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T-Mobile invites Apple iPhone users to try its network and unlimited plan

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T-Mobile invites Apple iPhone users to try its network and unlimited plan
How strange would it be to go into a T-Mobile store and see unlocked units of the Apple iPhone connected to T-Mobile's refarmed 3G network? A number of sources have told TmoNews that this is going to happen. Store managers were told to activate a microSIM before the end of last month, but were never told what device it would be for. Of course a microSIM card would fit the Apple iPhone.

The information that the sources are leaking is that the nation's fourth largest carrier will have a Bring your own iPhone demonstration inside its stores with the goal of having Apple iPhone users sign up for T-Mobile's unlimited talk, text and data plan which just started this week. While there is no timetable when to expect the iPhone to show up at T-Mobile, with the introduction of the device expected to take place next week with a launch penciled in for September 21st, it might not be terribly long before this promotion gets underway.

Leaked internal documents show that T-Mobile reps were told to "Sell against the iPhone" starting on September 21st, which is a big hint that the carrier will not be getting Apple's iconic smartphone to sell this year. It has to irk T-Mobile customers that even some pre-paid carriers are offering the iconic device while T-Mobile remains shut out. In the past, Apple could point to T-Mobile's AWS 3G spectrum as the reason why the phone was not offered to the carrier. Still, by last December there were over 1 million unlocked Apple iPhones on T-Mobile's network running at the speed of EDGE. Many Apple iPhone users had to put with with that slow speed when the OG model was launched in 2007. Now, T-Mobile can show owners of unlocked Apple iPhones how their phone would work on the carrier's HSPA+ network.

source: TmoNews

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posted on 05 Sep 2012, 22:14 5

1. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 529; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Anyone else looking forward to the day Carly gets laid off from T-Mobile and takes up nude photoshoot at Playboy?

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 22:55 3

5. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


No. Some of us don't "look forward" to seeing a celebrity with their clothes off because we have partners of our own.

Not saying I'd complain about seeing Carly naked, but I don't have a single minded drive to.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 01:36

14. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Haha... Partners... So PC

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 01:47

16. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Do you have a problem with my comment being inclusive of different relationship types?

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 09:14 1

21. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


problem? No, just gave me a good laugh, that's all. Thanks!

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 02:00

17. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 529; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Good for you, nobody cares otherwise that your unable to joy the other "fruits" of being single

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 02:14 2

18. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And nobody cares that you give yourself first person shooters to Carly because you are single.

posted on 07 Sep 2012, 19:59

37. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


HEHE!! nice one, first person shooter.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 00:01 1

10. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4171; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Get a girlfriend?

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 00:56

13. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Wish I had gotten a screenshot of your original comment, which read "She lays on me ;)"

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 18:16

25. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4171; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You just wish you had Carly.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 18:30

27. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I'm sure that she would make an excellent partner, but I'm happy with the relationship I'm in.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 19:20

30. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4171; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I don't give out relationship advice. Sorry.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 20:08

32. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I don't recall asking for your relationship advice. I was answering your allegation.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 21:21

33. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4171; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You fired the first bullet up above.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 21:40

34. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yep, because you went from agreeing with the guy to insulting him.

Granted, I sorta agreed with your revised comment, but I felt you had gone out of your way to stir up trouble with the other guy even if you shared his sentiments.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 22:29

35. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4171; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


How was that an insult? Desperately wanting a celeb to pose nude in Playboy does make my suggestion reasonable.

I wasn't stirring up any trouble.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 22:25 1

2. -box- (Posts: 3880; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


As long as T-Mobile never officially offers the iphone, I'll be a satisfied T-Mobile customer. Just converted my Value plan to the everything Unlimited today. Saved me $45 per month for my 5 lines

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 22:35 3

3. Astreo (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 May 2011)


what exactly does your plan conversion have to do with the iphone ?

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 23:01 1

6. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Actually, even if Box isn't aware of it, his plan conversion may have a lot to do with the iPhone.

Historically, when the iPhone comes to a carrier, the carrier deep sixes customer benefits to make up for the relatively astronomical cost of subsidizing the Jesus phone. T-Mobile would possibly have to screw its customers over as well, especially since they don't have a huge customer base to spread the cost over.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 00:04 3

11. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4171; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


There is no such thing as a Jesus phone. I like that Apple dictates the prices to subsidize the iPhone. That way people who have the iPhone aren't screwed by carriers since Apple handles updates, not the carriers.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 00:56 1

12. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


*rolls eyes*

Sure, of course you're fine with Apple getting paid 40 percent more to get the cost of an iPhone down to 200 dollars than, say, HTC is for their Evo LTE to be the same price or lower.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 18:19

26. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4171; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You want have to worry about the iphone getting bloatware pushed on it. The recent article about Verizon preloading a full page of Amazon apps on their phones doesn't help.

Someone needs to grab the carriers by their balls and show them that they can't push all oems around.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 18:32

28. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I like Amazon. I have their apps on my phone anyway.

The carriers, minus Verizon, have been getting better at bloat. I can uninstall all the bloat on my AT&T phones. Two seconds, done.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 19:23

31. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4171; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Liking Amazon is not the same as being forced to have it on your phone preloaded with many other apps.

I said before that Apple has it right because they control the environment on their phones which is why they remain bloat free.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 08:59

20. -box- (Posts: 3880; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


it doesn't have anything to do with the iphone as far as I am directly away, but I am glad that T-Mobile is offering unlimited data with no throttling again, thus my statement about the conversion to the different plan

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 22:51

4. Ruckus (Posts: 276; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Their unlimited data is a step in the right direction, however they drastically need more coverage. T-Mobile has 1/2 the coverage of Cricket in my area! They have great devices (although having the iPhone helps) with great plans it just doesn't work here.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 23:24

7. gaby1451 (Posts: 113; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I'm confused, how would an iPhone work on T-Mobiles AWS HSPA+ network?

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 23:33 1

8. Galen20K (Posts: 517; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


if you hadn't heard they're refarming their HSPA network onto the PCS bands, same bands Att uses for HSPA hence the iPhone and many many other phones will now be available at faster speeds on T-Mobile very soon.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 23:55

9. FrostyDanny (Posts: 90; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)


Everyone one of my friends who has tmobile says they hate it

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 01:38

15. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I have T-Mobile and I hate them. I had trouble with my phone 4 days after the warranty expired. Their solution was "Buy a new phone." So I am cancelling both lines for $200 each and switching to Verizon. C'est la vie!

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 06:52 1

19. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


I got just as frustrated with verizon here recently. I'm leaving them. Don't expect anything except possibly better coverage and much higher bills.

From people that have had both carriers, I've heard that vzw is much, much worse to deal with than tmo.

I'll probs head to att. i guess. maybe a prepaid carrier that uses att or vzw's network...

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 17:10 1

24. ruthayy (Posts: 16; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


it's called policy, go to any carrier, once your warranty expires there's nothing they can do. get over it.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 19:19 3

29. remixfa (Posts: 14181; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


sooo.. your problem isnt with Tmobile then, its with YOU not getting insurance to give it a lifetime warranty.

Do people still think that the carrier manufactures the phone? Do they not see that big "samsung" "HTC", whatever logo on the phone?

"waaaah waaaah.. my phone was out of warranty and they refused to give me an new one for free, even though I was too cheap to get the insurance.. so I'm going to leave them and go to a carrier thats 50% more expensive and has the same policies to spite Tmobile! That will show them!"

Lololol.
seriously.. your only screwing yourself.

posted on 07 Sep 2012, 07:50

36. JacobSmile (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


Remixfa hit the nail right on the head with that comment.

posted on 07 Sep 2012, 20:17

38. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


So you broke contract, because you were too cheap to pay for insurance (7.99 per device)? If one's warranty expires one is s**t out of luck. I don't get how one can use smartphones or phones without insurance? If you can't afford 7.99 a month then you really might want to consider not having a wireless phone.

Anyway at 400USD and switching to Verizon, that is a retarded financial move. When you forked over 400USD to breach t-mobiles contract, jumping ship to Verizon. How much are you paying for your two new phones? How about prorated usage added on top of that and any, activation fees? With the price you are paying you could have bought a new phone and paid for insurance and have money in your bank....

For you iphone users, yes you guys and gals. I see loads of you with moderate to extensive LCD damage. Protect your shit with:http://mus.protectyourbubble.com
It is pitiful seeing you use your smartphone with a damage screen that looks like it could be used in Charlotte's Web..

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 10:53

22. -box- (Posts: 3880; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I have T-Mobile and don't have any issues with them. That said, some (not all) of their reps on the phone aren't the most helpful or knowledgeable (or don't seem that interested in helping), but they tend to be in the billing department, and most reps with any company seem to be unpleasant and unhelpful when it comes to billing. You'd think you'd want that department staffed with very friendly people since it involves, y'know, MONEY

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