Apple yesterday took the wraps off its hotly anticipated new iPhone, the iPhone 5. Last night, Everything Everywhere, parent company of T-Mobile, Orange, and EE, confirmed that both T-Mobile and Orange would be carrying the device from September 21. So, you know where you can get it and when you can get it, but how much will it cost?
Though full price details are not yet available, Apple's UK website has the starting price for the iPhone 5 listed online. As you may already be aware, pre-orders for the iPhone 5 are opening up tomorrow, September 14. When they do, you'll be paying from £529 for the phones. Obviously, this is the price for the unlocked phone and you could get it much cheaper if you're willing to enter into a contract with a carrier. If that's the case, subsidies will likely bring the price down to £199 or cheaper. Still, if you're looking for an unlocked iPhone, you'll be paying at least £529 for the privilege. Though Apple doesn't specify, we assume this £529 price tag is for the lowest capacity 16GB model. The company also has a 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5 that will cost significantly more.
Specswise, in case you missed the announcement earlier, the iPhone 5 features a 4-inch 326 ppi, 1136 x 640 resolution display, a new Apple A6 SoC, an 8MP camera, improved battery life, 4G LTE, FaceTime over mobile networks, and iOS 6.
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The parent company of T-Mobile is Germany's "Deutsche Telekom" (100%)
"Everything Everywhere" is owned by Deutsche Telekom and France Télécom (50/50)
It's not cheaper, it's a lot more expensive. You simply pay less up front and far more over the contract's duration.
I would prefer Apple, Samsung and all others fix their prices of new phones at $200-$500 and compete for costumers with more and better features. And I am glad that seems to be the trend.
So you buy the phone yourself from somewhere else (places such as Best Buy often have phones for 20-50% less than buying directly from a carrier's store, just ignore what the employees say about almost everything) and then go to a carrier to get the service.
I bought my phone from bestbuy and had them activate it. I still signed a contract with sprint in the process. I got the phone discounted because I signed a contract not because I went to bestbuy, I could have done the same a sprint store. So it really didn't matter either way where I bought it.
I pay 100 bucks a month for two phones with unlimited internet. So, $100 for phones + contract = $100/month..... My other option was, $600 for phones w/no contract = $100/month. Sprint doesn't charge different amounts. They do however, charge for termination.