The T-Mobile iPhone 5s will be available on September 20, 2013 through T-Mobile.com and at T-Mobile retail locations. The 16GB iPhone 5s is $99 down, plus 24 monthly payments of $22.91 for a total of $648.84.
T-Mobile will be accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5c through T-Mobile.com on September 13, 2013. The 16GB iPhone 5c is zero dollars down, plus 24 monthly payments of $22 for a total of $528. That's $21 less than Apple's off-contract price of $549.
UPDATE: The 32GB model is $99 down, plus 24 monthly payments of $22.91 for a total of $648.84.
It's official. Both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will begin shipping on September 20, 2013. Apple announced the new handsets at its press event today in Cupertino, California. The iPhone 5s will cost $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model on a two year contract from AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint. T-Mobile customers can nab a contract free version of the new Apple phone for $549 (16GB) and $649 (32GB).
The 8GB iPhone 4s is now free on-contract and the iPhone 5c is $99 for the 16GB model, and $199 for the 32GB model. The iPhone 5 has been discontinued. The iPhone 5s will be available in black, silver and gold, and the iPhone 5c will be available in green, white, yellow, red and blue.
T-Mobile has reportedly blacked out employee vacations between September 20th and 22nd, according to TMO News. Employee vacation blackouts normally occur around big product launches to ensure there are enough employees around to assist customers. The only known upcoming announcement is the Samsung Galaxy Note III on September 4th, but it is more likely T-Mobile is preparing for the launch of the rumored iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
Apple is expected to announce both the iPhone 5S and low cost iPhone 5C on September 10th. Apple typically announces new devices on a Tuesday or Wednesday before releasing them on a following Friday. This means a September 20th release date would fall in place with previous Apple product launches.
T-Mobile is really determined to turn the mobile world upside down by breaking all the rules. At an event in New York today, T-Mobile announced its new JUMP plan, which allows customers to upgrade their phones up to twice a year.
"We are going to redefine a stupid, broken and arrogant industry," T-Mobile US CEO John Legere said at the press event. "Two years is too long to be locked into a phone. That's 730 days of watching new phones come out that you cannot have."
T-Mobile subscribers can join the the JUMP program for only $10 a month. After the first six months of enrollment, JUMP subscribers will be able to trade in eligible phones to participating T-Mobile stores and upgrade to a new device. Equipment Installment Plans will be erased, and customers will be able to buy their new device for a new upfront price. This is a great plan for early adopters who like to acquire the latest smartphones as soon as they're released.