T-Mobile welcomes unlocked AT&T iPhone owners with cheap family plans

Though T-Mobile remains the only major carrier in the US without an official iPhone in their lineup, now that AT&T is officially unlocking eligible, off-contract iPhones, T-Mobile is welcoming them with open arms -- and cheap family plans. T-Mobile already had over 1 million unofficially unlocked iPhones on their network, and now that people can run iPhones without having to worry about jailbreak and software updates, it looks like they expect those numbers to rise. In a statement to 9to5Mac, T-Mobile said:

T-Mobile’s Value plans enable customers who bring their own smartphone, such as the iPhone, to save money. For example, T-Mobile’s Value family plan with unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited data with 2 GB of high-speed data is just $49.99 per line for two lines.

All you need is a T-Mobile micro-SIM. Also, while T-Mobile currently offers their 3G/4G HSPA/HSPA+ service on the AWS bands which aren't compatible with the iPhone, they plan on moving some of that service over to compatible bands starting this year. That means, in some areas, T-Mobile iPhone users may not be stuck on 2G for much longer. (Reports have floated around for months of T-Mobile iPhones picking up 3G coverage in some areas.)

So is that a sweet enough deal to get you to move your unlocked iPhone over to T-Mobile? Let us know in our T-Mobile Forum!

Source: 9to5Mac

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T-Mobile welcomes unlocked AT&T iPhone owners with cheap family plans


Has anyone already on T-mobile been able to convince AT&T to just unlock an iPhone for them even though you've never been one of their subscribers?

I've seen a T-Mobile iPhone on 3G in NYC and you have been able to buy unlocked iPhones directly from Apple for well over a year now. But really 3G?! I need LTE. It's 2012 for heaven sake. I'm waiting for that in October :-)
My Verizon 3G is next to useless btw =P

I still have the original 2007 iPhone unlocked and on T-Mobile USA as my backup phone, and yeah, 2G is agonizingly slow by today's standards. But on Wi-Fi it's actually not too bad. I don't really use it for web browsing anyway; I just use it with a pre-paid T-Mo SIM to make phone calls and that's about it. 2G is good enough for that.

I chatted with AT&T yesterday, gave them the IMEI and I'm waiting on an email to unlock a 3GS right now.

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