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T-Mobile officially announces the "Bring your own iPhone"

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It probably shouldn't be a surprise that T-Mobile still isn't getting the iPhone, but it is surprising just how hard the carrier is pushing to get iPhone users to switch. The company has always been fairly good about supporting unlocked iPhones, but now we're seeing the company actively telling its employees to sell against the iPhone, and now there is also the first outward attempt to recruit iPhone users to the carrier. 

T-Mobile officially announces the "Bring your own iPhone"
There can be speculation about why T-Mobile isn't getting the iPhone, but to us the reasoning is pretty simple: Apple doesn't like making multiple models of devices unless there is a good reason. Apple made a CDMA variant because Verizon is the biggest carrier in the US, but otherwise the iPhone hardware you see on AT&T is essentially the same as the one you see around the globe. T-Mobile only has an extremely limited number of areas where 3G is working on the 1900MHz spectrum, and it doesn't have an LTE network, both of which are keys to supporting the iPhone, because T-Mobile isn't nearly big enough for Apple to build specifically for the carrier. 

So, T-Mobile has to get creative to attract iPhone users, and that's where the "Bring your own iPhone" marketing comes in. The plan is outlined in a new blog post from T-Mobile wherein the company is going to actively support the iPhone. T-Mobile stores will have iPhone 4S demo units on hand, and staff will be trained to help customers. T-Mobile will also be developing iOS versions of its myAccount, Visual Voicemail and T-Mobile TV apps. 

Then there is the monetary incentive. T-Mobile is making it sound like it is a special promotion, but it is really just the new unlimited value plan that was launched last week, which offers unlimited everything for $69 per month to users that bring their own phones. The marketing puts this at a savings of $50 per month over AT&T's plan that includes unlimited voice and text, and 5GB of data. Of course, it also means no 3G unless you're in a lucky area where the 1900MHz spectrum has been lit up for T-Mobile. 

The last time we heard about this plan, it didn't have a launch date, but now it has officially been slated for September 12th, the same day as the new iPhone announcement. How's that for timing?

source: T-Mobile

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posted on 10 Sep 2012, 17:57

1. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


seems crazy that they are waiting until 9/12 to do this. apple will be pushing hard that the new iphone is LTE and exactly what that means. tmo will have a hard time selling people on paying full retail for a phone and it only working on 2g speeds.

i guess they are able to tout really fast 3g speeds with the iphone since they do have it in some places. i just hope people outside of those places dont actually bite on this.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 18:04 4

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Hope T-Mobile has luck with the customers. I would take 2G speeds and save $50+ on my phone bill any day if I wanted an iPhone, which I don't.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 18:09 2

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 10125; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yeah papa we know dude. U hate the iPhone lol.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 18:12 2

4. PAPINYC (Posts: 2187; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


What iDon't understand is, how come T Mobile can allow "Unlimited Data" on an iPhone. that's branded for another carrier (in this caseAT&T) but, if you takd them any othr "Unlicked" smartphone they will tell you that you can ONLY have access to their 2G Edge bandwidth.

Talk about hyPocrisy.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 20:28

9. -box- (Posts: 3714; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


AT&T's 3G bands (and therefore phones designed for AT&T) are incompatible with T-Mobile's EXCEPT with T-Mobile's NEW 1900 MHz band, so it isn't targeted at just iFails. It also means unlocked international phones (like my Nokia 701) get 3G speed, AND unlimited data.

Your argument is invalid.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 18:19

5. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


T-Mobile unlimited everything included high speed data plan 3G for any unlocked phones.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 20:18 1

8. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2650; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Only if the phone supports T-Mobile's 3G bands, which the iPhone doesn't. T-Mobile is adding the iPhone's 3G band to its network, but it only has a few cities covered at this point.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 20:41

10. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


Which cities? Is there a list that I can find so I can keep up with it?

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:02

11. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2650; Member since: 26 May 2011)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Page-tracks-the-T-Mobile-1900-MHz-rollout-for-iPhone-users-and-others_id34288

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:06

12. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its unlimited regardless.. but yea EDGE is butt arse slow. who wants that. Though there are a few million iphone users on Tmobile already using EDGE and Wifi to suppliment.. its soo much cheaper than ATT.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 18:52 2

6. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Even though I'm an Android guy I hope the stupid Apple packs the stupid phone with pentaband capabilities, then we wouldn't even be talking about this nonsense, and then everybody and their grandma would be able to flip the finger at AT&T if they so wish

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 18:57

7. cris2001 (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


doe anybody know if Miami area has 3G refarm for the Iphone? or when will be ready? 2015?

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 08:39

13. disneydad (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


I was told by a manager that Miami is going to be first in FL because of it being the largest metro area. There's no timeline for refarming it yet. I would imagine by the end of the year.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 21:34

14. ITCHY_BOTO (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


what what

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