T-Mobile and AT&T Would Like to Remind Customers That Phones Cost Money

John Legere, chief executive officer and president of T-Mobile USA, at an event on March 26 in New York Photograph by John Moore/Getty Images

Everyone loves to hate the phone carriers, so it made sense when T-Mobile declared itself the “uncarrier.” Down with contracts! said T-Mobile. Goodbye to restrictive trade-in policies! This pitch made so much sense, apparently, that AT&T has decided to head down the same road. In the last few days, AT&T bought Leap Wireless, a company focused on low-budget prepaid phone customers, and announced a more flexible policy for people looking to upgrade their smartphones.

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