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  • 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."

    Source: AllThingsD
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 5 Comes to T-Mobile April 12 started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 57 Comments
    1. Atruzo's Avatar
      Atruzo -
      Quote Originally Posted by crouching View Post
      So if there is no contract then can't I just purchase the phone out right from tmobile and use it on a pre-paid plan?
      I don't know why you would want to, but techincally you are right but for 50.00 you get unlimited everything with 500mb on 4g or pay 70 and get truly unlimited everything

      Quote Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
      The iphone will be locked until you are finished paying it off.

      T-Mobile handsets will remain network locked, can be freed when the device is yours
      If it is that important just pay it off early and have it unlocked.
    1. kraziebone's Avatar
      kraziebone -
      Quote Originally Posted by nerdherder View Post
      So just unlock it. I unlocked mine for $8 online, just because it's technically illegal doesnt mean they will come after you. As long as you dont unlock it to jump ship prematurely you'll be fine.
      Hmm, is it technically illegal to unlock with imei unlocks? I think the dmca only restricts modifications to the baseband by the user (such as ultrasn0w) but official unlocks are fine even if not done by the carrier. I don't know this though, someone want to clarify?
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      With the millions of phones that will be sold..im hoping the 6.1.3 JB will be soon after launch, even though previous articles advise the contrary. I see a lot of users getting this phone for its price point and flexibility. Not a bad deal at all..come on April 12th :]
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      With the millions of phones that will be sold..im hoping the 6.1.3 JB will be soon after launch, even though previous articles advise the contrary. I see a lot of users getting this phone for its price point and flexibility. Not a bad deal at all..come on April 12th :]
      Won't happen, the devs said they do not plan on releasing/working on another jailbreaking until the next major iOS release
    1. thunderwolf333's Avatar
      thunderwolf333 -
      I think I'll buy it, keep using my 4 and wait for the jailbreak. once the jb hits then I'll probably give the 4 to my mom or sell it.

      what about you all, are you going to wait for the jb or just buy it anyway?
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      Quote Originally Posted by thunderwolf333 View Post
      Finallllyyyyy!! But will it be jailbreakable? Do you guys think it will come with 6.1.2 or 6.1.3??
      It will totally come with 6.1.3
    1. thunderwolf333's Avatar
      thunderwolf333 -
      i think there's an error in the article here, other websites are saying $99 down with 24 payments of $20, not 20 payments of $20. unless they are talking about the 32gb version but I doubt that would only be an $80 difference.
    1. Papiriqui's Avatar
      Papiriqui -
      T-Mobile still sucks as a carrier, great plans but ****** service!!! Thats why i went to ATT
    1. sstroud's Avatar
      sstroud -
      From an article on MSNBC
      The iPhone 5 will be available to T-Mobile customers for $100 down, plus monthly payments of $20 for 24 months. There is no annual contract. "If we suck this month, drop us," Legere said, emphasizing the benefit of such an arrangement. If you leave T-Mobile before the end of the 24 months, you can either return the device "for a fair market value" or you can continue making payments to T-Mobile (and use the phone on another carrier).
    1. ecofrankenstein's Avatar
      ecofrankenstein -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      ^^^ Ditto, I have the same plan, grandfathered in (since they were Voicestream many years ago) at $19.99 a month for unlimited everything, no throttling, truly unlimited. And one of the best things for me is that here in Phoenix they have turned on 4G and LTE today, yippee. Finally...
      How did you get such a sweet plan? Details, please.
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      I really don't even know why tmobile has always been such a big deal.

      Btw, kudos to the author for a clear title, I didn't even have to read the article.
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Here's the major player for t-mobile (read on gizmodo, makes perfect sense.)
      iPhone 5 speeds on Verizon/AT&T LTE 20-50 mb/s roughly on average(dependent on location) if you lose LTE connection, on AT&T you go to 4G HSPA with roughly 2-5 mb/s download, Verizon is 3G with 1-4 mb/s roughly. HUGE speed drop. From blazing fast to sometimes not being able to stream YouTube.

      Now here t-mobile

      LTE (while still brand new they are launching officially today in 7 cities) average 20-40 mb/s download, when you lose LTE (because it is so new, you most likely don't have it) you go to there HSPA+ network, (plus is the difference from AT&T and t mobile HSPA) they have been perfecting there 4G for years, I've seen there speed tests p HSPA+ range from 20-40 and that's not LTE so even when not on LTE you still have blazing fast 4G speeds, so there "backup" network is incredibly fast while AT&T and Verizon's is not, that could be a game changer, having fast speeds almost everywhere you have connection.
    1. regkilla's Avatar
      regkilla -
      Quote Originally Posted by thunderwolf333 View Post
      Finallllyyyyy!! But will it be jailbreakable? Do you guys think it will come with 6.1.2 or 6.1.3??
      6.1.3
    1. ghulamsameer's Avatar
      ghulamsameer -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      That is pretty stupid on T-Mo's part. I'm a infrequent traveler and would've like to use my iPhone in India while I'm there for 15 days within my 2 year contract period.
      Well that's better than what AT&T and Verizon have. You can't unlock your device until you're contract is up, so you have to wait at least 2 years before your device can be unlocked. You can simply pay for your phone upfront at T-Mobile and it will be unlocked.
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by crouching View Post
      So if there is no contract then can't I just purchase the phone out right from tmobile and use it on a pre-paid plan?
      In theory yes, it seems cheaper to go ahead and buy the phone from tmobile. $99 cheaper.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ghulamsameer View Post
      Well that's better than what AT&T and Verizon have. You can't unlock your device until you're contract is up, so you have to wait at least 2 years before your device can be unlocked. You can simply pay for your phone upfront at T-Mobile and it will be unlocked.
      If I had to pay for my phone upfront, I'd just get it unlocked from apple. Why would I go to tmo.

      Something doesn't make sense. How can tmo offer iPhone 5 for less than apple?
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      That is pretty stupid on T-Mo's part. I'm a infrequent traveler and would've like to use my iPhone in India while I'm there for 15 days within my 2 year contract period.
      The official policy has been that they will not unlock the phone until your contract is up, but they have always been very nice about making exceptions for those traveling internationally. I would hope that the new policy will follow suit, they simply don't want you running to another carrier with a phone that you are still paying for.


      BTW, those who have the $19.99 unlimited everything plan, all I can say is you have a great deal.
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      If I had to pay for my phone upfront, I'd just get it unlocked from apple. Why would I go to tmo.

      Something doesn't make sense. How can tmo offer iPhone 5 for less than apple?
      It is a "T-Mobile" iPhone. With that said, the factory unlocked iPhone may or may not have the necessary LTE bands for tmobile specifically. They can make it cheaper because you are subscribed to their plan. They make their money back that way.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      "You basically start with a $50/month unlimited data plan and go from there. T-Mobile will throttle you after 500MB unless you give them $10 or $20 more a month which gives you 2GB or unlimited before unthrottling. Family plans are $30 for the first extra device and $10 for each one thereafter."

      No thank you.
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by ecofrankenstein View Post
      How did you get such a sweet plan? Details, please.
      Customer since 1997, pays be a loyal I guess.