6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

CNET Update: T-Mobile gets iPhone, kills the contract

About Video Transcript

CNET Update: T-Mobile gets iPhone, kills the contract

2:54 /

T-Mobile aims to change the wireless game, Google+ profile pics get animated, and we bring you the latest car tech from the New York auto show.

T-Mobile might be last with the iPhone but it's charging the least. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. T-Mobile will finally begin selling the iPhone 5 on Friday, April 12th. T-Mobile is the last to the major carriers to sell the iPhone. But buying the smartphone on T-Mobile now has a new twist. There are no more contracts. T-Mobile is breaking away from the traditional model by offering data plans that are cheaper and simpler. Also, there's a lower upfront cost to getting a top of the line smartphone. Customers can get the iPhone 5 for $100 and just pay $20 a month for 2 years to pay off the cost of the phone. It also costs $100 to walk out with the Galaxy S4, the HTC One and BlackBerry Z10. So, if you wanted to splurge and go with the top smartphone and T-Mobile's unlimited data plan, you'll pay $90 a month. That's $70 for the service and $20 for the phone fee until you pay it off. That only doesn't come out to be cheaper than other carriers but you also pay less for the phone upfront. If you want to leave T-Mobile at anytime, you can because there's no service contract. You're just responsible for paying off the phone. And if you want, you can trade that phone back for credit or if you wanna keep the phone and leave, T-Mobile will unlock it for you. If you're looking for a deal, it's cheaper to buy the iPhone 5 from T-Mobile than buying it unlocked from Apple. The only downside to using T-Mobile is that their wireless network isn't as advanced as some others. T-Mobile just launched 4G LTE speeds in 7 markets and it will expand that network throughout the year. It seems Google is desperate to get people to think its social network is cool. I say that because it just added the option to allow an animated gif as a profile picture on Google Plus. But Google did make a more useful update to its Google Plus apps for Apple and Android devices. The app has new photo filters and editing options and users can show their location with specific circle groups. You'll notice that Facebook has added the option to reply to someone within comment threads but the option is only for brands or company pages and popular public figures with more than 10,000 followers. That way, when comments get out of control, you could just reply directly to one commenter so it's easier to read. We have car news rolling out this week. As the New York Auto Show kicks off and cars are getting more techy. The new BMW 6 series has a voice recognition system that lets the driver dictate e-mails and text messages. And it also has a new digital instrument cluster so you can switch it to look traditional or sporty, and the car compared two phones at a time. That's your tech news update, you could find more details at cnet.com/update and you could follow along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
  • This is the interactive sidebar!

    Click any icon for more information as they appear--don't worry, we'll pause the video and wait for you to come back.

  • Links Polls Galleries
  • Video Review

New releases

Philips adds a 75W Replacement SlimStyle LED to its lighting lineup
2:17 November 22, 2014
This bigger, brighter version of the original SlimStyle LED looks like a strong value in its class
Play video
2015 Acura TLX V-6 Advance (CNET On Cars, Episode 54)
16:28 November 21, 2014
Acura hopes the TLX is what it will drive into the future, we explore the head-up display coming to your car soon, and check out the...
Play video
Los Angeles Auto Show 2014: CNET's editors choose their favorites
5:55 November 21, 2014
The press days are over here at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Before we head off into the Hollywood hills we took a moment to re-cap...
Play video
Watch Tony Hawk do endless 360s on a hoverboard, Ep. 184
5:36 November 21, 2014
This week on Crave, we can see sound waves. We might get to see an unexplored part of the moon. But most of all we get to see Tony...
Play video
The $199 HP Stream 11 wants to be as cloud-friendly as a Chromebook, but with Windows 8
2:18 November 21, 2014
If you keep expectations in check, this bargain-basement Windows 8 laptop has good battery life and a decent design.
Play video
Yamaha SRT-1000 gives good single-speaker surround
1:44 November 21, 2014
The Yamaha SRT-1000 sound base offers discrete looks, an astoundingly wide soundstage and plenty of features in a package that is still...
Play video
Hate ads? Pay Google to block them for you
2:50 November 21, 2014
Google is testing an ad-blocker service, Amazon may be inserting ads into streaming video, and Comcast lets you track the cable gu...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,584: Google Contributor, JFK has a drone problem, San Francisco's poo map (podcast)
30:08 November 21, 2014
We're back in the studio today! Join us for a very special episode complete with a full tour and the start of our Call of Duty: Advanced...
Play video