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In the United States, operator will sell iPhone 5 for just $ 100; model A1428 was modified by Apple [atualizado]

In the United States, three of the four largest operators market the iPhone. They are: AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint. THE T-Mobile, fourth largest and considered by many to offer the best (or least worse) service there, still did not sell the Apple device and suffered from it. Each quarter, more and more customers left the operator looking for the iPhone.

iPhone 5 by T-Mobile

Today, however, she announced that on April 12 she will start selling iPhones. The news is not important for us Brazilians, but it is still curious for some reasons. The first is the price: as informed by the Engadget, anyone who wants to buy a 16GB iPhone 5 on T-Mobile can pay $ 100 at the time of purchase, plus 24 installments of $ 20. And s. These 24 installments, in fact, give the right to the most basic plan, which should be enough for many people.

There are other options, such as an unlimited plan for $ 50 but, taking the most basic as an example, T-Mobile is selling the 16GB iPhone 5 for $ 580, cheaper than the $ 650 charged by Apple for the unlocked version of the device. That's right, you pay less and still bring a plan as a free gift. How she is managing to do this, I do not know, perhaps risking a heavy risk, as she has been losing many clients over the past few months. But it doesn't matter: to be envious, isn't it?

Information on what happens if the customer decides to leave the operator or change devices during this 24-month period has not yet been clarified. However, it is known that the iPhone sold by her is not all flowers, of course. However, after 24 months, the customer can request the unlock.

The second curious detail of this story is that Apple built a ?new? iPhone for T-Mobile. In fact, the device has the same numbering as the model sold by AT&T and Brazilian operators (A1428). The new version brings support for AWS bands (advanced wireless services), which Apple can only solve by moving the device's hardware, as this support cannot be added through a simple software update. Apple confirmed to the Engadget that the ?new? device is already in production and that, soon, to replace the old one it is already being tested by the FCC, ?ANATEL from the USA?.

It is good to make it clear that, despite this change in hardware, nothing changes for us. The AWS band is not used here, so for Brazilians it doesn't matter if the iPhone 5 is a new or old model A1428.

Update

There was a lot of confusion about whether the device was locked or not, but apparently it came unlocked from the factory! Himself Engadget, who participated in the launch event of T-Mobile, had said that the future iPhone marketed by the operator would be blocked, but now said that the model would be free of strings.

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