T-Mobile Lowers Pricing On Older iPhone Devices As It Clears Inventory Ahead Of New Apple Launches

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In a move that will shock no one, T-Mobile quietly lowered the prices of its existing iPhone hardware last week. The iPhone 5 dropped from $149.99 and 24 monthly payments of $21 to $99 down and 24 monthly payments of $18.75 per month. That’s a $100 price drop to a total cost of $549 for the 16GB iPhone 5 variant. The pricing on the 32GB and 64GB models also drop $100 as well overall.┬áThe drop in pricing is likely a move by T-Mobile to quickly reduce inventory and make way for the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, launching on September 20th.

The iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s were originally available in areas T-Mobile had existing HSPA+ service on the 1900PCS band. Neither device received the prominent placement the iPhone 5 did in T-Mobile stores, and I wouldn’t be surprised if T-Mobile dropped the price a little more if inventory doesn’t move fast enough to get these out of the door.

T-Mobile will launch the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s in both 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavors this Friday. The iPhone 5c will cost $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $22 per month for a total of $528 over two years. The iPhone 5s will arrive at $99 down and 24 monthly payments of $22.91 per month for a total cost of $648.84 for the 16GB variant.


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  • kev2684

    do they have a lot of 32gb in stock that they didn’t put $0 down for the 16gb iPhone 5?


    This would be the BEST time to get the iPhone 5 over the iPhone 5C for the same price.

    • baopham

      I think the 5C is about 21 bucks cheaper and comes with a slightly better battery, wifi (I think) and better front facing camera. The old 5 has better build quality though.

      • Brian T.

        That’s a tough call — the 5 is a classy piece of hardware, but those marginal improvements are pretty nice too, as is saving $20ish with likely higher resale value when selling it someday since a lot of people will perceive it as a generation newer.

  • Dakota

    So they dropped the 5 to 5S total price? Thats not a big deal. They better promote the hell out of the 0/99 down for the new phones to at least grab people’s attention and get them to consider Tmobile

  • besweeet

    So the 4 and 4S still only work on the refarmed spectrum, which is a little disappointing. They’ll have EDGE in even more places now.

  • steveb944

    If people are considering the 5c(cheap) they should instead take advantage of the 5 while it still lasts at this lower price. Unless you prefer asthetics over actual quality hardware.

    • moises1204

      The iPhone 5c is the same pig only using different color lipstick, so still the same iPhone 5 that it’s been around for over a year now, apple is just a marketing machine, they will sell to the brain washed fans of theirs a brick with holes in them and called the latest in technology and they will buy it.

      • Brian T.

        But then Samsung would come out with a much larger brick with ever so slightly different holes, and then lawsuits would be filed, and everybody knows how introducing bricks into a tense and volatile courtroom would turn out…

        (Not trying to start anything Apple vs. Samsung there; just matching one tired old dig with another…)

    • Roger Sales

      5C has a bigger battery, which to me is better since the 5’s battery life sucks.

      • steveb944

        I don’t want to burst your bubble but ‘better and improved’ coming from Apple doesn’t mean anything in the real world. They never provide mAh. Users may just experience a placebo effect of having a new device vs their old one.

        Battery life won’t improve significantly until iPhone 6 at least.

        • Brian T.

          2 more hours of talk time vs. the 5 was the stat they gave, if I remember correctly. Not insignificant at all, since that obviously translates into longer browsing/listening/watching/etc. time too.

          And I’ve always wondered about the mAh stat — don’t OS/skin efficiency, processor size, screen size, resolution, and ambient light sensor responsiveness all change actual battery life? So more mAh doesn’t necessarily mean anything, I would think. I always seem to read reviews of phones where the mAh never correlates very well to actual battery life anyway.

    • RussellWilson

      5c has more LTE bands. If you later want to switch carrier, this is the one to go

  • Otto von Schlunzenst├╝ck

    What I find confusing is that there’s no way last I checked on T-Mo’s web site for existing users of the $50/unlimited everything no contract plan to order the iPhone 5c without having to add a new line.

  • William Burr Winans

    I don’t see why the iPhone 5 should be $0 down and $22.91 24 monthly payments. The iPhone 5 and 5C are now the same price at $550. Same goes for the 32GB iPhone 5 $99 down and 64GB iPhone 5 $199 down with 22.91 24 monthly payments.