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T-Mobile finally debuts iPhone 5: $99 down, or free up front for defectors

T-Mobile iPhone 5 Release Date

It might have taken six years to get there, but Apple’s (AAPL) wildly popular iPhone lineup is now available from T-Mobile USA. The world’s top-selling smartphone and its two predecessors can now be purchased off-contract from the “UNcarrier,” which recently gave its business model a big overhaul and did away with traditional contracts and subsidies. Under T-Mobile’s new model, the iPhone 5 can be had for just $99 down and 24 monthly payments of $20 — or, for users defecting from another carrier, the latest iPhone is available for no money down by trading in an older iPhone model. Apple’s iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 are also both available at T-Mobile stores and online beginning Friday.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.