T-Mobile Preps For iPhone 5 By Telling AT&T Customers They Will Save Them $1200

T-Mobile Preps For iPhone 5 By Telling AT&T Customers They Will Save Them $1200

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.

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  • TheMadTurtle

    “…so you’ll really be getting 2G speeds when you switch over.” Very true. However, cell phone calls sound just as good on 2G as 4G. Email and web surfing work fine as well. If you’re going to be downloading lots of apps while not on wifi, that’s the place you’ll see it.

  • Aaron

    Thanks to Cult of Mac, I switched over to StraightTalk on my unlocked iPhone 4. It’s $45/month and has unlimited talk, unlimited text, and “unlimited” data (throttled past 2GB). Better yet, it works on the 3G AT&T network, unlike T-Mobile.

    Since the iPhone is going to work on 2G, doesn’t that mean you can’t use data and voice at the same time? That’s how it was on my old 2G phone…

  • Daniel Spinner

    It all depends on the area. Not everyone who uses an IPhone on T-Mobile network will get 2g. You forgot to mention how T-Mobile is already in the process of upgrading their networks.

  • The_Truth_Hurts

    Love T-Mobile. Great service & great prices. What will make that even better is about any unlocked phone will work on T-Mobile without a problem, shortly.

  • sjordi

    Actually it’s partially true. 2G will be available everywhere.
    Now, what they offer is 4G but a bit “cropped”. It’s actually HSPA+. It’s not 4G LTE full throttle, but it’s better than 3G (and of course 2G).
    The network will improve the coverage, but for now, only a few cities are 4G HSPA+

    Here is an excerpt: “Due to device design restrictions, iPhones operate at 2G (EDGE) speeds on the T-Mobile network. However, beginning in 2012, T-Mobile will introduce HSPA+ service in our 1900 MHz PCS spectrum. When we do, our 4G network will be compatible with a broader range of devices, including the iPhone”

  • Shane Bryson

    It all depends on the area. Not everyone who uses an IPhone on T-Mobile network will get 2g. You forgot to mention how T-Mobile is already in the process of upgrading their networks.

    Not true. Every single iPhone on T-Mobile will only run 2G (EDGE) Speeds. It’s the only data band on their network compatible with the iPhone. Also, T-Mobile is upgrading their network, but not to compatible data frequencies, which is the reason they do not have the iPhone as of right now.

  • Babak Mir-Eschghi

    If you don’t meet AT&T’s requirements to unlock your iPhone, it can still be done with UnlockStreak activations for iTunes, which turns it into iPhone unlock software. That type of unlock is permanent like the one from AT&T.

  • Daniel Spinner

    Well how do you explain me being able to receive 3g on my Iphone?

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