T-Mobile Announces 'Test Drive', A One Week Network Trial With a Free iPhone 5s

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    At its Un-Carrier 5.0 event in Seattle, T-Mobile announced a new program called Test Drive, which allows prospective customers to try out its network for 7 days with a free iPhone 5s.

    The carrier said that Apple is providing "tens of thousands" of iPhones for Test Drive, and expects more than a million users to use the program within the first year. In 1984, Apple itself used a similar test drive program to get people to try out the original Mac.

    T-Mobile CEO John Legere said the goal of the program is to change the perception some people have of the carrier's network, according to Re/code. The carrier has been rapidly enhancing its network in recent years, adding LTE and expecting to reach 250 million customers with that LTE network by the end of the year. Additionally, T-Mobile has 16 markets with "Wideband LTE", which lessens potential network congestion and increases speeds, and plans on introducing Voice-Over-LTE.

    The carrier also announced that current T-Mobile customers will be able to stream music from Spotify, Rdio, iTunes Radio and Pandora for free. T-Mobile negotiated deals with those streaming companies so that data from those apps don't count against a customer's data plan, according to Engadget. The company plans to add other services, like Google Play Music and Beats Music, if enough customers request them.

    Additionally, T-Mobile announced UnRadio, which allows customers on a Simple Choice plan to gain access to Rhapsody's entire music library for free with unlimited skips and no ads. UnRadio also doesn't count against a customer's data plan. Customers not on the Simple Choice plan will have to pay $4 a month for the service.

    Those who want to sign up for Test Drive must do so at T-Mobile's website for the program. Once a user signs up, T-Mobile will place a $699.99 (plus taxes) hold on a user's credit or debit card. If the phone isn't returned at the end of the 7 day trial, T-Mobile will charge the hold amount. Additionally, if the phone has water damage, a damaged display or screen or has Find My iPhone activated, T-Mobile will charge the user with a $100 "damage fee". If the phone is returned with no damage at the end of the 7 days, the hold is lifted.

    Article Link: T-Mobile Announces 'Test Drive', A One Week Network Trial With a Free iPhone 5s
  2. macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2014
  3. macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
  4. macrumors 601


    Mar 2, 2012
    Just thought this would be a good idea a few days ago. I'm still on my parent's plan, and I'm thinking of starting my own on T-Mobile, so this is exciting news!
  5. macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2009
    This is great news. Just shows how confident they are in the network.
  6. macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2009
    I will totally do this in the fall before the iPhone to see how I like their network before making the switch.

    As long as they get the iPhone 6 and the network holds up in Minneapolis, I'm totally dropping AT&T.
  7. macrumors 601


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    Very smart, one of the biggest barriers would be people not wanting to bother switching to begin with just to see if they still get coverage.
  8. macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2008
    Little Rock, AR
    I was literally thinking this evening that I would like to try T-Mobile out... I don't really know anybody that has them in my area. We are a mid-sized market so I am curious how their network is here.
  9. macrumors 601


    Mar 2, 2012
    Let's not overlook this detail. Wow!
  10. Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
  11. macrumors regular


    Sep 17, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    Am I the only one here that wouldn't consider the 5S a forward-thinking phone? Other than perhaps the whole 64bit stuff.
  12. macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2007
    I love my 5s :) And Tmobile :)

    I'm sure they'll test drive with the 6 when that comes out.
  13. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    I think it's more likely that they don't want customers who find they can't use the T-Mobile network. I have T-Mobile and I'll be the first to admit the T-Mobile network coverage is not great.

    The free streaming sounds great.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2013
    Uphill from Downtown
    Ya other than a few things here or there, you are totally right. :rolleyes:
    I mean, a car is just a scooter with 4 wheels and other stuff.
  15. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    64bit not so much for end users.

    TouchID really got people securing their devices. No one has anything as slick and seamless. No doubting its cpu power...
  16. macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2013
    IPhone 6 and 7 day test drive. Thank you very much. :)
  17. macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2010
    Big t-Mobile Fan

    I switched from AT&T to T-Mobile a year ago. No regrets. T-Mobile customer service is 10 out of 10 and I love their simple approach to pricing. I travel to Mexico a lot... the unlimited text and data is great and $0.20 per minute for calls isn't bad either.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    Holy *****! Thank you for pointing this out! I love T-mobile. Really hope this sprint deal doesnt kill the uncarrier attitude.
  19. macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    I don't think you have to get an iphone 5s. If after the test period you decide you would love to send t-mobile a monthly check but the iphone 5s isn't right for you I'm sure they'd have no problem letting you buy another phone. I hope people realize this probably won't apply to the iphone 6 (nor should it). Still a wonderful deal.
  21. macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    That's awesome I think I might want to test drive.
  22. macrumors 68000


    Jul 19, 2002
    Nice idea. Back in March I tried the tmobile $30 plan on my old iPhone 4s and was not impressed. Had decent coverage around home, but when I took it on a trip to Palm Springs it was very spotty on the drive and while I was there. Now the 4s does not have LTE and that is the area they are improving. Might be worth a test drive again when all my phones are LTE.
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2009
    On day 2, take a drive, in any direction for about 30 miles, let me know if you still have service.
  24. macrumors 68030

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    We just did this experiment but paid (and are getting our money back). We are supposedly in "Good" coverage according to T-mobile's map but had absolutely no coverage. We went from being worried about using our 1 GB of LTE per month to realizing we'd never be able to use any. Back on Verizon. I do like T-mobile's approach to things and maybe it's a good company for some areas, but not where I live.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2006
    I rarely use any of the streaming services on the road because of it using up my data. Now I will definitely be using them more. This is absolutely fantastic! I love T Mobile.

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