AT&T unlocking iPhones could be an opportunity for T-Mobile, carrier says it's more affordable

AT&T unlocking iPhones could be an opportunity for T-Mobile, carrier says it's more affordable
Yesterday, AT&T detailed the easy, but long process of unlocking an iPhone that has been purchased locked to the carrier, and that’s good news for... T-Mobile. The nation’s fourth largest carrier happens to be a GSM carrier just like AT&T, and this means that the unlocked iPhone could easily work on its bands.

T-Mobile is making the point that it’s got more affordable plans, and users will be better off on its network. And this is partly true - T-Mo is the most affordable among the big four US carriers. You’d need to trade off fast data if you opt to go with it, though, as the iPhone doesn’t support its AWS bands and will only work with snail-fast EDGE speeds.

At least you won’t be alone - there’s already over a million T-Mobile subscribers rocking an iPhone and making do with the speeds. And here’s the statement from a T-Mobile spokesperson for 9to5Mac:


It all boils down to affordability and optimism about the future. It seems that the new iPhone with LTE should finally support T-Mobile’s network. But would you move your service to T-Mobile with the iPhone data speeds it supports now? Have your say below.

source: 9to5Mac

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21 Comments

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its extremely common. Thats why i laugh about people that are mad that apple doesnt come directly to T-mobile. In order to afford apple subsidies everyone's plans would have to go up. Just get the phone unlocked and bring it over.. It saves you every month with that cheaper plan.

4. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

My wife just did it, we're on T-mobile Value Plan and she just got an unlocked iPhone 4$. I'm waiting to pull the trigger with an Android, just don't know which one yet.

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The SGS3, of course :) lol. The oneS and X should be out pretty shortly if u dont want to wait for the SGS3.

14. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

lol fandroid

18. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Would you buy the One S or SGS2 (yes the 2)? When do you realistically think the SG3 will get here in US?

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I wouldnt buy either. if I had to chose I guess the 1s... but not happily... and only because it comes with the s4 over the Hercules' s3.. though I'd rather have the super amoled screen and the better xda mod support on the sgs2 Hercules. when the sgs3 comes out is anyone's guess but if rumors are right it should be may - July time frame. if your not in dire need of a new phone it would be worth waiting for the official sgs3 announcement to see which way you want to go. if it is indeed the exynos 4212 quadcore and new true HD amoled it will be leagues ahead of the sgs2 and oneS.

23. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Thanks.

5. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

if you're cool with maybe 56k on a mobile device you can have a crappy carrier and a crappy phone... i think i'll pass. I already went down that road....it was horrible

6. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Speed here is not an issue as the phone itself is 56K. Personally, I think the network's speeds outperform the phone's slow speeds any day. IMH°•°

7. rui-no-onna

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I'll pass. I would like switch to a T-Mobile Value Plan. Don't really care if I can keep using my iPhone, there are plenty of nice Android phones that work on T-Mobile's 3G/HSPA network. However, I don't get T-Mobile signal at the workplace so kinda worthless to switch providers.

10. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

T mobile is desperate to get an iPhone.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you are desperate for attention other than your mother's. true story.

15. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Hey Remix... if I brought a phone that's locked by any other carrier over to Tmobile, can Tmobile unlock it? Or does it have to be unlocked only by the carrier it was on? What happens if you don't know the carrier it was on? How do you unlock it then?

17. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

What kind of phone?

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

carriers won't unlock another's phone. go towww.TheUnlockr.com .. they can unlock most anything. if its a GSM phone it will work. most GSM phones don't carry T-Mobile's 3g/4g signal though so data might be slow. one of the Canadian carriers uses the same signals.. don't remember which though.

16. Republican

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

It cheapens the iPhone. It should remain locked,for those who have the ability to afford one.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its more expensive unlocked smartypants.lol

22. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Typical republican...

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