By Salvador Rodriguez
1:57 PM EST, December 7, 2012
Besides the announcement of an Apple deal, T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere announced an aggressive 2013 plan for the Seattle-based carrier that includes scrapping phone subsidies and going after AT&T's customers.
Speaking at an investor conference in Germany for Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile's parent company, Legere said T-Mobile will offer only its so-called Value Plan next year.
The plan is intended to offer customers lower rates for their cellular service by disassociating it with the price of a subsidized phone.
Customers can bring their own devices, pay full price for a phone upfront or pay a lower out-of-pocket price followed by monthly payments of around $15 to $20 for 20 months.
Legere said T-Mobile is making this switch because it has seen a recent surge in customers who are choosing the Value Plan. He also said the company's switch to only offering the Value Plan will allow T-Mobile to offer top-of-the-line smartphones at affordable prices.
As an example, Legere said customers could get top-of-the-line phones by putting down $99 and then paying the rest in monthly installments.
"You may pay $99 for the most iconic device in the world, and then you may get 20 months worth, call it, $15, $20 a month," he said.
T-Mobile said it will go after AT&T customers who are ready to make a switch, particularly those who want the iPhone. T-Mobile said it plans to go after AT&T customers with an aggressive marketing campaign that includes using the "you love your iPhone, you hate AT&T" slogan.
He also claimed that current T-Mobile customers who switched from AT&T believe T-Mobile has better coverage. He said that leaves AT&T vulnerable and a prime target.
"We're going to very aggressively target AT&T," Legere said.