Will A Cheaper iPhone 5C Make AT&T Users Switch To T-Mobile?


Apple’s next generation iPhones, which are expected to be unveiled at a special media event tomorrow, will be the first to come out on T-Mobile simultaneously with bigger carriers in the U.S. Since Apple is going to debut the latest iPhones on all four top U.S. carriers at the same time, it will surely test the loyalty of customers at AT&T and Verizon Wireless, especially those buying the cheaper iPhone 5C, according to Bloomberg.

Iphone 5c

The report highlights the fact that AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which used to be the only iPhone carriers in U.S., are now in danger of losing users to T-Mobile’s more flexible service plans. And with Apple’s low cost iPhone 5C, customers may be tempted to pay in full for a new phone, rather than sign a two-year subscription to get a discount, giving an added edge to T-Mobile which doesn’t require users to sign a contract. “T-Mobile is in the right place at the right time with the right product”, said Roger Entner from Recon Analytics in Massachusetts. “Getting a lower-cost iPhone could make a big difference for T-Mobile,” he added.

If Apple offers a less expensive version of the iPhone, T-Mobile’s service will be all the more attractive, said Tero Kuittinen, New York-based head of sales and marketing for Alekstra Oy, which helps businesses manage telecommunication costs.

“The cheaper iPhone might fit T-Mobile’s budget plan like a glove,” he said.

However, it will most likely boil down to the fact that how Apple will price the cheaper handset. Will the iPhone 5C be cheap enough to convince AT&T and Verizon customers to switch to T-Mobile’s contract free, more flexible service plans?


  • Al

    Bloomberg is just throwing out wild speculation to hear themselves talk. I think the notion of a cheaper iPhone making all the difference is a real stretch (to say the least). Just supporting the iPhone alone is good enough to make some people switch (assuming they want an iPhone plus what features & pricing another carrier has to offer).

  • Chrome262

    I agree, just having the iPhone is going to be a big deal. and what of the thousands of customers who have an unlocked device or eligible for unlocking, they could easily leave as well. I think things look good for the competitive markets down below. must be nice. But who knows, Wind seems to be following in the same track, they have recently offered sims for iPhones that support their spectrum.

  • TheOnlyAdvantageToLiveInQuebec

    It’s not even confirmed that the next iPhone will be AWS compatible.

  • iPhone 5 units sold after the T-Mobile launch support AWS bands. The assumption is this would not change with the next generation device.

  • Newer entrants need the iPhone to lure customers over. Once this is in place…

  • ward09

    I’d love to see Wind get in in the iPhone action this time around.

  • Chrome262

    Sucks that I bought mine in may before the April change.

  • crosseyed_mofo

    they are now compatible, wouldnt surprise me

  • crosseyed_mofo

    iphone 5 units sold in the states

    the AWS versions in canada were just the replacement units

    not saying your wrong, i just to nitpick