Buying an unlocked iPhone and using a prepaid plan can save you a lot of money over two years. Over $1000 in savings actually. T-Mobile is the only major U.S. carrier that hasn’t landed a deal for the iPhone yet, but they’re not letting that stop them from getting new iPhone customers.
This week T-Mobile is pushing their new Unlimited & Unlocked campaign to get future iPhone 5 owners to buy an unlocked iPhone and bring it over to their network where they can save $1200 over two years versus AT&T.
T-Mobile already has 1 million unlocked iPhone users on their network, but to make things even easier, they’re going to install iPhone 4S demo units in stores and train sales staff on how to help customers set up their compatible iPhones, even though they won’t be selling iPhones in stores.
They’re even developing iOS versions of the T-Mobile apps, like T-Mobile myAccount, and T-Mobile Visual Voicemail because visual voicemail won’t work natively on the iPhone when you’re running it through T-Mobile’s network.
Plans start at $60 a month, which sounds great, except the fact that T-Mobile’s 3G network runs on a spectrum that’s not supported by the iPhone, so you’ll really be getting 2G speeds when you switch over.