Until Tuesday, all of the major carriers in the United States carried the iPhone 5 but T-Mobile. A number of regional carriers also carried the device including C-Spire and Virgin Mobile. On Tuesday, T-Mobile announced at their ‘Uncarrier’ event that they would be officially carrying the iPhone starting April 12th. Until this announcement, T-Mobile was the only major carrier in the United States without the iPhone.
With T-Mobile’s new ‘Uncarrier’ payment plan, customers will be able to get the iPhone 5 with $100 off of the original retail plan followed by a monthly payment of $20. Customers will continue to do this until they fully pay off the cost of the iPhone. The company will also be offering the iPhone 4S for $70 off the original price and $20 per month for 24 months, as well as the iPhone 4 for $15 off the original price and $15 per month for 24 months. Normally, with AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, customers pay the full $199 price, in addition to the subsidy payment which is retained if a user does not upgrade to another phone in 2 years.
This is an important day for people who love their iPhone but can’t stand the pain other carriers put them through to own one,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile USA. “We feel their pain. I’ve felt the pain. So we’re rewriting the rules of wireless to provide a radically simple, affordable iPhone 5 experience — on an extremely powerful network.
T-Mobile noted during the event that in addition to its special plans, the company will also be the only carrier to offer ‘Wideband Audio’ or HD Voice. Plans for the iPhone will include unlimited talk, text and 3G data, plus 500MB of 4G data for $50 per month. Normally, plans such as these would start at $70 and climb with extra additions.
T-Mobile is giving customers the option to add 2GB of 4G data for an extra $10/month per line, or $20/month for unlimited 4G. As more lines are added, the prices change with additional lines costing $30/month for the first, and $10/month for each additional. With the iPhone 5 allowing 4G LTE, T-Mobile rolled out its LTE network with the announcement to the following areas: Baltimore; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, D.C.