Anyone who has been waiting for T-Mobile to sell the Apple iPhone 5 will not have much longer to wait as T-Mobile will get the handset much earlier than they had first suggested.
The device will arrive in store within the next 3 to 4 months, which is a lot less than the 6 to 9 months that the CEO first said. You could get your hands on the device by spring if all goes to plan.
This is to be the first time that T-Mobile has been able to offer the iPhone to customers and when they release the device they will also be stopping their subsidised plans. Therefore if you want the handset you can expect to pay out the full asking price which is around $649 for the 16GB version of the handset.
T-Mobile might not sell the device at the moment but they do have around 1.9 million people on the network with Apple iPhones. The CEO said that people will not be put off from buying the phone as the plans would be cheaper. He hopes that this will draw in 5% more people, who will go for cheaper plans over subsidised handsets, which mean the Apple iPhone costing around $199 over two years.
One benefit is that owners of the Apple iPhone 5 will not have a contract of two years to stick to and this will work in their favour if they want to upgrade when Apple release a new handset. They will be able to sell their old device as the iPhone has a good resale value.
TMoNews reported that T-Mobile had sent an email out to their staff, telling them of a proposed blackout period. This period is to start during the last two weeks of March and it will continue until the first two weeks in April. Blackouts in the past with other US carriers have signalled the release of a new Apple iPhone, so it is safe to assume that this is the reason for the black out at T-Mobile.