T-Mobile Drops iPhone Down Payment Price by $4, Increases Monthly Payment by $1

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    When T-Mobile began selling the iPhone back in April, the carrier offered the entry level iPhone 5 for a down payment of just $100 with 24 monthly payments of $20 for a total device cost of $580.

    In May, T-Mobile changed the down payment pricing to $150, bringing the total cost of the iPhone to $630, and today Tmonews reports that the carrier adjusted its pricing once again, lowering the down payment price to $145.99 but raising its monthly equipment installment price by $1, effectively making the overall price of the phone $649.99 ($145.99 + $21 x 24). That is essentially the same price that an unsubsidized phone costs directly from Apple.

    The decreased down payment brings the initial cost of the 32GB iPhone 5 to $245.99 and the cost of the 64GB iPhone 5 to $345.99. T-Mobile's no contract monthly data plans remain the same, beginning at $50 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data.

    Article Link: T-Mobile Drops iPhone Down Payment Price by $4, Increases Monthly Payment by $1
  2. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    Maybe I don't understand it correctly, maybe my math is wrong, but that's not a $5 difference.
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Then my math is equally wrong. :eek: Also, if you write "down payment" in the title then don't you think you should remain consistent and not write "downpayment" in the article? You had a 50/50 chance that one spelling was correct.

    PS: is this really a big deal though?
  4. Carlanga, Jul 3, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2013

    Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    nvm saw the $50
    Just wondering, how much is the monthly usage fees? call & data+whatever fees?
  5. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    I think we were ignoring the $0.99, I've updated the article to reflect the $4 price difference. Thanks!
  6. woodlandtrek macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2008
    From the article:
  7. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    thanks, just saw it! lol
    Don't know how I missed it.
  8. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    It's $145.99 to buy a 16GB iPhone 5, then there's a $21 per month device fee and a $50 per month plan for unlimited data, talk, and texts. With the $50/month plan, data is throttled after 500MB.

    With a $60 plan, data is throttled after 2GB, and with a $70 plan, there's unlimited 4G data.

    So an entry level phone on the cheapest plan will run you $71/month (plus standard taxes and fees).
  9. bniu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    T-Mobile's offering just sounds like an engineer trying to sell his formula to customers. Just sounds incredibly complicated. Just sell the phone at $649/$749/$849 and provide cheap service rates. Nice and simple!
  10. macs4nw macrumors 68040


    Way to confuse people. Is this gonne mean any significant change to either the consumer or t-mob? All this nickel-and-diming only serves to antagonize potential customers. Make up your mind guys.
  11. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    People will balk at the price since they're used to the "$200"-ish price for phones and are clueless to the actual price of phones.

    T-Mobile's way is a great middle-of-the-road approach. Though I agree changes like this is kinda pathetic. Just set a price and stick with it. If they realized they should've charged more, just wait for the new iPhone to drop, and change the price with it. Looks much better that way.
  12. 1enckore macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2009
    My take its not working well, people are probably buying the phones leaving for other carrier or its not helping because you can leave anytime.. No contract is killing them
  13. blue22 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2010
    early iPhone Magenta adopters got a nice deal...

    Those people who bought an iPhone from T-Mobile during it's initial $100 promotion lucked out, but now everyone else will to pay the standard full price, no surprise there.

    However still, T-mo offers a more flexible and less expensive "contract" than the big 2 USA telecoms & Sprint. Service reliability and robustness on T-Mo's network on the other hand is an entirely different matter...
  14. outphase macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    You will get billed for the remainder cost of the phone. There's no customer benefit to getting a "discounted" iPhone to just take it to AT&T.
  15. OriginalMacRat macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    Or you just buy the iPhone directly from Apple and pop in a T-Mobile prepay SIM at $30/mo. (The $30 plans are in the smaller print at the bottom of the page.)


    Unlike the big three, T-Mobile doesn't require a minimum plan to use an iPhone on their network. You have real choices based on your usage.
  16. BruiserB macrumors 65816

    Aug 9, 2008
    I was able to get the initial $70 reduced price at introduction and got on the $30 plan and was recently able to get my iPhone unlocked. It was a complicated process, but I saved the $70! With the current pricing it would be much better just to go to the Apple store and buy the phone already unlocked since the price is the same.
  17. aneftp macrumors 68040

    Jul 28, 2007
    Tmobile USA is just as deceptive as the other carriers. This "uncarrier" branding may stop the bleeding of customers but won't gain them much more.

    I think the FCC needs to force tmobile to reveal in big bold print the full cost of the phone as the primary headline than tmobile can put in smaller print the lower down payment.

    This isn't a car lease where u have to retune the car. Dealers can promote low leases. But this is a full price of a phone consumers are responsible for.
  18. BruiserB macrumors 65816

    Aug 9, 2008
    Do you then also believe that AT&T and VZ should have to put their Early Termination Fees in big bold print as well as tell you that your phone plan will never get cheaper even after you have satisfied your contract?
  19. aneftp macrumors 68040

    Jul 28, 2007
    Yes. I agree.

    The postpaid system in the US is a scam. Unfortunately the local, federal and city government are also involved with these post paid carriers since many get a "cut" of the fees.

    So they will probably end up not doing anything about it.
  20. JacinTatt macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2012
    WOW!!!!! $4 SAVINGS!!!! Quick everyone, run to the bank, withdraw your savings, spend it on something nice!!!!!

  21. Michael Scrip macrumors 601

    Mar 4, 2011
    Like the rest of the world does it!

    But no... people in America are used to paying $199 for a phone in exchange for signing a contract for 2 years.

    I applaud T-Mobile US for trying this experiment... but it doesn't look like it's working very well.

    T-Mobile was always cheaper than the bigger carriers like Verizon and AT&T... so you'd think they'd have the most customers. But they don't.

    Where I live... T-Mobile coverage isn't so great. I guess that's why people prefer the larger carriers.

    In other words... T-Mobile branding themselves as the "uncarrier" with no contracts and telling people to "buy your own phone" isn't exactly bringing in the customers.
  22. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

    Jun 24, 2010
    Last week I was able to have TigerDirect knock off $5 from my Router.

    I saved $20 bucks on a Micro bluetooth speaker at Frys.

    I bought 2 motorcycle tires for $189 dollars shipped; I saved about $80

    I used a 20% coupon at harbor freight saving me about $6 bucks.

    I can go on and on all day. Ask yourself; is this really news worthy?
  23. vmachiel macrumors 68000

    Feb 15, 2011
    It's summer, nothing happens so everything is news worthy
  24. Plutonius macrumors 603


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    T-Mobile will not unlock the phone immediately so now it's better to buy the iPhone unlocked at an Apple store and then subscribe to T-Mobile service.
  25. illegalprelude macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    Yea, I'm a bit confused. I thought the shnit with them was that you would save money. I'm failing to see how I would save anything if I'm going to pay the same price for a phone...

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