T-Mobile To Pickup iPhone In 2010?

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The iPhone is arguably the most loved or loathed phone available right now, and AT&T has absolutely reaped tremendous rewards from being the sole carrier. However, Apple and AT&T know the exclusivity agreement between them won’t last forever since current estimates are putting iPhone exclusivity in jeopardy sometime in the 3rd quarter of 2010. So while rumors run amok regarding a possible Verizon/Apple venture, we ask the question, what about T-Mobile? Thankfully a Thomas Weisel analyst states via TheStreet that T-Mobile is actually the more likely suitor for the iPhone, rather than Verizon. To call this speculation would be hitting the nail on the head but analysts have been known to be right one or two times before, therefore we take it with a level of trepidation. That being said, I think I can safely say that T-Mobile would surely see rewards from carrying the iPhone, provided the network actually works, something AT&T has trouble saying with a straight face these days.  The real question here is, will Apple consider T-Mobile a viable partner to help expand the iPhone offering to a larger customer base or will they want to partner up with larger, more expansive partners?!

Do you want to see T-Mobile pickup the iPhone? Sound off below.

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  • http://willentrekin.com Will Entrekin

    A few days after Project Dark, I called T-Mobile to upgrade my plan to save a (very) few bucks. Over the course of the conversation, I asked if there was any chance of them getting the iPhone anytime soon, given that AT&T’s exclusivity contract would be ending.

    The CSR said, and I quote, “Now, unfortunately another company has already bought the rights to the iPhone. We’re concentrating on the MyTouch.”

    When I asked her who, she told me she wasn’t at liberty to say. But I had already mentioned AT&T when she said another company, so I can’t imagine it was them (not to mention that AT&T’s contract is common knowledge, so there would be no reason for her confidentiality).

    I think this lends credence to the Verizon iPhone rumors.

    • Bill48105

      Interesting story Will but wondering if that hearsay conversation from a CS rep that might or might not have a clue helps or dispels the rumors. lol Nothing against the TMO reps but odds are they don’t know much of anything more than the rest of us unless they moonlight as head of Apple or the “other” cell carrier. :D I’m sure the employees have their own little rumor mill that just churns & churns and sometimes those leak out to places like here. Anyhow like I said interesting no matter.

      Hey wonder why they didn’t say they concentrating on getting some great upcoming phone seeing how you were speculating on iphone.. Ya know, thinking forward, looking forward, talking forward, bring up current soon to be past. Meh

      • http://willentrekin.com Will Entrekin

        But an analyst thinking off the top of his head helps more? My source came straight from T-Mobile; it doesn’t sound like Reid was going by anything more than the perceived “division” between “camps.”

        And like I said, they did steer me toward the MyTouch. They played up the Fender edition coming up, and also mentioned the CLIQ.

      • Jonesy

        I was told from a T-mobile rep in an elizabethtown KY store and quote “yes the rumor is that we will have the iphone sometime this year I just don’t know when” So I would say this just proves that they obviously have no clue.

    • Grr

      CSRs have no knowledge of these things. The hear it from blogs and rumors like everyone else. It really doesn’t do much good to ask them about it because chances are they get it from an outside source. CSRs usually know about upcoming plans. Sometimes they have some upcoming phone knowledge. Rarely will they even accurately know a 3G launch date. They really have very limited inside knowledge. For stuff like this, you would have to know someone extremely high up (likely VP level). If it is close to being done, then you could get away with knowing someone in product development.

    • jkraze

      The customer service rep would be the last to know… sounds like bullshit to me. They don’t know about new phone releases the retail side would know if anyone. Regular employees don’t get informed about things like that only the higher ups do.

    • DLjsm

      I’m going to say this once and once only… A T-Mobile CSR is in no way capable of being able to tell you anything about the Iphone. One told me about 6 months ago that the Iphone works on our 3G service here in the U.S. I knew it didn’t but, that goes to show you that they get the same news and rumors as we do. And some of them just don’t know how to distribute that information.

      No one really knows how these Apple execs think. T-Mobile was alive and kicking in Germany with the Iphone so, why not the U.S. It makes sense for them to come to T-Mobile U.S.A. But, T-Mobile U.S.A. for some reason, don’t make the best of business decisions. Example: @Home, they have only 1 Free device, no real promotions like buy one get one free.

      I know T-Mobile really doesn’t have other avenues of revenue like Verizon and AT&T but, they have to take some risks. Getting the Iphone would be thee best thing for T-Mobile. With the hopes of the HSPA+ being as big as they say it will be, would be a red carpet entrance for Apple to come to the Magenta side.

      But, like I said, they seem (T-Mobile) to always F.U.B.A.R. things up. And I am personally looking forward to owning one of the best phones to date on a cheaper provider. But, I’m not that far gone to know that T-Mobile customers aren’t that lucky. It’s going to take a lot of prayer for intelligence to reside with both the Magenta and Apple teams.

      I see it makes sense! You see that it makes sense! Can they!?

      All they would have to do is make the lphone compatible with our 1700/2100MHz network. I’m no engineer, but that can’t be that hard!! Right!?

      So, when a CSR form T-Mobile gives you any future info on pretty much anything. DO…NOT…BELIEVE…IT!! I work for T-Mobile…trust me…

    • foo

      The CS like others have said ARE THE LAST TO KNOW. We in engineering know a little bit more but not much. Here’s something to think about.

      1) T-mobile has put a lot of effort in expanding 3G in a lot of their markets. 2009 goal was to double our footprint from 2008 and that’s going smoothly.
      2) Everyone knows that T-mobile is rolling out HSDPA+ running fiber to our existing 3G sites to up the bandwidth…doesnt ATT suffer from bandwidth problems? Hmmm.

      I’ve always joked that we’re doing all this upgrading etc because the exclusivity with ATT is due to expire…look at the timing. HSDPA+ scheduled to roll out by mid next year. iPhone contract with ATT ends around that time. Hmmm

      It’s easier for Apple to change/add a chipset for the AWS frequency than it would be to do CDMA (OLD TECH). So it’s a far easier transition to T-mobile than VZW or Sprint. When everyone’s on LTE that’ll be a different story. Apple can get more market share to tap going to T-Mobile and ATT will start to loose some of their customes because of their horrible network quality. It will be a win-win for a lot of people

      that’s my .02 cents

      • Viggy

        You mean your 0.02 dollars…. :P

  • John

    To say that T-Mobile will never get the iPhone is simply incorrect. Look at Canada – 4 carriers, France – 2 carriers, UK – 2 carriers. Each time a new carrier, mainly in Europe, the iPhone’s market share jumps. The iPhone will come to T-Mobile, whether it’s the 2nd or 4th carrier, it’s just simply a matter of time.

    I would be 100% for a T-Mobile iPhone in the US. I think it makes a lot of sense, especially with the ads Apple is running. 3G data & voice calls? Not on Verizon until LTE. I do think that there is something to the fact that T-Mobile will have 7.2 MB/S up and running by year end and the 3GS has been able to do that the whole time (yes I know wrong spectrum – but really a change in chip architecture is not that hard). And if T-Mobile can really get 21 MB/s up and running across their whole network by the end of 2010 then why not go with them.

    But better yet, imagine with me. An iPhone running on T-Mobile’s 7.2 Mb/s data network all for under $80 on an individual plan or $140 for a family plan. Knocks AT&T right out of the water doesn’t it! I just hope the network is ready because if they can’t handle it, there will be nothing but I told you sos flying from everyone around the interwebs…

    Long and the short of it, T-Mobile please bring the iPhone to your stable of mis-matched phones sooner rather than later. This will truly be the Hero handset you are looking for to catipult you to 3rd or even 2nd place. But please do two things before that. 1) Don’t ignore Android, it’s an OS that once Google thinks a few more things through *like better non-gmail email support* will really shine and 2) give me enough advance notice so that I can save up the $500 it will be not on contract.

    Thanks for letting me give my $0.02!

  • Peanut Gallery

    I already have the iphone with T-mobile.

    • Bill48105

      Curious, if iphone came to TMobile (officially) how likely would you buy one since you already have an iphone? Say you are on a Plus plan & gotta pay $499 for it, would you? Assuming the only real benefit was 3G and everything else was essentially the same maybe..

      • Jürgen

        because if t-mobile were to offer an official iphone, we could use it on our 3G network, currently unlocked phones only work on att’s 3G network, so we have to settle for EDGE.

  • http://www.youtube.com/jeromeo1980 Jeromeo

    Okay if you guys wanna know who’s already in the works to get the iPhone next, check this link:

    http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/11/06/report_apple_to_launch_verizon_iphone_in_q3_2010.html

    It’s already in manufacturing/testing…
    Photos of test units are far more reliable than verbal speculation.

    I think the real question TMoNews should be asking is ‘Why is T-Mobile USA not subsidizing the Nokia N900?’ (considering it was optimized for WCDMA Band IV AWS 3G, already has the 1700mhz antenna built in, and doesn’t need a new 3G antenna chipped motherboard to be created-making a separate 900/1700/2100mhz iPhone model as no 850/900/1700/1900/2100 WCDMA 3G antenna to make a dual network AT&T+T-Mobile GSM 3G model is not likely to be produced in this decade).

  • JBLmobileG1

    From my experience I believe the iphone will be avaliable to all carriers once their exclusive contract is up with at&t. The reason to why I say this is because Apple knows they can get more money out of it all if they just expand to all carriers. Plus with Android out… Apple does have some tough competition… now if the right hardware comes out to support what it has to offer…. Apple may be in trouble. Look at it this way… before the iphone the Motorola Razr was thee phone to have. It once was only avalible to at&t but now its on all carriers (in one form or another) even pre-paid ones. They might as well release it to everyone before the steam is gone especially with everyone trying to come up with something to compete with it. (Which I feel is a good Android device). Like with all hot toys they eventually end up in the bargin bins and now may be the start for the iphone. True… maybe Apple may release different models to every carrier but I believe all carriers will get an iphone sometime in the next few years.

  • Maddy

    With Apple taking hits on Verizon with their most recent iPhone ads, it’s unlikely they will do something that they’re criticizing themselves (unlikely because they’ve done that plenty of times in the past).

    iPhone on T-Mobile, with 3rd party multitasking, native Google voice and latitude apps would be perfect.

    Oh well, I can only dream!

  • JBLmobileG1

    Jermeo’s link to an iphone for Verzion helps with my theory as well. It mentions that Apple is going with a different supplier. If you noticed the very first Razrs were built like tanks but the newest ones are made of cheap parts and plastics…. at least at one point they used aluminum backs but now its plastic. Could this mean the iphone is following? After all if you are going to release multiple versions you’ll need the extra help manufaturing them.. (or to cut costs build them with cheaper components by someone who will do so for less). Apple has always seemed to be quality but for a price. Although didn’t they cut their costs of their famous Mac computers by going with intel for their processors? I may be totally wrong but that’s what I heard. If this is the case then maybe the iphone will be in the same boat.

  • Rich

    The actual cost to make the iPhone is relatively low based on this review last year (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9103438/Apple_squeezes_iPhone_3G_costs_down_to_173), but whoever gets the iPhone next will want to make sure they get their pound of flesh out of it, so I doubt they will be giving them away (but I sure hope I’m wrong about that).

    I can see Verizon being really aggressive and jumping at the chance to take away current dissatisfied AT&T iPhone customers, possibly with an equipment exchange program.

    T-Mobile could also benefit from that as well. Apple could also see the value in legitimizing the thousands of iPhone owners who have hacked their way onto T-Mobile already, by getting them to switch to an official (locked) T-Mobile iPhone.

    It’s going to be a win-win or win-win-win for Apple regardless of which path they take – more channels mean more iPhones sold. Either or both carriers make sense for Apple, but they will both want some form of exclusivity to add value to their package, so both seems unlikely at first.

  • IWantToKnow

    who cares about the iphone go get a tp2

  • 2FR35H

    Tmobile been had the iPhone in europe. Tmobile USA shouldn’t even waste their time with apple. T-Mobile started selling android 1st before anyone else now they need to continue on with Android. this Android stuff is What apple is to AT&T I mean it just goes together. Tmobile is the android king or queen whichever you wanna call it. The best damn deals with android service is T-mobile I have been with T-mobile for 5 years straight right when I was tired of getting screwed by tracfone’s prepaid bullshit this was what I chose and they do ya well.

  • Alex

    T-Mobile needs to finished what they started.
    Brought Android into the world, and now fail in compared to other carriers Android phones.
    Sad how that worked out.

    Snapdragon go!

  • deanesn

    I wish TM would get the iphone but I will tell you this. It won’t happen. Why? Cuz TM doesn’t have the money to. ATT pays big bucks and they don’t make much money off the iphone but they do from their plans. TM on the other hand has much cheaper plans but the phones are more expensive. So let’s say TM gets the iphone in order to stay competitive they need to match ATT’s pricing which I don’t see happening. But u know. What ill pay extra 100-200 for an iphone just to be on TM anytime cuz they have great service and cheaper plans. Note that TM USA is separate entity from TM Europe. Perfect example of this phone acquisitioning is the mytouch and the hero. They could have secured hero easily but the mytouch was the cheaper solution even with rumors hero coming to TM it might but the phone is old now and HTC has moved on with newer technology which is soon to come out. Anyways just my $0.02 I’m still keeping my fingers crossed goping TM would get the iphone ;)

  • derrickps3

    i dont see why people still praise the iphone like its a god, the iphone is a has been, the only thing keeping it slightly popular is the apps on it. android is the future. and i think tmo and android will be dominant in 2010

    • 2FR35H

      yup Android 2.0 sealed iPhone’s fate Droid I will say, killed the iPhone.

  • Rich

    I don’t see why T-Mobile couldn’t offer the iPhone in addition to Android phones, which I happen to agree are very good. The iPhone is the iPhone; it’s identifiable, easy to use, it has mass appeal and it’s becoming more pedestrian everyday. If it can add customers at a profit, then I don’t see why they shouldn’t include it in their offerings. Why alienate customers just to make a point over a particular device?

    Just because TM could carry they iPhone it doesn’t mean they couldn’t specialize in being the premier Android carrier. The iPhone sells itself to those who like it.

  • SEFan

    I would buy the iPhone for T-Mobile 3G. I’ve had an iPod Touch for a few months, and have come to like it a lot. In fact, if I could get a 3G dongle for the iPod I could skip a 3G phone entirely. For me the iPhone would be a slightly fatter but complete version of the Touch. I’ve come to like the look of the OS, and have gotten comfortable working with it. The inability to run multiple apps is an annoyance, but for the moment a minor one.

    As for Android, I’m still waiting for the breakout device on T-Mobile. G1? Who thought THAT was a good way to differentiate T-Mo from the elegance of the iPhone 3G? Hope he’s been fired. MyTouch? A somewhat incomplete attempt at an iPhone competitor, like they couldn’t be bothered to look at the design arc of their competition. Cliq? Well, there’s the battery life issue, otherwise OK if the Motoblur concept works for you. It doesn’t for me, which means I’d have to actively undo Moto’s software to get a functional phone. Behold II? I was so hopeful when the Galaxy was announced, but they couldn’t just bring an Android phone, they had to Touchwiz it. Bottom line: Android on T-Mobile has been behind from the start – always a feature, an OS version, a processor behind.

  • MAXIMUS

    I’m tired by the constant rants about how T-Mobile brought Android to the public. Fact: Google gave us Android…..T-Mobile delivered it poorly as a platform.

    Sure T-Mobile was the first carrier to have an Android phone and in a year’s time they have the weakest showing of Android devices. Since then competitors to the iPhone have improved or come on the scene Storm – Storm 2, Palm Pre. The Droid and Eris and Sprint Hero are still better displays of Android than T-Mobile delivered. So their credit has been short-lived. The Cliq and the Behold 2 are design/performance disasters. Same specs of the inside with a different shell on the outside. Nothing to be impressed by.

    The story about T-Mobile snagging the iPhone is going to be what they always are….a big disappointment. Just like the X10 or N900 coming to T-Mobile. Sony and Nokia may have obliged T-Mobile the honor of putting their AWS bands on the devices but it doesn’t make them T-Mobile exclusives.

    Apple giving the iPhone to T-Mobile is like Kobe Bryant giving his championship ring to Spud Webb. At the time AT&T snagged the iPhone they were the #1 carrier, Verizon has since taken the crown back and I’m sure Apple is keen to do business with the a top tier carrier. The Droid vs. AT&T/Apple commercials are all in good marketing sport. Can we name a commercial T-Mobile has ever producing touting their advantages over a major competitor? Don’t think so. They’d rather sing out and be free. uber WHACK!!!

    Don’t get your hopes up folks. Disappointment looms.

  • Rstar

    Again, one can only dream, tmobile will never get the iphone.

  • jwill

    The facts are tmobile is the supplier of iphones in germany. Tmo usa already provides iphone assistance. If u really want an iphone on tmo go get one get it unlocked and call tmo customer service to help you out. What’s the discussion? There are tons of people already using iphones in the us on tmo… seems like a no brainer if u REALLY want it and want it now. There are tons of unlocked iphones for sale on ebay. Knock yourselves out ;) and if u need evidence I have already called and asked about the cs for iphone. The rep was happy to assist.

    • MAXIMUS

      Yeah…there are lots of Edge enabled iPhones on T-Mobile. I was probably one of the first 1000 people to unlock and use the phone on the network but Edge is sooo 2006/2007. Who doesn’t want to see a T-Mobile 3G AWS iPhone pulling up sites in blazing speed? I do. Anyone else?

  • Alex

    Bringing the Iphone to T-mobile in the US does sound like a viable option, after all it is already offer to users in the UK. We also know that the Iphone can be supported on the network since AT&T users have brought them over when they switched carriers.

  • Bob

    T-Mobile is using a different downstream frequency for 3G in the United States. The phones they have now support AT&T’s. It’s feasable, that’s for sure.

    I still highly doubt the iPhone on Verizon rumors. Verizon blew their chance to get the iPhone already, and their ads slamming the iPhone sure aren’t going to make Apple too happy.

  • Mikey4tmobile

    I think it would be a really big step forward for tmobile to get the iPhone because alot of people love tmobile and already have it but dispose the lack of iPhones so they end up switching to AT&T just to get the iPhone and waste their money on a suckish garbage company.

  • Ron-E

    No doubt, the iphone is a nice device, the one that started it all, and it’s the one people love or hate. But I’m really happy with what android has to offer. Granted it is still somewhat in it’s infancy stage, but it is coming along especially with 2.0 and up. I really like the open architecture.

    More power to TMo if iphone comes, but I’m sticking to my little green robot phone.

  • Austin Canfield

    the new iPhone is actually rumored to support both cdma and gsm, similar to the BB storm so as long as it supports 1700mhz wcdma then just about any carrier is a good bet

  • Lee

    I’ve been with T-Mobile for about 10 years (since before they were called T-Mobile USA). Their customer service is what keeps me. They are very well-run, have great service, and deserve a shot at the iPhone. Actually, they are already supporting it. Many of those jailbroken phones are running quite happily on T-Mobile, and with tech support freely provided by T-Mobile, which has an open-door policy — they’ll allow you to use any GSM phone you choose to bring with you.

  • bob

    i want to be a loyal t-mobile person but i want the iphone. put them together and make me happy please

  • kurlymann

    interesting. I think that bob made a good point on how verizon’s ads lately have sort of slammed the iphone’s limited capabilities in certain areas. it would seem that maybe verizon tried to acquire the rights to the iphone but failed and now they’re really pushing droid hard instead. i really hope t-mo gets the iphone next and why shouldn’t they…they already carry it in germany.

  • Lalizona

    I have been with TMobile for 10 years and have been waiting for about 5 yrs for them to get another phone to work with Mac. I am so excited. I got it form an insider that a promo phone for TMobile has already been made and has been making the rounds. June can’t come fast enough for AT&T’s contract to end!!!

    Horay… TMobile is the best service out there and the iphone will only put them over the top to surpass all other carriers!!!

    Way to go Apple and TMobile!!!

  • Hector

    Well here is my take on the iPhone coming to T-Mobile.

    1. Apple is pretty much over their relationship with AT&T, while they probably dont want to sever ties completely. They do want the option to explore other options (carriers) Pretty much what this means is that AT&T will still carry the iPhone, just not exclusively as they are carrying it now.

    2. Verizon has been taking a few stabs at AT&T and even more so the iPhone. So much so that now Apple is having to get into the business of defending their partnet U.S. carrier. I dont know about you guys but if I was Steve Jobs, i would want to tell Verizon to go shove it up their pie hole. So much so that i really believe that if the glimmer of hope existed that one day Verizon may get the iPhone, that day will just have to wait for a long time.

    3. In order for the iPhone to work on Verizon’s current network it would have to be, and i use the term loosely, “re-engineered”. Now im no Technical expert but i would assume that quite a bit of money would have to be spent to engineer a phone that will work on verizon’s network. Now me i personally would rather make something that can be used pretty much all over the world vs. making something that will only work on one network. Granted that network is the biggest carrier in the U.S. (for now anyways) but really, are all 80 million + Verizon customers going to go and buy an iPhone. I dont think so. I think that realistically the number would be closer to 15 million of Verizon’s customers would eventually buy the iPhone. EVENTUALLY being the key word. If i was going to actually do something crazy like make something specific for one carriers use, I would want instant gratification. So again, Verizon as long as they run on their old tired network. Will probably not get the iPhone.

    4. Finally i get to T-Mobile. T-Mobile, granted is still improving its network. But it is well known that they are working at a feverish pace to get it up and working as best as it can possibly be as fast as it can possibly be. Already we are hearing about faster 3G speeds vs AT&T.
    Secondly, By Apple releasing the iPhone to T-Mobile, they would really not be doing anything special to the phone to get it to be compatible. All i hear that would need to happen is to do a minor chip upgrade to accept T-Mobiles 3G network. Essentially making the iPhone a quad-band phone. Next, Apple and Deustch Telekom, T-Mobile parent company are already working together in Europe if im not mistaken. So the relationship is already there.
    Finally, by allowing T-Mobile to carry the iPhone, HOW many people wont switch away from AT&T and Verizon not to mention the other carriers such as Sprint, Metro, Cricket, and whatever other smaller carriers are out there. Im guessing that a very good amount of people will leave Verizon. Many of the Verizon customers want the iPhone, they just dont want to switch to AT&T. But would have no problem switching to T-Mobile to satisfy their Apple iPhone hunger. Already T-Mobile is the cheapest carrier and you would have the option of not having a contract and paying FULL PRICE for the phone. I don’t know. I get the feeling that when the iPhone comes to T-Mobile this year, if you really want to get one. Prepare to camp out for about a week prior to its Launch date in front of all of those T-Mobile stores.

    I seriously think that right now all this ramping up of the network and project dark, all it was, or is, is to get ready to launch something that T-Mobile knows will push them from their current spot, to perhaps the number 2 carrier in the U.S. I just hope that T-Mobile is ready for the madness that this little contraption has brought to all of the carriers of the world.

  • jon

    What’s with this site? The link to this on the front page says ‘Iphone to Tmobile’ as if it’s fact, only for a post that’s completely hypothetical.

    Virgin Mobile to Pickup iPhone in 2010?

  • Kasey

    If Say T-mobile picks up the Iphone it wont really be an earth shocker now T-Mobile might recapture some ship jumpers gains some new customers and current Iphone T-mobile user will eventually get the T-mobile Iphone. but the impact would honestly not be major. As a retails salesman it my job to keep on the pulse of the customer honestly the Iphone is no where near the hot ticket as they where its lost most interest in the tech world as it has slipped more to the soccer mom crowd. as a previous T-mobile jail breaker Iphone it was ok and honestly the only time EDGE honestly isnt fast enough is streaming video or downloading files and apps. as i know walk with my aged G1 which honestly can just do more in my opinion then the Iphone can but thats cause i love to hack mod and develop (electrical engineering student) . there for the g1 is more my area then the Iphone. also most customers still prefer Physical buttons.

    In short yes T-mobile would get maybe a 12-20% customer base change at the very high end. (being very optimistic.) i would see maybe about a 10-15% customer switch to the Iphone. none of this would be immediate it would be a moderate adoption i’d say over possibly the next 6-15 months.

    My main issues with the iphone is if something goes wrong its apple job to fix so cuts T-mobile out of some of that beloved customer service.

  • nate

    I would buy an iphone if it were offered through T-Mobile.

  • Krissy

    I have an iPhone unlocked for T-Mobile. I would LOVE to see it available through T-Mobile and just had a lengthy discussion regarding the iPhone with a CSR, who sent me here. I keep holding out hope that T-Mobile will pick up the iPhone in 2010. I think, that if we make it known that it’s a want for their customers, maybe they’ll listen? I don’t know. We’ve been customers for about 11-12 years now, and I wouldn’t dream of switching even if they don’t pick up the iPhone, but I’m really really really hoping they do!! LOL

    Oh, and as far as CSR’s knowing what phones they are and aren’t getting, I agree that they don’t know jack until they actually GET it in. Heck, I was told LAST year that they would be getting the iPhone at the end of the year by a CSR. Turns out it was the G1. This was before I was knowledgeable about the exclusive contract, etc. I didn’t realize that was in existence, so I was just as clueless as she was and fell for it hook, line and sinker!

  • Shan

    I would love the iPhone to be through Tmobile! I would buy it in a heart beat!!!

  • Vycanthus

    I think it would bring alot of revenue to tmo if they brought on the iPhone. There’re alot of ppl out there poised for AT&T’s death grip on it to lapse..I’d get one…

  • kurlymann

    I spoke with a T-Mo rep today in regards to upgrading my phone to a new touch screen incorporated device such as the Moto Cliq or MyTouch 3g since my current 2 yr contract is nearly up and he said and I quote “it might be worth it to you to wait til sometime after april because we are getting a really good device soon”. i tried to push him and he did hint to it being the iphone but then said that he wasn’t supposed to discuss it. But then we also discussed the nexus one becoming an actual t-mo offered device soon so who knows. Time will tell.

  • http://WWW.TMONEWS.COM JOHNNY

    WWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE NNNNNNEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDDDDD IIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT, WHEN THE I PHONE CAME OUT IN 2007 I WAS SHOCKED TO HEAR THAT APPLE WAS GONNA HAVE ONLY ONE CARRIER FOR THE IPHONE, LITERALY AT&T HAVING THE IPHONE MONPOLY ON THE IPHONE, CAUSE REALLY ITS A PAIN IN THE ASS TO BUY A UNLOCKED PHONE. EVCERYBODY FEELS CONFORTABLE WITH THEIR OWN CARRIER BECAUSE THE CAN INSURE US REAPIRS AND SUCH SO YEAH PAAASSSS IITT OONNNN APPLE AND TMOBILE GRREAT COMBINATION!!!!!

  • Maggz1988

    Well i would love the phone especially if it tmobile their are so many people who have t-mobile and i know for a fact if you get this phone on the market it gonna sell more than the MY TOUCH. Your sells will go off the roof i dont know anyone who even has verizon. So i believe that t-mobile is more than perfect

  • Da11as

    I have been a T-mo customer for 10 years,and this last year was the first time I was swayed to switch to ATT. I had everything signed and set up and ready to go with ATT, simply because then I could a new functional Iphone. I am using a unloked Iphone now But could not justify the cost of the ATT unlimtied talk, text, and web, versus T-mo price so I stayed with T-mo. But I could assure anyone that I would camp out at the T-mo store the night before to get my hands on a new T-mo Iphone. I have tried the MyTouch and the virt. Keyboard letters are to close together on the Android phones. Also to edit a text or email with Android phone is to complicated, not like the the touch and hold edit feature of the Iphone. I sent the MyTouch back for this very reason. If they could fix the Android phones with a better vert keyboard and simpler text and email editing I could deal with the Droid phones. But NOTHING would make me happier than a new T-mo Ipone.

    Mike
    Dallas Ga.

  • juan

    I went to a cop’ store of tomobile yesturday in modesto cali. manager said they are getting the iphone for tmobile in may of 2010. so im waiting till may to upgrade!

    • David, Managing Editor

      Dude, there is no way a store manager knows this information and the rest of the blogosphere does not. Seriously.

  • Chad

    First and foremost, everyones forgetting what the majority of Iphone users use their phones for, not for calling, Tmobile realizes that everything is churning into data so thats where a lot of focus is being driven in the company, while the iphone has apparently has caused problems on at&t’s network they have made a majority of their money from data, I see no reason why tmobile would not pay to have the iphone on their network, they sub. handsets at the same comparable full retail price as the iphone, additionally with the upgrades to the hsdpa across all available 3g network areas and hsdpa+ coming soon the network will hold and support the iphone just as well as at&t, no one knows when or if the iphone will come to tmobile, BUT verizon seems to be a company that does like control, something that apple likes as well, I dont see a potential partnership being brewed because of the verizon/google relationship being evolved not only in the phone side, but due to recent reports google is developing a search based google fios program (think thats how its spelled), this conflicts strongly with apples dragging apple tv process, but apple certainly does not want the confliction no matter how large or small against fios, thats all based on factual reports, my personal opinion is that for the iphone to become big in the first place it needed a large carrier, im sure when apple first presented the iphone it was willing to make a cdma version for verizon, the reason for verizon declining we will never know, obviously verizon did not see google android coming in as a such a stong hitter when they did decline so thats a mystery, i do think that apple would like to sell more handsets and the partnership with tmobile would def. get a few more million out the door, finacially i see no reason why apple would not, its a company that has done well with their products, if they see confidence in tmobile’s network ability to handle that data, apple will and should go with tmobile, it would be a suicide mission to not accept that android is growing larger everymonth, aside from the fact that at&t is picking up 5 new android devices sometime in the next two quarters of business, apple knows that sticking with an “exclusive” gets things started but to really move product it needs to expand, hence the reason they have opened up imacs, apple tv, macbooks, and originally the ipod to other retailers like bestbuy, where the store sells almost every apple product, in a company that does not release future dates for products or where they will be released you need to look at the history of what apple has done, everyone analyzes on where apple products will go next and the whole time, its been right under every nerds eye

  • Chad

    o ya one thing I forgot, for some who might be speculating that reason that tmobile has not had a iphone bashing commercial, like the famous moto droids “I dont” commercial, its not because tmobile usa has some behind the scenes love affair with steve jobs and the valley which apple inhabits, its because tmo usa parent company DT out of germany would forbid it, as the strongest carrier of iphone overseas, DT would slap down dotson and the employees in bellevue before it got a chance to breath words I Dont. but please for the sake of humanity against high price phone companies just seal the deal and make sure employees keep it a better secret than project dark!

  • Tammy

    I have T-Mobile and have heard different rumors regarding the iPhone. Has anyone noticed that basically the iPhone is taking over??? It’s like a luxury car or bag or golf clubs. So and so has one – I have to have it too, sort of situation!!!! Don’t get me wrong…I would love to have one and have been debating on whether or not to upgrade to the HTC HD2 or just wait and see what happens with the iPhone. I just don’t see what TMo wouldn’t see it as a perfect opportunity to get a big jump in the game. Who knows. Guess we’ll all have to wait and see what happens.

  • Red

    Oh god I hope T-Mobile get the iPhone soon. I’d have to have to buy the phone and unlock it. I’d just rather get it the appropriate way, through them as a carrier. Not to mention Verizon is crap (also not fond of AT&T) and if they got it, I wouldn’t drop T-Mobile for either AT&T, I’d rather get it unlocked.

  • Joseph

    I would love to see an iphone on T-mobile, but more than likely it will not happen. My projection is that Verizon picks it up, but doesn’t push one out until they have put out their 4G network. I would say Sprint since they have the only 4G network right now, but I believe Apple is too smart in not trying to cash in on the millions of people already on Verizon who would die to get an iphone. This means the switch to another iphone carrier is going to take some time because it will require iphones to be built in CDMA format and would require Verizon to build a 4G network. In the meantime the new 4.0 OS will keep current AT&T users happy.

  • Gary

    If anyone in Corporate Offices is reading this and taking note – I am one of the 45 year olds and up that are chomping at the bit to get a Iphone.

    I am on T-Mobile. I have been a tmobile customer for about 10 years.

    Bring it on !

  • Paul Mower

    I am a long time customer of T-Mobiles even back to the days of Voicestream (13 years now). I have been a user of the Iphone, both the 2g and 3g on the T-Mobile network. Love the Iphone even better than my Nexus One but do miss the 3g while usning the Iphone.

    Please make the Iphone on T-Mobile a real thing.

  • Courtney

    I think t-mobile would be a great carrie for the iphone and i would love to see them get especilly because i have t-mobile and I really want the iphone

  • dman

    I also want tmobile to carry the iphone , then I can finally upgrade my 2g that I now have on airplane mode since I switched networks. Also WINDmobile (ontario) will be able to get it :) (since it too is 1700/2100)

  • iphone_user

    I am a iphone user on the TMobile network. I love the phone and hope it does come and soon if you ask me. The 1900 vs 1700/2100 frequency difference should not be hard to overcome, the rest is compatible already. I like the TMobile service, AT&T may be second largest but that has to be just because of the iphone because their plans and services leave a bit to be desired. I wish I could use the 3G but for now I will suffer just because I like the iphone. The Google phone with Android technology (Nexus One) looks to be promising and has a faster processor than the iphone so it will be a contender if the Apple execs don’t get smart soon. I am sure someone at Verizon has already gotten the backlash for letting the iphone deal fall through the first time, and with their aggressive marketing campaign against the iphone, to me it is doubtful, but hey I work for a living. Apple’s deal of exclusivity with AT&T and the iphone has costed them money, time and allowed the market for smart phones to catch up. They are still number one with the iphone but if some good decisions are not made soon, that may be in jeapordy. I want the iphone on TMobile because I like the phone, so does my wife and friends but I fear that whatever decision is made will be strictly dollars and no sense.

  • FamousGOAT

    Im a tmobile user. I was when it was Suncom. I really have no need to change to AT&T or Verizon. But Tmobile needs the iPhone! At&T has it and Verizon has the Droid, but nothing for Tmobile. Im uing an unlocked 2g iPhone and love it, but I really want a new 3Gs. PLEASE TMOBILE and APPLE, make a deal!, and sooner than later.