t-mobile uncarrier

T-Mobile has kicked off a press event in Seattle, Washington tonight that it is calling ‘Uncarrier 5.0.’ The provider has used similar uncarrier events in the past to announce industry-changing initiatives like ‘Jump’ and ‘No ETF fees,’ so that should tell you what we could see tonight.

John Legere has been on stage for a few minutes now, and has already made a number of announcements. Perhaps the biggest one we’ve heard thus far is a new program called ‘Test Drive,’ which will allow customers to borrow an iPhone 5s free for a week to test out T-Mobile’s network…

Starting on June 23rd, T-Mobile will lend you a top-of-the-line iPhone 5s for free, for a whole 7 days. The program is aimed at customers who are currently on the fence about switching from a larger carrier—such as Verizon or AT&T—to T-Mobile and are concerned about its network.

If you’re interested, you can sign up starting next week here, and you’ll receive your iPhone 5s a few days later equipped with a week-long trial of unlimited everything. It’s worth noting, though, that a $750 hold will be placed on your credit card, and you’ll be charged $100 for any damage.

t-mobile test driveimages via The Verge

Unfortunately, if you like the service and choose to sign up, you won’t get to keep your Test Drive iPhone. You’ll have to return it to your local T-Mobile store, where it will be refurbished back into the program, and you’ll have to either provide your own handset or buy a new one from the carrier.

I have to say this is an interesting move, which could certainly help sway folks who are on the fence about switching to T-Mobile. The carrier already offers cheaper rate plans than its larger competitors, so if it can prove its network is up to par, I can’t imagine why users wouldn’t make the switch.

What do you think?

  • Milad

    It’s worth noting a $750 hold will be placed on your credit card, and you will be charged $100 if you damage the iPhone.

  • A’s Network

    I wonder if the device they give you will be a new one or a refurb, and if you like the iPhone you get to keep it or not…

    • Melvco

      Good questions! Added this info to the post.

      • A’s Network

        Awesome, thanks!

    • Omar Ruiz

      It’s a new one, provided by Apple them selves

  • Brian Brown

    Kinda iffy about this but seems reasonable. Collateral is totally necessary

    • Innes

      It makes sense to me. If someone decides to steal the iphone rather than give it back they’ll take the $750 from your credit/debit card.

      • Brian Brown

        Think I might actually head into T-Mobile after work to chat briefly about it. Even though I recently was an iPhone 5s owner. :p

  • bugsbunnay .

    seems like a good way to take advantage of apps like freemyapps or anything else of the sort. wonder what they’ll do if you jailbreak and return it LOL

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Probably tell you that your warranty is void so you need to pay for the entire iPhone…

  • Kriss Zavala

    Tmobile sucks seriously. I like how it’s cheap but I hate how less known cellphone companies have better service than tmobile. I pay 80 they pay 50 and anywhere we go they beat me 70% for better service.

    • Rowan09

      Really which service is better besides the big 2?

    • bugsbunnay .

      Well must suck for you cause I’ve yet to have service problems since before they started this uncarrier initiative. 110 for 5 lines unlimited everything? Yep. Can I ask for more? Hmm. How about making me a cup of coffee everyday in the morning? Ok now I’m just taking it too far.

  • Jeremy

    Okay so way off topic but I just need to know if anyone else has this issue. I’m on beta 2 and this just started today but I don’t know if it’s the software or whatever but I tried sending a picture but it went straight to “message send failure” and now that my friend sends me a picture it prompts me to turn on data roaming and I have good signal with AT&T but I just want to know if anybody else has this issue and now that I popped open my SIM card and put it back on it won’t show the carrier name which is AT&T.

    • Brian 

      This is why you don’t install a beta unless you are a DEVELOPER for testing.

      • Jeremy

        This is why I’m asking if anyone else is experiencing this issue to see if it’s a hardware issue or a software bug. What I do with my device is NONE of your concern. I know what the risk is and I am willing to take it so don’t give me that crap

  • Omar Ruiz

    The only reason they do the hold is incase people don’t want to give it back. And like anything in life, if you break it, then that’s why you pay it. It designed to test drive the network like they say.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      If it’s just to test the network they could just give people sim cards could they not? This must be something more than just for network testing. They are probably trying to subtly promote the iPhone.

      • Anthony Antunez

        Not if your phone is locked to the other carrier.

  • MacGuru17

    This is AWESOME. Exactly what I need to convince my dad, who is sceptical about T-Mobile despite their website showing strong coverage for our area, to switch the family over to T-Mobile. We’re with AT&T now, with their oppressive 2GB/month data plans (of course my parents both have unlimited, so they don’t care as much); I hate it.

  • Franck Kamayou

    How is this better than buying a phone with att and returning it after two weeks? You get the same charge/hold to your account (even less) and at the end if you are not happy, you can just return it. The whole t-mobile Uncarrier thing is just rephrasing existing carriers laws to sound more “contract free.” I call bullshit