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T-Mobile ups the cost of an iPhone 5 to $149.99

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T-Mobile ups the cost of an iPhone 5 to $149.99
T-Mobile has been selling quite a lot of iPhones since the carrier first started offering the device, and part of that could be that there is nowhere you can find an iPhone 5 as inexpensive as on T-Mobile. But, that is changing just a bit, because T-Mobile has quietly raised the up-front price of the iPhone 5 by $50 to $149.99.

T-Mobile had been selling the phone for just $99 up-front, and $20 per month for two years, which added up to $579. That made T-Mobile's iPhone a solid $70 cheaper than if you were to buy it full price on AT&T. Apparently, that $99 up-front price was just a one-month promotion, which T-Mobile never made clear, and there has been no evidence to support this idea aside from a single screenshot found at TMoNews. 

So, now if you want an iPhone through T-Mobile, it will ultimately cost you $629 over the course of two years for the 16GB variant. The 32GB and 64GB variants are also seeing their up-front pricing bumped by $50 each. 

source: TMoNews via The Verge

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posted on 13 May 2013, 12:42 2

1. phoneman09 (Posts: 12; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Nice move T-Mobile..NOT

posted on 13 May 2013, 14:00 9

2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2165; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


People can complain all they want. It's still cheaper than Apple's retail price.

posted on 13 May 2013, 15:57

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 11063; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Sure is.

posted on 13 May 2013, 16:16 1

4. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's worth every penny.

posted on 13 May 2013, 17:44

5. Quezdagreat (Posts: 416; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Now you're saving 20 dollars instead of 70

posted on 13 May 2013, 20:31

6. DANTExphone888 (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


I hope that's what the USCC version cost. T-Mobile still selling IP5 cheaper than Verizon though.

posted on 13 May 2013, 22:56 1

7. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Let me see you can't up grade because no contract. .you can have only one device until its paid off so the 20 a month equals the length of a contract... so in other words I have a contract. But if I cancel I still have to pay the remaining balance which is fair. . So 200 up from with any carrier plus 350 cancellation Which equals 550..cheaper than 650 but cancellation price goes down after a yr or so...and carriers have early upgrade

posted on 14 May 2013, 01:07

8. benzb (Posts: 26; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


You are forgetting two important elements. Carriers charge upgrade fees when you upgrade at approximately $35. Carriers also charge a hefty tax on the $350 cancellation fee of about $70. So technically, the phone you upgraded costs $200 + $35 + $350 + $70 tax on the 350 = $655. I am not including sales tax in these figures as you have to pay sales tax regardless of which method you choose.

posted on 14 May 2013, 10:41

9. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


What do you think tmobile ads on your 20 installment plane hmmm where does the $70 come from..and the 35 upgrade can usually be wavied depends who you talk to

posted on 15 May 2013, 10:07

11. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2165; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Actually, you're wrong. You can upgrade at any time. Qualified customers can pay two or more devices at once.

posted on 14 May 2013, 12:23

10. Droiddoes (unregistered)


LMAO, TMO is seeing the many downsides to carrying that novelty phone. Greedy apple doesn't like to share profits, no one makes any money off their toys except them.

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