T-Mobile Apple iPhone 5 hands-on

T-Mobile Apple iPhone 5 hands-on
Lots of words were spoken by T-Mobile's CEO, John Legere, at today's big “uncarrier” event taking place in New York City. In fact, some serious four letter words were used numerous times throughout the event, which were mainly targeted at the competition, as T-Mobile officially introduced its brand spanking new rate plans and devices. Highly regarded as a long time in the making, T-Mobile is finally getting the iPhone! And boy did it take a long, especially considering they're the last of the major wireless “carriers” to get it. Well folks, the wait won't be long, as the iPhone 5 is going to be available come April 12th.

So what's there to say about this one? Well people, there's nothing major with the design, since you know, it's the same iPhone 5 we all know and love on the outside. In fact, there's nothing that we can visually see that's different – aside for the obvious T-Mobile name that's occupying the top left corner in the interface. Did we think it would be different? Not exactly, but to T-Mobile's credit, this specific version is unique in the fact that it's the only iPhone 5 to support T-Mo's AWS bands, to get both HSPA+ and 4G LTE connectivity. In addition to that, HD Voice is also going to be supported by this one, which makes it the sole iPhone 5 to do just that. Beyond that, this is the same lovable iPhone 5 that AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint customers have been enjoying for months now.

For this specific event, T-Mobile brought along its 4G LTE network to show off its speedy nature. And of course, we decided to put the new iPhone 5 through a couple of speed tests. Hardly a surprise, latency was pretty low and speeds were undoubtedly fast – well, it wasn't too much of a shocker, considering that it's not commercially available for the masses around these parts. In regards to HD Voice, we managed to test out the new feature, but quite frankly, it's really tough to gauge its prowess in a noisy room filled with tons of background noise. However, we have to admit that voices came out exquisitely clear.

Overall, it's nice to know that this beauty is finally coming to the number four player in the wireless market. Therefore, T-Mobile customers won't longer be needed to pick up an unlocked iPhone to get it to work with the Magenta network. That's nice, right?

Videos are finally up showing off the phone. Check them out!

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. Banana

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Omg omg first! :DDD i love my iphone

3. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

omg omg go and get it. stupid

36. menny07

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

same old same old. Why the hands on lol.

40. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

What difference does it make on T-mobile? lolzzz Apple ----> An old School company and their products hahah

43. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

According to your comment, I'm not surprised that you are using iPhone. ;)

59. mandkeee

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 27, 2009

yea...im sure iphone is way much better than galaxy s4...

61. samsunggalaxylover

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

you are making fun of your self by saying that.

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

It's the same thing just on a different network

17. wildcard

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

And ur right

54. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012


4. Andman314

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

WOW...... an iphone. What more can an iphone do on the T-Moble network. Its an iphone.....

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Run on HSPA+ 42 when there isn't any LTE coverage. Pretty big deal.

9. Andman314

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

The only issue is that the Verizon iphone also can run off of HSPA +. :)

14. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Verizon doesn't have HSPA+. They were the first to launch LTE, and didn't launch an HSPA+ or Wi-Max 4G service.

30. Andman314

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

The Verizon iphone also has the ability to use the HSPA+ network.

46. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

the verizon version can use HSPA+, yes not on verizon since they use CDMA, but you stick a sim in and boom hspa+

57. JunBringer

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 01, 2012


60. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Actually metroPCS was first to launch LTE

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31063; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

HSPA+ is AT&T and Tmobile, here in the states. GSM tech bro.

26. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Eat a veiny one.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31063; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Please don't respond to my posts. I'm truly not trying to be disrespectful to you, I just really don't enjoy speaking to you. Please and thank you.

32. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

To take a page from your Book of Maturity: "make me".

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Exactly my point

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

So where's the video PA?

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Jon vvv probably dont want too post his video who knows

7. p5yb0rg unregistered

It wasn't formally released to T Mobile, just only unlocked and now compatible with their bands/frequency. However, I'm glad it's there. Now they won't have any excuses as to why they aren't retaining suscribers on their network.

8. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I have T-Mobile & still will never get an Iphone, that APPLE company is one bad apple, just evil for no reason. blah

19. wildcard

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

And l agree

10. ZeroCide

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

An iphone is an iphone is an iphone. Whoopty doooo!!

11. baldilocks

Posts: 1508; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Same phone, less coverage.

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