iPhone 5 Comes to T-Mobile April 12
More than five years after Apple's groundbreaking iPhone debuted exclusively on AT&T in the United States (before later expanding to Verizon and Sprint) it's now official. Subscribers of T-Mobile will have access to Apple's iPhone 5 beginning April 12th.
As widely anticipated in recent days, Apple's new partnership with T-Mobile will likely provide a tremendous boost to the nation's fourth largest carrier.
On Tuesday at T-Mobile's "uncarrier" event, the company confirmed that it wants to set itself apart from leading rivals AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. In order to do that, T-Mobile will offer a 16-gigabyte iPhone 5 for just $99 up front, followed by 24 monthly payments of $20.
Although the iPhone officially goes on sale at T-Mobile on April 12th, preorders begin next Friday, April 5th.
"The revamped No. 4 carrier is still the underdog," writes Ina Fried of AllThingsD, "but now the company has some of the pieces it has long been missing. T-Mobile has been readying an LTE network, making plans to stop subsidizing new phones, and has struck a deal to start selling the iPhone."