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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
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    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      This is almost betting material lol

      You have probably seen this but just incase you havent here is another site user stating they bought the unlocked Iphone4 in the UK and is using it in Florida read on

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    1. PhantomPhoenix's Avatar
      PhantomPhoenix -
      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..
      seconded with extreme prejudice
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      Quote Originally Posted by geekymom View Post
      I beg to differ with you. I love t-Mobile and I DONT have dropped calls, maybe its the fact I live in WA but it's better service and more cost effective than any other service I've seen. And yes I've done my research and had other services. So don't bother coming off like a know it all. I know my area and what works for me!
      Very true. I live in Washington too and Tmobile's coverage for me was as good as Verizon. Their customer service is the best too. I only switched to ATT because I wanted to be able to use 3g on my iPhone. If Tmobile gets the iPhone I'll def switch back.
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      The only difference between this post and your last one is that it ******** about something not written by Messany.

      Seriously why do people feel the need to comment like this? I agree that rumors are rumors are rumors (rumors are not news)... we get it. What good does you posting the same damn thing do?
      I guess it does about the same amount of good as your comment does. Should I bow to you now or later? Sheesh.
    1. highrider17's Avatar
      highrider17 -
      it would be nice if they iphone came to t mobile, no more having to deal with unlocking. Atleast for the people on the service