The long wait is over as T-Mobile is expected to show off its Apple iPhone on Tuesday

The long wait is over as T-Mobile is expected to show off its Apple iPhone on Tuesday
For years, T-Mobile customers had to look on in envy as first AT&T and then Verizon and Sprint started offering the Apple iPhone. Then, when pre-paid carriers started to work out deals with Apple to start selling the iconic smartphone last year, T-Mobile finally had had enough. In December, the company announced that it had inked a pact to sell Apple devices in its stores. And when T-Mobile announced its big media event for Tuesday, there was some speculation that the Apple iPhone would be announced. According to a person with inside knowledge of tomorrow's events, T-Mobile will indeed show off it's own Apple iPhone 5 on Tuesday.

With the Apple iPhone 5 in its lineup, T-Mobile might be able to prevent more customers from leaving the carrier. In addition, the phone is expected to run over the operator's new LTE pipeline which is expected to be introduced tomorrow with service to start in 7 markets, the names of which leaked during the weekend. Besides the Apple iPhone 5, T-Mobile has another LTE phone that will be introduced on Tuesday, the BlackBerry Z10.  Additionally, the T-Mobile version of the Samsung GALAXY Note II recently received an update that now allows the device to connect to T-Mobile's LTE service.

While the Apple iPhone is supposed to be introduced by T-Mobile tomorrow, it won't immediately be offered to T-Mobile customers, although a launch date is unknown.While pricing is also an unknown, T-Mobile will no longer be offering phones with subsidies from its corporate owned stores. Instead, customers will be asked to pay a down payment and pay off the device monthly using the carrier's EIP (Equipment Installment Plan).

source: CNET

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42 Comments

1. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

This is not good news Bad move by T-Mobile Alan F was this written by you or it's a source by Cnett,,,? If so how long did it take you to complete this article?

3. Hemlocke unregistered

How on earth is adding the world's best-selling smartphone to your lineup a "bad move," especially when you did away with subsidized prices? I understand the some of you guys are fanboys of certain brands, but adding the number one mobile attraction in the world to your lineup is just sound business sense, whatever your personal preference is. If they add the 4S, as well as the 5, they would be adding the two best-selling devices to their lineup.

7. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Look what happened to Sprint with the iPhone. Just saying.

14. Hemlocke unregistered

Sprint screwed themselves by continuing to chase wild geese (WiMax?) and continually having the slowest service of all major carriers. They also offer the iPhone at a subsidized price. The sooner subsidies and contracts go away in the U.S., the sooner we, the customers, can help them convert into the big, dumb pipes for data that they are in other countries.

24. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Sprint's investment in WiMax still isn't as big as their investment in Apple. At the time, WiMax was the best Sprint could do/offer before being completely devoured by Verizon. Verizon offered a faster, better and unlimited data network at the time at competitive prices. After acquiring Nextel and networks, they started losing money. The SERO was the only reason people still went to Sprint and they had just stopped offering it. Sprint had nothing new, a network draining money, and Verizon monopolizing over CDMA. With the help of Google announcing the Evo 4G, it saved Sprint. I mean it's great that T-Mobile has the chance to offer the iPhone but it is a tad bit late to the party. The iPhone ship is slowly sinking and it is in Apple and T-Mobile's best interest to offer it now to acquire more market share.

21. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Ye i agree iphone on sprint sucked big time with dropped calls and horrible baterry life

17. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

IPhones aren't the best selling. Most popular LINE perhaps (per apple's unverified and baseless figures, which likely include returns and warranty and insurance claims as "sales") but not most popular single model. That would likely go to the Galaxy S3 or one of the devices that sell like crazy outside North America and Europe.

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. I thought the last year or 2 woulda shown T Mo the iPhone isnt something to fall head over heels to sell anymore. The Galaxy S line did just fine the last couple of years... Offer that and the One.....they will sell good too. The hype about the iPhone started to die the year the Droid 1 came out. The Droid 1 was just the start.... Now you have WP, Android... the iPhone is just another phone.

19. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Iphone is not the worlds best smart phone...Not anymore

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Adding the best line of phones is a bad idea? I hate to see what a good idea is then.

36. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Good idea is what China did to Apple :)

40. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Stabbing yourself in the ear with a pencil is a good idea. No really, try it!

31. thephoneofi

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

Alan F. should limit you for a week.

39. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This is actually good news for t mobile. Their sales will soar and help them put themselves back on track now their keeping their unlimited data people from at&t/verizon will swing over

2. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

So that's why T-Mobile went to the similar "Screw Everybody" style plan of VZW! Welcome to higher prices, more fees, and no more perks. (My VZW people who had to pay an upgrade fee for the first time know what I'm talking about.)

5. PhoneAddiction

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

What are you talking about Whateverman? Even by charging customers full price for the phones. T-Mobile is still cheaper than everyone else. Get your facts right son.

8. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I had recently thought about going to T-Mobile and the fact is I would be paying about $10 less then what I would be paying for VZW. Before the switch, I would have saved up to $60. I do my research son, and judging by past history... Things are about to change for the worse at T-Mobile. You don't have to agree, just remember who told you. Peace.

9. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

im not sure how tmobile is cheap? you can get better deals if you apply discount with sprint

6. huypaulha94

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

I don't know about you, but I'm on the Value plan NOW and I'm $110 a month for three lines, 1000 minutes, unlimited texting and 2 gigs "unlimited" internet. With the new plan, I'll pay $110 for 3 lines, unlimited minutes, unlimited texting and 2.5 gigs "unlimited" internet (plus mobile hotspot). Now I don't how that's "screwing everybody" but I sure as heck am switching over when my contract ends.

10. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

These plans will work for many, don't get me wrong. But every carrier has lost their minds as of late. For my four lines the bill is $196 before taxes. My VZW bill is $192, so there just isn't any savings with T-Mobile for me anymore. Sure, there is the option of paying full price up front for all four lines, or going to a third party vendor. I plan on checking that out too, but from what I worked out on line, I may as well stay with VZW.

28. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I really prefer that T-Mo allow some sort of customize your own value plan. Out of the 5 lines that I have right now, I'm planning to break 3 lines out separate. Out of the 3 lines, 1 line will have no use for text or data, the other 2 will require no more than 700 minutes + unlimited messaging. $20 unlimited data on one and $25 unlimited data with tether on the other. With the current T-Mo plan, it's going to push the cost of the 3 lines to $150 while the price should be kept around $120. In order to keep my cost lower, I'll have to break off the line that doesn't require text and data out on to pay as you go. In a way, T-Mo's new plan will screw me over, but good for individual lines and those who need data on all their lines.

37. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

That's exactly what I was saying. These plans just don't work for everyone.

4. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I just hope Tmobile isn't putting themselves in mega debt with this phone like Sprint did.

12. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

If they do, expect Apple shares to go up tomorrow.

25. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Unlikely, no subsidies anymore

11. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

f**k I just bought an unlocked iPhone 5 and its running on tmobiles 3G will it matter ?????

18. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

No, the iphone will still be overrated junk either way. Should have gotten a Nexus, Galaxy, Xperia, One, or Lumia instead.

20. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

LOL you call the iPhone a piece of junk but suggest I got a Lumia one of the most over rated devices just because it has a great camera with s**t software

41. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

And the iphone is "great" because it has...um....hmmm......well sh*t I can't even sarcastically compliment that thing. It just plain sucks.

13. Jojofromdabay

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 06, 2010

@WhateverMan The iPhone plan will be 250 for a 16gb 350 for 32 450 for 64 but if you get an unlimited plan its about 81 dollars after tax plus 20 each month till you pay off the retail price of the phone and thats unlimited everything for 100 dollars a month after tax. You are saving more money than sprint,tmobile,at&t and Verizon.

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