T-Mobile is holding a press event in New York City tomorrow Tuesday, March 26. We largely expect that it will be a status update for the company, in which we’ll be briefed on the carrier’s new contract-free plans, its 4G LTE schedule and roll-out, the effort to ditch subsidies entirely and, as it turns out, the iPhone.
CNET said it has confirmed with a source that T-Mobile will indeed discuss the iPhone tomorrow. T-Mobile already confirmed that it will sell the iPhone this year without a subsidy, but we still don’t know when that’s going to happen, how much the device will cost or what model T-Mobile plans to sell. The iPhone will no doubt be an important piece of T-Mobile’s “uncarrier” puzzle, since it will help attract new customers. Still, there’s no doubt that consumers will have a bit of bill shock when they see how much an iPhone costs without a subsidy. The 16GB iPhone 5 costs $649 without a subsidy.
Sure, you’re not locked into a contract, but that’s a lot more to ask of someone than just $199.99 and a signature.