The newest national carrier of the iPhone, T-Mobile, has ended a promotional "introductory price"
period for the iPhone 5, raising the down payment from $99 to $149 for the 16GB model -- with similar $50 increases for the 32GB and 64GB models. Though it is still one of the cheapest ways to buy an iPhone 5 rather than buying a no-contract phone or going through a contract with one of the other carriers, the price difference with a T-Mobile plan is now down to about $20 less than buying the iPhone outright.
Not affected by the change in introductory pricing is is the is trade-in promotion, which allows users to bring in previous-generation iPhones and apply credit towards the iPhone 5, which could conceivably get the down payment down to zero, reports Tmo News
. The company also offers "unlimited" options for talk, text and data, as well as greater-than-usual flexibility in changing plan options, since the plans are separated for the monthly payment towards the cost of the iPhone.
Contrary to some of T-Mobile's earlier "Uncarrier" branding, signing up for an iPhone 5 does obligate you to up to 24 months on T-Mobile's service at the standard monthly payment on the iPhone plus whatever package options for calling, text and data a user chooses. The carrier was forced to change
some of its advertising after the Attorney General for Washington state found the original claims about "no annual contract" to be "deceptive."