T-Mobile Launches $5 Per Month 4G LTE Smartphone Discount Program

T-Mobile is at it once again, and this time the company has unveiled its new SCORE! program which will cost its customers $5 per month and launches today. What does that $5 get you? Well, I’m glad you asked. T-Mobile says that after 6 months (and $30 into the program), you’ll be able to nab a “budget” smartphone for free. Once you’ve been in the program for 12 months, you’ll be able to receive a steeper discount on any 4G LTE smartphone in T-Mobile’s arsenal.

“SCORE! is a radically new Un-carrier approach to locking in lower costs on your next smartphone,” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere. “And, it’s yet another breakthrough improvement over the old-school carriers’ restrictive service contracts, hidden subsidy costs and slooooow upgrades.”

An example of some of the discounts available twelve months into the SCORE! program

Customers will be able to grab an Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2 for “free” after six months in the SCORE! program. Customers would essentially be receiving an $80 device for $30. After 12 months, customers will be able to take home an Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 for “free” (true cost: $66 after your $60 outlay). I don’t know about you, but a OneTouch Fierce 2 doesn’t exactly get my heart racing, so you can also select from a Samsung Galaxy S5 for $510 (an effective $40 discount) or a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for $600 (an effective $90 discount).

SCORE! is definitely not one of T-Mobile’s most exciting “Uncarrier” initiatives, but it does offer some tangible benefits if you plan to stick with the program for the long haul. SCORE! is open to all T-Mobile customers including those on it Simple Prepaid plans.