iPhone 5 Finally Coming To T-Mobile USA On April 12

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News Posted: Tue, Mar 26 2013 7:22 PM
It happened. It finally happened. Apple's iPhone has arrived on the last major carrier in the "Big 4" discussion. Well over a year after Sprint finally joined AT&T (first) and Verizon (second) in the march to have the iPhone within one's phone portfolio, T-Mobile announced today in New York City that one of the biggest voids in its lineup was being filled. Launching alongside new pricing plans that are far simpler than any other postpaid carrier is the iPhone 5 for T-Mobile. The device will start at $99.99 on a 2-year agreement (with $20 per month for 24 months being applied to the phone price), and T-Mobile will also offer the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S in "select markets."


The phone itself is actually slightly different than what's already out there. The new iPhone 5, while retaining the A1428 model number, will have AWS support enabled from the factory. This means that the T-Mobile iPhone 5 will ship with support for all of T-Mobile and AT&T's high-speed broadband bands. Also of note, those who opt to pay T-Mobile full-price for their iPhone can have it unlocked instantly (without having to wait for one's contract to lapse), enabling them to immediately use their iPhone overseas with local SIM cards in their destination country. T-Mobile's iPhone 5 is also going to be the only iPhone 5 to support HD Voice calling, but unfortunately, that means it'll be active only when you're phoning someone who is also on T-Mobile. And as for T-Mobile's heralded Wi-Fi Calling feature? That won't be enabled on the iPhone at launch, but the carrier has signaled that it may be added in due time.

T-Mobile will begin selling iPhones on April 12th, and while a huge swath of folks who wanted an iPhone have already purchase one on a rival network, T-Mobile holdouts will surely appreciate having iOS as an option when they decide it's time for a new phone.
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sevags replied on Tue, Mar 26 2013 11:34 PM

Sort of silly really it almost feels like Tmobile is admitting defeat. You have always been able to take any iphone (2g, 3g, 3gs, 4, 4s, 5, and soon the 5s) to tmobile. Sure it meant you had to outright buy your iphone before going to them but they have wanted to do away with subsidies any way. They go ahead and do this now when the iphone is the least popular it has ever been, finally great alternatives available, AND the 5s just around the corner? Very silly.... especially if they don't get the 5s at launch like the others but if they do then all this is just so they can get the next iphone at launch.

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AjayD replied on Thu, Mar 28 2013 12:58 PM

Better late than never, I suppose. I like the iPhone 5, but with Samsung's new Galaxy, and the HTC One, the iPhone 5 has become outdated, not to mention its screen is comparatively tiny. Hopefully the next iPhone will have a larger screen and T-Mobile will get it at launch.

 

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sevags replied on Thu, Mar 28 2013 5:30 PM

Hopefully the next iPhone will have BOTH a larger screen and current sized screen! The current one is not "tiny" it's the perfect size for a PHONE, mannny people out there including myself and my family don't want phablets.

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