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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. DarkDragonAn's Avatar
      DarkDragonAn -
      My wife call Me Yesterday asking me if the iPhone was coming to T-Mobile and I ask her why? and she told right now on the radio it said iPhone 4 coming soon to T-Mobile. Maybe is true.
    1. jdc4005's Avatar
      jdc4005 -
      yeah it works when you call but try to web browse i bet your waiting 10 min for the web page to load.
    1. cocoabean772's Avatar
      cocoabean772 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jdc4005 View Post
      your a Cheap *** T-Mobile Service SUcks, they are king at dropping calls
      Ok first u prob never used tmobile my AT&T iphone now dropped about 10x more then my tmobile iPhone has ever
    1. void4114's Avatar
      void4114 -
      id pre-order it for tmobile... but there goes my 50 dollar a month unlimited everything
    1. Wolftamer's Avatar
      Wolftamer -
      My nephew's roomate's girlfriend BFF told me that PrimeCo is coming back and is getting the iPhone 4 in a super upgraded model.

      Can I get my own news story now?
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      Quote Originally Posted by elcaptain0069 View Post
      I don't get it. You are waiting for a white Iphone 4 to unlock with T-mobile? You might as well as keep your 3GS and not waste your money. I mean why torture yourself with an Iphone 4 on a T-mobile service network. That's like me putting in a 350 motor into a Ford Focus...it may work, but.... Say what you might, in my opinion, you would be disgracing the iphone 4.
      How would that be any different than AT&T users who don't have 3G coverage?
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Better the European based giant than a CDMA provider. Tmobile works awsome in Germany on the iPhone. Not sure how well they are here in the USA. But I'm a fan of sim cards (been able to use my iPhone all over the world by just buying a local sim for a few bucks).
    1. lunercrab's Avatar
      lunercrab -
      Quote Originally Posted by cocoabean772 View Post
      Ok first u prob never used tmobile my AT&T iphone now dropped about 10x more then my tmobile iPhone has ever
      I agree on that one at least in my area both AT&T and tmo have good service here I've had tmobile for over seven years and maybe saw 10 dropped calls. I switched to AT&T to try them out and I've had two dropped calls in 3 days.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by evolasme View Post
      T Mobile while not exclusive in europe has by far the beat network... My IPHONE4 works amazing here... make sence that T Moble would have Iphone in the US as well
      Can't classify exclusive rights by a continent. There are several countries in Europe and each has their own contract with the iPhone. Only difference is you can purchace an unlocked iPhone from the contract companies and use them on any sim. Only issue is functionality and cost.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I like tmobile. Cheap and reliable. I'm not sure about the 3G network. I heard it's slow.
    1. tecpunk64's Avatar
      tecpunk64 -
      t mobile in my city sucks- i had it in the past and it was the worst cellular experience. i have a backup phone on verizon and my iphone is on at&t ,which i'm happy with.... hope this is just a rumor
    1. Lecram25's Avatar
      Lecram25 -
      All Apple would have to do is add the Band IV (AWS) power amplifier to the phone. It's a relatively small chip; nothing serious. The phone already has several PAs (power amplifiers) for different bands. Three in the iPhone 3G and 3GS, four in the iPhone 4.

      And FYI: T-Mobile USA's coverage may not be on par with the other big three, but their 3G network is the fastest (21 Mbps HSPA+) in the nation. Yes, faster than Sprint's so-called "4G."

      Tethered through a T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream):

    1. Moeflex456's Avatar
      Moeflex456 -
      Maybe 2012
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      It would be an easy addition - I have popped in my sister-in-laws T-Mobile sim card into my old 2G after an unlock and it worked flawlessly.
      Yes that will work but 3g will not at this point.

      Quote Originally Posted by tekwiz View Post
      No, it wasn't SEEMINGLY confirmed...it IS confirmed and is on the public record of that case.If it wasn't true then those companies committed perjury...think they would do that?
      It's not perjury unless it's in court.

      Quote Originally Posted by Patato22 View Post
      This is q fake pic. this is so fake guys nobody alse in the USA will get the iPhone for now.
      Of course it's a fake. It's not even on Tmobile.
    1. Venom1234's Avatar
      Venom1234 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lecram25 View Post
      All Apple would have to do is add the Band IV (AWS) power amplifier to the phone. It's a relatively small chip; nothing serious. The phone already has several PAs (power amplifiers) for different bands. Three in the iPhone 3G and 3GS, four in the iPhone 4.

      And FYI: T-Mobile USA's coverage may not be on par with the other big three, but their 3G network is the fastest (21 Mbps HSPA+) in the nation. Yes, faster than Sprint's so-called "4G."

      Tethered through a T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream):

      My friend is on T-Mobile with a nexus one I'm on AT&T with iPhone 4 we both did speed tests and mine were better than his, he even agreed T-Mobile 3G sucks.
    1. Lecram25's Avatar
      Lecram25 -
      It's city-dependent.

      Double check the URL if you will.
    1. g12007's Avatar
      g12007 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Go Gators View Post
      I've had the iPhone 2g, 3g and 3gs and I unlocked them all for use with T-Mobile because I didn't want to switch to AT&T. It would be awesome if the iPhone came to T-Mobile because then the 3G would finally work and I'd only have to worry about jail breaking.

      ^yeah, I have the 2G,3G and now the 3GS all on Tmobile ... I live in Cali and get pretty good signal , I almost never drop any calls. This would be cool I wouldn't have to hit the web for unlocks anymore lol . I think this should have happen a long time ago . there is so many of us (tmobile users) that have an iPhone that they have a "iPhone/smartphone data plan" lmao!!!!

      Apple Just give them the damn phone and then go swim in your cash !! Lol
    1. Lecram25's Avatar
      Lecram25 -
      T-Mobile barely started launching 3G less than two years ago and will officially complete HSPA+ by the end of this year.

      It started with catching up to the other carriers (by no fault of their own), but now it has turned into them being on top (speed-wise).

      Get Fast 3G Network Coverage with HSPA+
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      U should have a choice to use any model iPhone with any service provider in America!
    1. chasev2's Avatar
      chasev2 -
      Why do these forums always have to turn into a pissing contest over which technology or company is better? The way some of you carry on, you'd swear you were paid reps for said company/product.