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T-Mobile's Tax Promo Gives Money Back for New Phones

T-Mobile is trying to make the word "taxes" a bit less painful. In a limited time offer beginning Feb. 1, the company is offering 11.2-percent back (likely more than you pay in taxes on a phone) in the form of a pre-paid MasterCard.

The offer applies to any new smartphone sold directly through T-Mobile, but here's the rub: you have to use its T-Mobile One plan, which allows for unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data, but limits video streaming to 480p. That plan starts at $70 for one line, including taxes and fees. Additionally, you have to buy the phone on a device payment plan, rather than all at once.

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You also don't get the money back automatically. If you've bought a new phone, you'll need to go to this website and type in the promo code 17DEVICECREDIT. A prepaid card should show up in the mail six to eight weeks later.

Users who want higher-quality streaming will want to shell out another $15 for T-Mobile One Plus, but that plan doesn't appear to be part of this promotion.

T-Mobile calls this a limited time offer, but doesn't list how long it will last, so interested consumers should ask their local stores for more information.

Andrew E. Freedman

Andrew E. Freedman is an editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming as well as keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag, Complex, Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag among others.