I'm seeing a lot of false information on major tech news sites like Verge, seems like no one takes their time to actually educate themselves before writing about it. It's even sadder watching them talking about T-Mobile plans on Verge Mobile Podcast, looking like complete tools.
Since we already know most of it, I though I'd add a comparison between T-Mo and Apple retail offerings.
T-Mobile Retail Store:
- You can either purchase an iPhone 5 outright for $579, or if your credit qualified, put a $99 downpayment and spread the remaining $480 however you want.
- Minimum EIP is $20 a month, but you can pay more and pay off your phone in much less time.
- Once paid off they'll unlock your phone.
- You can also put a higher downpayment and end up getting a lower than $20 minimum monthly requirement if you wish.
Apple Retail Store:
- The price of iPhone 5 is still $650 if you're just buying an unlocked phone.
- You can chose to apply for their Barclays Credit card and if qualified, they'll offer you 24 interest free financing.
- If approved, you'll put $99 downpayment and your Barclays card is covering the remaining $550. Minimum payment is $20 a month, and after 6 months of on time monthly payments, they'll credit you with $70 which will match T-Mobile Retail Store offer of $579.
- Once the phone purchase is complete, they'll proceed to TAP T-Mo activation which will set up your plan.
Verizon 20Mhz FDD LTE
T-Mobile 10Mhz FDD LTE
Will the phones sold at Apple stores on the 12th work with all Tmobile bands?
One thing I've wondered, do they do another credit check when you get the phone or is your credit worthiness already decided when you got the account? Reason I'm wondering is I have no idea whether tmo thinks I'm worthy or not to finance a phone? Couldn't find anything in the online account
You're basically qualifying for EIP since there is no contract on the plan.
You mentioned doing a swap at the Genius Bar after May 1st? Is there a reason why doing this exchange after May 1st is a good time to do it? The reason why I asking this question is because I've been having issues with my iPhone for about two months now. Thanks!
The reason I'm suggesting after May 1st is because there is usually 14day return policy for new purchases so if someone buys a new 1428 at the store, and the unit is not working right, they'll most likely replace it on the sales floor. After 14 days that's handled at the Bar. So just to be safe so that the Bar at your friendly store has enough stock of the "New A1428", I'd suggest swapping it around the 1st.
We will have to check the boxes to make sure it shows AWS HSPA .
If we have factory unlocked iPhone 5 devices, and do a warranty exchange, would the new model be TMobile factory unlocked too? Cause it seems that if someone buys the TMobile version on credit, the phone is locked to TMobile until you fully pay off the device.
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If you bought a factory unlocked device, the replacement is gonna be factory unlocked.
Once unlocked, every swap stays unlocked.
What makes an Apple store swap out the phones? I've never heard of this phone swapping. I purchased my iPhone 5 in January straight from Apple. Could I just go in and ask them to swap mine for one of the newer models because I'm on T-Mobile?