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Apple iPhone selling like hotcakes on T-Mobile, half a million in less than a month

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Apple iPhone selling like hotcakes on T-Mobile, half a million in less than a month
T-Mobile has been the only one of the four biggest U.S. carriers to not have the Apple iPhone, but this changed recently with the unveiling of T-Mobile’s UNcarrier initiative. Now that T-Mobile has finally gotten the iPhone, it is selling like hotcakes.

In just around three weeks since it became available, T-Mobile already sold half a million iPhones. Given the fact that T-Mobile is the smallest of the big four US carriers and the fact that the iPhone only launched on April 12, that’s a pretty impressive number.

We have heard T-Mobile blame the lack of iPhone for bleeding customers in previous financial recaps so this will definitely help. Moreover, getting the iPhone on the carrier is quite a deal right now as it costs much less compared to other carriers that tie you into a two-year agreement.

source: T-Mobile via Business Insider

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posted on 08 May 2013, 07:28 20

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 11452; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


This device could only help Tmobile. The iPhone is a solid device, and remains very popular. And when it's time to upgrade, it's resale value is generally the highest.

posted on 08 May 2013, 07:44 8

2. greathero1 (Posts: 483; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


I totally agree. There were a lot of customers waiting for the release of the iPhone and they finally are able to get what they want. A win for T Mobile, Apple, and the purchasing customer. Now all we need at T Mobile is an iPad with HSPA+/LTE support. Can't wait to get my hands on that!

posted on 08 May 2013, 09:03 2

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 11452; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


+1 to that

posted on 08 May 2013, 15:48 1

36. Chaseism (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 May 2013)


...I cannot...believe...what I am hearing...a comment on the iPhone that was positive and actually thumbed up? Mind=Blown. I've rejoined PhoneArena to mark this occasion.

posted on 08 May 2013, 16:20

37. darkkjedii (Posts: 11452; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Jeff is that u bro, where've you been dude?

posted on 09 May 2013, 06:20

41. Chaseism (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Took a break from PhoneArena because instead of having actual discussion, folks were doing Team Edward vs. Team Jacob when it came to smartphone makers. But this post made me sign back up!

posted on 09 May 2013, 07:29

42. darkkjedii (Posts: 11452; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Good to have you back bro

posted on 08 May 2013, 07:52 4

7. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Totally agree with you, lightjeddi.

posted on 08 May 2013, 09:02 2

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 11452; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lmao good one

posted on 08 May 2013, 07:54 1

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


True!

posted on 08 May 2013, 09:02

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 11452; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Whatup smurf

posted on 08 May 2013, 08:22 2

15. tedkord (Posts: 4810; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


T-Mobile is zero subsidy now, so they're not making the same mistake that Sprint did. The onerous terms and the silly price Sprint paid are killing them.

posted on 08 May 2013, 08:47 2

20. Aeires (unregistered)


Completely agree with this. While it took the longest of the big US carriers to get the iPhone, they didn't sell out in doing so. Sprint's move was more desperation that won't pay off for some years.

Not to mention, Sprint's network was not even close to handling the iPhone. I was on Sprint and my data was pathetic after they sold the iPhone. I haven't seen that on T-Mobile now that I'm on their network.

posted on 08 May 2013, 11:30

27. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 77; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


T-mobile has a $70 subsidy on the iphone 5. Apple sells it for $650 unlocked. T-mobile $580. If you buy it upfront, T-mobile will unlock it after 40 days. If you choose to finance it, you can have it unlocked once it is paid off.

posted on 08 May 2013, 13:37

31. TheMan (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I understand your logic of a $70 subsidy, i.e., from the standpoint of the consumer, but from T-Mobile's point of view the subsidy is certainly lower as it would not be paying $650 for a phone it's selling at $580.

posted on 08 May 2013, 15:30

35. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


If you don't need unlimited data get the $30 plan and an unlocked phone. You will save boatloads of cash. For 2 years you will pay only $720 for the plan and get 100 min of talk, unlimited text and 5gb 4g + unlimited 2g.

posted on 08 May 2013, 17:33

38. JunBringer (Posts: 100; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


I use this plan for my Note 2 and it's great!

posted on 08 May 2013, 11:30 4

28. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 435; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


When you go into bed with apple only one comes out on top, apple. Apple is the only company that makes money off apple. Seriously ask sprint and see how the iphone deal helped them, it didnt
http://money.cnn.com/2012/02/08/technology/iphone_carrier_subsidy/index.htm

posted on 08 May 2013, 07:46 1

3. pslee (Posts: 38; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


sprint made a bad call getting iphone couple of years ago taking a huge hit to get a contract with apple. I am really questioning sprint's management. iphone only made things worse for sprint customers. they got rid of 12 month upgrade and made it into 22 months and then made it into 20 months, slow data etc etc etc. it just cant get worse for sprint at this point. I think since tmobile merged with metro, the will soon taking over the 3rd spot with good management.

posted on 08 May 2013, 07:50 4

4. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


quality will always speak for itself.

posted on 08 May 2013, 09:46 1

26. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Dillusion will always speak for itself....

posted on 08 May 2013, 07:51

5. JunitoNH (Posts: 907; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I would had enjoy getting one. However, it's the T-Mobile variant, without Wi-Fi calling. No Wi-Fi calling, no deal. With T-Mobile spotty coverage it's essential to have the feature on your device.

posted on 08 May 2013, 11:32 2

29. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 77; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


There are wi-fi calling apps dude. Do some research.

posted on 08 May 2013, 19:30

39. JunitoNH (Posts: 907; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Dude if you don't know what you are talking about don't make a comments, is not the same. T-Mobile Wi-Fi is baked into the OS, using your mobile number. In essence allowing you to text, voice, and make free phone calls from overseas.

posted on 08 May 2013, 07:52 3

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I predicted this would happen a month ago and guess what? It did. Nobody wanted to believe me.

posted on 08 May 2013, 07:53 7

8. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Alright alright.
You're the king astrologer. Hands down.

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:10 1

32. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 241; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


LOL more like fortune teller! You guys crack me up.

posted on 08 May 2013, 08:01 5

10. galaxymega6.3 (banned) (Posts: 33; Member since: 08 May 2013)


a lot of victims cheated by Apple, shame on you t-mo!!!

posted on 08 May 2013, 08:04 9

12. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Your username explains your super lame comment.

posted on 08 May 2013, 09:06 7

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 11452; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly. I guess he doesn't know the word...choice.

posted on 08 May 2013, 08:01

11. Adler374 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 May 2013)


Isn't T-Mobile's network incompatible with iphone's high speed data frequencies? Not much fun getting an iPhone and EDGE speeds.

posted on 08 May 2013, 08:06 4

13. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


No, obviously not.
Though there were some issues when the iPhone wasn't officially available at T-Mobile, but now the things have changed. It's totally compatible with the company's high speed data frequencies.

posted on 08 May 2013, 08:25 4

17. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


That was the point of the iPhone 5 launch. A "new" version of the iPhone 5 was released where the software was tweaked such that the radios work work on T-Mobile's frequencies for both HSPA+ and LTE.

The T-Mobile iPhone 5 also has HD Voice with other HD Voice phones. My calls never sounded so clear.

posted on 08 May 2013, 08:31 1

19. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


... such that the radios "would" work ...

And to continue ...

With my wife's Verizon LTE, she gets typically 15 down, 5 up. With my T-Mobile i5 on HSPA+, I get 12 and 3. I am not complaining and am quite pleased.

posted on 08 May 2013, 08:16 2

14. mydi.maus (unregistered)


rise of the new un-carrier...

posted on 08 May 2013, 08:25 1

18. tedkord (Posts: 4810; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Verizon is the new uncarrier for me - I have to pay full retail for all my phones if I want to keep my unlimited data, and I get a pretty good price due to a promo (which I also lose if I lose my unlimited data)

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:49 1

34. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


I get unlimited everything with Tmobile and for only 50 a month ;)

posted on 08 May 2013, 08:25 2

16. jove39 (Posts: 1285; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Good for t-mobile...

posted on 08 May 2013, 09:32 3

25. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


According to Android fanboys everyone that owns an iPhone is stupid...

posted on 08 May 2013, 13:07 2

30. scsa852k (Posts: 292; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


With the help of more LTE launches in May and June,
T-Mo will easily surpass Sprint at the end of Q2.

This could be why they're keep bashing AT&T in their commercials.

They're not even looking at Sprint as a legit competition.

posted on 08 May 2013, 14:24

33. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


That's good and bad at the same time.

Good, because we're very close to a T-Mobile which is ready to compete with the big two. By year's end, the LTE network should be strong, and I've read that network-wide 4G upgrades are planned (i.e. 2G areas will finally get updated).

Bad, because we're evidently far from a Sprint ready to compete with AT&T and Verizon.

posted on 08 May 2013, 23:35

40. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


I'm not surprised by the turnout of the iPhone5 on T MOBILE. Great move by them to get the refarming, HSPA+42 , the merger with MetroPCS, and the great lineup of handsets:GS3, GNote2, Nexus4, Blackberry Z10, HTC One and coming soon the GS4 . Here in Miami particularly South Beach I see the LTE here and it's FIRE! Half a million iPhone5 is impressive. GO TMOBILE.

posted on 11 May 2013, 00:00

43. at_newsolavei (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


my49monthly(dot)com i baught mine straight from apple then took it to solavei for the better plan

posted on 11 May 2013, 00:01

44. at_newsolavei (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


my49monthly(dot)com

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