There's quite a bit of tension between AT&T and T-Mobile. America's two largest GSM carriers have gone after each other in ads, on Twitter, and in court. Now AT&T is willing to bribe pay customers who switch to the carrier from T-Mobile up to $450 in credit per line.


Starting today, customers who take advantage of this limited-time offer can receive a promotional card worth up to $250 by trading in a smartphone. You can then get an additional $200 for transferring service, which should arrive by your third wireless bill. This deal applies regardless of whether you buy a new device or activate one you already own.



Depending on which T-Mobile plan you have, this deal won't necessarily save you any money in the long run. But if you were thinking of switching to AT&T anyway, now might be the best time to do so.

And if you were considering switching from a different carrier? Sorry. AT&T still wants your money, they're just not willing to pay you for it.

AT&T Offers T-Mobile Customers up to $450 Per Line to Switch

Customers Ring in New Year with a Superior Network Experience and a Brand New Smartphone

Dallas, Texas, January 03, 2014

Starting today, AT&T* is offering T-Mobile customers the opportunity to upgrade their mobile lifestyle with value of up to $450 per line when they switch to AT&T and trade in an eligible smartphone.

In addition to a larger and more reliable 4G LTE network, T-Mobile customers who switch to AT&T will benefit from a superior smartphone line-up and award-winning customer service.  With AT&T, customers can take advantage of AT&T’s new Mobile Share Value plans, which offer data and unlimited talk and text starting as low as $45 per month with no annual contract.** AT&T NextSM offers customers the chance to upgrade to a new smartphone every year for $0 down.

Beginning Jan. 3, under the limited-time offer, T-Mobile customers who switch to AT&T can trade-in their current smartphone for a promotion card of up to $250, which can be used toward AT&T products and services.  Trade-in values will vary based on make, model and age of the smartphone, but many of the latest and most popular smartphones will qualify for a value of $250.  T-Mobile customers can receive an additional $200 credit per line when they transfer their wireless service to AT&T and choose an AT&T NextSM plan, buy a device at full retail price or activate a device they currently own.1

Only AT&T offers the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, covering more than 270 million Americans.2  J.D. Power awarded AT&T the “Highest Ranked Customer Service Performance Among Full-Service Wireless Providers”  and “Highest Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Full Service Wireless Providers” in their 2013, Volume 2 studies. 

T-Mobile customers can learn more by visiting www.att.com/switchfromtmo or an AT&T retail store.

AT&T Switch From T-Mobile Promotional Page

Thanks, Shadab!

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Clint P

    Still not worth it where I'm at. T-Mobile has great coverage here and superior customer service imo. I have AT&T now and I hate them with a passion. Fortunately, I don't pay anything for it as it's a business line. I'd love to go back to T-Mobile though.

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    • Scott

      I wish I lived in a T-Mobile area, or they brought their service to me. They'd have my business in a heartbeat.

      • Kcls

        Same. I tried Tmob when I first got my Nexus 4 but I had no service in school or my house, unless I went to the far back corner of my room. I switched to Straight Talk and didn't look back.

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          ☤☤☤☤ ☤☤☤☤୔☤ ☤☤☤☤ ☤☤☤☤☤if you get the 300MB plan (the only one cheaper than T-Mobile) and go over, AT&T would charge you for another 300MB of LTE data. No thanks.

  • Jonathan

    I bet they offer $50 for my Nexus 5. I think I'll stay with T-Mo and their lovely $30 plan.

    • Kolyan24k

      I offer you $100 :)

    • Josh C

      This exactly. Nexus 5 + 30/mo prepaid plan. You really can't beat it.

      They'd have to offer me unlimited everything for 30 bucks a month for me to switch. Including 5GB@4g speed. It'll never happen.

  • mgamerz

    Other sites say you have to also buy a device at retail price or have ANOTHER phone to use. Haha, so you still end up paying $100-$200 bucks, and you don't get any discount for owning the device, so you still pay a subsidy, PLUS you're on that expensive NEXT plan (if you choose to take the other money credit).

    So you're essentially in the same spot as if you were a new customer.

  • Jon

    If AT&T threw in unlimited 2G, I'd do it. But if I understand correctly, if you get the 300MB plan (the only one cheaper than T-Mobile) and go over, AT&T would charge you for another 300MB of LTE data. No thanks.

    • Grayson Carr

      Yeah, it's lame. I have a 6GB family plan with AT&T and we went over by about 50MB on the very last day of the billing period and were charged $15 for another GB. I called and asked if they could reverse that charge since I barely went over and I've been an AT&T customer for more than 10 years. Nope. Thus, I have absolutely no loyalty to AT&T. The second another carrier entices me, I'm gone.

      I wish AT&T gave you the option to just turn off your data after you hit the limit instead of auto charging you $15. They might, I actually haven't asked come to think of it.

      • CoreRooted

        I recently had something of the same issue. I have the 15GB plan and had hit 14.5GB with another 2 weeks left in my cycle. What they did was changed my plan to 20GB and then credited me the difference ($40). Then, I got notifications stating I had gone over my data usage and they automatically added 1GB. I'm *still* sorting this mess out. While I love the LTE speeds, the headaches with the capped plans is really annoying. If the ETF fees wouldn't put me out on the streets, I'd jump over to TMO in a heartbeat.

      • Herbert Portillo

        If you have an Android phone, you can set a data limit on your phone. Once you hit the limit, the phone turns off mobile data. I'm not sure if the iPhone can do that, if you have an iPhone instead.

        • Grayson Carr

          Problem is, the plan is between me and my wife, and she has an iPhone. Even if I set my limit to 3GB, she could go over 3GB from her phone.

          • Herbert Portillo

            Yeah, that's what I figured.
            Well, T-Mobile has unlimited LTE! I used 18 GB last month. No overages, no throttling, nothing. It's pretty great. Just something to consider.

          • Kolyan24k

            18GBs...damn....u taking my bandwidth !

          • Herbert Portillo

            I know :-( It's the most I've ever used, there were a lot of YouTube clips and Google Music streaming.

          • CerealFTW

            I hit 22gb last month so to equal it out, I've only used 380mb this month so far(half way through). At&t will have to pry my unlimited data from my cold dead hands

      • cy_n_ic

        You have to manage yourself. They WANT you to go over so they make more money. If they cared they would have better tools to manage and monitor usage. But i like not having to order more data when i reach my limit, i just keep going. That would be a hastle

      • At&t employee.

        Well first thats not at&t's fault that you went over your data, they shouldve told you they will charge you $15 dollars if you go over your data . plus there is a feature call smart limits where they put a limit on my data and i won't go over , so since you can't be responsible and own up to your mistake but just blame at&t for everything just because their your carrier , might as well put that feature on . I've been with at&t for a long time. Know your carriers plans before jumping in something you can't handle. So don't get mad.

        • Alex

          I know that I went over the limit. I'm not blaming AT&T for that, and I can handle the surcharge if I have to, but charging a long time customer $15 for such a minuscule first time overage, even after they called customer service to ask for a break, just isn't good business. It annoys customers and gives them no reason to want to stay with AT&T. It puts them on the lookout for a company that will treat them better. Charging me $15 for that may help AT&T in the short term, but in the long term it will hurt them when I switch to another carrier. Not to mention, that's the least of the many various ways I've been screwed by AT&T.

  • jeffrey beck

    Preemptive strike to whatever John Legere is going to announce at CES next week. AT&T is running scared. I love it!

  • Kolyan24k

    T-Mobile Global is truly an amazing feature, so before I jump to ATT I would need that....20c per minute phone calls, free SMS, and free 2G data..that's some good stuff

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

    Not to pile onto the obvious love people are giving to AT&T. /s

    But I would advise anybody taking this offer to be extremely pushy about getting that $200 delayed credit. In my experience, AT&T is really bad about following through with those offers since so many people tend to forget about them after a couple of weeks.

    • CoreRooted

      100% accurate. I have heard from multiple people about having to call AT&T repeatedly because they were supposed to get a credit and it never showed up on their bill.

      When I contact AT&T about anything concerning my bill, I remind them to send me a text and/or email outlining exactly what changes were made to my account. I haven't had to go through the repeated calling, but I make sure I have whatever they did documented.

    • Ash

      And be prepared to get treated like a criminal every step of the way.

    • Daaruz

      Ditto. Quick to bill, late to credit.

  • Matthew Skalecki

    I don't understand why these targeted poaching promotions aren't banned for being anti-competitive. The costs of this deal is undoubtedly passed on to existing other AT&T customers, and AT&T gets to avoid competing with T-Mobile's new customer friendly policies by buying-out said customers. As an existing AT&T customer, I'm not a fan.

    • Ash

      As an existing AT&T customer, you should switch. To a tin can if necessary :)

    • Defenestratus

      Actually this is the very definition of "competitive practices" when two carriers are coming up with innovative ways to f*ck with each other.

      This is why the T-mo/AT&T merger would have been baddddddd....

  • Cuvis

    I've always said I wouldn't use AT&T if they paid me. I stand by that now.

  • Richard Yarrell

    TRUST ME……NOBODY on T-MOBILE will be SWITCHING to AT&T anytime soon. T-MOBILE does better updates to handsets so easily it’s comical. Not to mention the fact that T-MOBILE has UNLIMITED DATA and better overall data plans generally.


    • squiddy20

      It's awesome that you know how to copy/paste the same crap all over the Internet. How original. http://www.technobuffalo.com/2014/01/03/t-mobile-ceo-att-is-going-to-be-toast-after-ces-announcement/#comment-1186133574
      Also, unlimited data means nothing when you go 20 miles outside of most major cities, and T-Mobile's own coverage maps show a significant drop in coverage.

    • Anthony Zuppelli

      Being a truck driver... I jumped ship to T-Mobile for the unlimited data for down times. But 95% of the time I have 2g service if that in the northeast. And when I don't have T-Mobile service, my phone connects to AT&T 4g. Though I love the T-Mobile speeds when applicable. The service is horrible. I'm not gonna take this offer, but I will be switching soon. And what he said--20 miles outta major city = horrible data and dropped calls.

      • Defenestratus

        I've had this experience as well... its really frustrating when travelling. Just found out that my company offers a 21% discount on *EVERYTHING* at verizon, including plans. So I might go back... who knows.

        Coming from Verizon its a bit of an eye opener at just how impressive their network really is.

      • faceless128

        honestly... if you're a truck driver or anyone that has to travel around the USA a lot, you should be on Verizon. and i say that as someone who would NEVER use Verizon because they are evil.

    • nnyan

      Sorry but if you stop being a fanatic you would realize that its not so clear cut. First of all I have phones on AT&T, Verizon (work) and T-Mobile (Nexus 5). TM is great in most of its service areas. But even in the middle in the middle of an LTE area TM is a bit flakier then the other two. If you travel much TM is less then ideal. Forget TM inside large buildings. I do like TM but I don't pretend its even near perfect.

  • topgun966

    Ill stick with unlimited data thanks :D

  • Derrick Hodges

    I'll pass!

  • Daaruz

    Funny, I have ATT now, and I am eagerly waiting for T-Mo's announcement of the "Uncarrier" campaign. I can't wait to ditch ATT for T-Mo.

  • sam

    at&t--bank of america--Comcast--Halliburton run their business on One premise: make money and give any complaining customer the run around till he/she gives up. Pure and simple: they see us as revenue no more no less

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  • UniBroW

    I can't imagine having a limited data plan, I have t-mobile and here on Long Island it's great. Added my daughter, who never used more than 300 megs on Sprint on Christmas and she's about to hit 2.2 gigs herself. I didn't think I'd have to get her the true unlimited plan but I may end up doing it just the same. Myself, I'm going through about 12-14 gigs/month. That's mostly streaming Goggle play music while I commute.

  • Matthew Fry

    "Depending on which T-Mobile plan you have, this deal won't necessarily save you any money in the long run."

    And therein, lies the reason for not switching. AT&T will still make money on you even if they pay you $450 dollars.