iPhone 5 on T-Mobile?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by tianh, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. tianh macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2009
    Does anyone know that if I buy the iPhone 5 unlocked, will I be able to use it on T-Mobile network in the Bay Area while still receiving 3g speed? Anyway I could check?
  2. iTouch macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2007
    You might have to wait a little for unlocked iPhone 5s and of course, pay the full price on the phone starting at $649 or so for the 16GB. And they are refarming some of their spectrum to work with faster data speeds. But that's pretty limited right now. Call it a work in progress. Otherwise it's EDGE.
  3. Mr Hill macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    T-Mobile is talking like their top markets will have 3G iPhone compatibility by the 21st of Sept. but no one knows for sure. If you want a 5 I would suggest you wait until October to see where the 3G is rolled out. I see no reason to jump the gun and grab one if your area is still on Edge.
  4. Starfyre macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    Plus theres the little problem with the nano-sim. Getting one of those automatically renews your contract by 2 years if i am not mistaken.
  5. Vegastouch macrumors 603


    Jul 12, 2008
    Las Vegas, NV
    I just read this a few days ago. Their updated network for use with phones from say AT&T is online in some cities. New York, Seattle, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C. and i think Chicago. i know those for sure. Dont recall the Bay Area though. There may be more but i dont remember.
  6. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

    Jul 7, 2008
    You are mistaken. Besides, like with the micro-sim there will be sim cutters available within hours.
  7. Fissure macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2010
    I wouldn't think so. If I buy a iPhone 5 outright, no contract, and go to AT&T to activate I don't believe they'll slap a 2 year commitment on me for buying one of thier $30 nano-SIM cards.

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