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 http://www.T-Mobile.com. Customers can pre-order iPhone 5 beginning Friday, April 5. For more information, visit the pre-registration page.

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  • LC

    Get your fruit on!!

    • mdosu

      Yep, just put on my Fruit of the Looms…

  • OMFG

  • GwapoAko

    Wow Iphone 5 for $579???

    • is that cheap ?

      • GwapoAko

        I think so.. if you bur from Apple store it will be $649.

        • Han

          So are you saying that buying unlocked from T-Mobile for $579 is worse than buying from Apple for $649?

        • GwapoAKo

          I think I am speaking English right?

    • JFlux

      you clearly don’t understand the value on this….

      • GwapoAko

        I know the value on this. It is cheaper compare to Apple Store’ unlocked price $649.

      • Guest911

        Dumbo

  • â“œ@®!â“ž G@®CI@ â„¢

    This is a dream come true for iphone users who want T-Mobile

  • paul

    A lot of stores want have them until april 18th. And the new uncarrier plan is a success so easy from a tmobile rep

  • JC

    Release the carrier update Apple!

  • 100

    Does this iphone 5 have support for T-Mobile 4G on the 1700/2100 MHz or is it the same as the unlocked iphone 5, meaning we’ll be stuck with edge?

    • TMO#1

      The iPhone 5 TMO will be selling will have AWS LTE, AWS HSPA+ 42, and PCS 1900. This is awesome news!!

      • T. Allen

        AWESOME NEWS IS RIGHT!! I’ll be there on the 12th!!

        • abc

          So you’re going to get the iPhone 5 even though iPhone 5s is reported to be around the corner? You’re going to be kicking yourself.

        • T. Allen

          Good point!

        • mgldan

          Agreed – the new TMo 5S is going to be an excellent phone, and with the rumored 5S release in August, it will be worth the wait.

          Any word on Visual Voicemail for existing iPhones on TMo’s network?

      • TBN27

        Tri-band 4G. I should’ve waited.

    • setzer715

      Yes, it will work on T-Mobile’s U1900, UAWS and LTE networks. Apple officially updated it to work on everything T-Mobile offers.

      • Fabian Cortez

        Source?

        Yes, the AT&T version of the iPhone 5 has an AWS power amplifier module for LTE. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll work for HSPA+. Maybe a software update (see baseband update) could connect the two. However, with that comes another trip to the FCC for validation.

        I foresee updated iPhone 5s (plurality, not to be confused with a 5S model) coming to both AT&T and T-Mobile with the addition of HSPA+ over AWS as per the T-Mobile press release: The iPhone 5 being available nationwide whereas the iPhone 4 and 4S will only be available in select markets (clearly the refarmed ones).

        That way, Apple will still only have to make one AT&T/T-Mobile iPhone 5.

        All speculation of course.

        • MacRat

          The iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 support HSPA+.

          They just don’t have 1700MHz so you have to be in an area where T-Mobile has activated 1900MHz support.

          http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html

        • Whitney

          Apple is modifying it so it will work 1700MHz. David updated the site and CEO confirmed that will work on Tmobile

        • Fabian Cortez

          My post was before the news of an update iPhone 5 was released. So in effect, I was correct.

          Reread my post.

    • CRT24

      Its has 1700/2100 aws and hspa+ 42 as well as 1900 hspa+

      • MacRat

        No, the iPhone does NOT support 1700:

        http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html

        • mrsbelpit

          This one does, confirmed by the CEO.

        • mdosu

          Correct, All TMobile’s LTE phones needs to access 1700 b/c that will be the new LTE spectrum after reframe is complete.

        • mdosu

          Obviously the Apple website hasn’t updated to this new phone yet. This TMobile Iphone 5 HAS to be able to access 1700 to get the HSPA+ speeds upon the April release. TMobile has not completed the reframe yet. Hopoefully soon, ATT and TMobile’s HSPA specturms will match up on 1900, but in the meantime, if TMobile is smart, this phone needs to access the 1700 spectrum for HSPA+.

          TMobile’s LTE then will be put on the 1700 spectrum, so hence this phone HAS to be able to access 1700.

        • “Apple Modifying iPhone 5 For T-Mobile Bands, Existing Devices Won’t Have AWS Support”
          read this article from main page :)

      • Dwain Mars

        Sorry for anyone that bought an unlocked iPhone.

        • Julian C. Taborda

          Once tmobile finishes the upgrade in the modernized markets it will be the same. Here on Long Island I’m experiencing very good 1900 spectrum coverage which is what the non tmobile iphones use

    • Hmm

      This. I’m going to be pretty bummed about buying an unlocked iPhone 5 when there’s going to be one with 1700 support…

    • Julio Muñoz Jackson Jr III

      John just said on AWS so I would was yes :)

    • Erica villy

      Once the tmobile network is fully updated your phone will run on 3g/4g in a few major markets this is already supported but specifically with the iphone 5 it should be compatible with the network either way

    • whiteguy

      yes. so go get yours

  • Customer service reps rejoice.

  • uofm2005

    will the 3rd party stores (i.e. best buy) sell them for contract pricing? my loyalty plan is cheaper than the lowest value plan ($66/month for 2 lines incl. corporate discount).

  • Aaron

    I left T-Mobile a few months ago to join my brother’s AT&T family plan (because I wanted a non-jailbroken iPhone). I switched numbers at the time as AT&T let me choose my own number which T-Mobile wouldn’t let me do. T-Mobile lets you change numbers once or twice for reasons such as religious issues, but you don’t really get to control your new number.

    Now that T-Mobile will have the iPhone, I think what I’ll do is switch back once they get the 5S. I’ll pay my early termination fee with AT&T, sell my iPhone 5, then use that money towards a new 5S.

    Thank the lord T-Mobile will have the iPhone.

    • enoch861

      What? T-Mobile lets you choose your number. Just go to a T-Mobile store. I remember the guy pulling up a list of numbers and asking me to choose. He even gave me the option of getting numbers with area codes that weren’t in my state. Basically I had the option to choose any number from the US. It was awesome.

      • Aaron

        If you currently have a number with T-Mobile, and want to change it, I think you have fewer options than when you start a new account with T-Mobile.

        • enoch861

          I guess you could have a point there. I don’t change numbers at all.

  • CvGz

    If its releasing nationwide, does that mean it will work with HSPA+42 even in areas without the refarm?

    • Tim Moore

      “seamlessly connecting to both T-Mobile’s existing nationwide 4G and growing 4G LTE networks.”

      That sounds like it to me.

  • My bff is about to go crazy

  • JFlux

    Sweet Jesus have Mercy!!! :))

  • Jon

    “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.”

    So does this mean the iPhone 5 will be fully compatible with HSPA+? Not just LTE? And we won’t have to be in a “refarmed” area to get fast speeds?

    • LC

      That’s exactly what it means! :)

    • chiT-morep

      the iPhone 5 has AWS HSPA+ support, 4/4s is same as unlocked version

  • Nate567788

    Good news. Not that I care much for the iPhone but It will bring people to the stores.

    • T. Allen

      I think it will bring alot of them.

  • Anton Buynovskiy

    I wonder when apple is gonna put the tmobile iphone on their website. Maybe it will have AWS hspa? :o

  • T. Allen

    Good job, TMO!! I am wondering though. There are alot of people who already have unlocked iPhone 5’s on the TMO network right now. Is the device that’s going to released on April 12th different than the unlocked ones people are and have been using?

    • LC

      Yes, this one will be made for T-Mobile’s network, which is fantastic.

      • T. Allen

        That did it for me then! I’ll be in line!!

        • Whitney

          I will be pissed if I can’t ride that day

    • MacRat

      No, it is the same “AT&T” iPhone that Apple already sells.

      I don’t know where people are getting the idea that it is a different phone.

      • T. Allen

        Ok, so what about the Verizon iPhone 5? Those were coming unlocked out of the box. Is that the case with those as well?

      • John

        you know for a fact 100% it will be exactly the same as atat’s iphone?

  • LC

    Sweet!! John just announced that it will be running on T-Mobile’s LTE, HSPA+ 42, and the refarmed 1900 spectrum. This is going to be awesome.

    • Whitney

      Also Apple is modifying the iphone 5 to work on 1700MHz LTE

      • Fabian Cortez

        The AT&T [and unlocked] iPhone 5 already supports LTE over AWS (1700 MHz).

  • I have an unlocked iPhone 5, and I’m getting 3G right now. Wonder if I will get faster speeds! Hope so, but do get good speeds now though. 14mb down and 3.5mb up.

    • mdosu

      No, your ATT Iphone5 will not get faster anytime soon, b/c ATT’s 4G specturm is T-Mobile’s 3G/2G specturm. This new Iphone5 is optimized to use T-Mobile’s spectrum and you will get HSPA and LTE if your coverage area allows. If you want network speed, sell your Iphone and buy the T-Mobile version. I can see where people can get really confused with all the Iphone 5’s out there. If you want fast T-Mobile coverage, you need the T-Mobile phone (unless you’re willing to wait for the reframing)

      This is the same issue people have using all ATT smartphones on T-Mobile’s networks, be it Iphone, Note 2, HTC One X, etc.

      • T. Allen

        Sell your current iPhone 5 if you have one. That brings up a question. Will TMO buy it if you have an unlocked iPhone 5?

        • mdosu

          they wont’ pay good money for it…any trade-in offers are worst deals than if you just put it on ebay. They offered me $100 for my HTC One S, that phone was sold for $255 on ebay.

        • T. Allen

          Wow!! Well when the iPhone is released, I’ll be heading to ebay then. I have both the HTC One S and the unlocked iPhone 5 right now.

        • mdosu

          firstly, if you’re not using the HTC phone, I would sell it NOW to maximize your value. It is a soon to be outdated HSPA+ -only phone, especially if customers are getting exctied about buying upcoming LTE enabled phones. The HTC can hold value if some value-minded customers are switching to T-Mobile and doesn’t care about LTE, and they just want cheaper contract free plans, then they’ll probably be happy to pick up a used HTC One S. Finally, before you sell, you should always get a trade-in quote from T-Mobile and do a comparison on ebay and CL.

        • There is no need to sell your iPhone 5, it will work just fine.

        • I just spoke to several people at TMo, and they all said to KEEP your current iPhone 5, and it will read 4G on the 1900 band. Unless you just feel you have to see ‘LTE’ on the top, and sometimes pickup a little bit faster speeds, there is no need to sell your current ‘factory unlocked’ iPhone 5. It will work just fine next month at full launch.

        • T. Allen

          Thanks, J.W. ‘factory unlocked’ would count for the Verizon iPhone 5, too, right? I got mine from the Apple Store but it was a Verizon iPhone 5. They all came unlocked and all I did was take it to the TMo Store, they put in a micro SIM and I was off and running. I much less don’t care about the seeing ‘LTE’ part. I just want the LTE speeds.

        • Yes, the Verizon version is factory unlocked

        • T. Allen

          Ok great, but now I’m a little lost. I would expect I wouldn’t see the ‘LTE’ logo because Atlanta hasn’t been launched for LTE. But what about 1900 band and AWS support? When will I see that? As this is an unlocked device, I had to go in and change the settings to get some things to work (MMS messaging, 3G, tethering). Will there be some kind of an update that will take place or any changes I need to make to the phone now to see the AWS services and support and get the full TMo experience or do I simply need to wait until April 12th?

        • According to TMo, you need to do nothing but continue as you are right now. I’m using a factory unlocked iPhone 5 as well, they told me to just update my plan in April not the SIM card. All will get better with the network. We won’t get LTE speeds or the logo on top, but it should be the 4G logo. That’s doesn’t really matter to me though, cause I’m getting 14mb down now, with is more than enough. Also, the iPhone sold by them will more than likely be locked to them.

      • I never said I had an ‘ATT’ iphone 5, I said I’m using an unlocked iPhone 5. Factory unlocked to be clear. I also just called and spoke to cust care, and they advised speeds will be faster in April. He stated that I will need to change to the plan optimized for the iPhone.

    • mdosu

      14 down and 3 up is really good, that means your phone is likely accessing T-Mobile’s HSPA+ spectrum. Apparantly in some cities there is some overlap with ATT’s 4G spectrum. There is a WSJ article out today (or CNET article) talking about impacts of bringing your own ATT device to T-Mobile.

      • I’m not using an ATT unlocked iPhone 5, it’s factory unlocked.

  • Brad

    iPhone 5 with Walmart $30 plan? Awesome. Best value in wireless.

    • ap3604

      You just blew my mind

      o_O

  • remister

    We shall OFFICIALLY welcome the iPhone users to the network. Hopefully it won’t drag like AT&T’s network.

    • mdosu

      Hopefully, T-Mobile is prepared with the onslaught of Iphone 5 users. But if you think about it, many likely are already T-Mobile customers, so we’re not adding new people to access the spectrum. We will be if most existing customers are usually Edge users and now they will be accessing the LTE and HSPA+ Spectrum

  • jt

    Can you buy it full price? I’m on existing value plan.

    • GwapoAko

      yes you can!

    • GameBoi/KillaBit

      I’m sure you can.

      • jt

        For the same $580 as is you buy it for prepaid?

        • GameBoi/KillaBit

          Yea, they said that you can buy the phone, have a plan, sense there’s no contract, you can drop the plan (or never have a plan) and just pay off the phone in 20mo. You can also sell back the phone to take off the balance if needed. So basically, they’ll be financing phones if wanted.

        • GameBoi/KillaBit

          Here the quote,
          “What happens if I leave after 1 payment?” You can leave without any further obligations from us other than the phone. You can finish your payments with us or you can trade back phones with us. If you’re done with the device and it’s in our program, you can bring it back for a fair market value credit which can help offset your remaining payments with us.”

        • GameBoi/KillaBit

          Yes, you can basically finance your phone through them, since, you’re not on a contract, you can drop the plan after a month, but you have to keep making payments for the phone til it’s payed off. I thought I sent this hours ago, I guess it got lost or something, sorry for the delay.

  • Quan Bui

    dang, looks like the HTC One will have to compete with the iPhone 5… now if only HTC released it before April. This doesn’t look good for the company at all… not. at. all.

    • Spanky

      Delayed release, Android 4.1.2, now this. Things really don’t look good for the HTC One.

      • IRIE4IPIEIR

        Smart people will buy the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4 and HTC One, dumb uninformed people will buy the iPhone, just so happens there are more dumb people than smart people, doesn’t mean the iPhone is a better product.

        • 21stNow

          But it could mean that the iPhone is better for them. People are not smart or dumb based on their choice of phone. One size (or OS) doesn’t fit all. From an Android fan.

    • IRIE4IPIEIR

      Smart people will buy the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4 and HTC One, dumb uninformed people will buy the iPhone, just so happens there are more dumb people than smart people, doesn’t mean the iPhone is a better product.

    • Shawndh

      I know! What a bad time to have a release delay. I’m still going to wait for the One though.

  • I see you have to qualify to purchase the iPhone..do they take into account your past history with T Mobile?
    Like I have been with them 4 years, never missed a payment, or paid late but I have horrid credit.

  • kev2684

    T-Mobile’s gonna get shit ton of customers with this deal. congrats!!

  • mdosu

    $580 iphone 5. buy this phone, then sell this on ebay, repeat until apple’s prices comes down to $580. j/k, I know about the carrier lock issues and LTE and spectrum preferences by the carriers…but still, that’s a killer price. It’s cheaper than the best Samsung phone out there.

    • xmiro

      sell on ebay and pay $50-60 in Ebay and Paypal fees you mean

  • makabe

    Confused: will my unlocked ATT iphone 5 (currently on T-mobile prepaid 100 minute/5GB data/$30 per month) work with T-Mobile’s LTE network when they light up Seattle?

    • enoch861

      Yes. It should.

  • Ray

    If it works with 1700/2100 MHz, does this mean they are done with network refarming since they mainly started it for iPhones?

    • I assume they’ll still continue with the refarming because they still want AT&T iPhone customers to come over to T-Mobile.

    • The refarming was done for LTE.

    • MacRat

      The iPhone doesn’t support 1700MHz.

      http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html

      You will only get HSPA+ connections in areas where T-Mobile has completed the 1900MHz rollout.

      • Guest

        Apple’s site hasn’t been updated. We’ll see if it does when T-Mobile becomes a carrier choice.

  • LC

    May 1st for Galaxy S4 on T-Mobile!! YES happy day

  • timmyjoe42

    I still don’t believe T-Mobile is going to get it…

    • John

      so you think they are making it up? get your head right T-Mobile is getting it.

      • GwapoAko

        He is just so happy :0) LOL!

      • timmyjoe42

        At this point, I feel like T-Mobile getting the iPhone is like Bigfoot.
        (I know it’s coming, it’s just hard to believe.)

  • Mossme89

    Will existing unlocked iPhone 5’s be able to take advantage of AWS HSPA+? I heard it’s disabled in the firmware, but supported hardware-wise.

    • MacRat

      The iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 support HSPA+ on 1900/2100 for T-Mobile’s refarmed areas.

  • So… if I want to be grandfathered into my iPhone and stay with the plan I have now do I still pay the down payment? Do I pay full price? If I’m missing some info can someone link me please? Greatly appreciated!

    • enoch861

      If you have the Value Plan, you should be able to.

  • Jacky Mark

    I am still a bit confused. I am using a AT&T iPhone 5 that is now factory unlocked (currently using for tmobile). Is this the same one that tmobile is going to be selling? Are my speeds going to be slower than the iphone 5 tmobile will sell?

    • Jeff

      its a slightly different model. It has the same specs as the ATT one but with another frequency. Your speeds will be the same as they are right now. But the new iphone’s will have better 3g/Hspa+ coverage.

      • MacRat

        Where did you get the idea that Apple made a special model for T-Mobile?

        The iPhone does NOT support 1700MHz.

        http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html

        • mdosu

          this article.

        • Mystictrust

          perfect reply.

        • MacRat

          The press release that this article is quoting says nothing of the kind.

          Everyone is just making assumptions.

        • 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.

        • Mystictrust

          No, people aren’t making assumptions. It was actually mentioned at the event by T-Mobile’s CEO. They don’t always put those kinds of details in press releases, but it’s in all the liveblogs.

          Check engadget, they also jkust recently published an article stating that Apple is going to start selling (from their retail shops and online store) the latest version of iPhone 5 with AWS support enabled

        • Trent Vicious

          I guess mdosu told you huh?

        • Jeff

          the Uncarrier meeting they had this morning at 11:30ET. The CEO said it himself. Now i know you have that apple webpage, but it may not reflect the updated version that tmobile is getting.

        • mdosu

          1700 will be the new LTE spectrum for T-Mobile….so, yeah all TMO LTE phones needs to access 1700.

        • Turtle6988

          The phone hasn’t been released yet, that’s why there are no updated specs.

      • Guest

        oh thanks, i should’ve waited for tmobile’s iphone 5..

  • custom1

    Now for a commercial with an iPhone carrying Carly doing a huge smoking motorcycle burn out over an AT&T logo with the two Indian guys from Metro PCS on the back, all in pink and black leathers.

  • Ben Siegel

    Will the tmobile iPhone 5 be unlocked to use in other countries, or is it locked to tmobile…THAT is what I want to know.

    • mdosu

      It will be network locked, until you pay off the phone. Even if it is unlocked, it’ll be optimized to access T-Mobile’s LTE and HSPA spectrums. As I recall most European and Asian countries use completely different high speed spectrums. So it’ll work in other countries for voice, but right now you can’t access their fast networks, depending on the country, you may only be on their 2G or 3G spectrum with this phone.

      This is why international version of smartphones can’t generally access high speed networks here in US, and vice versa.

    • MacRat

      If you want an unlocked iPhone, you should just buy directly from Apple.

  • Bratty

    BOOM! (to quote David). I am in.

  • Herb

    And this will be the end of Unlimited Data. I give it maybe… 6 months.

    • adeedew

      And that’s when I’ll leave

      • Herb

        Haha and go where?

    • ap3604

      Personally I hope they kill unlimited rather quickly.

      Scavengers on it tend to bog down the network by constantly streaming pandora, netflix, hulu, etc.

  • T-Mobile is taking over the world.

  • Justin

    We won, win win win win

  • adeedew

    Also confused. A factory unlocked iphone 5 bought from apple will work same as tmo sold ipone 5? Wouldn’t there just be a carrier or firmware update to support the bands instead of having to buy the phone again?

    • MacRat

      It is the same phone.

    • ap3604

      Just ask yourself, is it more profitable for Apple to update the unlocked phones out there, or to force those people who want a t-mobile version to buy a new device?

      Always follow the money trail for your answer ;)

      • adeedew

        Doubt it. Just putting in a tmo sim should connect you

  • Claudine Gandolfi

    Will I be able to order it at the Apple store too? Or just through TMo?

  • adeedew

    No wifi calling?

  • booyabiaacth

    T-Mobile under new management, god damn! Why would you want to stay on Crooks Verizon and At&t networks. Game over!

  • Saad Akhtar

    hey David, what if we want a 32gb iphone? How much do we pay then?

  • John

    Does this mean we can upgrade early? A local rep told me a week ago or so that T-Mobile may be doing something with customers about upgrading early. I’m only 10 months into my family contract. Both me and my wife would like to get this. Anyone know if this is true or not?

  • fakverizon

    internal info, Indirect dealer will not get them. yayy!

  • cbs73

    What does “qualifying customer” mean exactly? I’ve been with T-Mobile for almost 10 years now and I have a year to go on my contract. Does this mean I can switch to one of the new plans and get the iPhone for the small down payment or do I have to pay full price up front like the website is suggesting I do for any of the other phones available (which are all listed as “not eligible for monthly payment”)

    • $99 down is for ppl that have great credit. The down-payment cost will go up if your credit isn’t all that great. If its bad then they will just advise you to pay full retail or bring your own unlocked iPhone.

  • Wonder if Apple will allow the Tmobile iPhone to display “4G” like the AT&T one.

    • sidekicker89

      it probably will say 4G

    • More than likely it should.

  • So has it been confirmed the apple releasing a new model or they going to update the current models to support the aws band? Currently I have the A1428 which is the AT&T/Unlocked model sold at apple. My gf has the A1429 Verizon model,even they update that model, it we’ll just get the benefit of aws h+ 42 since the band 4 lte is missing. We’re both using it on T-Mobile prepaid, trying to figure out if we need sell our phones and score a T-Mobile model.

  • Nearmsp

    David, for the 1+million of us on T-mobile with unlocked AT&T version of iPhone 5, will a carrier update result in us being able to get AWS or do we head to the exit and sell the phone on ebay so we can buy the new T-mobile version. Please find out and let us know. Everyone has a different answer on this one. thanks.

    • ap3604

      Why would apple do that and save you money rather than simply forcing you to buy a new t-mobile version? They are a greedy profit minded corporation after all ;)

    • Mystictrust

      Wouldn’t that only work if the unlocked AT&T version of iPhone 5 had the hardware for AWS hidden away somewhere? If the hardware isn’t there, I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to send out an update to get AWS.

      • Nearmsp

        I agree without the circuitry to connect to the AWS band it would not connect. I was thinking it was part of the phone, but disabled in the AT&T version and now a firmware update will open up the frequency. I guess we will need to wait to find out.

    • Mystictrust

      The official answer is no, according to an article just published on engadget, “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.”

      • Daem

        uh oh! Gonna return my Iphone 5 back to the Apple Store!

        • robby65

          Im glad i returned the unlocked iphone5 i got for Christmas.

      • AM3RIG

        Apple is lazy or refuse apply software patch for AWS support, but forcing you to buy a new t-mobile version. They are a greedy profit minded corporation!

    • IRIE4IPIEIR

      If there is a million iPhone users on T- Mobile, 99% of them are using iPhone 3G and 3Gs

      • Not true…not even close to true.

        • Saad Akhtar

          David, What about 32gb iPhones? Do you know how much they’ll cost as compared to the 16gb normal?

  • 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?

      • 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

  • 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?

    • 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!

  • 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…

    • 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.

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

  • 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!

    • 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.

        • 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.

        • 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.

        • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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

    FINALLY I HAVE WAITED SO LONG FOR THIS!!! :D

  • Boombap

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

    • GetReadyforTMOB

      100%

  • 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.