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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.

Great move.
By txDrum on 3/26/2013 1:06:14 PM , Rating: 2
This was the best possible way for T-Mobile to do this. It doesn't look any more expensive during your knee jerk reaction, and when you think about it, you save a ton of money. Very smart by them.

By freeagle on 3/27/2013 9:58:06 AM , Rating: 2
I can't find it now, but I recall a quote from Steve Jobs bellow some of the DT articles saying something along the lines:

"Most phones cost 1$... that's what they are worth"

Well, 99$ is really close to the magical 1$

Mortgage Insurance on a Phone???
By Arsynic on 3/26/13, Rating: -1
RE: Mortgage Insurance on a Phone???
By wasteoid on 3/26/2013 12:49:12 PM , Rating: 2
It's not insurance, it's a payment plan if you don't want to pay off the phone when you buy it. Once you pay off the phone, you only pay for the service, unlike other carriers that continue to charge you even after you pay off the phone.

RE: Mortgage Insurance on a Phone???
By Rukkian on 3/26/2013 12:56:30 PM , Rating: 2
By no means am I in the market for an iphone, but it seems like they are only charging a total of $580 (including the finance charge for 2 years) for the phone. That seems like a decent deal by itself. Since this is no contract, you can get the phone, stop the service, and have an iphone 5 for $99down, 20/month for 24months.

RE: Mortgage Insurance on a Phone???
By cashkennedy on 3/26/2013 1:05:56 PM , Rating: 2
If you look at their prices on other phones on their new plans, you will quickly realize their phones are significantly cheaper then the msrp / and retail prices in europe (once converted to USD). Either the smartphone makers significantly discount their phones for carriers vs what they charge retail, or they really discount their phones in the US market because of the size / desire to be popular in the US. Or t-mobile is still slightly subsidizing the phones / it deffinetly appears they make no markup/ profit on the phones though.

RE: Mortgage Insurance on a Phone???
By bug77 on 3/26/2013 1:28:09 PM , Rating: 4
Or... taxes are higher in Europe. Just sayin'.

RE: Mortgage Insurance on a Phone???
By Uncle on 3/26/2013 1:29:55 PM , Rating: 3
In Europe, is the VAT included in the price of the phone, I think it is. Everything you buy has the tax included, Whereas in N America all the taxes are put on after the price.

By Ringold on 3/27/2013 3:01:39 AM , Rating: 2
Kinda, sorta. There's still embedded taxes in there.

But those embedded taxes overall are much lower, yes, combined with the fact that the after-purchase tax is whatever the local sales tax rate is (or zero online). Plus the inherent efficiency of a single market, where Europe still has weak but existent national borders, language barriers, regulations etc.

But yeah, the welfare state can't be escaped.

RE: Mortgage Insurance on a Phone???
By MrRuckus on 3/26/2013 2:03:31 PM , Rating: 2
Just beware of craigslist or any 3rd party bought phone for that matter. When tmobile doesnt get their $20/month, they disable the IMEI number on the phone and its done (on their network).

My friend bought a SGS3 brand new sealed in box at their launch for $500 from craigslist. He then used the phone, perfectly fine for about 2 months, then it refused to connect to the network or make calls. He called tmobile and they said the IMEI number had been disabled because the phones payments were never fulfilled. So my friend was stuck with a $500 paperweight. Nevermind the fact that he had been a loyal tmobile sub for over 10 Years and had a tablet on his tmo plan with data as well. (He went this route because he was not up for an upgrade yet).

I see a lot of scammers grabbing this for a quick buck. Tmobile literally did nothing for my friend. He had to unlock the phone and sell it to someone on ATT at a loss to him where it worked fine.

Tmobile and my friend were both stuck. I can see their side because they were never paid fully for the phone. Just remember, new in box or not, that phone isnt yours till its fully paid for. I dont think I will ever trust a 3rd party for a phone after seeing this.

By MadMan007 on 3/26/2013 6:21:49 PM , Rating: 2
So he was sold a phone that was obtained by a credit mule?

RE: Mortgage Insurance on a Phone???
By superflex on 3/26/2013 1:04:48 PM , Rating: 2
Layaway will be next.

RE: Mortgage Insurance on a Phone???
By xti on 3/26/2013 2:02:57 PM , Rating: 2
you mean cricket?

By chick0n on 3/26/2013 9:16:51 PM , Rating: 2
did ur mom dropped u to the floor @ birth ?

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