Until June 16th, T-Mobile is offering a special trade-in offer that enables qualified customers to receive an iPhone 5 with $0 down.  Customers who show up empty handed to buy Apple’s latest gen handset will have to plunk down $100, provided of course your credit score qualifies for such a deal.  Either way, it’s way cheaper than AT&T or Verizon’s iPhone, which starts at $200.

You’ll of course be stricken to T-Mobile’s monthly plan, which requires you to make $20 hardware payments for the next 2-years.  However, if your last gen iPhone (probably just the iPhone 4s) is in exceptional condition and/or your credit score is bonkers good, you might also receive a $120 credit good towards your monthly bills.

“Our message to iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 customers is simple: bring in your device and trade up to iPhone 5 on T-Mobile,” said Mike Sievert, chief marketing officer for T-Mobile. “We’re making it incredibly attractive to buy an iPhone 5 by pairing an un-beatable upfront price and trade-in offer with Simple Choice, the most hassle-free and affordable rate plan in wireless.”

T-Mobile’s iPhone 5 goes on sale April 12th, and will be available online and in store.  For $70 a month you’ll get unlimited text, voice, and data.  Pay $10 or $20 less and you’ll receive just 2.5GB or 500MB of data respectively.

It’s worth noting that T-Mobile is set to sell the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4.  They’ll likely be applicable to a trade-in program, though it’s not clear what you’ll get for your old gen handset, Apple or not.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."