“T-Mobile has officially announced its iPhone, which will cost $99 up front and then another $20 per month over the next 25 months, which brings the cost of a phone slightly lower than Apple’s iPhone list price of $650, at $580,” Rebecca Greenfield reports for The Atlantic Wire. “Even so, with two years worth of T-Mobile’s contract, it still comes out slightly more expensive than a similar AT&T plan.”
“But that’s not why the T-Mobile unsubsidized phones are not that good a deal,” Greenfield reports. “The bigger problem is that T-Mobile is not offering the cheapest 24 months of iPhone service on the market.”
Greenfield reports, “If you buy a $200 subsidized iPhone 5 at AT&T with a monthly plan for 2GB of data and 450 minutes, the all-in cost over two years is $1,916… [T-Mobile costs] $2,020. So T-Mobile isn’t saving you money, it’s just changing when you pay them. It’s an accounting change more than a value play.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, but you don’t get HD Voice and 7 whole cites with LTE coverage vs. 485 with Verizon Wireless.
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