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T-Mobile says first day Apple iPhone 5 sales were huge; device sold like "Gangbusters"

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T-Mobile says first day Apple iPhone 5 sales were huge; device sold like
"Today has been gangbusters for T-Mobile. We experienced lines out the door this morning at nearly all of our almost 3,000 stores nationwide."-Mike Sievert, CMO, T-Mobile
Now that the dust has settled, just how well did the Apple iPhone 5 do on its first day as a member of the T-Mobile line-up? According to the CMO for the nation's fourth largest carrier, there were lines out the door at nearly all 3,000 corporate locations. While those in the "glass is half empty" crowd pointed out that the lines had dissipated by the afternoon, fans of the carrier were just happy to see this day come. T-Mobile didn't want to be known as the one mobile operator that didn't carry the Apple iPhone, especially when many smaller pre-paid outfits were making the device available to its customers.

With new data plans and no more contracts or subsidized pricing at its corporate stores, T-Mobile is using the availability of the iPhone to mark a major change in the mobile operator's life. In addition, the company has started rolling out its 4G LTE service. It has been quite an eventful few weeks and now MetroPCs shareholders will vote April 24th on the deal that will combine the number 4 and 5 carriers in the U.S. If the deal goes through, as it now is expected to, T-Mobile becomes part of a public company. Do not think that for one moment that this deal with MetroPCS closes the door on another major transaction involving the company. Deutsche Telekom promised not to sell any stock for 18 months, up from the original 6 months, in order to better sell the deal to big stockholders. A lock-up usually becomes invalid in the case of an offer to buy the company whose shares are involved.

Not only will Deutsche Telekom seek a deal, they have a willing partner in Charles Ergen. On Friday, we just found out that the Dish Network Chairman and CEO approached Deutsche Telekom about a deal for T-Mobile. One door shuts, but another one opens.

source: AllThingsD

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posted on 13 Apr 2013, 05:23 13

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Great for T-Mo! They had been on the outside looking in on iP5 sales. Now that plaguing field is level. They still need to expand their coverage footprint, however.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 10:37 8

25. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


They got the best phone. Now they just need the coverage.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 11:30 9

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Mxy... I respect the fact that like me you speak your mind. The iPhone to me is one of, and can be considered the best. You get no argument from me on that. However do you feel that it's time for apple to take it up a notch? Cuz I do.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 11:44 5

32. Droiddoes (unregistered)


LIterally befriending and quizzing the troll. Maybe the two of youi can hook up and sire the biggest troll this world has ever seen.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 11:56 8

36. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ignored

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 12:23 2

40. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Take it up a notch? Maybe but only if it serves a purpose and allows iOS to continue to be the most advanced and efficient mobile OS in the world.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 12:37 1

45. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Makes since bro

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 19:34

63. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It hasn't been the most advanced mobile OS since Gingerbread was released.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 18:01

60. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


No, he believes that as long as it's an Apple product, it's the best.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 11:47 8

34. semipro1337 (Posts: 67; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


I ususally dont do this, because I can care less about who likes what, and your opinion is yours. However, you seem to want to make your opinion a FACT when it is only your observation.

Answer these questions with unbiased answers and maybe ill respect your fact, i mean opinion.

1. What makes Apple so much better?
2. What does iPhone do that a Galaxy Note 2 wont do?
3. What does iPhone do that a Windows phone wont do?

Please dont use app store as any backup in your argument because in all reality the majority of the population can find any app they NEED or WANT on a windows or Android phone.

Do not use Games as an excuse either, last time I checked mobile phones with 3.5 - 4 inch screens were not exceptional gaming machines, and please do not use manufacturing or branding as an excuse either.

What does that leave old wise one?

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 12:24 7

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


Android > Windows > Flipphones > iphone

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 13:45 5

46. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You're trying too hard to dis the iPhone HD. Windows is unproven, flip phones are just that...flip phones. If your'e gonna dis the iPhone, atleast be intelligent about them you'll be taken serious. I'll give you a green thumb though, since its obvious that's what you're after. +1

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 16:09

56. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


I will agree with the trying way to hard. But the iphone is based on old tech. Besides that its not HD. Its slightly under so i wont bsah on it to much but please defend it usnig actual facts. Under 700 is a hard thing to chew when everything else is going for surpassing 1080p. I wont hate on the iphone to much but an os that is based off tech that was made before the 80's can hardly be compaired to the android system. All in all i would hope the ios would work because it is one of the oldest forms of os. I wont bash on it though apple was smart to start ith something that has the least issues. just please dont say it is the most advanced and the best out there. Why do you think they are changing it in the next few years?

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 21:35

64. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


As the landscape changes so must the product. Apple needs to get rolling on it, but the bottom line in business is money, and they make a ton of it. I like how you bash by saying you won't, but do...very clever. That old tech is also still what everything get compared to, and that old phone is still catered to by almost every business on earth, and devs still make it their priority cuz the platform brings in..............money.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 16:48

57. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Aww, come on now darkkjedi, if memory serves me right, in their heyday, there's wasn't anything cooler than busting out a flip phone with an quick snap of the wrist before communicating Capt. Kirk style. (magnified even more if you had a 'chirp' phone)
;-)

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 21:38

65. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Man you are so right lol. I remember my old Motorola startac flip phone, that thing was so small and sweet. I had it on a prepaid plan thru this place called J&J beepers. You tube it, it's the funniest commercials. And chirps took it to a whole new level. Sir mix a lot style lol

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 14:43

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


Correction Blackberry Z10>Iphone>Android>Windows

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 15:15 3

53. semipro1337 (Posts: 67; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


I see I have several thumbs down and not a single answer to my questions. Trolls=robots that only say what they are programmed to say.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 17:42 1

59. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


They got the best phone last year. They'll have the new best at launch in a couple of months.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 18:11

62. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Gotta respect his stance though. He never wavers, and doesn't back down...I respect that.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 22:10

72. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Do you respect dogma? Dogmatics never waver and don't back down. Not even when objectively, they are wrong.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 22:49 2

75. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude it's an article about cell phones, and I respect anyone that stands by their word/beliefs/morals. Mxy has been steadfast in his support of apple dispite constant disrespect, insults, and threats. He has earned my respect, and that's that bro. And when it comes to tech there is no wrong or rite, it's all subjective and based on needs/wants/preference. If android sucks to me, no amount of bashing will change that, if iOS sucks to me no amount of bashing will change that, if windows sucks to me no amount of bashing will change that, and if BB10 sucks to me no amount of bashing will change that...why because we like/hate what we like/hate. Get over it and move on. Mxy likes iOS, and so do I...I also like android. Don't you android users preach choice? I guess you preach choice as long as that choice is android, that hypocrisy to me. When I walk into AT&T just sell me the phone I ask for, and I'll head home to set it up, and enjoy it just like you, mxy, Troll, HD shatter, rusticguy, sniggly, quakan, terry Crowley, bone, chaoticrazr, phenomfaz, Wendy garret or garret Wendy, we still don't know if that persons male, or female, and everyone else on this site. Just enjoy your device Doug. By the way Doug I played with the HTC One at a local AT&T store today for about an hr. I was not blown away disappointed, or really impressed. I did however really like the blink feed feature, and how seamlessly the transition is back to the main home screen. I'm waiting on the next iPhone, and the s4.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 20:16

79. iushnt (Posts: 601; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Like your point.. I used Iphones and Android both and currently settled to android (galaxy s2)..that doesn't mean I hate iPhone but I prefer to make upgrade to s4..People hate touch wiz as far as I read in comments but I love it. I used custom roms in my s2 for a long time.. Now i did an official update and kudos to Samsung.. It works much faster smooth and has much more functionality.. The wifi direct option is so much usable to send files between galaxy devices with nature ux.. Now, I feel that my s2 is far more functional than any ios device.. Cant wait for s4

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 05:44 16

2. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


I got one. Loving it.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 10:37 8

26. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


There's many reasons to love

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 12:37 5

44. osmaankhaan (unregistered)


now i realize love is blind and dumb too

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 14:50 3

51. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dumb would be him caving in to the pressure, and going with android even though he doesn't want to. He's smart in that he likes what he likes, doesn't cave in to the android hate he gets, and doesn't hold his tongue. What's crazy is that you guys blast him for doing exactly what y'all do from an android standpoint. I think that's called a double standard.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 22:01 1

69. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


C'mon. The guy is a stone troll. He claims that Android and Samsung are copiers, then proclaims the flexible amoled patent from Apple to be innovation at its finest.

Most of the Android users here are nowhere near that asinine. Just look at all the negative comments the GS4 got. We aren't blindly allegiant to any brand or platform, whereas Mxy only cares that is Apple.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 17:22

58. akki20892 (Posts: 3261; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


bravo........good shot....!!!

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 06:21 6

3. Technobri (Posts: 71; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


The majority of those people probably have no clue the iPhone 5s will be out this year

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 07:19 13

5. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Well I mean, they didn't have to sign a contract so they could just easily sell their iPhone 5 and pick up the 5S, right?

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 21:56

67. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Guess he had no clue about that HASH

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 07:24 19

6. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


I know the iPhone 5S will be out later this year. Most people are aware of this. However i've noticed the main difference between iPhone users and Android users is that most iPhone users don't have to have the latest and greatest. iPhones age a lot better than Android phones.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 07:54 6

7. ebubekir26 (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


you obviously have 5 PhoneArena Accounts
it's impossible that you have 5 likes and 0 dislikes for that comment
here, take my dislike and wait for the my other Android brothers to read the comments

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 08:10 10

9. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


I have one account lol.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 08:01 9

8. blingblingthing (Posts: 422; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


@ TerryCrowley.

No way. Your Iphone doesn't only compete against itself, it does against other makes too. When you have Androids with Bigger 720p and 1080P screens, double the ram and 4x more processing cores your Non HD dual core phone is behind.

It only seems like its up there with Android since its the latest Apple phone. Truth is just about everything in an Iphone has been passed by Team Android.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 08:13 10

10. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


The reason why most Android phones are irrelevant to iPhone users is due to poor prior experiences with Android devices that were wayy behind the curve of the iPhone. When I was in line I saw one guy updating from a Mytouch 4G and another fellow updating from a Motorola Cliq 2. Some people just don't like the experience Android has to offer and prefer iOS, despite the hardware. A certain few, like myself, just so happen to be bored after 4 years of Android, felt like trying an iPhone again.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 08:39 7

12. blingblingthing (Posts: 422; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Kinda sad that people get mid range Android phones and then complain about a lacking experience. Most Android to Iphone moves I've seen is someone with some low - mid tier ANdroid to a hi mid - high end Iphone

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 08:49 2

13. Shinydesert (Posts: 56; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Yup,totally true, I have seen the exact same thing. I bet you that if you get the Galaxy S3 or the LG Optimus G etc... Your experience will be very different.
The two devices he mentioned are uncomplete Android devices if you ask me.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 09:16 4

19. howardbarrett (Posts: 45; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


low end high end didn't matter if the software couldn't utilize hardware acceleration. and that only happened way later with android 4.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 08:51 2

15. zig8100 (Posts: 115; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


You said it yourself. Look at the phones they had. Bet you wouldn't see anyone trading their S3 , Note 2 or One S. They going to upgrade to HTC one's , Note 3's and S4's.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 09:15 10

18. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


@ all of you. You're all silly. Look at my profile, I've gone through A LOT of high end phones. I'm just bored of Android. Hardware bores me and I'm looking for a new software experience. Besides, at the time, the phones I mentioned were top of the line Android devices. They were comparable but werent leaps and bounds better than the iPhone.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 09:30 1

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


If your looking for a new experience than u should be trying the Blackberry Z10 lol not same old Iphone...I do agree though Iphone is better than Android. Android lags that's why they keep adding better specs in hopes that it will finally speed up

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 09:32

21. Ninetysix (Posts: 1365; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Does it have apps/games?

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 10:09 3

22. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


There is nothing Blackberry could do that would ever make me want to buy their phones again. They're a dead company. The last iPhone I had before just now was the 3GS with the black background and all. So it's a nice change up.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 10:17 7

23. phonemonkey (Posts: 162; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


I liked every one of terry's comments.
Not because he knows the most about phones, but because he is not a raging idiot like most android fanboys.
It is completely immature to hate iphone's and hate iphone users simply because you DO NOT like the iphone.
Yes, the android does have better specs on most phones.
But ultimately it comes down to what the user wants.
I can't comprehend why you kids can't let it go and let other people be happy with what they want

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 11:34 2

31. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


Not to brag or nuthin but I do know quite a bit about phones. I used to flip used phones.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 14:56 1

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


The new Blackberry is nothing like older ones. You know nothing about this Blackberry and yet u speak. Shame on you! If you go out with a new girl would u get to know her through her past or get to know who she is now? blackberry used to be at the top once and if they had the recipe to be there before they can do it again and Trust me when I say BB Z10 is way better than the Iphone 5..The only good thing about Iphone in comparison is Apps which BB is getting great new apps everyday and Siri which blackberry can make better through tweaking the software

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 14:24 1

49. thebikerboi2 (Posts: 144; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


Ok your calling the iPhone an old experience but saying that blackberry could surpass it if you're wanting a new experience? NO! Blackberry are dead and buried.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 22:35

73. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Welcome to 2013. The lag is gone. Personally, I had to load up about 7 different active apps to make my Gingerbread toting Thunderbolt lag. I can't even get my GS3 to lag (well, some custom kernels/roms do lag, but stock was flawless ). It's as smooth as an iphone, and much more functional.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 00:37

77. blingblingthing (Posts: 422; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


All phones lag. My brother has an iPhone 5 and I've seen it lag. Android has phones with the best hardware because you have several manufactures competing against each other. Having better hardware is important to tell customers you have a better product.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 11:55 5

35. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Im with you Terry I just picked up an iPhone 5 to use for a week after I bricked my Optimus G the same day I was leaving to go on vacation.

The change of software was refreshing and I did not miss the big screen like I figured that I would. Everything was fluid and the experience was enjoyable. In fact being able to comfortably use the iPhone One handed was the highlight of the experience.

Its time for Android OEM's to take the emphasis off of big screens and screaming processors and give buyers that prefer a comfortable, pocketable device some options.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 22:04

70. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I wouldn't trade my S3 for two iPhones 5. Maybe a Note 2...

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 10:55 3

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's your choice and right to do so terry. If you tried android, and got bored with then go to what you prefer, and the hell with whoever doesn't like it. iOS love, and own both iOS and android yet iOS is still my go to... At least for now. I also feel apple needs to step it up...enjoy your device bro don't sweat the haters.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 08:50 10

14. Ninetysix (Posts: 1365; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Another fandroid that has fallen to the "higher specs" is better crap. Check out the previous camera comparisions, battery tests, benchmarks and see where the iPhone 5 stands.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 09:13 5

16. Hemlocke (unregistered)


It's hilarious that you say "4x more processing cores," when the only quad core that was faster, until this month, was the LGOG, but not the S3, the Note II, or the HOX. Add to that, not ONE 2012 device was judged to have a better screen by the major, impartial, tech sites. Hell, Android doesn't even support BT 4.0 ULP or USB music out, which is a major fail for the average consumer. It's time you face the fact: second place (which the best Android handset is, by a WIDE margin) is second best.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 22:40

74. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Keep telling yourself that, and one day you might even convince yourself. iOS is a distant second to Android in almost every area except maybe number of apps. That is why, for the last two years, almost every new feature in iOS was one Android already had, and almost every feature that iphone users voted as what they'd like to see on future versions of iOS was one they'd seen on an Android phone.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 09:14 6

17. gallison1983 (Posts: 41; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


Please tell me how spec quoting wins an argument? I have seen first hand that certain top shelf Androids are not equal to the iPhone. Please go try out Real Racing 3 on a Galaxy Note II. Graphically the Note II's spec pushing 1080p display and Exynos Quad chokes on maintaining frame rates and suffers from downgraded graphics (ie less detail, no rear view mirrors) compared to the iPhone.

In all fairness, Android is quite capable in other areas. I know because I actually work with and carry both with me on a day to day basis. Neither iOS nor Android have complete dominance in their capabilities. They are functionally different and serve different purposes for users.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 12:01 3

39. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Really the S4 Pro SoC with the Adreno 320 running Jellybean is the first widespread commerical chipset that can stand toe-to-toe with the A6 Dual running IOS. Im talking real world experience; not bullsh*t benchmarks.

The Exynos Quad is very fast but the GPU is a letdown as far as performance goes.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 12:27 1

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


@bigstrudel its the opposite actually the gpu is better than adreno 320. PowerVR SGX 544MP3 is what the exynos 5 s, should be around ipad 4 performance. There are currently no benchmarks of the gpu sadly.

You can count adreno 320 out if your a hevay gamer. after like 15 minutes of gaming it overheats and starts throttling and your games become plagued with lag.

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