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T-Mobile USA starts selling the iPhone 5

Only seven months behind the UK
Fri Apr 05 2013, 15:29
Apple iPhone 5 black

HOT ON THE HEELS of the anticipated launch of the iPhone 5S, T-Mobile USA has started taking preorders for the iPhone 5.

This is a weird story, especially given that the UK arm of T-Mobile started selling the handset seven months ago. Still, we suppose it's good news for those who like to buy smartphones fashionably late.

What's more astonishing is that the iPhone 5 is the first Apple smartphone to arrive on the T-Mobile network in the US.

Still, this isn't really T-Mobile's fault - as in the network's delayed iPhone launch isn't because the network doesn't like Apple, nor because it simply hasn't got round to it yet. It's taken until now because T-Mobile is on a 1700MHz AWS network which, coincidentally, is incompatible with the iPhone. However, after some refarming, T-Mobile can finally offer the Apple iPhone, albeit six years late to the game.

US T-Mobile subscribers excited about the news can preorder the phone now, ahead of its release on 12 April. Unlike other, more popular networks in the States, T-Mobile's pricing strategy is a bit different.

Instead of offering a lengthy contract, T-Mobile is offering the 16GB iPhone 5 for £99 upfront with 24 monthly payments of $20 to follow, or for £579 in total. The 32GB and 64GB models cost £679 and $779 in total, respectively. From there, T-Mobile customers can choose from three different plans offering calls, texts and data, ranging from $50 to $70 per month. We're glad we live in England. µ


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