I also recently switched to Tmobile with an iPhone. The 3g coverage is terrible around Los Angeles. Tmobile teases me with 3g here and there but as soon as I pick up the phone, the 3g signal disappears. I have been stuck with slow 2g.
If these new iPhones are compatible with Tmobile's 4g (1700 and 2100 bands), will there be an unlocked one I can buy?
Another way to look at it is that they are selling an unlocked iPhone 5 for $530 with a free month of service included!
But, this is not intended for people who just want an unlocked phone. That is not the target market for TMobile however vocal such people may be in these forums. It is for people who cannot afford to (or do not want to pay) all at once but earlier were balking at signing a contract.
There is also a small legal advantage for T-mobile in doing it this way rather than enforce a two year contract, as the equipment financing comes under different rules than contract term rules.
Financially, it doesn't make much of a difference to TMobile (they already paid $80 or more for customer acquisition) between the two types of plans but they are hoping to get more customers (or retain customers) with this marketing differentiation because AT&T and Verizon would find it difficult to match this as they get significantly more margins from their contract plans than TMobile ever did as a price leader.
Golden Rule of a Deal: If an item has been offered validly at a price of $X at any time, then never pay more than that in the future. It has been discontinued or will appear again at that price soon enough.
I think this no-contract service will be a hit for the Apple phone lovers and users. The total monthly fee (phone + service) will be lower than the two big boys, and there's no contract for service. Albeit there's a 20 month payment on the phone.
T-Mobile is doing something I wanted for a long time: buy your phone outright and get service without a contract.
$100 down plus $20 x 24 comes out to be a grand total of $580. how are they doing that exactly cuz cheapest is $650 at apple.com (for unlocked version)? and will this work with the $30/month 100 min & 5GB data plan?
Unlock version is better and has higher resale value.
finally tmobile get the iphone, but I finally gave up on it after 5 years and switched to ATT recently. Not just the 3G/4G speed sucks on the iphone, but also the reception coverage also sucks big time where I live. Whenever and wherever I compare my phone (ATT) reception to my gf (Tmobile), ATT always have better reception
I don't think you actually get a plan with this. Just the phone cost over two years...
Looked into this, and it might look different and cheaper, but it's exactly the same I think.
iPhone 5 will be available for qualifying customers with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan for $99.99 down and $20 per month for 24 months.
And the base simple mobile plan if $50/month.
Sure, there's no contract on the plan, but you're still obligated to pay for the phone. It's not like they would really let you run off with phone without paying for it in some way.
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If this is 'no contract' then what's forcing you to keep paying for the phone monthly? Just sign up, use it for a month, and cancel, and you get to keep the phone for the price of the initial 'down' payment. Am I missing something?
I assume they make money off the "uncarrier plans" since that is the only way to get the iPhone. Of course, someone can just start one month and then pay off the remaining balance but that will still cost $630 ($50 for the first month's service and $580 total phone cost). They probably aren't anticipating many to be grabbing an iPhone and immediately cancelling their service after the first month so they'll make the money back through the service plan like all carriers.
From what I read, you cancel so long as you pay off the remaining balance on the phone's price. The distinction is the way the subsidy model is essentially gone. Under VZW, you're charged the same flat price at the start and even after the end of your contract. In this case, you now have separate prices listed on your "agreement" (i.e. a "contract") for both the phone and plan.
The profit margins are definitely lower for TMO on this plan. I'd definitely recommend this plan/pricing for anyone with good TMO service in the area and looking to shave a few bucks off that bill.
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