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  • T-Mobile Getting Shut Out of New iPhone Release


    It's going to be a rough September for T-Mobile, and the carrier knows it. As it now appears that T-Mobile will be effectively shut out of the late September market introduction of the 6th generation Apple iPhone, the carrier is said to be making plans to cope with the smartphone frenzy anticipated elsewhere in the smartphone business.

    This week, a memo leaked from inside T-Mobile indicates that the carrier's plan is to prepare all employees to "sell against" the iPhone beginning September 21st. This effectively confirms that T-Mobile will be left out of the iPhone launch and the circle of carriers that will offer the device.

    The company memo, which was leaked to TmoNews, suggests that T-Mobile has no higher priority than damage control as we approach the sales bonanza that will benefit AT&T, Verizon, Sprint (and a handful of smaller carriers) while leaving T-Mobile out in the cold.

    As MMi has frequently reported in the past, T-Mobile and Apple are rumored to have engaged in talks on multiple occasions about bringing the iPhone to the carrier's network. But it appears that no formal deal with regard to the iPhone 5 has been reached as of this point in time.

    Source: TmoNews from Engadget
    This article was originally published in forum thread: T-Mobile Getting Shut Out of New iPhone Release started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      This sucks so bad. I was going to switch to T-Mo again when my contract with Verizon is up next March. I hope they at least get a late release for the iPhone. That or I hope T-Mobile's 3G or 4G is going to be able to work with the iPhone by then. I'm so bummed right now...
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Bottom line for most (especially those grandfathered) it is still cheaper to buy a Factory Unlocked new iPhone for $700.00 and have T-Mo, still saving money on cost of plans and unlimited data. I foresee an onslaught to T-Mo when 3G/LTE hits whether they offer the iPhone or not.
      Glass half full kinda gal I guess.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Yep cheaper for sure, but what I need is my 3G data lol. That's the selling point for me.
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      Yep cheaper for sure, but what I need is my 3G data lol. That's the selling point for me.
      I hear that, getting so close here in the Valley, at my office in Scottsdale I see it almost everyday. Can't wait for them to turn on the switch for good.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Are you going to be buying a factory unlocked for the new iPhone this year Bo? I want to but I gotta save up for that lol. It's easier to pay more for a bill monthly than it is to put $700 upfront! It hurts haha.
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      Are you going to be buying a factory unlocked for the new iPhone this year Bo? I want to but I gotta save up for that lol. It's easier to pay more for a bill monthly than it is to put $700 upfront! It hurts haha.
      Absolutely, buy the new model every year, (factory unlocked) so I have to wait about a month after the release till the sell them. Worth the wait.
      Yup, I always get the 32's so $750.00 ish ouch........
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Baller! Wish I was as rich as you girl.
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      Baller! Wish I was as rich as you girl.
      Soon come gal, stay in school.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      7 years to go lol.
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      I am pretty sure once T mobile finished upgrading their bandwidth to accommodate 4g / LTE network, the rates would go up. Here in Canada, Fido has the slowest speed only 3G network No LTE and they have the cheapest rate plan compared to Rogers , Bell or Telus.
    1. MXCO's Avatar
      MXCO -
      This rumor/article made my day upside down when I read it, I already sold my 4s and ready to buy the new iPhone on T-Mobile network only reason I was never on tMo was cause of no 3G on unlock iPhone and I gotta have me my iPhone! Uggh worse day ever!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      My problem is this..the iPhone WILL be on every carrier in 5 years. Whats taking so long?? Why the lets let this company sell it but not this one? Sprint SUCKS and everyone knows that. Tmo is ok..not good not bad but OK. Apple give Tmo the iPhone and stop the BS..that is all for now.