Need an iPhone 5s for a Week? Take a Test Drive on One with T-Mobile
During today’s event in Seattle, T-Mobile introduced “Test Drive,” a part of their “UnCarrier 5.0” plan to get people to switch to T-Mobile. In it, you can get a iPhone 5s to use on their network for seven days. Free. Yes, free, no contract attached. Want to find out how?
You can register here, and beginning Sunday, June 22nd, T-Mobile will begin shipping out phones. A hold is placed on your credit card for $700, and your seven-day trial begins the day that you sign for the phone. At that point, you have free unlimited talk, text, and data in the US for seven days. No, this is not an international free phone, but if you have friends visiting from out of the country for a week…
A T-Mobile rep will call you during the week to see how your test is going. You’ll also receive reminders to return the phone. On the seventh day, you have to return the phone to a T-Mobile store. Yep, you’re going into the store – they have to try and sell you the phone face-to-face somehow. If you bring it back damaged, you’ll be charged $100. Our understanding is that if you lose (or “lose”) the phone in a week, you’ll also be charged $100. If you keep the device and don’t show up at a store, you’ll be charged the full $700.
Enterprise customers can also take advantage of Test Drive. A T-Mobile rep will hand deliver up to three devices to a business, and the trial lasts two weeks.
Now, admittedly, we’re Windows 8.1 phone users here at All That Nerdy Stuff. But if you need a phone for a week (like, say, when your phone
fell in the toilet suddenly became defective and you had to wait to be mailed a replacement) or honestly want to try out the iPhone 5s, this is a great way to do so.
And yes, it also appears that there’s prizes if you take a Test Drive. T-Mobile is using the hashtag #7NightStand (I know, I find it painfully cheesy, too) to get users to talk about their promotion and possibly win prizes while doing so. T-Mobile plans on running the promotion indefinitely. Test Drive is one time per household, though, so you may want to wait to take advantage of having a free phone for a week.