T-Mobile Pans Verizon Rate Hike ‘BS’ With #MicDrop Promo And Free Samsung Galaxy Phones

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Verizon raised more than a few eyebrows last week when it announced that it was raising data caps for all plans and adding unlimited overage data, albeit at snail-like speeds for its XL and XXL data plans. While giving customers added perks is nothing new, actually raising prices in the process is uncommon — customers will in effect see a $5 to $10 increase in their monthly bills with these newest changes.

Not surprisingly, T-Mobile has come out swinging against Verizon by “giving families a break from industry rate hikes and restrictions right when customers need it most.” Beginning July 13th, a family of four will be able to get 6GB of data each per month for only $30 per line. Each family member after the first four will have to pony up $20 per line.

However, T-Mobile is sweetening the deal by allowing each person in the family to get a new Samsung Galaxy On5 smartphone for free — well, the cost of the phone ($140 MSRP) is refunded back to you in the form of 24 equal monthly service credits and you do end up paying the sales tax.

If families opt for the 10GB plan, you’ll pay $40 per line for the first four family members. Each line added after that is an additional $30 month. Families that choose the 10GB option will have the opportunity to get a free Samsung Galaxy J7 smartphone ($240 MSRP) under the same terms as the aforementioned Galaxy On5 offer.

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Samsung Galaxy J7

The Galaxy On5 features a 5-inch (1280x720) display, 1.3GHz quad-core SoC with 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, 2MP selfie camera, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Galaxy J7 features a larger 5.5-inch display (1280x720), 1.5GHz octa-core processor with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD slot, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, and also runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

“This is our best deal ever – a free Samsung Galaxy smartphone on us! And this is a lifeline for the carriers’ long-abused customers, who have got to be sick of the rate hikes, the restrictions and the carrier BS,” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere. “We’ve found a better way to do wireless at the Un-carrier. That’s why T-Mobile customers are the most satisfied wireless customers in America!”

T-Mobile says that its free phone offer can be used for up to 12 family members when the promotion kicks off tomorrow.