iPhone 5 arrives at T-Mobile on April 12 alongside iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. Pre-orders start on April 5
Ladies and gentlemen, it finally happened. After almost six years, the iPhone is about to be available on all of the ‘big four’ US carriers. First, there was just AT&T. Then, Verizon joined the party. Then Sprint. And now it’s T-Mobile’s turn.
The magenta carrier has announced its reinvention today, dropping the tried and tested carrier model and switching to ‘un-carrier’ branding, without phone subsidies and with simplified plans. Oh, and with 4G LTE. T-Mobile’s LTE network initially covers seven metro areas - Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose, California, and Washington, D.C. By midyear, TMo expects to have 100 million people under its newfound 4G umbrella, and that number should double by the end of 2013.
The iPhone 5 will become available at T-Mobile on April 12 for $99.99 upfront, and monthly payments of $20 for 24 months. Because there are no contract requirements, you can upgrade your hardware anytime you wish to do so.
The iPhone 4S will be offered by T-Mobile for $69.99 upfront plus 24 monthly $20 payments. The iPhone 4 will set you back $14.99 upfront and then $15 per month times 24.
For the iPhones, T-Mobile has one plan – it’s called Simple Choice, and it comes with unlimited talk, text, and 500 MB of high speed data for $50 per month. On top of this, you can add other stuff. For example, unlimited data will cost you an additional $20 per month.
T-Mobile will start taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5 on April 5. The iPhone 5 will be available nationwide, while the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 will be launched in “select markets” only.