T-Mobile on April 12 became the fourth big carrier to offer the iPhone, following the lead of Sprint, AT&T and Verizon. The company is now offering the newly released iPhone 5 along with the iPhone 4 and 4S.
The company is offering several incentives to encourage customers to sign up for an iPhone 5 with T-Mobile. Customers can get the 16GB model from T-Mobile for $99 and 24 monthly payments of $20. The company is also allowing customers to bring over their iPhone 5 from another carrier.
According to Tmonews.com, the company is currently running a trade-in offer where customers can exchange their iPhone 4 or 4S in order to get the iPhone 5 for $0 down. T-Mobile customers also are eligible for an extra credit of up to $120 that can be used toward their existing bill, monthly payments, accessories or the purchase of another device, including the purchase of the iPhone 5 at full retail price. The amount of the extra credit depends on the value of the iPhone 4 or 4S being traded in.
Not only is T-Mobile offering the highly anticipated iPhone 5 to its customers with numerous incentives, the company also is offering a slightly different model of the popular iPhone.
T-Mobile’s version features HD Voice, which reduces background noise and strengthens call quality. The feature works automatically when both devices on the call have it. There are only a few other handsets that are currently compatible with HD Voice, including the HTC One S, Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Nokia Astound.
Another advantage to buying the iPhone 5 from T-Mobile is that the device comes with HSPA+ 42 network, which allows for a download speed of up to 42Mbps.
The last perk unique to T-Mobile customers is unlimited 4G FaceTime. Any customer with an unlimited plan will be able to use the FaceTime calling feature on both HSPA+ and 4G LTE networks. There is no cap for this feature.
The one downside is that T-Mobile’s iPhone 5 is not currently offering Wi-Fi calling. The feature, which allows customers to make calls for free by using broadband, could be added at a later time, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
In addition to the unique features of T-Mobile’s model of the iPhone 5, the company is also offering new plans to its customers. T-Mobile announced in March that it was switching from contract plans to its new UnCarrier plans. The new Simple Choice plans replace the two-year contract plans. For $50 a month, customers receive unlimited talk and text along with 500MB of high-speed data. The data will throttle rates down to 2G speeds after a customer hits the limit.
There also are two additional data plan options available. Users can add 2GB of unthrottled data for an additional $10 each month. Fully unlimited 4G data is also available for $20, bringing the monthly total cost to $70. A second line will cost an extra $30 with additional lines costing $10 each after that.
Not only is T-Mobile offering new plans to customers, but the company also is offering a different iPhone 5 model with several unique benefits and several trade-in incentives to make the phone more affordable. It looks like T-Mobile is pulling all the stops with its release of the iPhone 5.
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