News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday June 19, 2014.
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T-Mobile US announced a variety of new moves meant to attract new customers, one of which is a new "Test Drive" program that will allow prospective buyers to use an Apple iPhone 5s on the network for one week. The program is meant to convince consumers that T-Mobile's 4G LTE network has matured to the point that they can feel comfortable enough making the switch from another network.
The way it works is that users visit T-Mobile's Test Drive page and sign up to have an iPhone 5s shipped to them. Users then have 7 days to test the phone and network before they are required to return the device to a local T-Mobile retail store. There are no charges associated with the deal, but anyone who doesn't return the device within 7 days will be charged $699 on their credit card. T-Mobile will also charge $100 for damage if a phone doesn't power on, cracks, has water damage, or someone activates the Find My iPhone feature.
The program begins June 23.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.