T-Mobile Next U.S. Carrier To Get iPhone Love, Not Verizon?

Here we go again…yet another analyst has predicted a T-Mobile USA iPhone. The lastest comes from Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu who claims that Magenta is a more likely fit for the iPhone’s next home in the U.S. rather than Verizon Wireless, because T-Mobile’s 3G network wouldn’t require Apple to build a separate iPhone to support it. “Currently, T-Mobile’s 3G service (UMTS/HSPA) supports 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz frequencies while AT&T supports 850 MHz and 1900 MHz frequencies,” Wu wrote in a note to clients today. “Interestingly, both the new iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS support 3G at the 2100 MHz frequency and, from our understanding, the technical hurdle to support T-Mobile is minor compared to supporting CDMA technology at Verizon and Sprint.” Shaw Wu also believes that Apple is eager to “attack Android more directly” and argues that Apple would need to get the iPhone into the line-up of carriers that currently support  Android. Additionally, Wu adds that, “we are picking up that T-Mobile views the iPhone as key in winning back lost customers and as such could be more likely to agree to Apple’s terms.” Wu states that the iPhone may come to T-Mobile USA as early as this fall. If you may recall, earlier this year, Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann hinted in an interview that its T-Mobile USA branch is indeed hoping to land a deal for the iPhone as soon as late 2010 or 2011.

It’s quite ironic that this claim is made just days after Apple’s unveiling of the new iPhone 4 at WWDC. How convenient to say it after the announcement? But, nonetheless the iPhone would definitely be a nice addition to the T-Mobile lineup and as well as bringing in a slew of new subscribers that are frustrated with AT&T. What say you?


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  • chris

    they really gotta get it soon.. im thinkin of goin to at&t which i dont wanna do.. but t-mobile needs to step its phone game up asap

    • sean

      good luck using a 4g device with a limited data plan. you probably hit your overage cap about 1 week into the bill cycle.

      • steven

        TM does not have a data cap. The individual data plans for their handset users are unlimited as are the web sticks plans for the laptops. the webs ticks are throtled however.

      • Jared

        Its not a 4g phone, its still only 3g. Its just the 4th generation.

  • byron

    i just want to know if it is coming to tmobile cuz if not im buying it from att without contract….anyways, it would b impossible for apple to sell iphones for 2 carriers at the same time when its announced, the iphone on att itself gets sold out, imagine selling it to tmobile customers too

    • socalfrank

      Good luck! T-Mobile’s 3G network runs on a different band then AT&T. This is why unlocked iPhone 3G’s can’t get 3G coverage on TMO

      • unclecrystal

        Good job reading the article, it says that the iphone 4 runs of off T-mobile’s 3G frequencies so you may indeed be able to use an unlocked at&t iphone on T-mobiles 3g network

  • Taaars

    I honestly dont care if the IPHONE comes to tmobile, I want a good android superphone, Let at&t tend to the Isheep.

    • going_home

      @Taaars well said.
      I just today returned the 3G MyTouch Slide I bought off contract a week ago.
      It was very little improvement over my G1, and certainly not worth $429.00.
      I was underwhelmed by it completely.

      TMO we want an Android phone better than an Evo !
      So step up to the bag and start pitching us some real phones and not theses namby pamby idiotic social media phones !


      • joe

        wow mytouch slide very little improvement over g1? mmmmmmkay. so way better physical keyboard android 2.1 5MP camera with flash and it doesnt freeze and run slow all the time, those are all very minimal improvements…

      • johnnyonthespot


        Well said…the slide is a nice phone. Except I gotta disagree on the keyboard. The G1 keyboard rocked.

      • Taaars

        Slide is BETTER than MT3G, but not worth the price tag TMO has it at, I stated before, I have my MTG rooted, and it runs just as snappy as the slide now, I have swype, dont need a keyboard.

    • equisxx23

      ..agree, honestly way to much of this rumor crap, tmobile is falling third in the android game and only cus at&t to busy tryin to keep the iphone we r not 4th. with the phones verizon is droping and the evo on sprint and hero 2 ! all we get is nexus wich is stupid hard to get [still months later]

      • equisxx23

        o plus what are the chances of gettin iphone 4 anyways slim!

    • da9th_one

      i concur…

    • PyroBrit

      @Taaars You hit the nail on the head.

      Hoping for the Galaxy S to be that Android Superphone we need!!!

      And I actually hope the iphone DOESNT come to T-Mobile, because I like my data not being bogged down to EDGE speeds by the “isheep”<– that made my day btw…

  • billybo

    who cares? android ftw!! samsung galaxy S!!!

  • http://youtube.com/cliqandroid magma9495

    no iphone for t-mobile please, I don’t get that good of speeds with 3g as it is, don’t need any more bandwidth hogs :/

    • Usman


    • Frank

      Don’t worry! The new HSPA+ should be able to handle all that at fast broadband speeds

  • Turtle6988

    I work for T-mobile, I have heard nothing on our end about the Iphone. I have heard we are getting a touchscreen Blackberry. We are in the process of running Fiber optics to all our 3G sites so capacity should not be an issue and data speeds will surpass AT&T. It was also stated all 3G phones will be Compatible with HSPA+ 21 starting first quarter of 2011.

    • George

      Um, I am betting you are a rep, or a manager only. You are not someone T-Mobile would be explaining anything to long before the press got wind of it. The internet will know long before you find out officially from T-Mobile at your store.

    • steven

      Gotta agree with you George. I work for TM myself. Classic example is the switch to the new rate plans last October. TM didnt trust its workforce enough to explain anything until 3 days – 3 DAYS!- before they got launched. I learn more about what is happening in my own company from sites like this than from internal communications.

      • mel

        i will have to agree with steve….i, too, work for magenta and well…..ditto….

  • William

    I’ll believe this rumor when Steve Jobs himself makes the announcement and the FCC reveals the documents to back Steve up. Until then, where’s my Android super phone?

  • poopman

    i honestly dont think its gonna happen anytime soon since att still has 2 years left on the exclusive contract. tmobile needs better phones and an upgrade with 3g in my area.

    • john

      Hey POOP, apple’s contract ends this year. Secondly iphone is a toy and I hope it doesn’t ever go to T-Mobile. 3G will be around when your local township allows it

      • Youredumb

        iphone is a toy?

        now, im a huge Android guy myself but wtf…if iphone is a toy then what is:
        behold 2
        cliq xt
        mytouch slide
        gravity 3, :-), and w.e the other one is….

        i want better phones an the iphone would be a start in the right direction

  • g_willi

    Three comments:

    1. Obviously the author doesn’t understand the definition of ironic.

    2. Amazing insight. It would be easier to make a GSM phone work on another GSM carrier with a minor modification to the 3G radio chip. Duh.

    3. Who freakin’ cares?

  • SBree

    iPhone on Tmo? Yeah, that would be pretty cool. But all we really wanted to begin with was the HD2 with Android instead of WinMo 6.5. Was that too much??

  • Shon

    The iphone, won’t come to Tmobile anytime soon, Tmobiles too open with their network, and they would never agree to the restrictions that Apple wants for the Iphone.

  • osmany

    ima get pissed if i comes to t-mobile cuz this is mt dream phone but i like t-mobile and i just got a hd2 with a contract

  • bbswany

    Four letters.. LMAO. I think I want to be a mobile industry analyst. They make worse predictions than the weather people.

    • RockTripod

      You nailed it bbswany. I want a job where I can just make sweeping predictions based on nothing. I picture these people sitting around looking into crystal balls and using cell-phone tarot cards.

  • CyTex

    TMo’s 1700 band is unique to get 3G speeds. Unless TMo subsidizes the cost, it will be made available. Just have to wait and see…who knows. I’d still go with Android!

  • CyTex

    If Apple really intends to they could just sell it unlocked and it should work with TMo…no 3G speeds but EDGE is just fine…

  • Jon

    I dislike speculation. It is just someones opinion, but it would most certainly be great for T-mobile. It would bring more customers we all know that T-mobiles handset selection needs more diversity.

  • frank

    TMO gives us the HTC Desire!!! Forget the iphone

  • jake

    kiss unlimited data plans goodbye if the IPhone shows up :(

  • Reece

    This is awesome news!

    I keep telling you folks, 2007 will be T-Mobile’s year! Wait, it’s 2010 and there’s Snapdragon Android phones you say? hmmmmm

  • analog spirit

    An iPhone 4 on T-Mo would be nice, and would bring in a lot more customers.
    But realistically, I don’t see it happening within the foreseeable future. I’ll believe it when I see it in T-Mo stores. Then I’d consider getting it, but the iPhone’s screen feels too smallish and cramped for me. I’d really rather have a GSM version of the EVO on T-Mo, running Froyo. Now that would be glorious…

  • http://Tmones Sonny

    Nexus one is the better phone to me so if t-mobile decides to bring in the iphone i dont care.

  • http://www.suffolk757.com Hilton

    I’m enjoying my Nexus One FTW, but I’m looking forward to this. So many AT&T users who hate AT&T but don’t want to risk jailbreaking their iphone will jump ship. Hopefully with all the new users T-Mo will accelerate ramping up it’s 3G/HSPA expansions. I’m still on the outs with 3G living in the one city in a metro of over 2 million that isn’t considered a major city. We have limited 3G in my city, but I go to work and there is 3G all day. Can’t wait to see the day when I can use the 3G wireless tethering in Froyo and not connect to wifi

  • http://www.suffolk757.com Hilton

    I’ve deliberated over the iPhone forever, but in the end I’ll wait for the next great Android phone on T-Mo. The damn big brother level of control over the iphone by apple kills it for me. Not to mention, if you’ve ever played with an iphone everything is tuned towards getting more money out of you. Apps and features that you use for free or dirt cheap on Android cost money on the iPhone. In one case an app I get unlimited use of for free on my Nexus One has only paid versions on the iphone with the cheapest version costing $5.99 and only allowing 5 uses per month.

  • Ben

    I’m planning on buying an unlocked (not jailbroken) iPhone 4 when they are available. (Like some of the 3GS’s are available “factory unlocked” on buy.com) I have heard tmo is very accommodating when it comes to iPhone owners on their network. And while the phone is going to cost an arm and a leg it’ll be better than being on AT&T and cheaper in the long run not to sign that 2 year contract. However I will be seriously upset if they announce iPhone on tmo shortly after I buy my phone. So, if they DO get it I hope it is soon, otherwise I hope it isn’t until later.

    • Doug

      I hope you like EDGE speeds, cause that’s all your gona get until the iphone has 1700/2100 support.

      And please don’t officially bring the phone equivalent of AOL to TMO, i like my uncongested unrestricted network.

      ATT and Apple are the perfect match for each other, Apple locks down the phone and ATT locks down their network. Yay for one of the least free platforms in existence

  • Turtle6988

    The down side of using the Iphone 4 on the T-mobile network is that it’s 3G band is not compatible with T-Mobiles. NO 3G FOR YOU

  • soon2TMO

    and apparently there is hope!


    this must be really good news for you iphone lovers!!

  • Jenna

    I have had my iphone with t-mobile for the longest time, and even though I can only access Edge with t-mobile because of the incompatible 3G radio with t-mobile, I still enjoy having it. AT&T is just too expensive to have. They want to charge you for everything in return getting less and less. You people are right, AT&T customers are becoming very fustrated with their carrier. What I don’t understand is why Apple would limit their product to just one carrier. This is not good marketing in their part. Even Googles nexus one has a choice in carriers.

  • just some dude

    Keep the iPhone away from tmo, i like my network speeds just fine.

  • Scott

    As a Nexus One owner it would be interesting to see how well the iPhone performed on TM in comparison to ATT. With the N1 3G is either hot or cold, unreliable at best. Not sure if this is a TM or N1 issue.

  • T

    I can’t wait for the iPhone to come to T-Mobile! I am going to buy it the week it comes out!

  • That_Kid

    LAME! EPIC FAIL! i want to know for sure so i dont have to go buy an unlocked iphone.. waste of mula!

  • ctk

    i see all the doubters, or rather haters, saying they will jump from t-mo because of the network problems it will have. well, how do you know there will be any network problems? just because deathstar has network problems doesn’t mean magenta will. the way i see it, the reason the iphone causes so many network problems, or has since it was launched was because at&t couldn’t handle that many people on its network and NOT because of the data usage. the iphone is a popular device. i have seen more iphones than i have any other device by far. at&t most likely got crushed when they had so many people now on their network. the fact that the thing is a data sucker was an unknown unknown. it was an unseen side affect to their network. simply put i don’t think at&t had the network nor currently has the network to handle the iphone, which is why i’m not surprised the 1st gen iphone is essentially being discontinued or that at&t has discontinued the unlimited data plan.

    when the iphone hits another network (likely t-mo) there will not be the huge crush on the network like there was with at&t. there will not be as many people joining up to the new network like there was with the initial launch. plus i think the other networks can handle the hit the network will take. someone very high up in the corporate structure in t-mo usa has said when asked if his network could handle the iphone that it could. i have no reason to doubt him. every network has their own monster data hogging smartphone. how many of the other networks have had problems due to network congestion? i can think of one. at&t.

    with t-mo’s better priced voice plans and unlimited data plans the iphone to t-mo makes a lot of sense.

  • posada

    if t-mobile gets the iphone, it would be incredible for everyone. t-mobile will finally have a big name phone that will attract customers. apple will have more people to buy apps from the app store. at&t will get some relief from all the problems its network is having…helping its reputation. i hate the comments that t-mobile cant get the iphone. money wouldn’t be the issue because deuchst telecomm is huge overseas might even have more money then verizon. besides, love it or hate it, the iphone will bring 10 times more money back then it will cost. i hate the notion that verizon is automatically the next company to receive it. just because it’s the biggest company doesnt mean anything. cdma is ancient and the iphone was not built for it. i would have to figure that has to play a factor. apple wants to sell revolutionary products, not something that uses old technology. not to mention the shaky business relationship that the companies have. you can talk all you want about android, but t-mobile doesn’t even have the marquee android devices. as good as android devices are, they don’t have the simplicity and appeal of apple and the iphone. whether it’s deserved or not, they have the reputation of copying the iphone and of being geeky. t-mobile NEEDS the iphone!!

  • Pav

    I like the iPhone a lot but I do not want it anywhere near T-Mobile, I suspect they will immediately raise their plans and start limited Internet plans like AT&T. This is madness, Internet should be getting cheaper in the 21st century not limited.

  • solidus433

    I like the size of the iPhone, and that’s about it. I played with my sisters for a while ad she played with my mt3g, and we both chose the my touch over the iPhone. Apple needs to face the facts, android is the premier os right now. If they launched a t-mo exclusive android iPhone, I would pay retail for it in a heart beat, but if t-mo gets the iPhone as it is now….can’t wait for my froyo update.

  • bk1

    2 ghz android plz with a nice big ol’ screen w native tethering and a a 22 oz KC strip steak medium rare….

  • LPF

    Look Kids… Ive said this once before. The new german accents walking around tmo usa headquarters are all singing one song. iphone iphone iphone. Its coming, and their is nothing we can do about it. I am a die hard Android fan, and am not particularly excited about the slew of idata users headed our way. But apparently they believe the network is ready for the surge. Dont expect to see tiered data rate plans either… Chew on that!

    • LPF

      It may be interesting to note that someone in my house who works for Tmobile brought home an iPad running on tmos network…

  • RICO

    T-Mobile sucks in Hawaii; even it came to T-Mobile I still wouldn’t buy it cause the service here sucks so bad!

    • kim

      dude you don’t even know what you’re talking about. The service in hawaii perfectly fine! i don’t have any problems with it.

    • MikeB

      I’m getting very good reception in Honolulu. I was running original iPhone with Tzone, then used the Touch Pro2, now using HD2. Really can’t complain with Tmobile service/reception in Honolulu and next to my friends iPhone 3G, my HD2 loads pages maybe 1/2 a second slower. I hope there is some solid proof of tmo getting the iphone 4, cause this phone looks sick and has my attention of jumping. I love tmo, been with them since voicestream. Also the HD2 currently is the best phone I have owned.


    Come on Iphone. I have had an unlocked 3g and 3gs and they were both the best phones I have had on tmobile. The 3g broke and the 3gs got reset and locked up. I just got the baby brick mytouch slide and it nothing compared to the iphone. The galaxy s looks good, especially compared to the mytouch slide, but why no flash? Come on tmobile – GET THE NEW IPHONE!

    • J-Hop2o6

      woah settle down.. its only an iPhone.. but yea, it would be good for tmousa to carry it cuhz it will bring in the customers by large numbers.

  • HEMI 922

    Trust my words – Sorry, iP4 wont come to T-Mobile USA, but come to T-Mo UK & Germany only. Because T-Mo is headquarter and first class in Europe. Like GSM Blackberry Storm 2 already available on T-MO UK and Germany only, However doesn’t be available for T-MO USA. iP4 is available on AT&T, first then international will get it in July.. AT&T, Sprint, VzW are headquarter in USA.

  • Jeremydog

    STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! tmo sucks already!!!! if iphone comes lord help us all!!!

    • Theweakend


  • http://soapboxuniverse.blogspot.com/ K. Ray

    I’m still not convinced that the Iphone will be on tmousa. I seems like Apple takes their delibrate time on progress. I feel that the next logical step is N1 with some upgrades. The mytouch slide is not a significant upgrade. It does not have the same levels as the N1. Can you imagine a N1 with a forward facing camera with snapdragon, fro upgrade and the full power of the Android market place?

  • 007

    What makes you think that iPhone will end up at tmobile network?
    According to my source yes they are indeed talking to verizon, but far as tmobile iPhone it’s very unlikely…..
    Sorry guys….

  • Holiday

    If the iphone were to come to T-mobile that would be like the 2nd coming of the mobile christ saving Tmobile.Only problem is that no one knows if it’s true…just words.

  • Harley

    I would think T-mobile USA will have some juice to aquire the iPhone, since they have it in Europe. As far as the Verizon iPhone, LTE is a gsm technology, which verizon says they’re launching next year. I dont mind the iPhone coming to tmo, im just not going to buy it. If they overhaul the network to anticipate the iphone that’s better for all of us. I’m happy with my blackberry and if a gsm version of the EVO (or something comparable) comes out, i will make the switch. Just because the iphone comes to tmo doesn’t mean you’ll have to get one.

  • khaltz

    @joe question long time ago I checked the HTC MyTouch slide on the weekend. You know what happen lots and lots of forcloses. It was on simple things that was upgraded such as camera. It forclosed on the slide out menu too.

    As for iPhone to tmobile and multiple providers, it would really benefit apple and providers and costumers. It would loosen up networks because it would limit 3g iphone usage to one network.

  • justin

    After 11 years with T-Mobile, I will finally be leaving because of the total crap selection of devices and no clear path for bringing anything good. Dropped calls and higher prices with the world’s best device is better than lower prices and slightly fewer dropped calls with a G1 that tells me daily to delete apps to free up memory and freezes frequently.

    • woody

      justin, I am with you man, same exact boat. If I don’t hear something very soon about an iPhone on TMO, I am jumping ship. All this talk has me pretty hopeful though. The Android pickins are pretty lame here on TMO, but I am reading this as a sign that they have been planning on making the iPhone move for a while. Sprint and Verizon aren’t, so they are getting all the cool new Androids, which face it are imitation of the real thing. I got this G1 the day it was available, and have been pretty happy with it, especially in the beginning, but I have had to root it and update update update it. I am done! So please iPhone, please come to t-mobile.

  • Damian

    hey sean, the Iphone 4 is not a 4g phone retard. its supports tmobiles 3g network (hspa) running faster speeds than at&t

  • Damian

    hey sean, the Iphone 4 is not a 4g phone retard. it supports tmobiles 3g network (hspa) running faster speeds than at&t


  • Marcus

    Just saw that iPhone is commitment free in Canada. So it should work here…no 3G speeds though. Guess it should be coming soon here in the T-Mobile US…can’t wait!