T-Mobile USA CEO: Apple iPhone debut, phone subsidies to be eliminated in April-May

“Deutsche Telekom AG unit T-Mobile USA will start selling the Apple Inc. iPhone in about three to four months and will enforce its plan to get rid of cellphone subsidies in a similar timeframe, according to Chief Executive John Legere,” Sinead Carew reports for Reuters.

“Legere declined to disclose details about the company’s agreement with Apple, except to say that T-Mobile USA’s timing for selling the smartphone would be sooner rather than later, along with its subsidy elimination plan.,” Carew reports. “‘They’re all, I would call them, in three to four months as opposed to six to nine months,’ Legere told Reuters in an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.”

Carew reports, “T-Mobile USA said late last year it would eliminate handset subsidies in 2013 to give customers more flexibility and lower service prices. It said at the same time that it will also sell the iPhone, making it the last U.S. mobile provider to do so.”

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    1. They’ve already said they would finance the phones (installments). That’s what subsidies do. The difference is that with subsidies you don’t know the terms and the payments never stop.

  1. Great news! Record smartphone sales reported from AT&T, and T-Mobile announces it will begin selling the iPhone in the U.S., meaning the iPhone will be available on all 4 major U.S. carriers.

    And AAPL stock drops, of course. How long will the AAPL discount sale last?

  2. Now I want to see how low T-Mobile’s monthly rates are. If I can’t get talk/data/text plus taxes all for less than $60 a month, I’m better off just staying with AT&T and accepting their $450 iPhone subsidy once every 24 months.

    1. T-mobile is already offering all-you-can-eat plans starting at $50 per month (plus nothing but your state’s sales tax). In fact, there is even a $30 plan with unlimited data and text, plus some 150 minutes of talk.

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