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T-Mobile Will Start Carrying the iPhone 5 on April 12th for $99

The popularity of the iPhone can't be denied. It is not surprising to know that major carriers in the U.S. strive to ensure that they offer the iPhone. Among the top national smartphone carriers in the U.S., only T-Mobile does not carry the iPhone. It seems that it's about to change because T-Mobile has announced that they will soon start offering the iPhone on April 12th.

T-Mobile iPhone Carrier

During a press event in New York on Tuesday, T-Mobile has officially announced that they will be the fourth carrier to offer the iPhone. The company will now follow the lead AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint. T-Mobile launched their new LTE network on Tuesday, which will be supported by the current high-end iPhone, the iPhone 5. Initially, T-Mobile’s LTE network is available in three major cities: Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose, California and Washington, D.C. Apart from the latest iPhone, the carrier will also offer older models, such as the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 in "select markets."

T-Mobile iPhone 5

T-Mobile is also going full speed ahead with their new Uncarrier branding and initiative. For starters, the carrier will employ a different selling strategy than its competitors. As opposed to having customers sign a two year contract, T-Mobile will give buyers an option to either pay full price for the device or have the cost spread over 24 months with installment plans. For the pricing as reported by The Verge,

A 16GB iPhone 5 will sell for $99 up front with 24 months of $20 payments — that's $579 over the two years, $70 less than buying an unlocked iPhone 5 from Apple. Similarly, the iPhone 4S will cost $69.99 down plus $20 per month and the iPhone 4 will cost $14.99 plus a $15 monthly charge. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on what happens if you cancel your plan or want to buy a new phone before those 24 months are up.

With T-Mobile joining in, will the top U.S. carriers now have to offer competitive pricing and better network quality rather than having exclusive devices?

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