Originally Posted by SolipsismX Sure, but no one denied that. Regional, MVNOs, and struggling carriers have always had to find ways to set themselves apart from the major carriers. This is not a new thing. This was the way it was with T-Mobile before the iPhone ever existed. My point still stands that you can't simply take two unlimited plans as proof that one carrier is better than another. You're just denying too many factors when you do that.Everything you're saying just sounds so weighted toward T-Mobile and against AT&T. You haven't once mentioned another major US MNO. You choose one plan and one carrier to compare. I see absolutely no objectivity on your part. No range of carriers and plans and thresholds that would make various carries be more and less attractive with different consumer choices. You even claim there is no contract with T-Mobile but that iPhone on T-Mobile you're pushing costs $20/month for 20 months. Again, as I've shown, i lose out if I move to T-Mobile.
My comparison is based strictly on the advertised price of similar unlimited plans. I think I make that pretty clear. The other variables are too subjective to be useful (e.g. location, discounts, etc.). I choose AT&T and T-Mobile to compare for two reasons, first, their networks are similar (e.g. both use SIM cards), and second, they are the carriers I have the most recent experience with. I, however, did price unlimited plans on Sprint recently and a similar plan came out to $150 a month (without discounts). Further, what I say is intended to be weighted against AT&T because as a former customer I found it's service lacking, and based on it's current pricing and policies, still do.
Yes, I did say there was no contract, but in truth no carrier has a no contract plan. Instead, they have month to month contract plans. As far as the $20 for 20 months go, that has nothing to do with the cellular service as you can cancel that at the end of the month. It is a separate contract. Further, you don't have to pay for 20 months. You can just give T-Mobile $549 and you own the phone, or you can pay it off in fewer months if you like.
Moreover, you are critiquing me for focusing on price of similar advertised plans, something that clearly matters to me, but you make a sweeping subjective statement that T-Mobile has an inferior network while implying the plans aren't that good because you paid less for a different plan when you were with AT&T (as opposed to comparing the current plans). Yet, you claim I lack objectivity.