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  • iPhone 4 Coming to T-Mobile in UK

    The iPhone 4 is coming to the UK via T-Mobile. This evening, there is great buzz surrounding the announcement, which for now, simply foretells of the smartphone's arrival on T-Mobile. At present, the UK T-Mobile site is only asking visitors to "register their interest" by filling out a form. If you do, T-Mobile will keep you posted about pre-ordering, prices, plans, and "everything else you need."

    In recent weeks, some mobile industry analysts predicted that T-Mobile would be the next US carrier to offer service for the iPhone. Kaufman Bros analyst Shaw Wu observed following the conclusion of WWDC 2010: “While the general consensus is around Verizon (which we believe will happen eventually) we continue to believe that T-Mobile USA is the most likely candidate given its use of similar cellular technology (to) AT&T.”

    while there are rampant rumors that this announcement from T-Mobile also includes coverage in the US, it does not. Of course, there is no telling if the carrier will soon make an announcement regarding iPhone 4 service in the states, but there is no confirmation of yet as to that potential eventuality. In the UK, however, the iPhone 4 is expanding by leaps and bounds and finding new homes though new carriers. 02 is now touting on its home page that the iPhone 4 will also be available through the British carrier.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4 Coming to T-Mobile in UK started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. Excel Wiz's Avatar
      Excel Wiz -
      When is it coming to the US!?!?!?!?!?!
    1. bcon1208's Avatar
      bcon1208 -
      It'd be cool to have T Mobile pick up the iPhone in the US, but I'd still stick with AT&T. Where I live reception is great. T Mobile however, really sucks around here. Getting a signal is practically impossible most of the time lol. It'd force a price war between the two companies though...and that's a win/win for all of us lucky customers
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Well, the Devs could just focus on jailbreak ONLY if tmobile gets the iphone becuase the unlock is only needed in the USA to use on tmobile. Then again if the future iOS gets better we won't need a jailbreak either. Food for thought.
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      holly crap... I got so excited for a split of a second as I was reading the title of the post "iphone on tmobile....... in UK" LOL

      sucks, I hope tmobile gets it one day here in the states
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      LTE will bring all the cell providers to a more universal standing for phone makers.
      Actually no, not really. Verizon will use LTE and phase out EVDO on the data side. CDMA is still going to be used for voice on Verizon up until 2020 or later.

      Verizon Wireless to accelerate LTE, keep CDMA and lower data prices Boy Genius Report

      I do think T-Mobile USA makes the most sense for the next iPhone carrier in the US (technologically speaking). Problem is T-Mobile USA has not yet decided on a 4G option, Verizon and AT&T are going with LTE data and Sprint has WiMax for data. Still Verizon and Sprint will remain on CDMA for voice and AT&T is on GSM of course.

      Also interesting to note that T-Mobile USA is currently testing their 3G network with faster data transmission speeds which from reports are rivaling the speeds on Sprint WiMax 4G (actually 3.5G). Should be interesting.
    1. willryan42's Avatar
      willryan42 -
      i feel like even though t-mobile's 3g frequency is different than at&t's in the states, that doesn't mean apple would have to make a new/different device. doesn't it make more sense that t-mobile would adapt and simply adjust their 3g network to make it work? (i use the word simply loosely as i don't have a damn clue how involved this would be for t-mobile) but i figure if 3g works in the uk on the same carrier, how hard can it be?

      i don't even care about the 3g, i just want to be able to get an iphone on my carrier for a cheap price, and never have to worry about unlocks again
    1. corkey20000's Avatar
      corkey20000 -
      It would make more sense for a new device to accompany a network than for a network to accompany a device. Think about it.

      TMO Germany has it, TMO UK has it, it only makes sense. USA needs to work a deal out and spread the love. They obviously has a good relationship. TMO is a "youthful" and friendly company, much like Apple. I see possibilities, but not until next year IF at all. Main thing to be looking out for is how TMO will handle REAL 4G.
    1. zYxMa's Avatar
      zYxMa -
      I'm in t-mobile uk with the new iPhone 4 purchased directly from Apple Sim-free works great ;p i don't want simlocked phone :/
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I guess no one reads the members news section. I can't remember when I registered with T-Mobile but I posted Pre-order on T-Mobile soon! 3 days ago when I heard back from them.

      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      3G frequnecy

      T-Mobile USA uses 1700/2100 MHz

      T-Mobile UK uses 1800 MHz

      Source: T-Mobile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      1800 is the GSM frequency. In europe all operators use either 900 or 1800 for GSM so all phones are at least dual band - to visit the USA phones need to be either tri-band (adding 1900) or quad band (adding 850 as well) as the USA do not comply with standards used in the rest of the world. 400 and 450 are legacy frequencies.

      * Band I (W-CDMA 2100) in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia (all carriers' metropolitan networks), New Zealand (ITU Region 1) and Brazil (part of ITU Region 2)
      * Band II (W-CDMA 1900) in North America and South America (ITU Region 2)
      * Band IV (W-CDMA 1700 or Advanced Wireless Services) in the United States (T-Mobile USA) and Canada (WIND Mobile, Mobilicity)
      * Band V (W-CDMA 850) in Australia (Telstra NextG Network), New Zealand (XT Mobile Network), Brazil, Canada, the USA, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Venezuela, other parts of South America, Israel[2], parts of Asia (ITU Region 2 and ITU Region 3), Poland
      * Band VIII (W-CDMA 900) in Europe, Asia, Australia (Optus and Vodafone regional/country 3G networks), New Zealand (ITU Region 1 and ITU Region 3), and Venezuela (Corporación Digitel, C.A.)

      I do not know which European networks use Band VIII - aqs far as I know they all use Band 1

      Band III is 1800, but again, as far as I know, no one uses it.

      The iPhone supports Bands I and II but not band IV which is what T-Mobile use.

      Outside of the USA the vast majority of 3G networks are on Band I which is why I have been using my 3G on T-Mobile in the UK since I got it and have been enjoying good 3G speeds.

      Just because T-Mobile in the UK is getting it is no indication that T-Mobile in the USA will get it, in fact, I believe that to be highly unlikely.
    1. Magic46's Avatar
      Magic46 -
      T-Mobile UK is a totally different company than T-Mobile USA. Each operate totally separate. It makes sense for them to get the iPhone 4 because O2, Vodafone, Orange, and Carphone Warehouse all already have the iPhone 4. Also what's cool is all these companies will factory unlock them after your contract is up
    1. CHICOHONDA91's Avatar
      CHICOHONDA91 -
      that means it would be factory unlocked for us tmobile users in the us. still could get one and use it on the states.
    1. Dayvidpriddy's Avatar
      Dayvidpriddy -
      I thought you guys said nothing would happen until at least 2012 since either Apple renewed it's contract with AT&T or that the contract was for 5 years from the beginning? If there was going to be a new carrier in the next year, don't you think it would have been accounced at the keynote? That will be just my luck, I just ported over to AT&T yesterday, I'll go past my 30 days and then get stuck with a 325 fee for leaving (of course I could always use the RECEPTION problem as a reason to void my contract hehe.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Are you thinking of moving to the UK then?
    1. maddawg05's Avatar
      maddawg05 -
      competition for AT&T is good for customers
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      There is no competition for AT&T
      This news story is about the iPhone coming to T-Mobile in the UK - absolutely nothing to do with AT&T.
    1. zYxMa's Avatar
      zYxMa -
      Nor it has nothing to do with t-mobile US either.
    1. Buffolus's Avatar
      Buffolus -
      How come t-mobile data can't work with ios 4
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      T-Mobile UK data works fine.
    1. Je5's Avatar
      Je5 -
      T-Mobile data would be a disgrace to run on the iPhone it would be like having a Benz and not being able to afford it..!!! TMO is horrible and their reception sux
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Je5 View Post
      T-Mobile data would be a disgrace to run on the iPhone it would be like having a Benz and not being able to afford it..!!! TMO is horrible and their reception sux
      For some. I perfer ATT and get great service but others prefer Verizon and other companies. I say to each his own on what has better service in each's area. We all don't live in the exact same spot on the globe so of course reception will be off for others.