T-Mobile confirms network upgrade won’t affect legacy data plans

By , Jun 28, 2012

Over the past few months, T-Mobile has been touting its plans to upgrade its wireless network to be more friendly with Apple’s smartphone. Despite not being an official partner, the carrier sees a lot of business from unlocked iPhone users.

The upgrade, which allows iPhone users to enjoy 3G data speeds, has already started rolling out to a handful of areas. So that has some T-Mobile subscribers wondering, will they get to keep their old data plans on the new, faster network?

According to T-Mobile’s Twitter account, yes, they will:

Typically when carriers upgrade their networks — i.e. make them faster — they don’t allow customers to hold on to old service plans. Verizon, for example, is looking to kick subscribers off of their unlimited data plans as they upgrade to LTE. So it’s awesome that T-Mobile is allowing subscribers to keep theirs.

But we don’t expect this to last forever, especially if by some miracle T-Mobile finally lands the iPhone this fall (there’s no way it could afford to subsidize the handset $400 on these plans). So if you’ve been thinking about moving your iPhone to T-Mobile, you may want to do it sooner, rather than later.

[9to5Mac]

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  • Falk M.

    T-Mobile (Germany) has a tradition of keeping you in your old contract until you explicitly switch to a new one.
    You get asked whether you want to switch, but that’s voluntary to do. :)

    That’s how they roll here in Germany in case anyone finds this interesting. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=561934593 Christian Setiawan

    Do you know when the 3G refarm will happen for the rest of the bay area? Can’t wait for 3G on my iPhone 4 lol