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Brett Molina, USA TODAY
Nearly six years after making its debut, the iPhone will finally be available on the T-Mobile wireless network.
The carrier confirmed it will start carrying the iPhone 5 under its new no-contract plans starting April 12. The Simple Choice plan drops two-year contracts for subsidized mobile devices in favor of wireless plans and full-price phones paid over installments.
The iPhone 5 will sell for $99.99 down, plus $20 a month for 24 months. T-Mobile will also carry the iPhone 4S for $69.99 down and $20 monthly for two years. The iPhone 4 will go for $14.99 down and $15 a month.
"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, in a statement.
The announcement is part of T-Mobile's unveiling of its new smartphone plans, where users pay the full price of a phone over two years, but aren't under contract. Plans start at $50 a month for 500MB of 4G data, plus unlimited talk and text. Consumers can also choose a 2 GB plan for $60 monthly or unlimited 4G for $70 a month.
Customers can pre-order the iPhone 5 through T-Mobile starting April 5.
The company also announced its expanding its 4G LTE network to seven areas: Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose, and Washington, D.C. T-Mobile says more than 100 million Americans will have access to the 4G network by mid-year, and reach 200 million by the end of the year.