At a press event this morning, T-Mobile revealed the date many of its customers have been wait for: the iPhone 5 will be released by this carrier on Friday, April 12.
This smartphone is going to be $100, plus monthly payments. This is significantly below the price being charged by other U.S. telecoms.
The carrier will also be offering the Apple iPhone 4S for as little as $70, while the iPhone 4 will be $15.
The iPhone 5 will support T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network and it will also be able to connect to its nascent 4G LTE network.
T-Mobile is the last of the Big Four U.S. carriers to pick up Apple’s smartphone. It was once an AT&T exclusive, but over the past couple of years Verizon and Sprint have begun offering it to their subscribers.
This will be the first device to launch using T-Mobile’s new system under which its customers don’t have to sign service contracts.
The telecom’s new Simple Choice Plan starts at $50 per month for unlimited talk and text, plus 500MB of 4G data. Consumers can add 2GB of 4G data for $10 per month per line or get unlimited 4G data for an additional $20 per month per line.
Whle the iPhone 5 will be available for $100 down, anyone taking this offer will be required to pay T-Mobile $20 a month for 24 months ($580 total). The iPhone 4S can be had for $70, but again a $20 a month charge for 24 months will be required ($550 total). Getting the iPhone 4 for 410 will require a $15 per month payment for 24 months ($375).
Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 will begin on Friday, April 5.