Since I am a man of means and success [I have a penny and a sugar cube], I pondered doing the sugar cube or penny thing , but I looked at my phone with a jeweler's loupe and the logo looks like it's clear coated on. I also took note of some people saying that they scratched the Pearl's surface.
Truth be told, I don't mind the T-Mo logo. They have been a good company for me [plan price, tech support, signal] so I don't mind advertising for them.
Besides, when people ask me about the Pearl [happens a lot], I refer them to T-Mo. Way I see it, T-Mo owes me about six commissions for people I have had sign up with them. I keep looking in the mail for a check, none yet.