The T-Mobile iPhone 5 was announced today at the company's UnCarrier event. The mobile carrier in last place was also the final carrier without access to Apple's iPhone. Now that the iPhone 5 is on T-Mobile and supports LTE it will be interesting to see how this will affect sales of Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Windows Mobile Phones such as the Nokia Lumia 920. One thing on everyone's mind is whether the T-Mobile iPhone 5 can save the company at this point. Read on for more information regarding release date and price of the T-Mobile iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5 on T-Mobile will be available on April 12 for $99. If you're wondering how T-Mobile is able to achieve such a low price tag for their phone it's because customers will then be obligated to pay $20 per month paying off the rest of the phone. Users will pay this flat fee for 24 months. In total, the $579 users are paying for the T-Mobile iPhone 5 results in less money than if they were to buy an unlocked version from Apple ($649). The company claims that the device is free to be unlocked once customers complete paying off the phone.
Through T-Mobile's UnCarrier system, the company is moving away from the mobile phone contracts we've come to know. In its place, users buy the phone for a cheaper rate and pay off the price of the phone incrementally. The iPhone 5 they announced, along with 4S and 4, will be available using this no-contract system. Users are obligated to pay back the cost of the phone, though, according to T-Mobile, options to give it back for a "fair amount" are available.
It will be very interesting to see how the announcement of the T-Mobile iPhone 5 will affect sales of other top tier phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Some have speculated that part of Samsung/Android's success came from the fact that users of T-Mobile had no other choice if they wanted a smartphone on the purple-loving carrier. Now that they do, we'll be able to see if users will flock to Apple's device or if it's simply too late for Cupertino.
With compatibility on T-Mobile's 4G network, iPhone 5 customers will enjoy a consistently outstanding wireless experience, seamlessly connecting to both T-Mobile's existing nationwide 4G and growing 4G LTE networks. Today, the company launched 4G LTE service in seven major metropolitan areas, including Baltimore; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. T-Mobile's 4G LTE network is expected to reach 100 million people by mid-year and 200 million nationwide by the end of 2013. The company's 4G HSPA+ network reaches 225 million people in 229 metropolitan areas.
In addition to a great 4G network experience, T-Mobile offers iPhone 5 customers one of the simplest and most competitive consumer rate plans in the industry. Rather than providing a dizzying number of consumer rate plans, T-Mobile is offering iPhone 5 with just one.
T-Mobile's new Simple Choice Plan starts with a base rate of $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and Web with 500MB of 4G data.(3) Consumers can add 2GB of 4G data for $10 per month per line or get unlimited 4G data for an additional $20 per month per line. Customers can add a second phone line for $30 per month, and each additional line is just $10 per month. There are no caps and no overages.
In addition to the Simple Choice Plan's reasonable terms and powerful nationwide network, iPhone 5 customers can take advantage of several free premium benefits from T-Mobile, including:
-- HD Voice - delivering nationwide crystal-clear high-definition calling and significantly reduced background noise. T-Mobile is the only U.S. carrier offering nationwide HD Voice for iPhone 5.
-- T-Mobile Smartphone Mobile HotSpot for on-the-go tethering Internet access. Through Simple Choice, T-Mobile offers an additional 500MB of 4G data for tethering, enabling customers to tether from their iPads, Macs and other devices.
-- Talk and surf at the same time -- without limits. Through T-Mobile's Simple Choice Plan, customers can opt for totally unlimited 4G data on a nationwide network, something no other major U.S. wireless company offers for iPhone 5.
Pricing & Availability
iPhone 5 will be available for qualifying customers with T-Mobile's Simple Choice Plan for $99.99 down and $20 per month for 24 months. Qualifying customers can get iPhone 4S through the Simple Choice Plan for $69.99 down and $20 per month for 24 months. iPhone 4 will be available for qualifying customers through the Simple Choice Plan for $14.99 down and $15 per month for 24 months. Financing is available on approval of credit online and in participating locations. iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 will be available in select markets. iPhone 5 will be available nationwide on Friday, April 12, at T-Mobile retail stores and through select dealers and national retail stores, as well as online at http://www.T-Mobile.com. Customers can pre-order iPhone 5 beginning Friday, April 5. For more information, visit the pre-registration page.
(1) Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks, check with your carrier for details.
(2) Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
(3) 4G network connection required for 4G speeds; all data use applies to allotment. Once rate plan allotment of high-speed data has been consumed, customers will experience reduced Web speeds without overage charges for the remainder of the billing cycle. Unlimited 4G data is available for an additional $20 per month.
In a Q&A session, a T-Mobile representative mentioned that if a customer were to buy an iPhone 5 for $99 plus the $20-per-month equipment payment plan and that customer wanted to leave T-Mobile, the customer could do so. Though locked to T-Mobile until the handset has been paid off, the phone would work with SIM cards from compatible networks such as AT&T; the customer would simply need to continue paying the $20-per-month equipment payment to T-Mobile until the 24-month fee has been satisfied. Customers will be able to accelerate their $20-per-month equipment payments to T-Mobile in order to unlock handsets early, if desired. The company will also be offering a phone trade-in plan to offer "fair-market value" for an existing T-Mobile phone to go toward the purchase of a new T-Mobile phone.
The company will also soon begin selling the recently-announced HTC One, the BlackBerry Z10 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. The HTC One will be available "later this spring" but pricing hasn't been officially announced; the BlackBerry Z10 is available "starting today" for $100 down and an $18-per-month equipment fee for 24 months ; the Samsung Galaxy S4 "will be available in the second quarter of this year," according to T-Mobile's press materials, but no pricing has been officially announced. Legere mentioned the S4 will be available "about May 1st," and also mentioned that the HTC One will cost $100, but didn't say what the monthly equipment payments will cost.