T-Mobile ups the cost of an iPhone 5 to $149.99

T-Mobile ups the cost of an iPhone 5 to $149.99
T-Mobile has been selling quite a lot of iPhones since the carrier first started offering the device, and part of that could be that there is nowhere you can find an iPhone 5 as inexpensive as on T-Mobile. But, that is changing just a bit, because T-Mobile has quietly raised the up-front price of the iPhone 5 by $50 to $149.99.

T-Mobile had been selling the phone for just $99 up-front, and $20 per month for two years, which added up to $579. That made T-Mobile's iPhone a solid $70 cheaper than if you were to buy it full price on AT&T. Apparently, that $99 up-front price was just a one-month promotion, which T-Mobile never made clear, and there has been no evidence to support this idea aside from a single screenshot found at TMoNews. 

So, now if you want an iPhone through T-Mobile, it will ultimately cost you $629 over the course of two years for the 16GB variant. The 32GB and 64GB variants are also seeing their up-front pricing bumped by $50 each. 

source: TMoNews via The Verge

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1. phoneman09

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Nice move T-Mobile..NOT

2. g2a5b0e unregistered

People can complain all they want. It's still cheaper than Apple's retail price.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sure is.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's worth every penny.

5. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Now you're saving 20 dollars instead of 70

6. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I hope that's what the USCC version cost. T-Mobile still selling IP5 cheaper than Verizon though.

7. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Let me see you can't up grade because no contract. .you can have only one device until its paid off so the 20 a month equals the length of a contract... so in other words I have a contract. But if I cancel I still have to pay the remaining balance which is fair. . So 200 up from with any carrier plus 350 cancellation Which equals 550..cheaper than 650 but cancellation price goes down after a yr or so...and carriers have early upgrade

8. benzb

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

You are forgetting two important elements. Carriers charge upgrade fees when you upgrade at approximately $35. Carriers also charge a hefty tax on the $350 cancellation fee of about $70. So technically, the phone you upgraded costs $200 + $35 + $350 + $70 tax on the 350 = $655. I am not including sales tax in these figures as you have to pay sales tax regardless of which method you choose.

9. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

What do you think tmobile ads on your 20 installment plane hmmm where does the $70 come from..and the 35 upgrade can usually be wavied depends who you talk to

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

Actually, you're wrong. You can upgrade at any time. Qualified customers can pay two or more devices at once.

10. Droiddoes unregistered

LMAO, TMO is seeing the many downsides to carrying that novelty phone. Greedy apple doesn't like to share profits, no one makes any money off their toys except them.

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