T-Mobile iPhone 5 is now official: launch date is April 12th for $99
With the new Uncarrier branding however you won’t have to sign up for a contract to get the phone cheaper. Instead, T-Mobile will charge customers $99 for the iPhone 5 up-front and then an additional $20 per month for 20 months. Or you can just pay the full retail price of the device right away, your choice. The T-Mobile iPhone 5 will launch with support for AWS HSPA+ as well as 4G LTE, it will also support HD voice.
The lack of a T-Mobile branded iPhone was long seen as a huge deterrent for the carrier. It has supported the iPhone on its network for quite a while, but users could not make full use of its HSPA+ network because of compatibility issues.
Good news is carrier exclusivity is no longer a factor, and operators can now focusing on actually improving their networks and rolling out 4G LTE across the nation.
13. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
I expect them to run out on April 10th! (b cuz of pre orders)
4. feres13 (Posts: 295; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
Well atleast the iPhone on any carrier doesn't have bloatware apps or huge logos and get timely updates. Why isn't that the case for any olther device?
10. MikeG77 (Posts: 348; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)
Yes you are right that Apple has VERY strict control on what software is on the device as well as carrier branding. The iPhone only seems to get timely updates because they are able to do all the updates for the GSM verison first because its a more universal standard and then they do the CDMA/LTE variants as the carriers have it locked down. Usually its a difference of a few months between all the updates but once complete there realeased at the same time. Not to mention its easy to do updates when you sell only device.
7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 4196; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Hmm. LTE + HSPA+ 42 on an iPhone? T-Mobile customers sure are going to be happy. I expect them to run out of stock on Friday, April 12.
8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 4196; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Especially with the new pricing, AT&T is going to lose subscribers by the end of the year.
9. darkkjedii (Posts: 7785; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Big time loss for AT&T smurf. Watch they follow suit now.
29. belovedson (Posts: 807; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
and when they realize they are getting dropped calls, they will turn back to blue
11. Jyakotu (Posts: 812; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
The phone that T-Mobile swore it didn't need is now finally available on the carrier. Congrats.
16. akz1112 (Posts: 16; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)
So it's this iPhone 5 special make for tmobile that works with their 3G/3G+ freq? Or is it just a AT&T iPhone 5?
17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1388; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Please update the article to reflect that it's $20 a month for 24 months. Under the new Value Plans at T-Mobile, the EIPs go for 24 months not 20 like the old ones did.
18. leighwl (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
I bought an unlocked iPhone 5 at Apple Store, and can anyone tell me (or make a good guess) if it will be identical to the one t_Mobile will offer? Many thanks!
22. shadowdawg (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)
noo u will have to buy tmobile's version of iphone..Look up tmonews and look u will see the information.
19. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5173; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
This is good news for T-Mobile at least they enjoy their UNLIMITED DATA UNLIKE our AT&T or VERIZOn
24. jesusnexo (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
oh common, im not an apple fan..i only have one iphone and the rest were motorola htc and samsung phones but sometimes we just want a simple phone to music and text/calls
i mean its bad for apple fans too, but android fans have to admit that you get the phone that best suits you, for me its the iphone 4 since i dont use much data just music and texts some people want the galaxy s4, but at the end we all want the best for us.
apple fans and droid fans arre both doing wrong at hating at each other, personally i like iphone altho sometimes i miss the big screen from my s2, but it wassnt suit to me, what can we do?
30. JojoGo101 (Posts: 202; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
People buy an iPhone cause it works. Even my Mom can understand her iPhone 5. The Average person wants an iPhone cause it darn easy to use( Not to mention Optimized Apps and alot of Accessories). I use a Nexus 4 cause I like customization. But one thing I want is for Google to tell Devs to Optimize apps for specific devices.. My Nexus 4 can stutter in many apps sometimes. (Good Phone though!)
36. Dadler22 (Posts: 138; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
You guys are retarded, it isnt "on contract" t-mobile doesn't do 2 year or even one year commitments. They do offer device financing, which according to your article is 99 down and 20 for 20 months, which is a full retail price of 499.00 which i'm assuming is for the 16GB model. You need to do more research before posting articles, you look like a bunch of GED journalists.
37. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1388; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
You're right, except they f*cked up. It's 24 months for a full retail price of $579.
39. clevername (Posts: 1379; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Umm... Without a contract, how do will they keep people from buying iPhones cheap and taking them somewhere else or selling them...no contract, no ETF. I could buy it for a hundred, and sell it to some idiot in Europe for 300. Are there consequences here? How will they make me keep paying if I am not obligated by a contract?
40. shadowdawg (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)
First they will mess up ure credit and then they will lock/block the phone from being used.They will unblock it once it's paid off.:)