T-Mobile USA is damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. A Merrill Lynch analyst said yesterday that T-Mobile may be getting Apple’s iPhone next week, which could be very good news for the struggling wireless carrier. But it will only be good news if T-Mobile’s network is ready for massive iPhone sales, and if T-Mobile doesn’t sign the same horrible financial deal as Sprint.
Lots of people are already using iPhones on T-Mobile’s network, and more will come this week because of two things: Apple just started officially selling unlocked iPhone 5s, and T-Mobile has begun converting cities over to iPhone-compatible 1900Mhz 3G. Since the iPhone 5 supports T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42, T-Mobile users in 15 cities will be able to get LTE-like speeds with their super-cheap Value Plans and Monthly 4G plans. That’s great for T-Mobile, it’s great for iPhone users, and it’s great for America.
Apple is now selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 5, which will allow you to ditch the two-year carrier contract, but set you back at least $649.
The 16GB unlocked iPhone 5 is on sale for $649, the 32GB is $749, and the 64GB version is $849 on Apple’s website; no word on when they might appear in Apple Stores. The phone is currently available to ship in one week, but Apple is limiting people to two per customer.
Having an unlocked iPhone means you aren’t tied to a carrier for the next two years. Apple’s website, however, says its unlocked iPhone 5 currently only runs on GSM networks in the U.S., which means AT&T and T-Mobile, but not Verizon or Sprint.
“When you travel internationally, you can also use a micro-SIM card for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S or a nano-SIM card for iPhone 5 from a local GSM carrier,” Apple said.
I took two big trips in October — one fun one to Europe, and one Hurricane Sandy-induced road trip. Here are the digital tools I found most useful on the road — and the ones that were more of a hindrance.
In October, my husband and I took two big trips. One of them — a week in Berlin and Amsterdam following the Frankfurt Book Fair — was planned. The other — a 21-hour drive back to New York City when Hurricane Sandy canceled our flight home from a Florida wedding — was unplanned. Here are the apps I found most (and least) useful on these two very different journeys.
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