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    T-Mobile Will Force A New $35 Activation Fee On Nearly Every Transaction

    https://www.reddit.com/r/tmobile/com...ave_this_here/

    https://tmo.report/2022/10/t-mobile-...y-transaction/

    The report comes from The T-Mo Report, who managed to get their hands on some internal documents and a Reddit thread where details of T-Mo’s ASC are being replaced with a new unified “Device Connection Charge” (DCC). The documents show that the fee will remain at $35 but will now apply to almost every transaction, even the ones made online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trees12 View Post
    https://www.reddit.com/r/tmobile/com...ave_this_here/

    https://tmo.report/2022/10/t-mobile-...y-transaction/

    The report comes from The T-Mo Report, who managed to get their hands on some internal documents and a Reddit thread where details of T-Mo’s ASC are being replaced with a new unified “Device Connection Charge” (DCC). The documents show that the fee will remain at $35 but will now apply to almost every transaction, even the ones made online.

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    Bottom line: If they weren't collecting the fee previously, the investors demand an increase to the bottom line and this is the answer. Not really new or surprising. I have paid upgrade fees to At&t, Verizon and the former Sprint. When I switched to T-mobile I ported my existing number and cell phone from Sprint and was not required to pay an upgrade/connection fee. Then again, this was the time frame when Sprint was merged into T-Mobile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trees12 View Post
    https://www.reddit.com/r/tmobile/com...ave_this_here/

    https://tmo.report/2022/10/t-mobile-...y-transaction/

    The report comes from The T-Mo Report, who managed to get their hands on some internal documents and a Reddit thread where details of T-Mo’s ASC are being replaced with a new unified “Device Connection Charge” (DCC). The documents show that the fee will remain at $35 but will now apply to almost every transaction, even the ones made online.

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    Terrible! TERRIBLE!!

    And how will this affect the carrier operators and the customers who/which use T-Mobile network?

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    If they start charging for self service eSIM > eSIM transferrs i'm out.

    That's something not even Verizon does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brad15 View Post
    If they start charging for self service eSIM > eSIM transferrs i'm out.

    That's something not even Verizon does.
    With the push for 'eSIM', I wouldn't be surprised if some sort of fee will end up existing. TBH, 'getting' a physical SIM + activation was often a cost if you lost yours/needed replacement. Now, I suspect that it could be a fee to transfer between devices - with an 'activation' fee. I think it would be awful, but I suspect that it might end up 'eventually' happening, similar to old ESN change.... the main difference being - you don't need CS to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad15 View Post
    If they start charging for self service eSIM > eSIM transferrs i'm out.

    That's something not even Verizon does.
    This is not exactly the same thing, but, tmobiles metro brand locks a SIM card to a device imei, you have to call in to switch sims to a different device, they used to charge $10 to do this (not positive they still do) but most reps would waive it if you asked.


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    Quote Originally Posted by formercanuck View Post
    With the push for 'eSIM', I wouldn't be surprised if some sort of fee will end up existing. TBH, 'getting' a physical SIM + activation was often a cost if you lost yours/needed replacement. Now, I suspect that it could be a fee to transfer between devices - with an 'activation' fee. I think it would be awful, but I suspect that it might end up 'eventually' happening, similar to old ESN change.... the main difference being - you don't need CS to do it.
    I swap between an iPhone and Android pretty often (depending on what I need that week), and that would be a completley unacceptable straw.

    I know i'm not a "normal" customer swapping around like that, but that's just unacceptable to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad15 View Post
    I swap between an iPhone and Android pretty often (depending on what I need that week), and that would be a completley unacceptable straw.

    I know i'm not a "normal" customer swapping around like that, but that's just unacceptable to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joseg2016 View Post
    You are the person thinking the right way.

    User buy new device; put S.I.M. into new device. Be enough!
    Well i've been eSIM only for quite some time as T-Mobile's OLAM makes it very easy and quick to swap.

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    Physical SIMs for the win, again.


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    Quote Originally Posted by clonehappy View Post
    Physical SIMs for the win, again.


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    Yeah, but if it means i'm stuck with an Android 100% of the time.. i'm out. It's got it's place in usage, but I cannot use it fully 100% of the time as it's just essentially just a fun toy for me.

    BUT I give it 1-2yrs before Samsung does the same, then Pixel will be next.. then those budget phones will follow.

    Physical SIM cards has it's days numbered, just like the headset jack.

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    And as I’ve said before, people need to vote with their wallets to not support eSIM-only devices. It removes control from the user and puts it in the hands of the carriers who, as we see here, can decide to take away our right to freely use the devices of our choice at any time.

    Or make it cost prohibitive to swap them, at the very least. It’s short sighted to only see eSIM benefits without weighing the risks, which there are many. Fees like this only further illustrate why giving up your individual power is never a good thing.


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    Apple has long supported this money play by the carriers. They charge $30 extra for a phone which is not committed to one of the carriers. If you buy one from them for Verizon (for example), then Verizon charges the activation fee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clonehappy View Post
    Physical SIMs for the win, again.


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    Only a matter of time before Samsung switches to Esim only. Samsung made fun of apple for removing the headphone jack, until they removed it, they made fun of apple for eliminating adding the charging brick, until they eliminated it. Once apple does something, only a matter of time until samsung follows. Once samsung follows, only a matter of time before every android oem follows, including Google themselves.


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