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T-Mobile iPhone 5 Coming This Spring But Brace Yourself

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T-Mobile is set to get the iPhone 5 by the summer, according to the carrier’s CEO. T-Mobile is stopping its subsidies at the same time, though.

T-Mobile iPhone 5 release date linked with axing of subsidies

The company said back in December that it was about to get the iPhone, after many years without it. It wasn’t very forthcoming with product details, but it is happening. T-Mobile will possibly follow in the footsteps of AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, offering the cellular iPad, too.

The CEO didn’t mention the iPad during his talk at CES – just the iPhone and the cessation of subsidies.

The CEO did say that all this would happen in three or four months, rather than the previously touted six to nine months. T-Mobile currently has 1.9 million iPhones subscribed to it, with more than 100,000 new activations each month.

As for the subsidies, the CEO said that dropping discounted devices would raise T-Mobile’s market share, as its monthly bills will be lower. The company is hoping to increase its number of subscribers by at least 5%, as people will be attracted by NOT having to agree to a two-year contract in exchange for a subsidy.

So, if you’re after a T-Mobile iPhone 5 this summer, forget the $199 price tag and brace yourself for a $650 one instead.

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