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T-Mobile will lean heavily on financing to execute its plan to end phone subsidies, but it’s not the only one. MetroPCS and Cricket are already largely subsidy free, but they’re using financing to get expensive high-end devices like the iPhone into their customers’ hands.

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A big part of T-Mobile’s plan to end phone subsidies lies with device financing, which will ease the sticker shock of paying for a $500+ smartphone up front. But T-Mobile isn’t the only operator to have that idea.

Both MetroPCS and Leap Wireless’s Cricket Communications recently launched financing programs of their own to encourage their prepaid customers to buy high-end devices like the iPhone 5, FierceWireless is reporting. Metro and Leap executives both told Fierce that they are working with Progressive Financing – MetroPCS is additionally working with BillFloat – to offer low, up-front payments on otherwise expensive devices, making up the balance through monthly installments.

Cricket customers can walk out of the store with an iPhone 5 — which Leap normally sells partially subsidized for $500 — for $105. Customers will wind up paying more for the device via interest and repayment fees, Fierce reported, but neither BillFloat nor Progressive require a credit check, which fits well the carriers’ prepaid business model. Instead, the companies withdraw payments directly from a bank account.

  1. i think this is the way to go, just pay with a credit card and have the carriers reduce fees…but then again..i see a time when they will make you finance your phone and still cahrge you 50 per gigabyte…but it is shared so it is “good” sharing sucks…

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