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  • T-Mobile Customers May Be Left Waiting a Year for The iPhone


    On Sunday, AT&T shocked the mobile community with its out-of-left field announcement that the company plans to acquire T-Mobile USA, a move that effectively reduces the number of major US carriers to three: AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. But while the announcement seemingly heralded the imminent availability of the iPhone to T-Mobile customers, there may be a longer lag time than initially anticipated for this reality to manifest.

    After the announcement of the acquisition was made, T-Mobile revised its FAQ page to address some of the hottest new questions on the minds of current and prospective customers. "T-Mobile USA remains an independent company," the FAQ was revised to state. "The acquisition is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. We do not offer the iPhone. We offer cutting edge devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and coming soon our new Sidekick 4G."

    Analysts concur that the iPhone may not be available for at least twelve months, as the regulatory process for the acquisition will be lengthy. Of course, it is also possible that the acquisition will not be sanctioned by federal regulators. If approved, however, AT&T and T-Mobile should have little trouble merging technologies to bring the iPhone to all 130 million users in the AT&T family. But it's going to take some time.

    Source: T-Mobile
    This article was originally published in forum thread: T-Mobile Customers May Be Left Waiting a Year for The iPhone started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 73 Comments
    1. kingk614's Avatar
      kingk614 -
      the iphone would be a whole lot better if app created it's own carrier, it has more than enough money and power to do that.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmwade77 View Post
      Well, IF the merger goes through, we will be cancelling with AT&T/T-Mobile (I can't stand AT&T's poor customer service, I put up with it at work, because it is what they have chosen, but I will not use it personally).

      I am holding out hope that the authorities will completely block such a merger under anti-trust laws.
      Good luck with depending on "authorities" to interfere with this merger. At&t paid top dollars to buy out tmobile and they agreed to it so no one can stop this merger now. This is life accept it son.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      so what does this mean for T-mobile users as far as their bill? I wonder if they will be able to keep their current rate plan and get 3G data speeds finally, because T-mobile ran a different Band for 3G thats why the iphone only got EDGE speed with T-mobile, can they just switch something like that or what. I just dont see any good to come out of this. I recently was looking into all the different mobile phone company prices and they are EFFFING expensive no doubt, but T-mobile was better priced than AT&T and def better than VERIZON which is by far the most expensive.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by mhtruth View Post
      No. This merger is different than the Sprint grabbing nextel or Cingular grabbing AT&T (to create the "new At&t). This merger gets rid of GSM carrier options(sim card/ international capable phones. Leaving the US with more CDMA carriers (Sprint, Verizon, Cricket, Metro wireless) options and 1 GSM carrier. Meaning if you have a GSM phone and you plan to use it (no matter where you got it from) your forced to Use it only on At&t...(ridiculous rates)... T- mobile was always the cheaper option for ppl like me who like testing out new phones and dumping them. With at&t it's gonna cost more and be pointless to unlock phone because the freedom of choice option is GONE...(unless your an heavy international traveller) Also i cant test a Sprint phone on verizon or vice versa... i can take it to Cricket/metro but then im back in the service pit.

      You cant take a GSM phone(tmob/At&t) to a CDMA carrier (sprint/verizon)/cricket)...You will have to buy a whole new phone or suck it up and settle for At&t's abusive billing tactics...

      I've watch my At&t bill ever month for !6months (back when i had them 3yrs ago), and they lied and added little nonsense charges every month, they spam text and raise charges every so often without option....SCREW AT&T Im not going back.

      FCC SHOULD STOP THIS MADNESS IMEDIATELY!!!
      What an anti-AT&T liar! You wasted so much of your life to post these lies.

      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      so what does this mean for T-mobile users as far as their bill? I wonder if they will be able to keep their current rate plan and get 3G data speeds finally, because T-mobile ran a different Band for 3G thats why the iphone only got EDGE speed with T-mobile, can they just switch something like that or what. I just dont see any good to come out of this. I recently was looking into all the different mobile phone company prices and they are EFFFING expensive no doubt, but T-mobile was better priced than AT&T and def better than VERIZON which is by far the most expensive.
      After your contract ends with tmobile you will be switch over to AT&T billing plans.
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      Haha yeah!
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Out of all the other concerns people are buggin about iPhone being available to TMob! Wow really??

      How about are you going to be able to keep your $10 unlimited texting instead of $20 on Att. How about unlimited $25 data plan as suppose to 2GB data plan of $25 nd so on. How abouT if Att will revoke your plan and make you pay more. You cant sue T-Mob as they wont be there after it takes affect. Wow some people are really really ........ weird.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Wait...since tmobile and at&t are merging, wouldnt that mean that tmobile will have the iPhone since it'll be merged with at%t?
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      Yes, but it might not be rocked 'til the iPhone 6.

      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Wait...since tmobile and at&t are merging, wouldnt that mean that tmobile will have the iPhone since it'll be merged with at%t?
      Yes, but it won't be rocked 'til iPhone 6.
    1. kenpura's Avatar
      kenpura -
      ^^ are you some kind of troll? you've posted countless times in this thread and have contributed absolutely nothing. why do you some of you (t-mobile users) think that the merger will mean less reception for you? do you honestly think that once the merger takes place that cell towers and satellites will just cease to exist? use your brain.. holy crap.
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      No, I'm not a troll. Go away ok. I'm a contributor unlike you.

      Quote Originally Posted by kenpura View Post
      ^^ are you some kind of troll? you've posted countless times in this thread and have contributed absolutely nothing. why do you some of you (t-mobile users) think that the merger will mean less reception for you? do you honestly think that once the merger takes place that cell towers and satellites will just cease to exist? use your brain.. holy crap.
      We don't need commotion starters like you coming along, being sarcastic and rude to users! Opinions are opinions deal with it. Rules state to keep discussion more of a debate not a quarrel. Please check out MMi forum posting rules.

      Thanks,
      Gr0und
    1. kenpura's Avatar
      kenpura -
      so your post where you said "liar!" was a contribution? "agreed" was a contribution? what about "yeah bye nice knowing you" and "haha yeah!"? why don't you go away? like i said, you contribute nothing. the only thing you've contributed to this thread is posting about an "iphone 6" when you nor anybody else has evidence of.
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      We all know further iterations of Apple devices should continue, plus the name of the thread indicates which iPhone will be T-Mobile. I'm allowed to agree, and joke around with users and friends. Please tell me what rules I'm breaking, and where that rule i'm "breaking" is.
    1. kenpura's Avatar
      kenpura -
      yeah, we do know that there are many iterations of apple devices and that the trend exists within all of their product lines. you're not breaking any rules that i know of or even care about. what i am saying is that you are a moron and contribute nothing to this thread. not many people that have posted in here have contributed anything worthwhile come to think of it. there shouldn't even be an option to reply to threads like this because of people such as yourself.
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      You are being immature. Be polite, ok? Secondly what contributions have you made to this thread besides accusing people of trolling and being a troll yourself?
    1. kenpura's Avatar
      kenpura -
      were you being mature or polite when you called somebody a liar? stop trying to be anything more than what you are, kid.
    1. spyder2005's Avatar
      spyder2005 -
      What is all this talk about a Monopoly? There will still be three phone companies, hence there wont be a Monopoly. Yes, there will only one be GSM provider, but unless your a world traveler, you can also use CDMA phone in the US. Its your choice. So no, relax, there wont be a Monopoly.

      Prices wont jump up by huge margins either, because small providers (Virgin, Boost, Metro PCS, etc) that use the Verizon and Sprint network would pick up all customers and AT&T wont want that either.

      I am currently a T-Mobile customer, and this is what i see happening with my service as an iPhone owner:

      - 3G Internet (finally)
      - similar costs (because neither Verizon nor Sprint charge a lot more)
      - better service (because T-Mobile stinks)
      - more free "in-network" calls = less minutes used
      - worse customer service (boo-hoo, i dont need someone to hold my hand all the time)

      Let it come, you have no control either way, and embrace the fact that this change has its benefits to current T-Mobile users & AT&T users.
    1. kenpura's Avatar
      kenpura -
      ^^ now THERES a contribution. thanks for your input
    1. setzer715's Avatar
      setzer715 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gr0undBreak1ng View Post
      Yes, but it might not be rocked 'til the iPhone 6.



      Yes, but it won't be rocked 'til iPhone 6.
      I think your confusing what is actually going on. ATT is BUYING T-Mobile, not a merger. T-Mobile will NOT have the iPhone as once the purchase is completed (in 18+months) T-Mobile will cease to exist. Your unlocked iphone on T-Mobile will no longer be on T-Mobile's network, it will be on ATT's now larger network. In conclusion, no LOCKED iPhone on T-Mobile.
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      To me..At&t Merging with T-Mobile makes Sense. Two of the largest GSM Mobile phone companies into one HUGE 4G Company. Although I'm an At&t Customer and I love my iPhone and iPad(both of them), it would make an interesting bed fellow. BUT..I'm all for this Merge.
    1. cb22's Avatar
      cb22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Je5 View Post
      It will be nicer to have a better signal where T-Mo was good at. No problems with AT&T just pay your bill on time and no issues
      agreed! I pay my bill on time every month and never go over my plan... I pay the same amount every month!