The long wait is over as T-Mobile is expected to show off its Apple iPhone on Tuesday
Apple iPhone 5 in its lineup, T-Mobile might be able to prevent more customers from leaving the carrier. In addition, the phone is expected to run over the operator's new LTE pipeline which is expected to be introduced tomorrow with service to start in 7 markets, the names of which leaked during the weekend. Besides the Apple iPhone 5, T-Mobile has another LTE phone that will be introduced on Tuesday, the BlackBerry Z10. Additionally, the T-Mobile version of the Samsung GALAXY Note II recently received an update that now allows the device to connect to T-Mobile's LTE service.
While the Apple iPhone is supposed to be introduced by T-Mobile tomorrow, it won't immediately be offered to T-Mobile customers, although a launch date is unknown.While pricing is also an unknown, T-Mobile will no longer be offering phones with subsidies from its corporate owned stores. Instead, customers will be asked to pay a down payment and pay off the device monthly using the carrier's EIP (Equipment Installment Plan).
1. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
This is not good news
Bad move by T-Mobile
Alan F was this written by you or it's a source by Cnett,,,?
If so how long did it take you to complete this article?
3. Hemlocke (unregistered)
How on earth is adding the world's best-selling smartphone to your lineup a "bad move," especially when you did away with subsidized prices? I understand the some of you guys are fanboys of certain brands, but adding the number one mobile attraction in the world to your lineup is just sound business sense, whatever your personal preference is. If they add the 4S, as well as the 5, they would be adding the two best-selling devices to their lineup.
7. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
Look what happened to Sprint with the iPhone. Just saying.
14. Hemlocke (unregistered)
Sprint screwed themselves by continuing to chase wild geese (WiMax?) and continually having the slowest service of all major carriers. They also offer the iPhone at a subsidized price. The sooner subsidies and contracts go away in the U.S., the sooner we, the customers, can help them convert into the big, dumb pipes for data that they are in other countries.
24. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
Sprint's investment in WiMax still isn't as big as their investment in Apple. At the time, WiMax was the best Sprint could do/offer before being completely devoured by Verizon.
Verizon offered a faster, better and unlimited data network at the time at competitive prices.
After acquiring Nextel and networks, they started losing money. The SERO was the only reason people still went to Sprint and they had just stopped offering it. Sprint had nothing new, a network draining money, and Verizon monopolizing over CDMA. With the help of Google announcing the Evo 4G, it saved Sprint.
I mean it's great that T-Mobile has the chance to offer the iPhone but it is a tad bit late to the party. The iPhone ship is slowly sinking and it is in Apple and T-Mobile's best interest to offer it now to acquire more market share.
21. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
Ye i agree iphone on sprint sucked big time with dropped calls and horrible baterry life
17. -box- (Posts: 3968; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
IPhones aren't the best selling. Most popular LINE perhaps (per apple's unverified and baseless figures, which likely include returns and warranty and insurance claims as "sales") but not most popular single model. That would likely go to the Galaxy S3 or one of the devices that sell like crazy outside North America and Europe.
23. jroc74 (Posts: 5396; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I thought the last year or 2 woulda shown T Mo the iPhone isnt something to fall head over heels to sell anymore. The Galaxy S line did just fine the last couple of years...
Offer that and the One.....they will sell good too. The hype about the iPhone started to die the year the Droid 1 came out. The Droid 1 was just the start....
Now you have WP, Android... the iPhone is just another phone.
19. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
Iphone is not the worlds best smart phone...Not anymore
15. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 6449; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Adding the best line of phones is a bad idea? I hate to see what a good idea is then.
36. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Good idea is what China did to Apple :)
40. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
Stabbing yourself in the ear with a pencil is a good idea. No really, try it!
31. thephoneofi (banned) (Posts: 23; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)
Alan F. should limit you for a week.
39. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7030; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
This is actually good news for t mobile. Their sales will soar and help them put themselves back on track now their keeping their unlimited data people from at&t/verizon will swing over
2. Whateverman (Posts: 3236; Member since: 17 May 2009)
So that's why T-Mobile went to the similar "Screw Everybody" style plan of VZW! Welcome to higher prices, more fees, and no more perks. (My VZW people who had to pay an upgrade fee for the first time know what I'm talking about.)
5. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 79; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)
What are you talking about Whateverman? Even by charging customers full price for the phones. T-Mobile is still cheaper than everyone else. Get your facts right son.
8. Whateverman (Posts: 3236; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I had recently thought about going to T-Mobile and the fact is I would be paying about $10 less then what I would be paying for VZW. Before the switch, I would have saved up to $60.
I do my research son, and judging by past history... Things are about to change for the worse at T-Mobile. You don't have to agree, just remember who told you. Peace.
9. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
im not sure how tmobile is cheap? you can get better deals if you apply discount with sprint
6. huypaulha94 (Posts: 24; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
I don't know about you, but I'm on the Value plan NOW and I'm $110 a month for three lines, 1000 minutes, unlimited texting and 2 gigs "unlimited" internet. With the new plan, I'll pay $110 for 3 lines, unlimited minutes, unlimited texting and 2.5 gigs "unlimited" internet (plus mobile hotspot). Now I don't how that's "screwing everybody" but I sure as heck am switching over when my contract ends.
10. Whateverman (Posts: 3236; Member since: 17 May 2009)
These plans will work for many, don't get me wrong. But every carrier has lost their minds as of late. For my four lines the bill is $196 before taxes. My VZW bill is $192, so there just isn't any savings with T-Mobile for me anymore. Sure, there is the option of paying full price up front for all four lines, or going to a third party vendor. I plan on checking that out too, but from what I worked out on line, I may as well stay with VZW.
28. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I really prefer that T-Mo allow some sort of customize your own value plan. Out of the 5 lines that I have right now, I'm planning to break 3 lines out separate. Out of the 3 lines, 1 line will have no use for text or data, the other 2 will require no more than 700 minutes + unlimited messaging. $20 unlimited data on one and $25 unlimited data with tether on the other. With the current T-Mo plan, it's going to push the cost of the 3 lines to $150 while the price should be kept around $120. In order to keep my cost lower, I'll have to break off the line that doesn't require text and data out on to pay as you go. In a way, T-Mo's new plan will screw me over, but good for individual lines and those who need data on all their lines.
37. Whateverman (Posts: 3236; Member since: 17 May 2009)
That's exactly what I was saying. These plans just don't work for everyone.
4. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1081; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
I just hope Tmobile isn't putting themselves in mega debt with this phone like Sprint did.
12. quakan (Posts: 1281; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
If they do, expect Apple shares to go up tomorrow.
11. vandroid (Posts: 323; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)
f**k I just bought an unlocked iPhone 5 and its running on tmobiles 3G will it matter ?????
18. -box- (Posts: 3968; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
No, the iphone will still be overrated junk either way. Should have gotten a Nexus, Galaxy, Xperia, One, or Lumia instead.
20. vandroid (Posts: 323; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)
LOL you call the iPhone a piece of junk but suggest I got a Lumia one of the most over rated devices just because it has a great camera with s**t software
41. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
And the iphone is "great" because it has...um....hmmm......well sh*t I can't even sarcastically compliment that thing.
It just plain sucks.
13. Jojofromdabay (Posts: 39; Member since: 06 Apr 2010)
@WhateverMan The iPhone plan will be 250 for a 16gb 350 for 32 450 for 64 but if you get an unlimited plan its about 81 dollars after tax plus 20 each month till you pay off the retail price of the phone and thats unlimited everything for 100 dollars a month after tax. You are saving more money than sprint,tmobile,at&t and Verizon.
27. Whateverman (Posts: 3236; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Your right, if it's for one person it does save some money. But I have 2 smartphones and 2 feature phone. When my contract was up, I was going to 3 smart and 1 feature. The unlimited mins., text and data is very tempting, but if the coverage isn't up to par, I may as well stay where I am.
I'm going to try out a friend's old T-Mobile phone and see what it's like where I live and travel, but so far T-Mobile isn't looking as good as it use to.
30. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I think you might want to try newer T-Mobile phones that supports 1900mhz as well. You might be able to get coverage will you can't previously, that is if 3G/4G coverage is what you meant by coverage.
29. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I'm sorry, I'm a bit lost on the iPhone plan pricing you got there.
"The iPhone plan will be 250 for a 16gb 350 for 32 450 for 64"
Those are the retail pricing for iPhone 5 on T-Mobile? For some reason that don't sound right. SGS3 is selling for $549 on T-Mobile, and that's about the current retail price on the phone. I think the iPhone price will match what's on the Apple web site $649, $749 and $849.
16. -box- (Posts: 3968; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Hope its not true.
T-Mo needs apple stuff like the world needs more diseases, poverty, and hunger.
22. Xtasy (Posts: 284; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
It's funny how they do it exactly when Tmobile releases the Blackberry Z10 to Tmobile tomorrow...Just Iphone trying to steal the show again. Go home Iphone. Back to Att
26. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 426; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
Lmao.... I've said it over n over....if sprint and T-Mobile don't get their act together they will be out the game.....almost halftime the middle of the year.... They haven't improve.... Yet.... My communication is important.... Keeps me in contact with my job n family..... Save a couple dollars
32. thephoneofi (banned) (Posts: 23; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)
This is a tremendous move by T-Mobile. Should save their customer base.
33. Note2waitingonNote3 (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)
Definitely not a iphone user nor will I ever desire any iphone. All i care most about is the tmobile network and it's LTE launch of cities taking place today. My Galaxy Note 2 would like some LTE update to 4.1.2 was perfect.
34. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
T-Mobile sucks!. I mean Terrible Mobile
35. grapeseed87 (Posts: 123; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
Tmobile is on its way to become the number 1 carrier! The no contract plans are already successful world wide and because of that carriers have to compete and bring the cost down. Also you are free to switch between carriers with no contract phones 'unlocked' as they are called now.
I have been with Tmob for the past 5 years, been off contract/ month to month for the past 3 years, got my own unlocked phones from amazon and ebay and have had SPLENDID service from them with no issues. In fact their service in my area has recently improved even more. LTE on its way, cant ask for more in these circumstances.
38. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7030; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Same wait is the same as these people waits in line in the cold freezin their butts off just for a boring same phone
42. Jojofromdabay (Posts: 39; Member since: 06 Apr 2010)
Tmobile iphone5 will be 99 + 20 dollars for 24 months and 199 for 32 299 for 64