T-Mobile iPhone fans will soon realize their long-awaited dream; the company will begin selling a T-Mobile branded iPhone 5 starting April 12th. The device will cost users $99.99 up front, with a $20 per month fee added to their monthly bill for a 24 month period, bringing the total bill for a 16GB iPhone 5 to $579.99. Customers who leave T-Mobile before the 24 month period ends will still be on the hook for the $20 per month device fee, though they can trade it in to T-Mobile for “a fair market value rate”. If you decide to take the phone to another carrier, you’ll need T-Mobile’s permission to unlock the device.
The move coincides with T-Mobile’s strategy change the company outlined today; the company is moving solely to contract-free, month-to-month plans for its network. Plans start at $50 per month for unlimited talk, text, and 500MB of data, with the ability to add more data for modest fees. The plan that will likely appeal to the most users is the 500MB + 2GB plan, which includes unlimited talk and text for $60. All plans except the $70 unlimited plan include the ability to use your phone as a mobile hotspot to share data with other devices.
These plans could add up to significant savings over the other major carriers over the course of a two-year contract. T-Mobile customers on the 2.5GB plan who purchase an iPhone will pay $2,020 over a two-year period, compared to $3,080 for the 3GB unlimited talk and text plan on AT&T, and $2,600 for the 2GB mobile share plan on Verizon. T-Mobile hopes it can use savings of $500 to $1,000 or more to convince customers to join the nations 4th-largest network.
T-Mobile also announced that the HTC One and Galaxy S4 will be coming soon to T-Mobile, though the carrier did not announce pricing and an exact availability date for the One. The Galaxy S4 will launch on May 1st, though again no pricing information was presented. We expect the pricing for the One and S4 to fall in line with that of the iPhone 5.
More information on T-Mobile’s new rate plans can be found on T-Mobile’s website. Are these new plans enticing enough to get you to consider switching?
This article was written by Anthony Domanico
Anthony is the Editor in Chief of Techgress, and a big mobile and gaming geek. He's covered mobile technology for the better part of three years, and gets excited about shiny, new things. He currently uses an iPhone, iPad Mini, and Nexus 7, but Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry devices are never too far away.