T-Mobile shows how its switching incentives work at CES 2014

Some Americans have no doubt been tempted by T-Mobile's willingness to pay early termination fees for switchers, but the offer has many catches -- you have to jump ship from a major carrier, for one thing. However, the network tells Re/code that its requirements will soon loosen up. It plans to extend the deal to cover the fees from more than a dozen smaller providers, including US Cellular. Magenta will also accept more devices for trade-ins, and they won't even have to be in working order; if a broken phone is your excuse to switch, you may still get some cash. It's too early to say whether expanding the incentive program will have any meaningful effect on T-Mobile's bottom line, but it's hard to complain about getting a better bargain.

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T-Mobile will soon pay you to switch from a smaller carrier