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T-Mobile USA Announces LTE Launch - Confirms iPhone Pricing

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T Mobile USA has finally announced the details of its plans to start selling Apple's iPhone, making it the last of the country's main networks to offer the smartphone for sale.

T-Mobile announced that qualifying customers can get an iPhone 5 for $99.99 down, plus monthly payments, and no contract. T-Mobile is also offering a single tariff -- with a base rate of $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and Web with 500MB of 4G data. Consumers can add 2GB of 4G data for $10 per month per line or get unlimited 4G data for an additional $20 per month per line.

"This is an important day for people who love their iPhone but can't stand the pain other carriers put them through to own one," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile USA. "We feel their pain. I've felt the pain. So we're rewriting the rules of wireless to provide a radically simple, affordable iPhone 5 experience - on an extremely powerful network."

In related news the company also launched LTE service in seven major metropolitan areas, including Baltimore; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, D.C.

T-Mobile's 4G LTE network is expected to reach 100 million people by mid-year and 200 million nationwide by the end of 2013. The company's 4G HSPA+ network reaches 225 million people in 229 metropolitan areas.

The mobile network will start sales of the iiPhone 5 on Friday, April 12, at T-Mobile retail stores and through select dealers and national retail stores, as well as online.

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