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T-Mobile finally joins the iPhone business

By Steven Mitchell,

T-Mobile has gone from the only carrier out of the big four to not offer the iPhone to now offering the popular phone for $199 plus a monthly fee.

According to Time, the iPhone will be coming to T-Mobile beginning April 12. T-Mobile will sell the iPhone 5, 4 and 4S.

The carrier will still be different from all the other carriers as they worked with Apple and it's set of iPhone 5s will feature HD Voice.

“We are the only carrier that’s going to have HD Voice on the iPhone 5,” said T-Mobile president and CEO, John Legere. HD Voice means, “Nationwide crystal-clear high-definition calling and significantly reduced background noise.”

Legere and T-Mobile are looking to sell the iPhone differently than their competitors, reports The Wall Street Journal. Instead of buying the iPhone 5 at $199 with a two-year contract, T-Mobile has another offer for you.

A customer can either buy the iPhone 5 at $580 or pay $100 upfront and $20 a month over two-years. Competing carriers offer the same phone for $199 with a two-year contract, and without the contract the iPhone 5 costs $650.

"The rate plan is just going to be about the service," Legere said. "There is a lot more transparency in device cost."

T-Mobile plans to do the same for the iPhone 4 and 4S. For the 4 you can either buy it upfront for $550 and pay $70 upfront and $20 a month over two years. The 4S can be purchased at $375 with $15 upfront and $15 a month.

The carrier also announced that LTE service is running in seven areas. They are Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose and Washington, D.C. T-Mobile estimates the LTE network will cover 100 million people by mid-year and 200 million by the end of the year.

 
 

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