Boom! T-Mobile Selling The iPhone 5 On April 12th For $99 Down Payment

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There it is…just as we said this morning for April 12th. Keep up with our liveblog! Some T-Mobile specific bonuses with the iPhone 5? How about HSPA+ 42Mbps on the AWS band and HD Voice! The boys from Engadget just asked about Wi-Fi calling and the response was “Over the top (aka from App Store) variant of Wi-Fi Calling will become available, too. No integrated version for iPhones, yet.”

 Press Release: 

T-Mobile Un-leashes iPhone 5 With Incredible New Pricing and No Annual Contracts

Becomes first major wireless company to eliminate service contracts; debuts 4G LTE network in seven major metropolitan areas

Consumers will have a new affordable, unrestricted and hassle-free way to buy an iPhone 5 when T-Mobile USA, Inc. begins offering the revolutionary phone on Friday, April 12.

T-Mobile announced today that qualifying customers can get an iPhone 5 for $99.99 down, plus monthly payments. T-Mobile is the only major U.S. wireless company to offer iPhone 5 with no annual service contract plus unlimited talk, text and Web on a screaming-fast nationwide 4G network. And because there are no annual contracts, customers make the decision when to upgrade their devices — not the carrier.

“This is an important day for people who love their iPhonebut can’t stand the pain other carriers put them through to own one,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile USA. “We feel their pain. I’ve felt the pain. So we’re rewriting the rules of wireless to provide a radically simple, affordable iPhone 5 experience — on an extremely powerful network.”

iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning 4-inch Retina display, an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance and ultrafast wireless technology— all while delivering even better battery life.2 iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features, including Shared Photo Streams, Facebook integration, all-new Maps app and Passbook organization, and even more Siri features and languages.

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.

Additional Benefits

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 Customers can pre-order iPhone 5 beginning Friday, April 5. For more information, visit the pre-registration page.

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  • JustSaying

    I think they are only launching the iPhone 4/4S in limited markets because they do not support AWS. That’s fine because everyone can have the iPHONE 5!!! yaay

    • ap3604

      Why would the 5 support AWS and the 4s wouldn’t?

      • Sosuke Aizen

        If I remember, the 4S does have the ability to run aws band. It just been lock down. Can’t find the article I saw it on.

      • 21stNow

        Apple is making a new version of the 5. They aren’t making a new version of the 4S or the 4.

  • WSJ

    All 5 LTE bands? Please!

  • WSJ

    All 5 LTE Bands Please

  • Luis

    What about the iPhone 4S/4? Would they be T-Mobile version or Unlocked Version?

    • Guest911

      AFAIK – 4/4S do not have the TMo 3G/4G bands. Edge only or use in the refarmed areas.

  • I-Troll-U

    People still buy iPhones eh?

    • ap3604

      Guess you don’t keep up with the world around you eh?

    • Storm Millenium

      If they didn’t then T-Mobile wouldn’t be breakin their neck to get it, eh?

  • mdosu

    a recent CNET article about folks who are/will be using ATT Iphone5s on TMO’s networks, basically, the TMO’s Iphone 5 will be optimized for LTE and HSPA+ speeds immediately, For ATT Iphone5 users, you can get faster speeds if you live in a spectrum overlap city or if you wait for the reframe :

    If I bring an unlocked AT&T phone to T-Mobile, will it work on T-Mobile’s LTE network?
    For the most part, you should be able to get some service. You’ll be able to make calls and send messages, but you may not get the same speed of service that you would on AT&T’s network.
    Here’s why:
    Up until recently, T-Mobile used its 1,700MHz spectrum for its 3G and HSPA+ service, which it has called 4G. It used its 1,900MHz PCS spectrum for its slower 2G and 2.5G services.
    Meanwhile, AT&T built its 3G and HSPA+ network on the 1,900MHz spectrum. This meant that devices like the iPhone, which were designed for AT&T’s 3G network, could operate on T-Mobile, but only at the slower 2G speeds.
    T-Mobile is in the middle of a massive network upgrade. It’s now moving its 3G and HSPA+ services to the 1,900MHz spectrum band. This means that AT&T devices designed for 3G and HSPA+ will operate at those speeds in markets where T-Mobile has made the network transition. The good news is that in the future, more of AT&T’s 3G and HSPA+ devices will operate on T-Mobile’s 3G and HSPA+ network.
    The other bit of good news is that there is a good chance that some devices made for AT&T will also operate on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network. Now that T-Mobile has freed up the 1,700MHz spectrum, it plans to use some of that spectrum for the faster LTE services. AT&T primarily uses 700MHz for LTE. But the carrier has a few markets where it is using the 1,700MHz spectrum. This means that its 4G LTE devices likely have radios that also support this frequency. And that will mean that those devices will be able to operate on T-Mobile’s LTE network.
    T-Mobile is expected to offer more details about its LTE network very soon. So stay tuned.

  • Sammieyousuf

    Is this why apple cut iPhone orders because they wanted to add Tmobiles hspa+ and LTE?

  • bobjones

    now that t-mobile is getting the iphone people still complain…just be happy t-mobile is getting and stop complaining!

  • nick

    That unlimited data though ! People are going to hog it!

  • $A$ the Great

    So getting one! :) Right now I’m on my sister’s old unlocked iphone 4. I most likely will be selling it on ebay. I’ve never sold electronics on ebay before just knick-knacks. Any selling pointers?

    • Long Island Steven

      Don’t let the first thing you sell on ebay be an iPhone 4 would be my first pointer…

    • Storm Millenium

      Don’t listen to him. He has hateful comments towards the iPhone on here. Its an iPhone so it will sell fast. Just make sure you offer free shipping.

    • Andromedo

      You’ll get better money (and cash at that) selling it on Craigslist.

      eBay and PayPal fees are expensive and the buyer can cancel the sale, get their money back, and keep your phone.

      • $A$ the Great

        you are so right about the fees! they are high. I’m gonna try my luck with craiglist. Thank You :)

  • Storm Millenium

    Welp, there goes BlackBerry and WindowsPhone chances of making any noise on T-Mobile lol.

  • Evan Carter

    Now just time to wait for the iPhone 6, hopefully it’ll finally have a larger(read:wider & taller) screen. Does this mean, David, that the iPhone will now be officially your daily driver?

    • bob90210

      I’m waiting for the iPhone 9 where I can just plug it into the back of my head. But it will probably required a new dock connector.

  • Long Island Steven

    I can see picking up the BB z10, htc one, or gs4, but ip5 is already months old.

    • TechHog

      I don’t even like iPhone, and I still think this is a stupid message.

  • cnoTe4

    What if I’m on the older plans and want the iPhone. Do I have to change my plan to pay the 99 down 20/month. And if I don’t have to change my plan, do I have to have an upgrade to get the iPhone.

  • thetown

    hey guys believe iPhone in tmobile is a shit i am truck driver 48 state and iPhone is garbage in tmobile i switch to verizon because all time in edge

    • TechHog

      That’s because the iPhone you had didn’t support T-Moblie’s HSPA+ bands. These new ones do.

    • monkeypox69

      YourEnglish is a shit too.

  • tsupra0927

    Ok, so you pay $99 up front and $20 a month for 24 months. My question is, can I pay this off faster? I pay the $99 down payment, but is the $20 a month just the minimum payment or can I pay like $30, $40, etc. a month so I can pay it off faster?

    • JungleJunkie

      You can do accelerated payments if you want.

      • tsupra0927

        Awesome! Thanks for the reply.

        • thepanttherlady

          The T-Mobile website now has the option to make additional payments for just devices when you log into your account.

  • JimmieDubose

    so how much is the iphone 5 32gb?

    • GwapoAko

      Maybe down payment of $199 and $20 over 24 months?

  • dunnsantee

    how about the 32 and 64 GB versions… will they be available and at what costs?

    • John

      Our luck there won’t be any. I’m sure they will later this summer after they see how well the 16gb sells first then have then available.

  • Emily Delgado

    I just bought an unlocked iphone 5 this weekend, good thing I have 30 days to return it! Because I live in Columbus, OH and the refarm hasn’t come to us yet so currently I only have 2G. But with TMO’s iphone, on April 12th I will be able to get 3G (4G?)! This is great news. I been waiting for the Iphone on Tmo for 4 years (Been with Tmo for 9). Yay!

    • J. Williams

      You will NOT need to return your current factory unlocked iPhone 5, it will work just fine.

      • Shawndh

        But she wont get AWS on a regular iPhone 5 which basically means being stuck on EDGE speeds most of the time. An unlocked 4G phone will work fine on T-Mobile but a phone with T-Mobiles AWS bands will get more consistent 4G and LTE. If you’re on T-Mobile, you want a T-Mobile iphone.

        • J. Williams

          She will not be stuck on EDGE, she will have 3G/4G. I’m getting 14mb down on 3G with my Factory unlocked iPhone 5. That’s on 3G…so once things pickup, it will get faster. But selling your iPhone 5 and getting a TMo version, so totally up to the person. But keep in mind, those speeds are just ‘theory’ not actual. Look at the way it is right now. We have 42+ phones, and we only get about 27mb down on my SGNote II. So we will never get the top speeds.

        • Mystictrust

          She said the refarm hasn’t come to her area yet, so her only options are to wait for the refarm with her current iPhone, or get the new one from T-Mobile that can take advantage of the AWS in her area.
          You might be getting fast speeds on your iPhone 5, but that’s because YOUR area has been refarmed for 4G on non-AWS frequencies.

        • J. Williams

          I know, I’m in the ATX.

        • AT&TrefuGee

          You’re also DAF, you talk with so much authority and little actual knowledge. If you recently bought an iPhone 5 run and return it ASAP and get the TMO iPhone 5.

        • J. Williams

          How childish, go away. You are hours late, and you’ve added no value.

  • DaygosTommyT

    If you go to the engadgets hands on pics, there is a picture of the back of phone, you have to zoom in pretty close, but you can see the exact same info that is on the back of the unlocked iPhone 5 (I have one). Model A1428 FCC ID: BCG-E2599A IC:579C-E2599A. I’m pretty sure that if Apple updated the iPhone 5 with more bands, the FCC ID would be different for the “newer” iPhone 5 with the AWS bands. MAYBE, just MAYBE, the unlocked iPhone 5 already has those AWS bands equipped, and just needs a carrier update form Apple. Just my two cents.

    • Mystictrust

      Nah. Engadget has a recent article up about that:

      “Apple’s enabling support of the AWS bands from the factory on the new guy — and sadly, Apple affirmed to us that it’s not something that can be enabled via a simple software update for A1428 iPhone units already in circulation. To say that another way, existing iPhone 5 owners on AT&T cannot simply apply a software patch to have AWS support added. You’ll need to buy a new phone next month.”

  • tdawg

    T-mobile, the home of the first Android phone succumbs to Apple….dang it!

  • Jacky Mark

    Will LTE work on my iphone 5? (originally at&t, was factory unlocked to use on tmoible)

  • J. Williams

    Guys, stop panicing if you have an factory unlocked iPhone 5, it will work on 4G for T-Mobile. you don’t have to rush out and sell it or return it. lol, so many comments about selling or returning their iPhone, but if it’s not an ATT one, you are good.

  • Jeremy velazquez

    Yes now my girlfriend can leave me the hell alone asking when T-Mobile is gonna get it.

  • primetime3000

    Guys dont do it lol. iPhone 5s comes out when? I’m gonna stick with my nexus 4/monthly 4g option for now….

  • Baseballguy2001

    Damn you T-mobile! I left because (at the time) there was no strategy or timeline for Apple devices. I had a BYOD (iPhone 3G and 3Gs) and the experience was slow, but I really didn’t want to pay so much more on the other GSM network. I bailed. I got a new iPhone4 (2 really) and was finally able to send and receive emails with attachments while I was in the field. Now, with 9 months to go on my over priced contract, you catch up with the rest of the world as far as Apple devices. Two things: I want that $5 you still owe me, and two, I’ll see you in December to get a new iPhone 5 (2 really) and a much faster LTE experience.

    • GetReadyforTMOB

      you mean iPhone 5S (2 really)

      • Baseballguy2001

        Thanks, I stand corrected.

  • shawndh

    This is the death blow to AT&T. T-Mobile finally gets the iPhone in 3 different flavors! And they support LTE on T-Mobile with no contract! The Berlin Wall in wireless carriers has fallen.

  • Luis

    What does “iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 will be available in select markets.” mean?

    • GwapoAko

      Not all stores will sell iphone 4$ and 4.

  • Josh

    So can we use an upgrade to get the iPhone 5 through another retailer? they cant screw people who have upgrades remaining.

    • SparklingCyanide

      they screwed themselves if they sat on that upgrade for so long, thems are the breaks kiddo’

  • Josh

    If we have an upgrade, will we be able to get the iPhone 5?

  • GwapoAko

    Just a suggestion: Those who already have unlocked iPhone 5 .. just sell it on ebay or craigslist for $580 and buy one from Tmobile on April 12.

  • Kevin


  • Boombap

    So what are the odds T-Mobile will get the iPhone 5S in June??

    • GetReadyforTMOB


  • Luis

    When will the 4 and the 4S go on sale?

  • AT&TrefuGee

    MacRat is an idiot. Thinks he knows more than the CEO of T-Mobile… *smh*

  • Fred

    YEEEEEEEES! Goodbye andriod hello Apple ios! And people if the iphone 5 would run on 2g speeds do you think t- mobile would be selling it ???? No apple has made a modified one that will work on the magenta network!!

  • andrew

    This is the most important blog I have ever read on tmonews. This is the only blog article in the history of tmonews that I would call news and important

  • UncleRoy

    Any indication which iPhone hard drive sizes will be available? I’m assuming the 16 and 32 but I haven’t seen anything explicitly say otherwise.