(Updated) Public Service Announcement: iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Start Tomorrow

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Updated: A previous draft stated that T-Mobile was expecting 200,000 pre-orders, that number I’m now being told is the amount of people who have signed up for more information about the pre-order.

While I’m having a harder time than I care to admit nailing down the time iPhone pre-orders will go on sale, they are going on sale at some point tomorrow. I’ll be sure to update this post as soon as I hear back through official or unofficial channels with a start time. As for what kind of volume T-Mobile has already seen more than 200,000 people registering to be notified when the phone is available for pre-order. Will T-Mobile meet or exceed those numbers? We’re hopeful T-Mobile will discuss early results during with their May 8th financial results. Magenta has some great momentum going as we learned this morning and hopefully the 1-2-3 punch combination of the iPhone 5, HTC One and Galaxy S 4 can lead second quarter results to even greater heights.

Quick reminder that T-Mobile stores will stock the 16GB size, with the 32GB and 64GB variants available online and through Apple.com.

iPhone 5 16GB = $99 down payment, 24 monthly payments of $20 totaling $579. Apple’s price for an unlocked 16GB iPhone 5? $649.
iPhone 5 32GB = $199 down payment and 24 payments of $20 for a total of $679. Apple’s price? $749.
iPhone 5 64GB = $299 down payment and 24 payments of $20 for a total of $779. Apple’s price? $849.

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  • Nick Gonzalez

    If for some CRAZY reason I can’t get the HTC One, I may get me a 5.

    • PiCASSiMO

      That’s like saying you would buy a minivan if you couldn’t get a SUV. They are completely different phones, aside from size, mainly the O/S.

      Personally, I would love to have the hardware of the Apple iPhone 5 and the software from Google’s Android. But that will never happen… maybe more so with Nokia, but not Apple.

      • macman37

        It’s been widely known that the iPhone and iPad can run Android real easily; this is due iOS being Unix and Android being Linux. Unix has always had the capability to run Linux; this is why the new Blackberry 10 OS {aka “QNX”} was showing it off with the Blackberry Playbook. Why Apple does not want to go about beating Google with this route? Beats me. I believe this capability is still shown on a cNet video when we type in the search field “Running Android on the iPhone”.

    • Verizonthunder

      If you cannot get the HTC One, My suggestion is to wait for the Iphone 5s with the rumored IOS 7 which has my curiosity.

      • mgldan

        If you’re interested in iOS 7, it will absolutely run on the iPhone 5, and all the features will be backported that can be backported (the exception would be features tied to hardware). Apple has always done this in the past, and they have a policy of providing the latest operating system for any iOS device or Mac they sell that is under its original warranty.

  • bisayan

    David what do you mean “they are going on sale at some point tomorrow”? is it mean that the actual device will go on sale? Beacause I actually took a day off on 12april just to get the white ip5. Its gonna be sucks if infact is on sale tommorow? I guess Ill call in…lol

    • jeebus

      you can pre-order it tomorrow but the actual phone is not available until April 12th.

      • Roger Caramelo

        Does this mean delivered on the 12th? If not I will go to the store instead.

        • oscar contreras

          how do preorders work?

        • okaysure

          It means shipped on the 12th. Probably will arrive the following Monday.

        • eddydrizzle

          No, the T-Mobile rep told me when I called in that it would be at your house by the 12th. He even told me that if it were to reach the UPS office near your house early, you would be able to pick it up early.

      • oscar contreras

        how do preorders work? d

        • Paul Lange

          I don’t think anyone really knows the answer. I just got a T-Mobile account and hopefully I can pre-order the iPhone 5 tomorrow but there seems to be no details on how or if it’s online only or in store only or both or at the apple store or apple.com. I wish they would just announce how it will work.

    • oscar contreras

      LOL no just the preorder is available tomorrow, April 12th is still the official release date

  • jeebus

    i’d preorder but i’m doing mine in store next friday. have to migrate to a value plan and change my number

  • Rgladman

    All Apple pre-sales start at 12am pacific time on the date set.

    • oscar contreras

      how do the iphone preorders work?

      • krazytrixxxsta

        just like every other smartphone preorder.

  • UncleFan

    T-Mobile is fibbing when they say the subsidies are gone with the new plans. THAT’S why they can’t let you have a smaller, cheaper voice bucket any more. THAT’S why they won’t let you have a smartphone EIP with a Monthly4G plan or an MBB plan. There is still a little ($80) subsidy built into the rip-off unlimited voice plans.

    T-Mobile is punishing value-conscious Android users and others on a tight budget just so they can advertise a “$99 iPhone!” … What a crock!

    • MacRat

      You can put your iPhone on the $30/mo 100min-5GB prepay plan.

      • UncleFan

        Of course. But you can’t BUY an iPhone on an EIP (Equipment Installment Plan) paired with that $30 pre-paid plan.

        • MacRat

          Why make payments when you can just BUY the phone?

        • UncleFan

          If you have $650 in your pocket, why even bother with a post-paid carrier at all? Pre-paid is a much better deal if you already have the phone you want…

          The answer is simple: most people don’t have $650 in their pocket between paychecks – they’re lucky if they have 200 bucks.

        • MacRat

          There’s this thing called a savings account.

          Maybe you should try managing your money better.

        • UncleFan

          What’s the point of the EIP, then? LOL, the whole country runs on credit and instant gratification – get off your high horse.

        • Zacamandapio

          The point of EIP is for EIP.
          :)

        • Well that’s true. Even our government runs on credit and money that it doesn’t have.

        • UncleCAWK

          Why should he/she get off his high horse? Because you like crawling in the mud?

          Learn to save money and stop crying about AT&T having a better plan and tmobile having a hidden subsidy conspiracy.

          Go get service from AT&T and stop posting here then if it bothers you so much.

        • UncleFan

          SO let me get this straight… the only people who should post here are people who like price hikes and enjoy being ripped off? But longtime (10 years) T-Mobile customers should leave instead of protesting? That’s BS, dude.

        • Guest911

          Finally! Finally you get it.

        • kev2684

          EIP is exclusive for post-paid since last year.

        • Zacamandapio

          You can’t have everything. What do you think this is? Europe?

          You want a $30 payment and a $99 phone? How about ketchup?

        • UncleFan

          “You can’t have everything. What do you think this is? Europe?”

          Sure, why not? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Deutsche Telekom should know better…

        • lol_ur_funny

          no but u can pay up front and get it, its the same difference

        • UncleFan

          Not if you don’t have enough cash, it isn’t. Nobody wants to “save up” for a phone, that’s why subsidies were introduced in the first place, and that’s why the EIP exists.

    • Captainobvious

      Turn off fox news please.

      • UncleFan

        So how do you explain the $80 difference between the retail price and T-Mobile’s EIP price? Do you think T-Mobile is running a charity? Heck, no. That money is coming from the revenues generated by their mandatory unlimited voice plans.

        Subsidies are alive and well at T-Mobile, just a little better hidden.

        • UMA_Fan

          At the end of the day, T-Mobile is cheaper upfront and cheaper monthly than all the other nationwide carriers for the same service.

        • UncleFan

          AT&T has a 450 minute plan that is cheaper than ANY of the new T-Mobile Value plans + EIP. How much is T-Mobile’s 450/500 minute plan? Oh wait… they don’t have one anymore!

          T-Mobile is NOT the absolute cheapest post-paid carrier anymore, even though SOME of their plans are better values than the competition.

        • UMA_Fan

          At&t/Verizon is doing the same thing with their mobile share plans. You can only get unlimited minutes.

          It’s all relative anyway. The price of wireless service for the same thing has come DOWN since 2007/2009. What you pay for unlimited minutes now would only get you 500 minutes or so 4 years ago. As a wireless carrier, T-Mobile wants to keep the plans people pay relatively the same on average. So if people use voice less, it’s going to cost less. If people use data more, it’s going to cost more. Just a few years ago the only data plan T-Mobile offered was the one that slowed you down after 5GB. That costed nearly $120/month with unlimited minutes and text for one person. Now, that costs only $70 and you don’t get throttled. What’s there to complain about?

          The at&t argument you bring up is silly because they count on you using more and more data so you up your data tier and pay a lot more than you would on T-Mobile. At&t and Verizon could care less right now if they added new customers. Their plans are purely designed to maximize revenue from it’s existing 100million+ customer base and make more money off of them. T-Mobile’s plans are designed for new customer growth and existing customer retention.

        • UncleFan

          You’re looking at this wrong because your focusing on the plans, not the phones. Real people don’t care about wireless service, they care about the PHONES. No kid EVER sat on Santa’s lap and said “Please give me Verizon for Christmas” – instead they said “Please give me an iPhone”!

          THE FACT is that up until recently it was possible for a T-Mobile customer to buy a subsidized high-end smartphone and keep the monthly payment around $50. THE FACT is that the minimum monthly cost to own an iPhone on a new Value Plan is going to be $70/month with the EIP included. It is A FACT that AT&T currently offers a CHEAPER plan that allows you to buy a subsidized iPhone, as long you are willing to live with a smaller voice and data bucket.

          “Their plans are purely designed to maximize revenue from it’s existing 100million+ customer base and make more money off of them.”

          I AGREE with this statement, so why can’t we just stop pretending the plans are such a great deal for every consumer?

        • lol_ur_funny

          but who wants to live with a smaller data bucket, hello unlimited 4G with eip for $70 lmfao , att sucks ass

        • UncleFan

          The same people who drive less ever since gas went over $3/gallon. Consumers on tight budgets will MODIFY their usage patterns to fit a cheaper plan if they have to.

        • The 450 minute plan doesn’t include text messaging and you would have to get a paltry 300MB of CAPPED data to come out cheaper than T-Mobile. How many iPhone users can stay under 300MB and not use text messaging? You would have to add $50 to get 3GB of data and text messaging and that would come out to $90 before taxes/fees. Don’t forget that AT&T charges you extra for going over your data limit instead of just throttling like T-Mobile and the taxes/fees will be higher because T-mobile is only charging taxes/fees on the rate plan and not the EIP.

        • thepanttherlady

          I don’t have a horse in this race but to be fair, T-Mobile doesn’t tax the EIP because it is paid upfront at time of purchase.

        • lol_ur_funny

          u r wrong , where do u get your info, att 450 min plan is $40 and unlimited text $15 with unlimited mobile to mobile $20, and there internet isnt unlimited lol, 200 mb $15 or 2gb $30 even if u total all the cheapest services its, $70 and no unlimited talk or web, tmobile is $50 for unlimited talk,text, and UNLIMITED WEB (500mb) @4G …..where do u get ur info from

        • UncleFan

          The texting plan is OPTIONAL , so you can get away with $39.99 voice + $20 data = $59.99/month on AT&T… $10.01 CHEAPER than T-Mobile’;s cheapest plan + $20 EIP.

          By the way, did you know that texting plans were always optional on T-Mobile up until a few days ago? Hmmmm…..

        • Adrayven

          It’s funny how you keep insisting comparing something that is much less as cheaper, you get what you pay for. If you’re going to be that anal about the price you’re going to go with Straight talk or another third tier provider anyway.

        • macman37

          Are you an AT&T sales rep that is trying to reduce T-Mobile’s possible number of pre-orders for new iPhone 5? Whether you are or not, you spend a lot of time ranting and raving about AT&T; go sign up with them already, learn how to mute your phone, and buy some earplugs for when you have to deal with their crappy network and crappy customer service.

        • UncleFan

          No, I’m a T-Mobile customer who has noticed over the years that EVERY time T-Mobile announces some “great new plans”, there is actually a price hike involved. They try to hide it by saying you’re getting “more for your money” but in absolute terms, you are paying more money.

          I think the new “UnCarrier” plans are a GREAT idea in theory – my problem is that they failed to include base plans that match real life usage for many of their customers. People who use little or no voice but lots of data are really getting screwed by these plans.

        • Adrayven

          Yep and you conveniently forgot to add texting and data. Texting alone is a required unlimited txt plan, which is $20 on its own. enjoy that not so cheap plan.

          Not so cheap now is it?

        • John

          T-mobile still offers 1500 talk or text for $30 per month. They just don’t advertise it.

        • taron19119

          to get the T Mobile price on iphone you have to give T Mobile at least 1 month of service

        • Zacamandapio

          Nothing it’s mandatory.

        • Adrayven

          How’s that foil hat you’re wearing? Can you get it in Magenta?

    • Deon Davis

      Sigh where do I begin! You are wrong, It make sense for only post pay to have eip because you still have to pass a credit check. You expect them to give you a $600 phone on the promise you will pay them back?

      • UncleFan

        “You expect them to give you a $600 phone on the promise you will pay them back?”

        That’s exactly what they’re doing anyway! You can cancel the voice plan at any time without an ETF – the CATCH is that you have to pay off the FULL balance of the EIP. What difference should it make to T-Mo which plan you have… unless they are counting on a certain minimum level of revenue to make up for the $80 subsidy they are trying to hide.

        They could run a credit check whenever they needed to – it shouldn’t matter what kind of plan you have.

      • Zacamandapio

        Yes yes yes.

        Where do I sign up?

        Ha ha. Not only that but he also wants an iphone for $99 and not pay the rest.

        • UncleFan

          I never said I didn’t want to “pay the rest”!!! I just don’t want to pay for unlimited voice and texting that I would never use.

    • Nearmsp

      Responding to all your posts. I think T-mobile is giving the best deal among all the carriers. I can see you want the pre-paid plans but also want an EIP. I would say you can’t have the cake and eat it too and also complain about it. I think you would be better off with AT&T because you can have a low minute plan with them and also get a phone on installment. I think you are mistaken to think that most Americans would have no more than $200 in their pockets and can’t do without an EIP plan. You will be surprised how many people save and then buy what they want, rather than get in to debt to their eye balls.

    • Of course they’re not going to allow EIP on Monthly 4G. Monthly 4G customers don’t have credit checks and don’t even have to put their names or addresses on their accounts. How would T-Mobile ensure that they will be repaid for the device if the customer bails?
      Those with poor credit pay a higher down payment for phones on postpaid because it increases the likelihood that they will pay for the device over time. Those with good credit have low down payments because a person with good credit is less likely to run off with the phone without paying in fear of damaging their credit.
      There’s no subsidy on the device because T-Mobile is straight up telling you that you’re paying $580 for the phone. Subsidies are when a carrier tells you the phone is only $199 or “free” and hide the price of the device into high rate plans to make back their money on it.

      • UncleFan

        There’s nothing stopping them from running credit checks on anyone who wants an EIP, regardless of their service plan.

        There’s no such thing as a $580 iPhone. Apple does not discount their current model phones. The extra $80 is coming from somewhere.

        • Obviously T-Mobile is paying Apple less than the full $650 per iPhone because they are buying a large bulk quantity. Do you not understand how the supply process works for customers buying in bulk large quantities?

          If you owned a large company that could afford to buy/sell millions of iPhones, Apple would charge you less than the $650 retail price too.

        • UncleFan

          Not at all obvious, if you know anything about Apple and their sordid history of bullying and price-fixing. It is now and always has been *incredibly* difficult to acquire Apple products at a discount unless you are an educational institution. I can easily imagine HTC offering a carrier the kinds of discounts you describe, but not Apple.

        • lol_ur_funny

          nope, its a exclusive price for tmobile …….helllo wake up already

    • JoeyKhache

      If you’re so against T-Mo, why are you even participating in this discussion? Every single post that I’ve read of yours is negative in every aspect. Take a chill pill, like seriously, if you don’t like it, DON’T DO IT! This is a T-Mobile forum, if you’re so for the other companies, go talk with them.

      • UncleFan

        I post here because I’m a T-Mobile customer and I care about how I spend my money. I’ve been visiting this website for years, and I can remember when it was much more consumer oriented. Now it seems like most of the people who come here are bored store reps who are cheerleading the latest price hike.

        The reason my posts sound “negative” is because people keep arguing with me, even though what I am saying about the new plans is TRUE.

    • bob90210

      You can buy the iPhone for full retail price for $580 on the prepaid plans. Where’s the $80 subsidy?

      • UncleFan

        #1) It’s not even possible to buy the T-Mobile iPhone yet…

        #2) The price for a base model iPhone is $650 across the USA. Apple doesn’t give discounts. If you see a different price somewhere, you can be sure there is some funny business going on. T-Mobile is spotting that $80 out of their own pocket, and you can be SURE they plan on getting it back….

        Why do you think T-Mobile introduced these gimmicky new plans, raised the price of the baseline voice plan and announced the iPhone right at the same time? Do you think that’s a coincidence?

        • Guest911

          You really arent very bright are you?

        • mizvonn

          I just don’t understand. If you are a T-Mobile customer and AT&T plans and service is more affordable why not move to a company were you can get the plan that suits your needs. If you are currently with another carrier why would you come on here arguing about plans and phones that don’t effect you. T-Mobile is not the only option so don’t fret. VZW and AT&T has phones discounted and lower minute buckets. If you are paying $50 why not have unlimited everything. No chance of overages. If your argument is EIP no one is making you by from them. You can buy prepaid phones from Wal-Mart use your sim, Craiglist or full retail. Arguing is not going to help.

        • bob90210

          #1) Seriously, WTF? You’re not making any sense.

          #2) Apple sells the iPhone to you, the customer, for $650. The carriers do not pay $650 for each iPhone. Not Verizon, not AT&T, not Sprint, and certainly not T-Mobile.

          T-Mobile’s new plans are only gimmicky if you have no clue how subsidies work. And, the arrival of the new plans and the iPhone at the same are not coincidences. Since the customer is paying for the full price of the phone, T-Mobile does not have to pay Apple a ton of money upfront and wait years to recoup the amount (like Sprint).

    • just me

      I’m sorry that the plans and subsidized phones that you’re upset about are gone. But I don’t view this as a rip-off and I firmly believe it’s the right move for the company. If you really think that 450 minutes, no sms/mms, and 300mb of 4g data with overage costs if you go over with a monthly cost of 60 bucks and an upfront phone cost of 200 is a better value than unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, and 500mb of 4g data with no overage costs if you go over with a monthly cost of 70 and an upfront phone cost of 100, then you should probably head over to at&t. Raising hell here is not likely to change anyone’s mind that think this is a good thing.

  • sincarafan247

    I’m happy people who want iphones will be able to get them. Personally I’m waiting for the GS4. I cant pass up the 1080p.

    • ghulamsameer

      There should be more people in the world like you.

  • So if I go into the Apple store will they have T-Mobile’s 32GB? The TMO stores don’t carry them do they?

    • Oscar Alvarado

      T-Mobile retail stores will not carry the iPhone 5 32GB, you’re correct in that Apple stores will have the 32 and 64GB capacities. You can also order online.

    • taron19119

      don’t go to Apple Store you’re going to pay more for phone go to the T Mobile store

      • I thought they were going to lower the prices to matc Tmo?

  • jon

    Can you preorder and pay it full? How does preorder work? Do you pay now? I’m already in the value plan. I don’t want to get into EIP.

    • You can pre order and pay in full, or pay the down and do the rest monthly.

    • oscar contreras

      im asking the same question bro! lol

  • Trish

    Yeah….. Imma stick with my GS3 and wait for the GS4. The iPhone5 is still obsolete technology. Not to mention Apple’s hopes to launch another device by summer to compete with the GS4.

    • Bud

      lol gs4 is just gimmicky plastic crap! if i was an android fan htc one would be the wise choice.

      • Spanky

        HTC One, loaded with Android 4.1.2. Gimmicky obsolete crap!

    • How is it obsolete when it runs faster and smoother than the GS3?

      • Fineman

        Because most of these “tech experts” are about as bright as your alleyway trashbin.

    • Miker

      You mean wait for the GS3s…

  • It’s gonna be more like 350,000 to 500,000 or more I think. Mid-night they will go on sale!!!

    • oscar contreras

      do u know iphone preorders work?

  • JTrip

    Off topic: Verizon may copy T-mobile and go no contract according to Verizon’s CEO. Looks like T-Mobile is shaking things up already!

    • Will

      Verizon has always had a no-contract plan. If you pay the full amount for your phone, there is not a contract with them. Ok, technically it is a monthly contract.

      • Zacamandapio

        And was the monthly bill any less?

        • krazytrixxxsta

          nope.

        • GwapoAko

          That’s a very very good question!!! They still rip you off even you have your own phone

      • He’s talking about Verizon considering the monthly payments on phones and ditching the contract for rate plans like T-Mobile has done.

  • my mom will be thrilled….

  • oscar contreras

    how do preorders work anybody know??

    • taron19119

      yeah you pay you pay for the phone and you will get the phone day of release unless you miss out the first round and is told otherwise

  • Bud

    this is great news for tmobile!
    get more customers make more money and fix network areas. good for all of tmobile customers.

  • Will

    Yawn. I already have an iPhone 5. Wake me up when I can pay $700 for the iPhone 5S.

    • Zacamandapio

      Dayuuuummmmmmm!

      That’s a lot of $$$.

    • adeedew

      That would be in 3 months

    • bleeew

      Go to Brazil then…

  • Aar0N_94

    Can someone explain to me how this is going to work? If i sign up for a pre-order will i get the phone before April 12,or will I just be guaranteed one? Should I preorder or just pick one up at the store next friday?

    • redman12

      Guaranteed one.

    • taron19119

      depending on how many they have you will get one on release day if not they would tell you how long before it will come but remember 32 gigabyte and 64 gigabyte have to be pre order online or through customer service it will not be available in stores

  • GwapoAko

    Now I am tempted :)

    I am planning to buy an iPhone 8s in 2019. I still have my iPhone 4$. :0)

  • sam

    pure insanity, dumb! Tmo thinks IPHONE 5 isn’t released yet? This phone is an old phone that TMO wants to re release.

    • Khalints

      The stupid…it hurts.

    • You don’t get it do you. This isn’t about just the iPhone 5, but all future iterations of the iPhone as well and possibly even the iPad line as well.

    • macman37

      You sound like a AT&T sales rep who doubted how many CDMA models of the iPhone 4 that Verizon would sell in February of 2011. Get ready to tell us how your leather shoe tastes like.

    • RobotChupacabra

      *facepalm*
      They’re aware it’s been released. They’re just releasing it for the first time, like Verizon did with the iPhone 4.

  • Too bad employees can’t use EIP. Oh well, guess I will have my $680 ready on Amex.

  • This is a Huge Momentous event as a T-Mobile supporter, whether you like the iPhone or not. I’m mostly an Android guy for my phones but I also use Apple devices and I am very excited even tho I don’t intend to purchase this, its just that important. – )

  • taron19119

    I can’t wait to see every one lineup at a T-Mobile stores I hope the iphone 5 set a record for T Mobile best saleing device

    • unknown

      T-Mobile will not have lines at the stores it wont be that serious.

      • taron19119

        sound like a hater to me but I know for fact that at least 15 people will be lining up at my local T Mobile store

        • eddydrizzle

          I’ve been told by my local T-Mobile store that they expect people to camp out since they’ll be opening at 9am.

      • I think you’re underestimating the pent up iPhone demand on T-Mobile. Plus it’s only $99 upfront for most customers. I can see quite a few stores selling out of their initial shipment.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    I really don’t care about iphone but T Mobile LTE sure excites me..

    • taron19119

      I guarantee you T Mobile LTE network will surpass sprint LTE network this year

      • LC

        It won’t take much to do that ;)

      • macman37

        T-Mobile started with 7 LTE markets whereas pathetic Sprint started with only 5 LTE markets; 3 in Texas and the other 2, I forget. That is so weak Sprint knowing that your network has only slightly more than 67 LTE markets from the date you started having LTE areas.

    • bored with the iphone already

      It’s not even available in Miami so what’s the freaking point?

  • Kwon Oh Hyon

    GALAXY S4 FTW!!!!!!!!!

  • macman37

    I’m predicting that the pre-order will start at 12:00am; and T-Mobile will exceed their goal just like Verizon Wireless did when they finally got the chance to sell the iPhone 4. With the current amount of subscribers using unlocked older models of the iPhone, the iPhone 5 will sell like crazy. Ask any friend who pre-ordered the Verizon iPhone 4 on the starting date, and they will give you a big hint to set an alarm for a few minutes before 12:00am; it’s been reported that it was hard getting onto and through their website even after 2:30am due to their huge influx of pre-orders.

  • 64GB for me, and I believe it will start at Mid-Night.

    • taron19119

      no it will not every T Mobile pre-order I ever done (sidekick lx, g1and g2) all have start it at 6 a.m. Eastern Standard Time so my guess is the iPhone 5 pre-order will start at 6 a.m. Eastern Standard Time

      • I’ve been able to order at Mid Night on pre order before…

    • Sok

      I was told by a representative to begin around 6 am…

  • Verizonthunder

    I know one of my friend’s is very happy about this

  • ant

    yea i may just say im team iphone until android get imessage n emojis (if your 15-24) you would understand why

    • eddydrizzle

      YES. That’s one of the reasons why I’m going to get the iPhone 5.
      That and the Blackberry Z10 didn’t work out for me.
      A lot of my friends use emojis and imessage and I just feel really left out haha

  • ant

    n i need facetime

  • kamberk

    Does anyone know how the iphone 4 release will work? I like the $375 price, but I don’t see anything on it at all…

    • taron19119

      do not get the iPhone 4 it will not work across all the bands at T Mobile has it will only work on one and it will be very spotty convert just go for the iphone 5

    • It will only get 3G in the refarmed markets. If you’re not in a refarmed market then they won’t even be selling it at stores in your area. If you’re in one of those markets then you should be fine. The iPhone 5 will have the best coverage though since it supports T-Mobile’s larger AWS network.

  • the $99 thing across all phones (as it seems to be the case) will draw a lot of people in .. even those who don’t end up ultimately qualifying for it .. at least it’ll draw interest.

  • okaysure

    Hey everyone – I have a couple of (dumb) questions. I’ve been a T-Mobile customer on an individual plan for a few years, and my contract ended in Feb. I knew that the new pricing structure and iPhone were coming, so I held off upgrading and now pay month-to-month with no contract. I’d like to switch to a new plan so I’m not locked in for another 2 years.

    Can I upgrade AND move to a new plan at the same time I pre-order an iPhone online? There’s no way that my current plan will be grandfathered through, right?

    Also, is it better to do this in-store, or will I be able to have my new phone shipped to me on the 12th?

    Thanks guys :-)

    • Sok

      Yes, you can move to a new plan with no charge (since your contract is up also) and you can do it at the same time you get the iPhone 5.

      I suggest handle all your stuff at the store.

    • taron19119

      first of all switch to the new plan second of all there is no more upgrades and contractsif you want 8 32 gigabyte or 64 gigabyte iPhone 5 you need to do over the phone that’s the best way to do everything

    • jon

      Or if you still like your old plan, you could buy the phone outright and keep the plan. Maybe can keep the old plan too and pay an installment for 2 years. Let me know if this can be done.

      • thepanttherlady

        Phone installments aren’t available for classic plans.

    • Yeah do it all in store. You can switch over and pretty much get the same pricing for everything as if you were a new customer.

    • okaysure

      Thanks everyone! I called and changed my plan over the phone. It was very easy and they made the change retroactive so that my next bill will be cheaper (cheaper rates with no phone payment). I can either order the phone tonight with an estimated delivery date April 15th or I can go in and get it on the 12th.

      The rep also mentioned that she’s heard the phones will be available in white and black.
      Thanks again!

  • Mirad77

    eeeehhhmmmm,okay.

  • Elier Ruiz

    I hope pre-orders start at midnight. :-)

  • Jon Doe

    So I need some help from the ever informative, tmonews community!
    I’m currently on a family plan (high school) and although I’m not the primary account holder, I do work part-time & have been saving up for the $199 downpayment for the 32gb version ever since hearing about the news a few months ago. I’ve been given the go ahead by my mother to pre-order the Iphone at midnight (or whenever it pre-orders actually begin), but upon messing around on myProfile account on t-mobile, I just realized that i may or may not have the proper “authority” to upgrade my phone. Well, I guess what I’m trying to ask is 1.) Putting a pre-order on an iPhone wont alter or change my current plan, will it? (it’s currently “Jon Doe – unlimited blackberry – plus” data and “Shared – unlimited messaging family plan” and 2.) is it considered an “upgrade” if i choose to purchase the iphone?

    I hope that isn’t to confusing, I’m a bit confused myself.. Alright thank you!

    • T-Mobile Genius

      We no longer require contracts, therefore you will have to fulfill your current contract, but your phone purchase will not extend your current contract.

    • Carmen Perez

      Yes your plan needs to be changed the internet feature needs to be changed but it won’t cost you more. However, buying the iPhone will increase your bill $20 bc it’s $200 down PLUS $20 a month for 24 months 0%APR no contract. You definitely want to check in with your mom on that.

  • So how much does it cost if you don’t want to switch to uncarrier plans? or do you have to switch to upgrade now?

  • Rob

    apple store is updated right now!!!!!!!

    • RobotChupacabra

      Showing the big sticky note picture about them updating the store.

      • Rob

        I have no clue, but I have to work at 7 a.m so I will check around 6 a.m

    • Elier Ruiz

      I know what that could mean..

    • dakid

      you think it will be out by 3am?

  • TheHat

    I thought T-Mobile was suppose to notify us about the preorder. I never got an email and it looks like no one else did either..

    • RobotChupacabra

      Well I assume it would go on sale at 6 AM or noon or something and that’s when the e-mails would go out.

  • Tony

    Does anyone know how to tell the current iPhone model apart from the new one coming out on April 12th? They are both A1428 but how would a person distinguish them to ensure they are getting the newest product? Thanks.

    • TheHat

      I don’t think you can as the T-Mobile iPhone will be unbranded.

    • RobotChupacabra

      No distinction on the outside between the two A1428s. Hardware identical, as shown with the FCC update. All we know is Apple and T-Mobile will be selling the new A1428 and AT&T’s stock will also be replenished with the new model as they sell out of the older one.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Anyone is San Jose getting crazy speeds? Please post results and whereabouts in SJ…thanks in advance

  • Paul Lange

    Why can’t they just open pre orders at midnight where you live and not make us wait just to see if it’s available at 1 or 2 or 3 am in the morning.

    • dakid

      i agree! i gotta wait up till 3 am im NY

      • T-Mobile Genius

        T-Mobile is located in Bellevue, Washington, thus the 12AM pre-order time. Pacific Standard Time.

        • dakid

          so thats 3 am my time right?

  • trife

    I’ve been saying it for years, but TMO’s marketing department needs some guidance.

    Granted, the iPhone 5 is old news in the tech world. But still—why not let people know? There’s already a buzz about it finally coming to our carrier. With the proper usage of social media and the internet, they could’ve whipped people into a frenzy by giving us an exact time to countdown to.

    Instead everyone is sitting around twiddling their thumbs. Or going to sleep like I’m about to do. My wife wanted an iPhone 5 right off the bat, but I don’t have time to camp out online until all hours of the morning. Sorry honey–if they sell out pre-orders overnight, I got you the next go around.

    • dakid

      well said!

  • ACI

    The price for iPhone 5 says $99 + $20 for 24 months = $579. I think one thing is missing is taxes! T-Mobile said that customer would pay $99+tax (full price of the phone), which might be $579, because monthly payments of $20 will not be taxed again.

  • TheHat

    I wonder why Apple had to put their own iPhone page down.

    • unknown

      It says they are updating learn how to read.

      • Greatness

        I’m pretty sure they aren’t updating “learn how to read”.

        • eddydrizzle

          They actually are updating the store. It has been like that for a while now.

  • Paul Lange

    This is BS. I was told by T-Mobile that at 12:01am PST that it would be available for pre order so I stay up this late and NOTHING.

    • dakid

      same here!! sucks

    • Sunny Kream

      same here!!

  • Sunny Kream

    Why isn’t it up yet? :|

    • Paul Lange

      If it’s not available shortly I’m going to just say forget it.

  • whoohoo

    preordered

    • sok

      where

    • dakid

      how?

    • Paul Lange

      Uh huh

  • sbenyamin

    It’s up but it’s saying not available for monthly payment

    • dakid

      yup i was just saying that too

      • sbenyamin

        Ugh so what are we supposed to do?

    • eddydrizzle

      I guess all we can do is wait.

  • Paul Lange

    Thanks, your order is complete!

    Okay ordered

    • dakid

      how??

      • did you do monthly financing?

  • Not avaliable for monthly financing excuse me??

  • Steve Jobs

    It is definitely NOT up yet.

    • Paul Lange

      It is, I have an order number but I had to pay full price. 620.59 with tax but I had planned on buying it at full price anyway.

  • Sok

    It’s up but not available for monthly financing..

  • Ifon

    Preordered where ??? At tmobile ???? Or the apple store ???

  • Steve Jobs

    Apple Store doesn’t load. Where are you seeing the availability? I’ve tried being logged in and not logged in.

    • how

      Go to Tmobile, login and upgrade device. Then select iOS on the left side checkboxes

  • great

    Isn’t it better to get it at the store? It takes 3 days to ship to you.

    • graywolf323

      the t-mobile stores won’t carry the larger models

  • Steve Jobs

    Ooooo, there it is!!!

    • dakid

      where

      • Steve Jobs

        I’m in Colorado, and I just refreshed the Phones page and it appeared.
        Seems to be being deployed randomly across the nation?

        • Steve Jobs

          I must add that it only shows up if I am NOT logged into my T-Mobile account…

  • Guest

    I keep refreshing hoping it’s going to show up as $99 down but nothing…

    • Paul Lange

      It does but you have to go to all phones and then it’s there. Select iOS and it will show iPhone only. But after adding to cart and finished accessories I got an error processing request. I’d say keep trying

      • sbenyamin

        It just says not available for monthly financing

  • Genecio

    Geez, they could’ve at least included free shipping…..SMDH!

    • sok

      how much is shipping?

      • cram

        15 dollars for 3 day shipping

      • Genecio

        $6.99 for UPS Ground (5-7 Business Days)
        14.99 for UPS Air (3-4 Days)
        $34.99 for Epedited (Overnight)

  • great

    I’m just getting it in the store if you preorder it takes longer to get it anyway.

  • ahskrbgjndl

    Everyone seeing no monthly payment plan?

    • dakid

      yupp

      • this is so freakin frustrating

    • graywolf323

      oddly I can see a monthly payment plan option when I’m not logged into my T-Mobile account, as soon as I login it disappears

      • sbenyamin

        For me it says $650 down or pay in full for $579 which doesn’t make sense lol

  • great

    Guys.

    Please note this when you wonder where the financing is:

    “Monthly financing for your new device is available
    when you change your plan. If you decide to keep your current plan, you
    will need to pay full price for your device at checkout. “

    • Genecio

      I’m already on the new simple plans though!

      • mine is set to take effect on the 17th?

  • Steve Jobs

    Anybody seeing this: “Note: This item is not eligible for a monthly payment plan.” I am on the Classic Plan, moved from the Family Time Plus a few days ago. Do I need to be on the new Value Plan to get the monthly deal?

    • yeah

    • Yes.

      • sbenyamin

        But I already changed my plan to that and I’m not seeing monthly financing either

  • YouKnowWho

    Yawns….

  • Steve Jobs

    Good morning, sbenyamin

  • 1080P

    Good thing i live in the ghetto there will be no line when i pick up my iphone.

  • Raymond Guerrero Jr

    Ugh I think I’m screwed! I’ll be charged the $200 penalty fee for changing plans because I’m still under contract! So that means I would only be able to get the Iphone 5 or HTC One or any other phone if I pay full price for them :'( this totally sucks. I was looking forward to just have the monthly payment for it.

  • llcar331

    If i’m already on an existing family plan, do i just sign in to the account and click upgrade (in order to purchase the iphone through down payment and monthly financing?)

    • eddydrizzle

      If you are going to upgrade or even add a new line, all you need to do is click upgrade or add a new line or buy a new phone. It should pop up with the option to do monthly financing, but for everyone right now (even the Tmonews editor) it is coming up as paying it all off only.

  • Steve Jobs

    I am not upgrading, but adding a new line. However, I am no longer able to see the iPhone’s as an option any longer…

  • Steve Jobs

    It worked briefly, but without the monthly financing…then it didn’t work for me at all.

  • Omeer

    What the hell! I add the phone $299 down plus EIP, add the plan, handset protection and as soon as i hit done adding accessories it crashes and gives me an error code. UGH! I just want to put in my order and sleep!

    • eddydrizzle

      I think the error popped up because on all the tmobile website it now is saying that it is only available for full payment.

      • Omeer

        OK bring it on! I prepared for this already, I was planning on paying it off ASAP to that my bill would be low. Unfortunately all I’m seeing is the $299 down payment option!

        • eddydrizzle

          According to David on Twitter. It should be able to go all the way through the checkout by 4am Eastern time. That’s about 1am pacific. Good luck!

        • Omeer

          It’s 4:04 am right now. Where is David?!?! I waited an eon for this!!

        • It’s posted!

        • eddydrizzle

          He’s on Twitter. I can relay to you what he said. Basically that it’s rolling out slowly. Not completely live yet. I have noticed that when I log out of my tmobile account it lets me see the 99/199/299 down option, but when I’m logged in it doesnt.

  • Steve Jobs

    I wish I could get that far!

  • robertc

    I went to apple.com clicked on buy iphone and it says “we’ll be back soon”

    • ughughugh i hate this

  • Steve Jobs

    We’re sorry–there was an error in processing your request.

    Please hit your browser’s back button and try your action again, or try again later.

  • Rob

    apple store is back online

    • eddydrizzle

      It is back up, but when you go to the iphone page and try to buy it, it won’t offer Tmobile. Just att, verizon, and sprint.

      • Rob

        yea I notice the same thing, I’m just ready to buy this damn phone

        • eddydrizzle

          It’s all a matter of time and patience. The way the servers are being packed, things like this usually happen.

      • tcole1322

        Same problem here

  • sbenyamin

    Anyone made any progress?

  • auser72

    Talk with CSR, after I pay migration fee($200 spread over 4mths) my new payment will be a couple dollars cheaper. That’s with $20 /month phone payment. I love TMobile.

  • MeMe