generals, rivals such as Sprint and Cellular South, and others–a leaked T-Mobile document answers what happens to current customers’ rate plans once the acquisition happens. According to that document, AT&T will allow current T-Mobile customers, as it had stated in the past, to maintain their current rate plans for the length of their contract and even after the contract expires on a month-to-month basis granted the customers doesn’t switch to another plan.

According to AT&T, the customer can maintain their rate plans “even when their term ends and the service continues on a month-to-month basis.”

What’s still unclear is if the customer can renew that contract when it comes to upgrading their handsets. With upgrades, customers generally must sign a new two-year service agreement and AT&T has still not gone on record to answer if those customers can have their old terms or if new terms will apply. In the past, within the AT&T network, customers who have old rate plans can keep those grandfathered rate plans even when they sign on to a new two-year agreement to upgrade their phones in most cases.

Via: TmoNews

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2 Comments

  1. Philo

    09/21/2011 at 4:03 am

    Don’t buy it. I was grandfathered on a “no cap” data plan from when AT&T used to offer them. I was told as long as I keep it, it will stay good. Imagine my shock last month when I got billed an extra few hundred dollars because my data plan now had a 5GB cap.

    AT&T won’t offer it forever – they count on people changing plans, dropping off, not paying their bills. Then at some point 1-2 years down the road they’ll just kill the plan. Keep T-Mobile and competition alive!

  2. Philo

    09/21/2011 at 4:03 am

    Don’t buy it. I was grandfathered on a “no cap” data plan from when AT&T used to offer them. I was told as long as I keep it, it will stay good. Imagine my shock last month when I got billed an extra few hundred dollars because my data plan now had a 5GB cap.

    AT&T won’t offer it forever – they count on people changing plans, dropping off, not paying their bills. Then at some point 1-2 years down the road they’ll just kill the plan. Keep T-Mobile and competition alive!

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