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Pre-orders begin April 5

Every major (and many minor) carrier in the United States jumped on the iPhone bandwagon as soon as AT&T lost its exclusive chokehold on the device. One of the only holdouts in the mobile industry in the United States was T-Mobile. T-Mobile has allowed consumers that already own an iPhone from other carriers to bring their device to its network, but didn't offer the phone directly.

During its "Uncarrier" event today, T-Mobile unveiled its plans to launch the iPhone 5 on its network. However, T-Mobile is doing things a bit differently compared to its rivals. The wireless company will offer the iPhone 5 for $99, and customers will repay the remainder of the phone’s full cost over 24 months at $20/month. Once the phone is completely paid off, the $20/month payment is removed from your monthly bill. Pre-orders start on April 5, and the the phone will be available on April 12.
 
T-Mobile’s strategy is different from traditional wireless carriers that still charge you full price for your wireless service even after it recoups the costs for subsidizing the phone over the course of a two-year contract.
 
As for T-Mobile’s new Simple Choice Plan, the company describes it as follows:
 
Customers start with one line at $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and Web with 500MB of high-speed data. Customers can add a second phone line for $30 per month, and each additional line is just $10 per month. They can also add 2 GB of high-speed data for $10 per month more per line. Unlimited 4G data is only $20 more per month per line. No caps. No overages. Just simple value.
 
In addition to the launch of the iPhone 5, T-Mobile announced the launch of its LTE service in Baltimore; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, D.C.
 
Other LTE smartphones that will join the iPhone 5 include the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note II, and Blackberry Z10, HTC One.

Sources: T-Mobile [1], [2]



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Probably Switching
By maevinj on 3/26/2013 1:11:57 PM , Rating: 3
I know their service sucks where I live, but I'm probably switching to them. Their plan looks to save me some cash!




RE: Probably Switching
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 3/26/2013 3:06:25 PM , Rating: 2
T-Mo in my area was lucky to get 3G on my Galaxy Nexus, and when I moved out of the city it dropped down to GPRS!!

Now that I'm with Ting (on Sprint) I get 4G in the city and nearby environs, and 3G out in my neck of the woods. I don't use more than 100min/sms per month and I can glom onto wifi enough to keep most months down below 500MB of 4G, so the plan for my Note 2 runs about $25/mo. And with the alerts and caps I configured, I'm in control of the bill.

I do wish Ting had an android app for controlling its settings though, but maybe they have a HTML5-mobile-optimized site I could try out.


RE: Probably Switching
By Shig on 3/26/2013 6:33:13 PM , Rating: 2
Got to research dat coverage area. T-mobile and Sprint are great in some places but horrendous in others.


RE: Probably Switching
By retrospooty on 3/26/2013 6:49:04 PM , Rating: 2
Its not a bad deal... I am thinking of switching my wifes account (my work pays for my Verizon one).

T-Mo isnt too bad where I live and the prices are awesome... Especially now with the new plan mentioned above. We hardly use any data anyhow, Wifi everywhere we go.


RE: Probably Switching
By Shig on 3/26/2013 7:03:40 PM , Rating: 2
I'm banking on Sprint. They just got a huge cash infusion from the Japanese and they also announced complete 4G LTE for Chicago this summmer and a lot of other large cities. Then I get to transfer my unlimited '4G' data plan into unlimited 4G LTE for the same price. (~82$ a month after all the taxes and other 'surcharges'). Galaxy 4 also drops around when my contract is done. I wonder how much tethering would be cause then my phone would be a mobile 4G modem.


RE: Probably Switching
By retrospooty on 3/26/2013 9:46:48 PM , Rating: 1
Yup... Sprint is like T-Mobile. If it comes in good in your particular area, then its good. If not, its not.


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