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  • iPhone to T-Mobile USA in Fall: Rumor


    Cult of Mac fronted a report last night saying that Apple and T-Mobile USA were close to concluding negotiations on bringing the iPhone to the fourth-largest US carrier. Cult of Mac's Leander Kahney quoted a "highly-placed source" as saying the deal was "80 percent likely" to go through in the third quarter of 2010, meaning this fall. While the report is pure rumor at this point, it is worth noting that Kahney has been around for a long time, and his sources are probably better than just "some guy at the T-Mobile store."

    There have been rumors of a second US carrier for years now; part of the mystery is that no one knows how long AT&T's exclusive contract with Apple is supposed to be in force. USA Today reported back in 2007 that it was a five-year contract, which was seemingly confirmed by some statements Apple made during a class-action suit against them and AT&T. If the deal is still in force, this would mean that the iPhone would be AT&T exclusively until 2012. And Apple has been tight-lipped about any changes in the arrangement, with executives continuously downplaying any talk of a second carrier. COO Tim Cook said during the Apple earnings call earlier this week that the company is "very happy to be partnering with AT&T, and they've been a first-class partner and really pioneered the smartphone growth from a network point of view in the US." He cut off any further explanation, concluding "that's all I have to say about that."

    While T-Mobile offers a benefit to Apple over Verizon in that T-Mobile uses the same GSM/UMTS standard as AT&T, T-Mobile's network operates on UMTS band IV - the so-called Advanced Wireless Services band - at 1700 and 2100 MHz. The iPhone 4 spec sheet only shows support for 850, 900, 1900 and 2100 MHz, so it would still probably require Apple to do a rework of the radio to move to the new carrier. Cult of Mac's article suggests that perhaps Apple "simply didn't list" 1700 MHz support, but it would be speculation to conclude either way.

    Apple refused to confirm or deny the report, and a T-Mobile rep simply said that T-Mobile does not comment on rumor or speculation."

    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone to T-Mobile USA in Fall: Rumor started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 105 Comments
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      We are.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      iphone 4 coming to taco bell in the fall charles barkley apporves!!
    1. tekwiz's Avatar
      tekwiz -
      Quote Originally Posted by soulthoughts View Post
      Yes that will work but 3g will not at this point.



      It's not perjury unless it's in court.



      Of course it's a fake. It's not even on Tmobile.

      It is in Court, which I've already said, and so did the article linked to if you bothered to read it. They are using it as evidence in a case...
    1. mylonghornlife's Avatar
      mylonghornlife -
      For those of you that don't know, T-Mobile has their own "iPhone support division" that allows T-Mobile customers with an iPhone to call in with support questions and problems.

      I would think that with a support team dedicated to a phone that they don't even carry, the iPhone is a hot commodity with T-Mobile users.

      ...also consider T-Mobile was listed as one of the "brands to disappear in 2011," so it's not unfathomable to think they are trying everything they can to make this work and (possibly) save the company from fallout if they acquire the device.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      If this is true, this is honestly a win for everyone. TMO has the least expensive plans in the states. That would give direct competition with ATT's pricing, regardless of whether or not their network is deemed "good" by the public. That is assuming that TMO doesn't just copy ATT and Cerizon in their higher (comparatively) pricing schemes. Who knows, the iPhone may be what TMO USA needs to give them the push to beef up their networks. Either way I would be happy. Customer service at TMO is top notch!
    1. ybahman's Avatar
      ybahman -
      This picture looks shopped.

      I can tell by some of the pixels and by seeing a lot of shops in my day.
    1. tekwiz's Avatar
      tekwiz -
      Quote Originally Posted by mylonghornlife View Post
      For those of you that don't know, T-Mobile has their own "iPhone support division" that allows T-Mobile customers with an iPhone to call in with support questions and problems.

      I would think that with a support team dedicated to a phone that they don't even carry, the iPhone is a hot commodity with T-Mobile users.

      ...also consider T-Mobile was listed as one of the "brands to disappear in 2011," so it's not unfathomable to think they are trying everything they can to make this work and (possibly) save the company from fallout if they acquire the device.
      If their network doesn't cover you or is ****** then a cheaper plan is no good. What good is cheaper if you can't make calls?!?!
    1. Mrinfame's Avatar
      Mrinfame -
      t mobile is. Fairly good and I'm sure that with the revenue from iPhone customers their network would improve. Could be something large. U didn't know that AT&T wanted to limit the iPhone lol meaning mak it cheaper and more common
    1. AnthonyGiola's Avatar
      AnthonyGiola -
      Fail Photoshop
    1. merllen's Avatar
      merllen -
      I agree 100% with that statement. I as well have had tmobile for about that long as well and same thing maybe had about 8 dropped calls. Went to att when the 2g came out and had about 15 dropped calls in the week i had service with them. I have lived on east coast in CT and now in CA for the past 5 years never any issues with tmobile and i think the call clarity is much better as well. People also forget that att didnt always have the GSM network and they use 850mhz and tmobile uses 1900mhz.
    1. skolpo's Avatar
      skolpo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ybahman View Post
      This picture looks shopped.

      I can tell by some of the pixels and by seeing a lot of shops in my day.
      That was the intention...
    1. phaze2's Avatar
      phaze2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Atomi View Post
      NO MORE T-MOBILE/Verizon RUMOURS! please, i beg you.. and btw t-mobile has different 3G, so apple should make new version just for t-mobile..
      I agree with Atomi, The Iphone is already compatible with T-Mobile. All apple would have to do is to change the 3G frequency to make it fully compatible with T-Mobile. A tiny change in the phone to expand their market base makes sense to me.
    1. manbearpig's Avatar
      manbearpig -
      iPhone 4 on T-Mobile would be F***ING AWESOME!
    1. mylonghornlife's Avatar
      mylonghornlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by tekwiz View Post
      If their network doesn't cover you or is ****** then a cheaper plan is no good. What good is cheaper if you can't make calls?!?!
      If there's no coverage in your area then obviously you shouldn't use it.

      I've had T-Mobile for 10 years and haven't had dropped call issues other than in the hill country surrounding Austin, Texas where I live (where coverage is marked on the map as spotty.)

      I still have my $5.99 t-zones unlimited EDGE access if that tells you anything. T-Mobile has been great for me, but that won't be the case with everyone.
    1. giancarlo's Avatar
      giancarlo -
      T-Mobile's data is insanely CRAPPY! If apple wanted to bring another US competitor into it, it will either be Sprint or Verizon....but T-Mobile??? Next rumor is that the iphone is going to be coming to BOOST mobile. At least it wasn't Messany this time.
    1. ramicio's Avatar
      ramicio -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      I mean, if there was competition prices would be going DOWN rather than UP (see: text messaging, the end of unlimited data, tethering, etc)
      To me this sounds like price fixing, and wouldn't surprise me one bit if it's going on. There are many instances of it going on in the world and some things are immune from being prosecuted over it.
    1. JEsTer10's Avatar
      JEsTer10 -
      It would make sense to me that the iPhone will come to T-Mobile at some point in the future no matter what. Even if Apple goes with Verizon when the exclusivity is up, it seems to make sense the iPhone would show up on T-mobile at that time as well. With it no longer being locked to AT&T at that point why wouldn't they make the change to the frequency and pick up all the T-Mo users with unlocked iPhones & and the other users that want one. And have Verizon as well. Maybe I'm just being biased as a T-Mobile user though.
    1. gbarielmoreno's Avatar
      gbarielmoreno -
      I heard a rumor, so I'm going report it first. iPhone on crickett for holiday shoppers. Be ready for it
    1. PM5K's Avatar
      PM5K -
      My God this crap gets so old. There is literally a rumor about the iPhone on another network every 3.5 days.

      GMAFB already.
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      I read via yahoo news a couple weeks ago that WSJ has TMobile on a list of US companies that are likely to disappear by 2011. Saying they don't make enough profit to stand on their own and are too behind on the 3G network while others are already working on 4G. According to the report they will only survive if they merge with another small network like virgin or boost. Wonder how reliable that is.