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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. RessayFlex's Avatar
      RessayFlex -
      I think a lot of people are missing the point... ok, so there will be one big GSM company, competition will continue to exist between Verizon, ATT+Tmobile, and Sprint. however, thats not even the point... who cares if there will be one GSM provider... Everyone has already announced they are going LTE...

      So now you will have Verizon with LTE vs. ATT with LTE... The big reason i think ATT is interested in Tmobile is because now they will gain additional spectrum that they couldn't have acquired otherwise... there will no longer be spectrum contention in highly dense areas, they can now share and properly spread out the signal...

      Not only that, they now also gain those subscribers and the additional recurring revenue from those contracts.

      Why is everyone saying there will be a monopoly? Maybe a monopoly in GSM providers, but surely not Wireless providers... plus like i said, LTE is where the future is!
    1. trouphaz's Avatar
      trouphaz -
      Hehe, I'm glad people finally pointed out that one GSM vendor is not a monopoly. That is like saying Apple has a monopoly with iPhones since no other company makes them.
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      Sprint never really had competition. It was a reliable carrier/provider. T-Mobile and Sprint had a secret rivalry that wasn't in ads. Only VZ and ATT had major rivalry.
    1. kenpura's Avatar
      kenpura -
      sprint wasn't competition at first. 8 years ago or so they were probably the least favored mobile network out of all the available options. horrible customer service, hidden fees and expensive plans.
    1. AUSTIN3:16's Avatar
      AUSTIN3:16 -
      All this complaining about at&t is crazy. I have had both carriers and at&t is just as good as T-mobile. AT&T has always given me great customer service and has given me credits when they mess something up. I'm in SoCal and have never had any issues with dropped calls or no bars with either carrier. If T-mobile was so much more "awesome" that at&t then T-mobile would have 94 million customers like at&t instead of 33.7 million. If anything at&t has much better coverage than T-mobile. I think most people ***** about at&t because it's the "trendy" thing to do. So your bill might go up $15 or $20 a month with at&t or you can go to Verizon and add $30 on top of that extra $20. But hey, I guess there is always Cricket for all those who want to stay cheap!

      Quote Originally Posted by kenpura View Post
      sprint wasn't competition at first. 8 years ago or so they were probably the least favored mobile network out of all the available options. horrible customer service, hidden fees and expensive plans.
      Sprint is still the same! lol
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      Sprint rarely has competition. It is a good network and carrier, but you don't see a big multimedia
      rivalry going on between Sprint, and another carrier. Sprint had lots of dropped calls for my family and I. The prices were good. AT&T is infact becoming the best carrier in infrastructure, but they still have competition.
      VERIZON.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by AUSTIN3:16 View Post
      Sprint is still the same! lol
      You lose the effect when you do it more than once!
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Quick question, if I take my sim out and use my ATT sim in a non-smatphone will I still have to pay for data? Seems like data should be optional for iPhone and tmobile phones since wifi is everywhere.
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      AT&T bought a big chunk of spectrum last year, I guess that didn't fulfill their need. So they bought T-Mobile for
      extra spectrum, coverage, and reliability they couldn't acquire from amongst themselves.
      Although they're wasting money on not developing anything this major buyout could improve
      consumer needs for better coverage in areas T-Mobile covered, and AT&T didn't.

      Quote Originally Posted by mikerlx View Post
      Quick question, if I take my sim out and use my ATT sim in a non-smatphone will I still have to pay for data? Seems like data should be optional for iPhone and tmobile phones since wifi is everywhere.
      An automatic data plan will be added.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      If apple starts selling unlocked iPhones thru AT&T and tmobile, maybe the dev team can focus on untethered jailbreaks


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by mikerlx View Post
      If apple starts selling unlocked iPhones thru AT&T and tmobile, maybe the dev team can focus on untethered jailbreaks


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
      They already are. Unlocks are to Jailbreakers, as Jailbreakers are to regular iPhone users.

      Let's face it, not many people need this, they just want it to look cool.

      I know I'll get blasted for that, but it needs to be said. It's been 6 months! Buy a phone you can use.
    1. bdiddy619's Avatar
      bdiddy619 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gr0undBreak1ng View Post
      AT&T bought a big chunk of spectrum last year, I guess that didn't fulfill their need. So they bought T-Mobile for
      extra spectrum, coverage, and reliability they couldn't acquire from amongst themselves.
      Although they're wasting money on not developing anything this major buyout could improve
      consumer needs for better coverage in areas T-Mobile covered, and AT&T didn't.



      An automatic data plan will be added.
      No u won't be required to have a data plan . U would have to call to have the data plan taken off since u aren't using a smartphone but once u put that aim back in the smartphone then a data plan will automatically be added.
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      Ok.