Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 are now open at T-Mobile.com. You can purchase a shiny new iPhone 5 with no contract for $99 down and 24 payments of $20. That's $579 over two-years, and $70 less than buying an unlocked model directly from Apple.
The 24 payments of $20 will be added on top of your monthly service charges. T-Mobile's Simple Choice plans start at $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and 500MB of data. Each additional 2GB of data is $10 up to 12.5GB for $110. The T-Mobile iPhone is locked, but you can trade it in for a new device at anytime for "fair market credit". This also means you will need T-Mobile's permission if you decide to switch carriers, and will be required to payoff any remaining balance that you owe for the device.
T-Mobile not only announced that it was going to officially offer the iPhone 5, but the carrier explained it would fully support Wideband Audio. This marks the first time the feature touted by Apple at the iPhone 5 keynote event would be supported in the US. Now AT&T remarks that it too will roll out support for the feature, also known as HD Voice, later this year.
As AT&T continues to expand its LTE data network, the company plans to start sending voice calls over this network which will provide Wideband Audio capabilities for iPhone 5 owners. When Apple first announced the feature in fall 2012, only 20 carriers worldwide supported the feature. For its part, iPhone carrier Sprint is also planning to offer HD Voice down the line.
The iPhone 4, 4S and 5 will be available to T-Mobile customers starting on April 12th. Online pre-orders will open on April 5th through T-Mobile.com. All three iPhone models will be offered contract free for a small down payment. Qualifying customers can nab an iPhone 4 through T-Mobile's new Simple Choice Plan for $15, and pay it off in $15 monthly installments for 24 months. The iPhone 4S will cost $70, and the iPhone 5 will set you back $100. Both the iPhone 4S and 5 will cost $20 per month until they device is paid off in two-years. The $15 and $20 monthly payments will be added on top of any normal data service charges. You can read more about T-Mobile's new no contract service plans here.
UPDATE: The iPhone 4 and 4S will only be available in "select markets".
T-Mobile claims its new "uncarrier" model gives cell phone users more freedom, but customers will have to finish paying for their device if they decided to switch carriers, or upgrade to a newer model. However, customers will be able to keep making monthly payments, or trade-in a device for "fair market credit". All phones will also be sold locked, so people will need T-Mobile's permission if they decided to keep the phone and move to a new carrier.
The iPhone will play a "prominent role" at today's T-Mobile "Uncarrier" event being held in New York City, according to CNET. T-Mobile is expected to use the iPhone to showcase its new no-contract service plans which were rolled out over the weekend.
The carrier hopes its new no-subsidy model will attract customers since they can pay for smartphones and data in smaller monthly installments. This will allow customers to avoid restrictive two-year contracts and costly data plans by paying for new devices such as the iPhone 5 themselves. T-Mobile is also expected to roll out its new 4G LTE network on Tuesday.
Marvel fans will love this new Iron Man Mark VII iPhone 5 case from accessory maker Brando. The limited edition case transforms your iPhone into the ultimate Iron Man replica with its battery-powered LED arc reactor, and movable shoulder camera cover.
The Mark VII armor shell is a protective back case which allows you to access your display and Home button. Brando doesn't specify what type of materials it's made from, so it's unknown if the case actually provides any protection from bumps or falls. However, this is mostly a novelty purchase anyway.
Case-Mate has launched a high-end, quilted leather lineup of cases for the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5. The Madison Collection follows Case-Mate's popular Glam and Pearls Collections for iOS and Android devices. The new cases feature genuine Swarovski Crystals for some extra bling, and an utra-soft microfiber liner for added protection. Case-Mate's Signature Leather collection also features clutches and a variety of iPad cases for women.
Android and BlackBerry fans will want to check out the Signature Flip cases with additional protective front screen cover. The Flip case is fashioned from genuine leather, and offers complete front and rear protection. The Signature Flip case by Case-Mate is available for the Samsung Galaxy S2/S3, the BlackBerry Z10, and the iPhone 5 in white or black for $50.
Accessory maker BodyGuardz is offering 15% off all their smartphone and tablet cases for Presidents' Day. The sale starts today and ends Monday, February 18th. The sale includes cases and screen protectors for the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, iPad and iPad mini. Non-Apple devices include the Samsung Galaxy S3, BlackBerry Z10 and Google Nexus 7.
BodyGuards offers many different skins, screen protectors, and stylish cases including its popular Armor Art lineup. The ultra-thin and durable Armor Art skins feature a lot different and interesting custom prints. The basic Armor lineup only features three colors, but are PVC based film / carbon fiber skins which protect your phone from scratches and dings. The mykase series not only protects your iPhone from drops and bumps, but also features a system of interchangeable plates so you can mix and match styles on the fly.
The official iOS 6 jailbreak entitled "evasi0n" is now available for all iOS devices including the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. The jailbreak works with any Apple device capable of running iOS 6 or iOS 6.1, except the third-gen Apple TV. You can now download the Mac OS X, Linux or Windows versions for free from the official evasi0n website. This new jailbreak comes courtesy of an all-star jailbreaking team known as the evad3rs.
Here are three simple rules you should follow before jailbreaking your device:
- Backup your iOS device using iTunes or iCloud before using evasi0n. This way you are sure to never lose any data if something wrong happens.
- Please disable the lock passcode of your iOS device before using evasi0n. It can cause issues.
- Be patient while the jailbreaking process is running, don’t start iTunes or Xcode in the meanwhile. The best is to not touch the computer until the end of the jailbreaking process.
Case-Mate is offering 20% off its new line of Olo smartphone cases. The line features a variety of colorful and playful cases for the iPhone (4, 4S and 5 only) Samsung Galaxy S3 and even the newly introduced BlackBerry Z10. There are three categories of Olo Cases available: Sleek & Slim, Just for Fun and Rugged Protection.
There are six Sleek & Slim cases available for various Apple and Android smartphones, and three Rugged Protection cases available for the iPhone, some Android devices and even the iPad. However, the Just for Fun cases are what really make Case-Mate's Olo line standout. The group offers 24 different cute cases with various animal and other custom designed prints, such as the cupcake case pictured above. All the Just for Fun cases are made of impact resistant, flexible silicone and feature easy-to-hold grips to protect against bumps and falls.
Apple's low-cost iPhone will feature "a 4-inch screen, like the iPhone 5, a bottom like the latest iPod touch, and a shape that’s most similar to the iPod classic," according to iLounge's Jeremy Horwitz. The phone will be comprised mostly of plastic like a previous rumor suggested, and it will feature the same sensor, camera, and button arrangement as the iPhone 5. The low-cost iPhone 5 will also sport a Gorilla Glass screen, "pill-shaped" volume buttons, and Lightning port.
Here's Horwitz's description of the new phone:
"Apple’s budget housing looks closest to the iPod classic in shape, though not in materials. Unlike the plastic iPhone 3G/3GS, which featured soft curves on all sides, the budget iPhone’s curves start and end at flat surfaces, so each side and the back are flat..."