T-Mobile invites Apple iPhone users to try its network and unlimited plan

T-Mobile invites Apple iPhone users to try its network and unlimited plan
How strange would it be to go into a T-Mobile store and see unlocked units of the Apple iPhone connected to T-Mobile's refarmed 3G network? A number of sources have told TmoNews that this is going to happen. Store managers were told to activate a microSIM before the end of last month, but were never told what device it would be for. Of course a microSIM card would fit the Apple iPhone.

The information that the sources are leaking is that the nation's fourth largest carrier will have a Bring your own iPhone demonstration inside its stores with the goal of having Apple iPhone users sign up for T-Mobile's unlimited talk, text and data plan which just started this week. While there is no timetable when to expect the iPhone to show up at T-Mobile, with the introduction of the device expected to take place next week with a launch penciled in for September 21st, it might not be terribly long before this promotion gets underway.

Leaked internal documents show that T-Mobile reps were told to "Sell against the iPhone" starting on September 21st, which is a big hint that the carrier will not be getting Apple's iconic smartphone to sell this year. It has to irk T-Mobile customers that even some pre-paid carriers are offering the iconic device while T-Mobile remains shut out. In the past, Apple could point to T-Mobile's AWS 3G spectrum as the reason why the phone was not offered to the carrier. Still, by last December there were over 1 million unlocked Apple iPhones on T-Mobile's network running at the speed of EDGE. Many Apple iPhone users had to put with with that slow speed when the OG model was launched in 2007. Now, T-Mobile can show owners of unlocked Apple iPhones how their phone would work on the carrier's HSPA+ network.

source: TmoNews

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1. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Anyone else looking forward to the day Carly gets laid off from T-Mobile and takes up nude photoshoot at Playboy?

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

No. Some of us don't "look forward" to seeing a celebrity with their clothes off because we have partners of our own. Not saying I'd complain about seeing Carly naked, but I don't have a single minded drive to.

14. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Haha... Partners... So PC

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Do you have a problem with my comment being inclusive of different relationship types?

21. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

problem? No, just gave me a good laugh, that's all. Thanks!

17. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Good for you, nobody cares otherwise that your unable to joy the other "fruits" of being single

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And nobody cares that you give yourself first person shooters to Carly because you are single.

37. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

HEHE!! nice one, first person shooter.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Get a girlfriend?

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Wish I had gotten a screenshot of your original comment, which read "She lays on me ;)"

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You just wish you had Carly.

27. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'm sure that she would make an excellent partner, but I'm happy with the relationship I'm in.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't give out relationship advice. Sorry.

32. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I don't recall asking for your relationship advice. I was answering your allegation.

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You fired the first bullet up above.

34. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yep, because you went from agreeing with the guy to insulting him. Granted, I sorta agreed with your revised comment, but I felt you had gone out of your way to stir up trouble with the other guy even if you shared his sentiments.

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

How was that an insult? Desperately wanting a celeb to pose nude in Playboy does make my suggestion reasonable. I wasn't stirring up any trouble.

2. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

As long as T-Mobile never officially offers the iphone, I'll be a satisfied T-Mobile customer. Just converted my Value plan to the everything Unlimited today. Saved me $45 per month for my 5 lines

3. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 2011

what exactly does your plan conversion have to do with the iphone ?

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Actually, even if Box isn't aware of it, his plan conversion may have a lot to do with the iPhone. Historically, when the iPhone comes to a carrier, the carrier deep sixes customer benefits to make up for the relatively astronomical cost of subsidizing the Jesus phone. T-Mobile would possibly have to screw its customers over as well, especially since they don't have a huge customer base to spread the cost over.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

There is no such thing as a Jesus phone. I like that Apple dictates the prices to subsidize the iPhone. That way people who have the iPhone aren't screwed by carriers since Apple handles updates, not the carriers.

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

*rolls eyes* Sure, of course you're fine with Apple getting paid 40 percent more to get the cost of an iPhone down to 200 dollars than, say, HTC is for their Evo LTE to be the same price or lower.

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You want have to worry about the iphone getting bloatware pushed on it. The recent article about Verizon preloading a full page of Amazon apps on their phones doesn't help. Someone needs to grab the carriers by their balls and show them that they can't push all oems around.

28. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I like Amazon. I have their apps on my phone anyway. The carriers, minus Verizon, have been getting better at bloat. I can uninstall all the bloat on my AT&T phones. Two seconds, done.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Liking Amazon is not the same as being forced to have it on your phone preloaded with many other apps. I said before that Apple has it right because they control the environment on their phones which is why they remain bloat free.

20. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

it doesn't have anything to do with the iphone as far as I am directly away, but I am glad that T-Mobile is offering unlimited data with no throttling again, thus my statement about the conversion to the different plan

4. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Their unlimited data is a step in the right direction, however they drastically need more coverage. T-Mobile has 1/2 the coverage of Cricket in my area! They have great devices (although having the iPhone helps) with great plans it just doesn't work here.

7. gaby1451

Posts: 119; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I'm confused, how would an iPhone work on T-Mobiles AWS HSPA+ network?

8. Galen20K

Posts: 575; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

if you hadn't heard they're refarming their HSPA network onto the PCS bands, same bands Att uses for HSPA hence the iPhone and many many other phones will now be available at faster speeds on T-Mobile very soon.

9. FrostyDanny

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

Everyone one of my friends who has tmobile says they hate it

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