T-Mobile is the last of the big four — Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint — to receive the iPhone 5 with LTE support. Besides supporting the new T-Mobile LTE network, which also has launched today, the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile sports a different plan than on the other carriers. Customers can either full price for the device at the time of purchase, or spread the cost over 20 months with installment plans. A 16GB iPhone 5 will sell for $99 up front starting April 12th, with 20 months of $20 payments, on top of the monthly service bill.
As a result, T-Mobile won’t be as aggressive with the transition of unlocked iPhone 5 units from AT&T. The advantage of having the iPhone on T-Mobile is the LTE network in the first 7 cities — Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose, and Washington DC — NYC will debut in the summer, with 4G HSPA+ speeds as the backup network, meaning you might not notice the speed difference, plus HD voice technology.
Press release after the break.