Best Buy Joins Walmart With Prepaid iPhone 5 Sales On T-Mobile

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With the news that Walmart has begun carrying the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile for prepaid customers, it should come as little surprise that Best Buy has also put the smartphone up for sale. Ultimately, Walmart remains the better deal at $629 against Best Buy’s $649 price tag. So much be being the “Best Buy” huh?

Still, regardless of which direction you take, the offer is still similar to Apple’s own store pricing which handily  makes the Walmart pricing the best deal. The below image is now being placed in Walmart stores advertising the offer which is good for any of T-Mobile’s prepaid offerings.

So, how does a iPhone 5 on T-Mobile’s prepaid offerings sound? Worth the price of admission?

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  • blasphemeous

    Remember that Best Buy price matches as long as it’s in stock in another store within a 25 mile radius.

    • jonathan3579

      They do not price match phones.

      • moodyblues

        yes they do my friend just price matched his samsung galaxy s3 for metropcs with the metropcs website which was cheaper by a $150.00. at best buy.

  • Matt

    Is this phone locked down or carrier unlocked? I’m thinking it would be better just to go buy the unlocked version directly at an Apple store.

    • MacRat

      Yup. Best to avoid Best Buy and just order directly from Apple.

  • ngnetzky

    Also Best Buy is providing financing on it’s BB card for 18 months, mo interest. I don’t see any financing deals for Walmart. The financing deal, that Walmart had for the Straight Talk version is even no longer.

  • guest

    i went to the Apple store yesterday to buy an iphone 5 and i asked them will the unlocked version work with hspa+ for tmobile they said no it only works with lte and reframed areas. So im asking if anyone bought the unlocked iphone 5 does it work with hspa+ or is it Edge and spotty reframed areas?

    • kev2684

      it depends what version you are getting. the newer version (t-mo) does support HSPA+42 on AWS.

    • Bob Archer

      this is incorrect. be sure you get the new model of phone with the 1700/2100Mhz support.

      http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5720

    • rcarlosnyc

      The new unlocked Apple iPhone 5s support AWS and HSPA+. The Apple sales person didn’t know what he was talking about.

      • Pistachio

        So much for “Apple Genius”

      • Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager

        what an Apple Idiot…it says on their website it supports T-Mobile AWS.

    • conservative_motorcyclist

      If you are buying it from the apple store unlocked, it will have AWS support. Just check the serial number and box!

      http://www.todaysiphone.com/2013/04/how-to-check-if-your-iphone-5-will-support-t-mobiles-hspa-or-lte-network/ should help

      I was reading sleswhere that the only thing that matters is that it has FH as the third and 4th position from the end of the serial number.

  • tmo_employee

    welp tmobile is raising the price to $649 as of the 8th also

    • spup

      ???? Not sure about that………….why are they raising the price when the rest of the mobile world is slashing prices on the Iphone5?

      • asmidnightfalls

        It’s to prepare to wipe out the inventory and bcuz they are losing $ everytime they are putting it on the eip program they have. Give it a solid month and they will lower the pricing again :(

  • conservative_motorcyclist

    Good thing Best Buy Price-matches! :P

    So it sounds like the following is a Very Good Idea:
    1. Print out $629 ad from WalMart
    2. Go to Best Buy and have them price-match.
    3. Pay for it on your Best Buy card and enjoy 0% financing for 18 months!
    4. ?????
    5. PROFIT

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    Virgin Mobile has it for $549, another option.

    • Bratty

      Good point and great price but that isnt GSM though right?

      • LOV3BAS3DCUBANO

        Virgin in the US is CDMA, everywhere else theyre GSM

    • Pistachio

      On sprints “4G”, yeah no thanks. It’s unlimited because it takes so darn long to even get there…

    • Djenni

      funny thing virgin and boost which use sprints network is HORRIBLE with capital letters over here in los Angeles. Never ever going back there again Sprints LTE is only available in like 3 streets in east la u walk down the wrong street u on 3G which is horrible takes 5 mins to load face book, try watching vids forget it impossible load a simple webpage take more than 2 mins over here in LA sprint is rated the worse even metro pcs works better metro pcs has lte in much more places in LA amd its fast.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Best buy and Fry’s MATCH PRICES on anything and everything. They just try to confirm the other retailer has the stock on hand…

  • RedGeminiPA

    I’m waiting until later this year when the 5S comes out, or whatever Apple has planned, before I do anything. I bought the 5 in December, so I’m really not in a hurry. The huge hurdle at this point is getting better coverage in my area. I refuse to be stuck on EDGE, no matter what the savings are. When T-Mobile finally decides to upgrade the largest city between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, I’ll finally decide to make the jump.

  • Singleweird

    wait why dont they carry it for postpaid?