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T-Mobile iPhone 5 release hopes take a hit

If you were optimistic that T-Mobile would soon pick up the iPhone 5 and offer it to consumers on contract, we have some new information for you to digest. It turns out that while T-Mobile would love to offer the device to their customers, it appears that they are not going to be embroiled in a pricing war or fully commit to Apple’s demands like Sprint recently did with their monumental contract with Apple.

It’s no secret that a T-Mobile iPhone 5 on contract is hot property in the US at the moment. As it stands, Apple only offers the iPhone on contract with AT&T, Verizon and now Sprint after the company put pen to paper. We saw the same debate emerge after the iPhone 4 and 4S launched without support for T-Mobile and now T-Mobile looks set to miss out on the iPhone 5, unless Apple shows some leniency on their current asking price – which they are obviously not going to do with Sprint showing their willingness and doing whatever it takes to secure the iPhone 5 for their contract customers – even if Sprint themselves will not make a profit until 2015.

T-Mobile COO Jim Alling has been speaking about the lack of an iPhone 5 on their company, admitting that the device is responsible for a loss of customers during the third-quarter of 2013 and will again hit the company when Q4 results are released. That means that devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Nexus 4 are left to steady the ship for T-Mobile and consumers who enjoy T-Mobile’s coverage and reasonable prices will be scratching their heads as to why T-Mobile doesn’t just sign a similar deal to Sprint.

Does T-Mobile really need the iPhone 5 and future iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 models on contract though, when many consumers flock to T-Mobile with unlocked models looking for a pre-paid plan? Of course, the situation may change significantly when T-Mobile finally push out their LTE service and decide that now is the right time to be striking deals with Apple to carry the iPhone.

At the moment, HSPA+ is the standard for the T-Mobile and Google obviously feels that it is more than capable by building their Nexus 4 in a way where it doesn’t have support for LTE – sort of. Where do you stand on T-Mobile’s lack of iPhone debate? Do you think they should just bite the bullet and pull a Sprint to get the ball rolling?

If you have an unlocked iPhone on T-Mobile, let us know if you are currently happy with the plan you are on, or if you would jump on an official iPhone 5S contract on T-Mobile, should it happen in the future.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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jm
jm

ps i have tmobile for many years now, i have 5 iphones on their network. im running on edge wich is not fast but ill sacrifice as long as we have an iphone. At home we just use wifi everyone is happy. If they get the iphone 5 i would probably have to get 5 of them. samsung is nice but they feel like crappy chinese toys, iphone feels classy more than just a phone.

jm
jm

i love the apple commercial – if you dont have an iphone-well than you just dont have an iphone:( nothing can state it better than that.

tMobileCoach
tMobileCoach

When phones stopped being just devices to take calls and text, the product of Mobile companies became devices AND service. Having a great network is not enough anymore. T-Mobile needs to merge with a company with an Apple contract OR sign the contract IF they want to be around a while. I’m sure they know this or they have their head where the sun doesn’t shine. Apple knows the value of their products and so does Sprint. The market defines what’s necessary and iPhone is one of them. I do not work for Apple and am long time t-mobile user.

Sierra123
Sierra123

I have a question do you have to go to the apple store or can it be any store like best buy ? Because Im trying to get the iphone 5 but without a contractbut it cost so much money if you say “I would like to buy AT&T’s version of iPhone 5 without contract and also say “device only”. How much would it be ?

miguel martinez
miguel martinez

Good for you T-Mobile you got balls to pay Apple for their crap… Its a shame because it it also doesn’t seem to have worked for Sprint either…they keep losing more customers (me included) every quarter. In order to profit from those customers they attempted hook with the IPhone, they need to maintain those customers. They lose more post paid customers than they have them sign a 2 year contract.Their services suck and customer service even more. So with that said Good for you T-Mobile.

chuckdr
chuckdr

I got my daughter an iphone 4s. Runs like a champ on tmobile. It also gets att 3g signal occasionally here in CT…..picture messages work . Browser is reasonably fast…..overall give it a b+

AppleHater101
AppleHater101

I’m pretty happy with my plan for iphone just hoped i would be able to buy the iphone 5 factory unlocked but thats apple’s fault.

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