T-Mobile CEO John Legere will have a way with words at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, but meanwhile, the company’s press department out of Washington published something interesting. Uncarrier 4.0, that is — in other words, T-Mobile’s plan to pay a customer’s $350 early termination fee from another carrier (Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T), so that he/she can make the transition to T-Mobile, starting Thursday, the 9th of January.
The caveat(s)? First, you have to trade in your existing phone, buy a new T-Mobile phone, sign up for a new T-Mobile plan, and even port your existing phone number to T-Mobile — it’s quite a list of things, but to be expected of if you’re switching carriers anyways.
Also, $350 isn’t strictly the amount T-Mobile will pay; rather you have to provide proof of what the carrier you’re leaving will charge you to terminate the contract, via mail or via this website, afterwards, T-Mobile will take care of the rest.