Apple and T-Mobile, the U.S. Carrier has now started online pre-order for the iPhone 5. It is worth mentioning the fact that this is the first time when T-Mobile is offering this device for customers. Customers will be able to purchase iPhone 5 starting with 12th April.
T-Mobile is the fourth largest carrier in the U.S. Despite this it is the last one of the four mobile operators to offer iPhone to sale, after AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint. Prices for iPhone 5 will start at $99.99 for the 16 GB models, but if you choose to sign a long-term contract, you will pay only $20/month or $579 upfront. The upfront payment is less than an unlocked iPhone 5 bought directly from Apple Store. On the other hand, the iPhone 4S costs $69.99 upfront with $20 monthly payments while the iPhone 4 costly only $14.99 with a $15 monthly payment. However, older models will be available only in certain markets.
T-Mobile’s simple plans are easy to use, and they are designed exclusively for customers. Therefore, customers can choose $50 for the first line payment, $30 for the second line, $10 for additional line, $10 per month for 2GB of data or $20 per month for unlimited data plan. The unlimited data plan might represent the main reason for people to sign with T-Mobile for purchasing the Apple’s iPhone 5.
Another reason why people might choose to sign a T-Mobile contract for purchasing the iPhone 5 at a particular price is the fact that the device is compatible with the carrier’s expanding LTE network and the 4G HSPA networks. When the iPhone 5 will reach the T-Mobile Stores, all customers will be able to access the well-waited LTE network, but only in the following seven U.S. markets which own LTE coverage: Kansas City, Kan., Houston, Tex., Las Vegas, Nev., Phoenix, Ariz., San Jose, Calif., and Washington D.C.
Yesterday, the number of users who already signed up for an iPhone 5 pre-order reached 579,000 new users, which represents a large number and a great feed-back to the carrier’s “Un-carrier” campaign, which promises no long contracts and many excellent phones to buy upfront. Within the whole first quarter of 2013, the T-Mobile network increased their number of customers up to 34 million users. However, when comparing this number with Verizon’s 98 million customers, it does not sound that impressive.
The Apple Store was down for a couple of hours and then it went back. Some critics suggest the fact that this was only a move in order to introduce T-Mobile to the list of carriers who offer the device. However, the carrier mobile still is not added to the list.