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iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 being removed from T-Mobile's "zero down" promotion

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iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 being removed from T-Mobile's
A couple weeks ago T-Mobile began a "promotion" which removed the up-front payment from most of its smartphones, with the plan to run the offers throughout the summer. Now, it has been confirmed that T-Mobile is removing the Apple iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5 from the promotion. This had been rumored, but now it has been confirmed by AllThingsD.

A T-Mobile rep told AllThingsD that "As is the nature of promotions, pricing moves are temporary." So, the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 will be removed from the promotion starting this Saturday. This means that the iPhone 5 will go back to being $145.99 down with 24 monthly payments of $21. Of course, this doesn't really matter at all, because with the zero down promotion, the iPhone 5 cost $27 per month, which ends up being just $1.99 less than the up-front pricing structure.

The Apple iPhone 4 will continue to be part of the promotion. But, there's no reason to rush out to T-Mobile to get in before the switch, because you're really not going to be saving much money anyway. Besides, with the iPhone 5S due in just over a month, right now is quite possibly the worst possible time to be going out to buy an iPhone anyway. 

source: AllThingsD

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posted on 09 Aug 2013, 18:32 10

1. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3211; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


"right now is quite possibly the worst possible time to be going out to buy an iPhone anyway."

And why would that be the case? Not everyone has to jump aboard the latest device and the iPhone 5 is still worth getting even if it's a year old now.

If someone's having problems with their current carrier and they wanted to get an iPhone then I don't see why getting one now would be the worst time. Not saying waiting wouldn't be helpful but the way you're wording it is very off.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 18:36 5

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 10071; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Can't go wrong either way

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 18:38

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3211; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I agree. I was going to agree with him until I read that last part.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 19:29 1

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


"And why would that be the case? Not everyone has to jump aboard the latest device and the iPhone 5 is still worth getting even if it's a year old now."

Unless Michael made a typo he later corrected, he wasn't talking about the iPhone 5 there, he was tlking about the iPhone 4. And the 4 is definitely a very dated device getting left behind on many new features.
Paying the hefty ETF's that carriers charge (especially if someone is close to the end of their contract) just to switch to an iP4 kind of seems like a wash when a little patience could get you a much better newer iPhone. So, he's not saying it's a bad thing by any means, just that of most possible scenarios, getting an iP4 now would be the least attractive option.

(Unless someone's just signed up with a new carrier and found out their service doesn't work in that area, then yeah, you could have a point.)

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 19:31 1

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 1686; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I don't think he was referring to everyone in general, just those that read phone/tech sites like this one. I am of the assumption that the people who don't want the 'next best thing' probably don't care about tech as much as we do.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 20:32

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 10071; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That would be true.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 18:34 1

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 10071; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Wait for the new one, it'll be worth it.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 18:38 1

5. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3211; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I already have my money ready to be taken.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 19:11 6

6. Shatter (Posts: 1961; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Most overpriced mainstream company in the world for over a decade.

http://lockergnome.net/upfiles/1325276159908_1.png

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 20:29

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 10071; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


So what, I have money for them to take. Lots of it.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 05:04

15. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)


Stop being so cocky

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 07:40

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 10071; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Pot meet kettle

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 23:33

13. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Your examples are a couple years old.but the point is still accurate.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 12:12

18. Bernoulli (Posts: 1432; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


It's never a good time to buy an iPhone

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 19:37 4

9. cdgoin (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


"right now is quite possibly the worst possible time to be going out to buy an iPhone anyway."

When is there a good time..?

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 20:31

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 10071; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


"When is there a good time..?" How about when a person is looking for one of the absolute best devices of all time? iPhones rock, regardless of the naysayers.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 23:42 2

14. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


"All time" means ALL time, past, present, and future. The iPhail has never been the best devices (best ripoff, maybe) the time it's been out, and I doubt it will even be remembered in a century or so, or even the next decade: look at palm, blackberry, Kodak, et: all had popular devices for a short fad period, then gradually faded out (though blackberry is still kicking for now). The iPhail is no cotton gin, internal combustion engine, or printing press, after all, so why would it be remembered?

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 07:41

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 10071; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Shhhhhhhhhhhh...

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