T-Mobile are to get the Apple iPhone 5 from April 12th. The carrier who are in 4th place in the US revealed the news at a press event held in New York on Tuesday. T-Mobile, happens to be the 4th largest carrier within the US, and they are the last to offer the device, following behind AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint. The iPhone 5 is said to be compatible with T-Mobile’s new LTE, this was also launched officially on Tuesday, and will also support HD voice.
T-Mobile are offering the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 in “select markets”; however these devices will not work on T-Mobile’s LTE network. The iPhone 5, does work on LTE, T-Mobile’s “4G” HSPA+ network, along with older GSM / EDGE networks. It does sound as though the T-Mobile’s iPhone 5 could have slightly different radios than the current GSM handsets to make sure that it has full compatibility with the HSPA+ network or it could have had the new bands enabled through update to the software.
T-Mobile have been bragging about their initiative, this means that they will offering the iPhone 5 differently than their competitors. They don’t want customers to sign a 2 year commitment, T-Mobile will allow iPhone fans to pay full price for the handset when they get it, or they can spread the outlay over a 24 months periods with instalment plans. The 16GB Apple iPhone 5 is available for $99 up front and then 24 monthly payments of of $20. This works out at $579 over the two years and means that it is $70 less than getting an unlocked iPhone 5 from Apple. The Apple iPhone 4S comes with a price tag of $69.99 down and $20 per month, while the Apple iPhone 4 costs $14.99 and $15 monthly payments. At the moment it is uncertain what happens if you were to cancel your plan or if you want to get a new handset before those 24 months are finished.
T-Mobile has supported unlocked iPhones on its network for some time and they have recently updated to better support the frequencies that iPhone uses and they have been selling compatible nano-SIM cards for the Apple iPhone 5 since this October of 2012. Now they will be offering the device in stores and online, T-Mobile will have to do aggressive courting to owners of the device on AT&T to bring their phones over to its network. So with the changes at T-Mobile carriers may have to finally be competitive on pricing and network quality as opposed to offering exclusives on popular devices.