T-Mobile To Stock 16GB iPhone 5 In Store, 32/64GB Variants Online

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There’s been plenty of questions arriving in my inbox and through social media asking if T-Mobile will carry the 32GB and 64GB sizes of the iPhone 5. The answer is yes, but online. T-Mobile retail stores will only stock the 16GB sizing. As for pricing which we’ve confirmed with T-Mobile:

  • 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.

All in all it looks as though T-Mobile’s pricing is very competitive, especially when you consider purchasing outright from Apple. It’s unfortunate that the 32GB and 64GB won’t be available in retail stores right from the start, but it’s a story similar to the Galaxy S III where only the 16GB sizes launched in retail stores. Either way, T-Mobile’s pricing beats purchasing outright from Apple and that’s a good start.

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  • Great, now I can let my bff know.

  • thepanttherlady

    Love the live poll! :)

  • James

    David you should Do more polls. It’s interesting to know what people’s point of view on something and what the majority thinks. You should do those polls on ever article! ;)

    • Working on it!

      • coolio93

        Hey david,

        Do you know what time the iphone 5 will be available for pre order tonight? I dont wanna go to sleep and then find out that they are out of stock lol

        • thepanttherlady

          You can pre-register for a notification on when pre-ordering is available:


          I don’t always seem to get notifications when I sign up for them but you can try it as a back up. :) Good luck!

        • coolio93

          thanks but I’ve already registered there. Also, according to my experience they usually notify me late and by then the stock is out lol. what good does that do

        • thepanttherlady

          Oh I agree. I’ve had them not come at all, come late, and for the BB Z10 even though it came the day of, it went to my spam folder for some reason.

          Frustrating indeed. Hopefully someone will be able to provide a date for you soon. *fingers crossed* :)

  • Jeremy Geddis

    Actually the 64GB is $849 according to Apple’s website.

    • John

      where do you see that? I don’t even see T-Mobile listed on apple’s site for iphone 5.

      • 1stGenRex

        Pricing is likely quoted from currently available GSM models.

    • You’re right, I updated the post, nice catch!

  • Durandal_1707

    Huh, I wonder how they’re able to afford selling those for so much less than Apple’s price.

    • They’re buying them in bulk which is why they’re able to offer them at a lower price

  • sssl48

    If I buy the 16gb variant from T-Mobile and pay upfront, will they provide it unlocked for me or will it be locked?

    • Little T

      If your account is in good standing, and you have paid for the phone, they will unlock it.

    • (^.^;)

      T-Mobile can unlock it once the phone is paid off

    • chelsea vader

      I believe after a month of service you can pay the rest of it off

      • mgldan

        I’m hoping there will be a choice to pay it all off at once, online, without having to contact customer service first. And I also hope (as I believe OP does) that it will then arrive unlocked without me needing to call up.

        • thepanttherlady

          There is now. You have the option to make additional payments or to pay it off in full.

        • mgldan


  • Alan713

    i wonder if u can just buy iphone straight from Tmo without at least one month of service or service required of at least 1 month?

    • sssl48

      That’s a good question. I wonder if Apple will allow it since T-Mobile is selling it for $70 cheaper.

      • bleeew

        I think Apple allows it. Isn’t that what it cost ls AT&T when a user pays an ETF and the $199 contract price.

    • ceegii63

      ALL the phones Tmo will bring to UNcarrier can be payed Cash upfront and 24mo increment payments based on the phone you get, OR PAY THE PHONE IN FULL AND GET IT UNLOCKED from Tmo

  • Inquisitive

    If I were to accidentally drop my iPhone (covered under Applecare) and absolutely break it, say, two months after the T-Mobile iPhone is released, and I brought it to an Apple store… could I theoretically get the new model?

    • James

      Applecare *does not* cover accidental damage

      • Inquisitive

        From their website: Coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage,2 each subject to a $49 service fee.

        Since you evidently don’t work there I’ll be sure not to listen to you.

        • 1stGenRex

          He’s right though. Applecare+ is what you’re talking about. Standard Applecare doesn’t cover accidental damage.

      • Yes it does…I dropped my phone and paid $50 to get a new iPhone 5. So I believe that would be classified as “accidental.”

        • Durandal_1707

          If you destroy it on purpose just to get a new model, like the OP is implying… that’s not “accidental.” That’s insurance fraud.

        • Marco

          It was exactly what I was thinking.

    • nenes78

      no. apple care replaces the exact same model.

    • chelsea vader

      If they did away with the stock of the old ones but I doubt it not this soon anyway

  • bill

    will they carry the white iphone 5 as well?

    • 1stGenRex

      I’d be willing to bet that they will. It would be silly for them not to.

  • John

    Any news about T-Mobile getting the Ipad?

    • Julian C. Taborda

      I belive in as part of the uncarrier plans you can add a table for 10 bucks to your data package and so if you buy an iPad you could just pop a t mobile sim into it

    • MacRat

      The AT&T models of iPads are unlocked, you can drop in a T-Mobile Micro SIM and start using it.

      But it won’t have support for T-Mobile’s 1700Mhz 3G frequency or LTE.

      • Eric

        The current iPad and iPad mini have support for T-Mobile’s LTE, they just need a carrier update

  • TMO 4 LIFE

    This is an excellent move and it’s great for T-mobile and for us.. the customers. I believe you John and T-Mobile. I believe that this will put them to compete with Vzn and Att. Thank you Sir John Legere.

  • chelsea vader

    I wonder if T-Mobile’s prepaid service is getting LTE as well or would they have to wait like AT&T makes their prepaid customers and MVNOs wait. Same with Sprint on the MVNO front

    • Benjamin@tmo

      Why go prepaid? The new value plan is the same and no conract. AND you don’t have to pay full retail today

      • MacRat

        For me, the $30/mo 100min/5GB prepaid plan is better than the new plans that start with unlimited minutes and have a higher cost.

        • Benjamin@tmo

          Oh yeah, forgot about that rate plan. We don’t offer it in store. Then I totally agree with you.

  • sapphiraa

    Regarding the poll…I just switched from my almost 2 year old classic plan and paid a $100 migration fee so I could not only try out something different (I’ve had Samsung since Vibrant and currently have SGS2…….all Samsung phones feel the same even with some having more features) in the iPhone, and I’ll be saving money even when I do get a new phone!!

  • Whitney

    I have found the perfect plan for my future new phone. I am so close to dropping my HTC HD2 into Lake Michigan

  • ceegii63

    heres to the dream of the Galaxy Note 3 being $580…

  • OmeerRahman

    David quick question. If I want to buy the 64GB version for the retail price from T-Mobile do I have to get a line of service with it to be eligible for $779 price? The reason I ask is because I want to buy two iPhone 5’s one black and one white both 64GB both for the same line. I want to buy one at retail price and one with a down payment and EIP. It’s obvious to me that I need to buy a line of service to be eligible for the EIP but can I buy the other one at retail without a line of service?

    • taron19119

      Not at the same time

  • Wish it were in stores. I’m planning to sell my 32GB iPhone 5 and move to Tmobile and get a 32GB there. Would have preferred the instant gratification of buying it right there in my own store. Oh well.

  • Benjamin@tmo

    I’m stoked for this! Not for me, I hate the iPhone and all that it stands for. However, I’m stoked for all my customers who have been holding out for this! I do wish, however that we were caring at least the 16 AND 32gb in store…

  • CompSciPhd

    does anyone know if one will be able to buy the phone for full price from an apple store (or apple.com)? (or will it only be available for the “financed” price?)

    I ask, because I have a lot of apple store gift cards which I could use to buy it, but would be somewhat worthless (in this context) if I could use them for the whole amount.

  • Will this ever be available for people outside the major cities? NY/AZ and two other markets were told to have 1900/LTE. They still have massage coverage issues. Anyone cares to read my thoughts: http://www.jbhale.com/

  • Ray

    online from tmobiles website?

  • Steve

    I think tmobile is selling the iPhone for less at $569 which save you $70 which makes me think that if you choose the $70 unlimited value your paying that 70 and they are throwing a free month which is good. Also apple won’t sell it at the price. Think about it.

  • TmoNews

    Is there a credit check for the monthly payments?

    • thepanttherlady

      EIP’s are for post paid Value plans so yes, there will be a credit check.

    • taron19119

      yeah if you don’t qualify you just have to pay a little more down

  • you can only buy the iphone 5 for full price? or is there a price for an upgrade ?

    • taron19119

      yeah if you go to Target Best Buy or Costco or Walmartif you go to T Mobile you will have to pay full price or down payment with monthly installments

  • onthecouchagain

    But do you have to get their new UNcarrier plans, which are good, but not better than what I would grandfather in?

    In other words, can I just walk into Tmobile and purchase their iPhone 5 unlocked for $579 and use it with my current Tmobile line without changing a single thing on my current plan?

  • funtopic

    excuse me I have a question I am a current T-mobile customer on the value plan I bought an HTC radar on an EIP after paying migrations fees in our family plan from the classic plan i finished paying the Radar this month and i wanna switch to an iphone 5 on april 12 do i have to pay migration fees again for the one line im buying the iphone on or does it have to be for all the lines to switch from the current value to the current simple choice plans i have 1 year and 3 months being with tmobile since i opened that line to buy the radar and there are like 9 months left in the contract… thanks for any reply

  • I’ve owned the iPhone 4,Samsung Galaxy S3, and have tried the HTC Evo and Samsung Note, and was weary to upgrade to the iPhone 5. Apple delivered, but some say they delivered to little and I agree.
    The price is stupidly high and the larger screen size was not reason alone for me to upgrade, but Once I picked it up it fit perfectly in my hand and just felt right. Unlike my iPhone 4 which I though was a bit small (hence why I bought S3) this really gives the S3 a run for its money. Let me start by going over the design.

    I bought apple Iphone 5 64 GB by http://bestversionphones.com/apple-iphone-5-64gb-black-unlocked/

  • tomnewtn

    Sent back my iPhone 5 and still have the unlocked 4S which I prefer. It feels like higher build quality than the 5 and I like the display better. The 5 seemed a bit oversaturated. That said, the 5 is a nice phone and I know many will love it on TMO. Great deal. Still wondering about the 5s though. Will it come to TMO?