T-Mobile to update Test Drive phones to iOS 8 and eventually switch to the Apple iPhone 6

T-Mobile to update Test Drive phones to iOS 8 and eventually switch to the Apple iPhone 6
T-Mobile currently offers a promotion that allows consumers to "Test Drive" its network for one week. The carrier not only supplies its network for free, it also allows those checking out its pipeline to use a free Apple iPhone 5s. Of course, each test driver has a $699.99 hold put on a credit card, just in case. T-Mobile is planning to update the fleet of phones that it uses for the promotion, to iOS 8. That update should start rolling out as soon as next week. This way, those testing the network can also check it out with Apple's latest OS.

As far as upgrading the phone used in the Test Drive is concerned, a spokesman for the nation's fourth largest carrier said that eventually T-Mobile would replace the iPhone 5s with the Apple iPhone 6. The spokesman said that there are many factors that will determine when the switch is made, including availability of the phone. Considering that the iPhone 6 has just launched, it will probably be a while before we see a change.

source: Recode via TmoNews

Related phones

iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Tmobile LMAO. here we go worst service for the most outdated phones in history. match made in heaven. how much are they paid by apple to use iphone's + advertising them for testing there network? and why are they not testing there network with Samsung note 3/4 which is the best of the best. Samsung start your deepest punishment with Tmobile.

4. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Actually the service for T-Mobile is good and they don't have that many out dated phones. The ones that you think is outdated are the ones that are meant to be for people that can't afford the flagships. Also I agree with you. People should Test Drive flagships other that the iPhone 5S.

8. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

If you go in the stores all the phones on display are a lot newer than the ones in Att, Verizon and sprint stores. The one closest to my house only has mid range android and flagships on displays. Meanwhile Att still has phones from 2008-2011 on display and tons of low end garbage.

11. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

either you lying about the AT&T store, or the people down there are doing something wrong, or maybe stealing the phones, but every location in New York all have new phones, maybe its the area you live in, people in your area maybe do not like to splurge on new products as much as people would in New York, so they target a certain demographic in your area, if its not that, I think all the customers should send a complaint but it would not be nice to get all those people in trouble when its hard to get a job

5. wilsong17 unregistered

Some customers are plain dumb so you know they need to keep the child toys

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Apple probably handles the cost of restocking those Test-Drive iPhones. You know, it's like you buy an iPhone from the Apple store, then 2 weeks later you come back to return for full refund cuz you don't like it, Apple takes it back without a restocking fee. So yea, here Apple might have made a deal with T-Mobile to do something similar, letting T-Mobile send back the returned tested phones easily and covering the cost for restocking. What I find funny is that T-Mobile used to be with "Team Android" until it got the iPhone 5, haha. Probably because Tmo could not get to sell the iPhone before that (kinda like how Apple was like Team Small-screen until it can finally make big screen iPhones, if you ask me, haha.) As for punishment... idk. I think Samsung should work with T-Mobile to bring the Note 4 or S5 to Test Drive instead of punishing, lol.

12. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I'm sure that's one reason T-Mobile has the Test Drive program. So that prospecting customers can test T-Mobile's network where they live to see if they'd be happy with the service or not.

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2391; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Why don't they show some taste and utilize the Note 4 lol.

3. wilsong17 unregistered

Note 4 will waste the LTE in on day lol

7. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I might test drive the iPhone 6 just to see how horrible it is...

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012


10. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

a lot of the things i couldn't stand about the test drive 5s will be fixed with ios8... i guess. the animations are still abysmally slow though. the antennas will still be constsantly searching for the strongest network, even if that means going to a slower connection. and it will still be apple. but i doubt anyone will be test driving the 6 until there are enough refurbs for apple to make the switch.

13. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

One of the down sides to T-Mobile's Test Drive is that you only get an iPhone 5s to use. I think, and am fairly sure, that they'd get quite a few more people to take the Test Drive if they offered other devices such as the HTC One M8 or the Note 3 (because the Note 4 hasn't launched yet) or the LG G3. I know personally that I've been wanting to do the Test Drive just to see how much T-Mobile's network has improved in my area, as well as trying out iOS & the iPhone.

14. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

As an Android user, the test drive was really just to make sure I would know where I'd have LTE vs HSPA vs Edge between work and drving to my inlaws across IN. I downloaded a few apps, speedtest, pandora, etc, to test it out along the way. Data in my city is excellent, and I had voice and text all along the way which was good. Ideally, there would have been an Android option, but all in all, it was what pushed me over the edge to switch. Verizon has great coverage, but I hate constantly being charged more for less from them.

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