T-Mobile Unlikely To Sell iPhone In Near Future, Will Combat With Android

Speaking at an investor relations meeting, T-Mobile stated that they were unlikely to carry the iPhone anytime in the near future.  Perhaps the biggest issue is the use of the 1700Mhz 3G band acting as a major barrier to selling the iPhone.  T-Mobile is, of course, open to selling the iPhone, however the T-Mobile CEO explained that the chipset is the major roadblock.

“We’re not part of the chipset today.  But we have chipsets which support 5 or up to 10 spectrum bands in the market, so we should expect there will be more degrees of freedom going forward … and so the chances will rise.”

PCMag

During the actual investor event we are currently watching, Humm did go on to say that T-Mobile is prepared to battle the iPhone with Android.

As the iPhone has lead to almost 10% churn, T-Mobile is prepared to combat a 3G iPhone with 4G Android and combat the 3G iPad with the 4G LG G-Slate.

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  • Julian

    Why doesnt .T…MOBLE sell the iPHONE or something that is similar to the iPHONE?

  • Julian

    Why doesnt .T…MOBLE sell the iPHONE or something that is similar to the iPHONE?

  • 4G_or_not_4G

    TMobile can compete as long as they not only do the low and mid grade phones but have some top quality phones as well and they should be good.

  • Erivera989

    The big issue is consumer knowledge and interoperability. One of the reasons that the IPhone is such a hit, is that you can get anything for it anywhere because of the wide variety of accessories for it. Everywhere I go there is an “IPhone” merchandise area, the pathetic thing is, is that it’s even in T-Mobile stores, talk about a kick in the pants. It is a good phone, if the Android world would produce a framework that any user from any network can use, then the treasure chest would open. Instead of Google making the Nexus for T-Mobile, they need to have an agreement to sell it as the top phone in all the markets and allow companies to produce accessories and what not for it. Then they will definitely take a huge piece of the pie. Can you imagine the same platform phone at all the carriers, then every Rad__Shack, gas stations and such would carry phone holders, chargers, protectors, and sleeves.

    • Devinci99

      you juast identify 1 difference between iphone and andriod. iphone is an Apple hardware phone running ios4. Andriod is a mobile phone platform or operating system Google developed and offering mobile companies to use for their phones. Even companies that adopt andriod as their phone O/S have to compete with each other. They take the andriod source code, and tweak and customize it so a company like LG can differentiate their phones from a company like Samsung. Though the core of their O/S has andriod in common, they may not or expect to be directly compatible.

      Competition among companies adopting andriod as the phone OS is difficult. If google pushes a common framework then it takes away any differences between 1 companies phone with another (both adopting a version of andriod).

      Remember, a company like LG, Motorola, or even Samsung has to design their hardware like what cpu, ram, gpu, etc to use. Sometimes they even use different cpu (though based of common designs like ARM-based).. so to get android to run, they often license the code from google (though it should be free) and they modify the code so it would compile and run on their phones. This differentiate 1 companies andriod build with another.

      Google doesnt make phones, they provide a base/core platform to use. likely charges support/service fees to company to help them implement and compile, but otherwise the use of andriod is pretty much free.

      So, for your idea to work, companies like samsung, lg, etc everyone who will adopt andriod, must get together and agree on common accessories. Good luck with that!

      In the end, there is no such thing as a google or andriod phone. There’s phones developed my companies such as motorola, lg, htc, samsung, etc that runs a form of andriod O/S… and they all compete against each other as well as Apple.

  • Flocks are fun

    I could care less if t-mobile got the iphone. I love my mytouch 4g.

    However, for those people who flock to the iphone like sheep as if it were yet another brainwashing religion, this could be bad news. We could lose sheep to this. Then all we’ll be forced to deal with are human beings that don’t share a brain.

    Oh no!

    • Anonymous

      lmao… Mytouch 4g and it’s cheap, cheesy ass sense u.i

      It’s okay flocks be jealous of the iPhone…it’s not like it’s better looking than your My teenybopper4gee. Your right though, Apple’s app store sucks, its not massive or has actual quality apps or games…

      • Drachmaserus

        Sadly, you probably thought this was actually witty and funny. But in reality, it was just immature and quite stupid.

    • sliderule43

      We like our My Touch slide too. But-we have a Mac Book computer, an IPOD Touch, and an IPAD. We just like using the same system on everything. We love ITUNES Apps. The games are great. Since we got the IPAD, we stopped using Playstation/XBox. Why pay $ 60 for a game, when 99 cents to $ 9.99 gets you as good a game, with no set up time. Playing Angry Birds on Android doesn’t compare.

      We will be leaving also.

      • Transnin

        Yes you are obviously an apple fanboy, don’t get me wrong, their hardware is great, but their problems have always software. You DONT need a mac to use itunes, ipad, or ipod, works exacly the same if your using a PC. You really stopped playing playstation and xbox games because of your IPAD, dude those games don’t compare.

        • Jeffandrew

          You don’t need an ipad, ipod, or a mac to use itunes. However, in order to sync with Mobile me you do need an iphone. I like my MT4G, but There is just no comparison with my original iphone in terms of MP3 interface. In addition, I have Macs, Apple TV, and another iphone, and there is no easy syncing with the Android phones, unless you own a Windows computer, and I detest them. Had them all my life, and there is simply nothing better than a Mac. NOw, if Android invents an app that seamlessly syncs your contacts, calendar, music, art work, and all the rest with Mac computers, that’s where the real competition begins for those that are Mac owners.

      • Petey

        This person Must been drunk when th posted This reply. Smfh.

      • Petey

        This person Must been drunk when th posted This reply. Smfh.

    • sliderule43

      We like our My Touch slide too. But-we have a Mac Book computer, an IPOD Touch, and an IPAD. We just like using the same system on everything. We love ITUNES Apps. The games are great. Since we got the IPAD, we stopped using Playstation/XBox. Why pay $ 60 for a game, when 99 cents to $ 9.99 gets you as good a game, with no set up time. Playing Angry Birds on Android doesn’t compare.

      We will be leaving also.

    • sliderule44

      The correct grammar is “…human beings who don’t share a brain.” Not “…human beings that don’t share a brain.” Do you know the difference between the use of “who” vs. “that?” It’s typically taught about the fifth grade.

  • Anonymous

    So I’m trying to figure out what the advantages are of being on the T-Mobile network?
    Are they ever going to expand coverage to anywhere other than the biggest cities of the US? More info about iPhone: http://www.aneesoft.com/tutorials/iphone/index.html

    • Transnin

      I live in a small town in Connecticut, about 50 or so miles away from any major city….I have no service issues what so ever, and get 3G in most places

  • Anonymous

    So I’m trying to figure out what the advantages are of being on the T-Mobile network?
    Are they ever going to expand coverage to anywhere other than the biggest cities of the US? More info about iPhone: http://www.aneesoft.com/tutorials/iphone/index.html

  • Like you, but…

    Dear t-mobile: I like you. But if youndont have the iPhone by Spring, I’m gone. Love, a ten year customer (really).

    • SublimeDavid

      If youre planning to leave T-Mobile to get ripped off by Verizon or ATT and pay anywhere from 500-1000 dollars over two years then good luck to you… (goodluck with them giving you the extra better than new customer discounts we are piloting around my area)

      • Eddie

        You’re right. I priced out my current T-Mobile plan with Verizon just for the heck of it, and the total monthly payment would be $30-$40 more. No thanks. If I want to upgrade my unlocked iPhone 2g to a 4, I’ll do so. No way I’m switching carriers.

  • Like you, but…

    Dear t-mobile: I like you. But if youndont have the iPhone by Spring, I’m gone. Love, a ten year customer (really).

  • Like you, but…

    Dear t-mobile: I like you. But if youndont have the iPhone by Spring, I’m gone. Love, a ten year customer (really).

  • Yo

    Yea why would we need the iphone when we have the motorola defy? …….. Good game T-Mobile… Good game

    • AJ

      Hope that was sarcastic :)

  • Praqseven

    Well if that’s the case they better offer the best android phones ever. Not the cheaper version of android phones from the different companies. For example the LG Optimus black as opose to the LG Optimus 2X.

  • Praqseven

    Well if that’s the case they better offer the best android phones ever. Not the cheaper version of android phones from the different companies. For example the LG Optimus black as opose to the LG Optimus 2X.

  • Praqseven

    Well if that’s the case they better offer the best android phones ever. Not the cheaper version of android phones from the different companies. For example the LG Optimus black as opose to the LG Optimus 2X.

  • Martin

    T-Mobile you don’t need more Android phones to compete again the iPhone. You have some good quality Android phones but some people like myself just prefer the iOS. Android is a great operating system but everyone is different. If T-Mobile doesn’t get the iPhone by the next generation release I will most likely leave after my contract is up

    • Petey

      I’m on the same boat. My contract is ending This month and I have no plan on renewing until T-Mobile gets the iPhone. Again how hard they try to market the android and all but I don’t think it will get as popular as the iPhone. And regular consumer wants popular phones or what’s “in” or user friendly OS.

      • MegyeriJ

        Android has already surpassed the Iphone as far as market share is concerned.

        • Erica

          That’s because Apple products (including the iPhone) tend to be too expensive for most. It’s no contest that the iPhone is better that Android. But more people can afford Android phones. If Apple lowered its iPhone prices to near what an Android device costs (which would probably never happen) then you’d see a higher amount of people buying iPhones. It’s just hands-down the better device.

  • Martin

    T-Mobile you don’t need more Android phones to compete again the iPhone. You have some good quality Android phones but some people like myself just prefer the iOS. Android is a great operating system but everyone is different. If T-Mobile doesn’t get the iPhone by the next generation release I will most likely leave after my contract is up

  • Alaintucker

    Was waiting for the iPhone to hit Tmo, but now that I have a HD2 with android installed on it I have no need or desire to purchase the iPhone. This phone does everything I need, with the exception of talk and surf at the same time, and then some. Android platform is still evolving and getting better with each update. IPhone is getting old and tired. Yes, upgrades are made to it and looks changed, but still the same. Let Verizon have its day now, but in the future I predict that it will become an albatross around its neck, the same way that it did with ATT.

    • AJ

      I really don’t think that cheap, plastic-ky looking Android phones can compete with the finesse of iPhone and iOS.

      • Maundrel

        Dude have you even seen the phones like the Nexus One, HTC G2? they are far from “plastic-ky”

        • SheikhYerbouti

          Nexus S super plasticky. Yuk!

  • Meagan

    Hey Android Peeps. Install this iPhoneulator App on your Android.
    No root required. App makes your Android look like a iPhone desktop with working icons,
    without any fuss, lag, special radio’s or mishaps.
    When you get bored of the ever-so-boring iPhone Theme, you simply quit the App to return to the Android Homescreen.

    This app was available on the Market at one time, but not anymore.
    Download Iphoneulator here.
    http://bit.ly/1PKps9

  • Anonymous

    Well, I don’t concern the T-moblie to sell iPhone or not, now the verizon iPhone is just on fire. What’s I concern is the 4G iPhone, as the Verizon iPhone still no 4g, now every Android phone coming out has been taking advantage of each network’s 4g capabilities. This may hurt Apple. I mean… I wouldn’t want to stick to a 3g phone for the next 18-20 months.

    Hmm, maybe we could read some difference on iPhone 4 and 3GS from iFunia: http://www.ifunia.com/iphone-column/index.html
    I do hope the 4G newtwork iPhone launch soon!!!!!!!!!

    “T-Mobile is prepared to combat a 3G iPhone with 4G Android and combat the 3G iPad with the 4G LG G-Slate.” this can’t be compared together, bcz they are different things.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I don’t concern the T-moblie to sell iPhone or not, now the verizon iPhone is just on fire. What’s I concern is the 4G iPhone, as the Verizon iPhone still no 4g, now every Android phone coming out has been taking advantage of each network’s 4g capabilities. This may hurt Apple. I mean… I wouldn’t want to stick to a 3g phone for the next 18-20 months.

    Hmm, maybe we could read some difference on iPhone 4 and 3GS from iFunia: http://www.ifunia.com/iphone-column/index.html
    I do hope the 4G newtwork iPhone launch soon!!!!!!!!!

    “T-Mobile is prepared to combat a 3G iPhone with 4G Android and combat the 3G iPad with the 4G LG G-Slate.” this can’t be compared together, bcz they are different things.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I don’t concern the T-moblie to sell iPhone or not, now the verizon iPhone is just on fire. What’s I concern is the 4G iPhone, as the Verizon iPhone still no 4g, now every Android phone coming out has been taking advantage of each network’s 4g capabilities. This may hurt Apple. I mean… I wouldn’t want to stick to a 3g phone for the next 18-20 months.

    Hmm, maybe we could read some difference on iPhone 4 and 3GS from iFunia: http://www.ifunia.com/iphone-column/index.html
    I do hope the 4G newtwork iPhone launch soon!!!!!!!!!

    “T-Mobile is prepared to combat a 3G iPhone with 4G Android and combat the 3G iPad with the 4G LG G-Slate.” this can’t be compared together, bcz they are different things.

    • Petey

      If T-Mobile can persuade Apple to let them have a iPhone 4G before the rest of the big guys (which related to their 4G ads) I think that will help customers comes to Tmobile.

  • Tcole1322

    i will be leaving tmobile if they dont get the iphone by the next release i have a mytouch 4g and like it a lot i just really prefer the ios and i like the look and feel of the iphone 4 way better than any other phone

  • Tcole1322

    and by the way tmobile i have been with you since 2001!!!!

  • Tcole1322

    and by the way tmobile i have been with you since 2001!!!!

  • Petey

    How come this blog post isn’t on the main page, and I had to use the “search” feature in order to get to this topic?

    Anyways, I hope T-Mobile acknowledge how many people wants the iphone on T-Mobile!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RE2QTAIJAVXP3KP5WR5JQ3FBTI Mark Clarke "The Night Wr

      I already have a IMac and a MacBook. Pleaser T-Mobil. Or I will go to Verizone.

  • Demo

    For everybody saying that “You’re going to leave T-Mo after your contract is up if we don’t get an iPhone!” PLEASE GO RIGHT AHEAD! Why stick with a company that’s isn’t a trend follower? Yes a trend follower. That’s all an Iphone is a trend. Every phone that seems inovative becomes a trend. For example, the Sidekick, Razor, and in the last couple of years Droid Series and iPhone. There’s no way the Iphone is the “Superior Phone.” Android has the best phones and they will continue to evolve.
    And for those of you that think the iphone is too expensive that’s why people don’t buy it, look again. Local shops sell iPhone 4′s for as low as 150. I can go buy one, a white one in fact for 150, but I can’t go out and buy a “plastic-ky” G2 or Nexus S for 150. Like I said Android has the best phones out for ANY CARRIER and they will only get better.
    Just to stick the nail in the coffin, 57% of Android Apps are free while the iPhone is slowly catching up with 28%. And it doesn’t make it better that most users will jailbreak their iPhone to get free and better apps while rooting an Android Phone only unleashes the full potential, basically a computer, and not provide the “Loyal Customers” with free apps.

    P.S.- Bring the fanboy comments and rants, I would gladly take them. I do consider myself and Android Fanatic and will NEVER drop my G2 or MyTouch 4G for an iPhone. Oh, by the way that’s real 4G, not by FCC standards but carriers, not just some advertise gimmick.

    Thank you for your time.

    • Sandmalt

      I agree except you are on serious drugs if you call ANYTHING in the USA for “REAL 4G” kinda shot your whole comment into idiot land.
      I’m from Sweden where we have REAL 4G not some fucking HSPA+, not bragging, Sweden is way behind asia…..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JMTPE5NTJCFYV2A7YTRSX3CVBE John Strange

      Both of my android phones were replaced so many times in a short period of time that t-mobile offered me another type of phone. Out of all the phones I owned 2 had the worst battery; android. Best over all phone? Blackberry. If they ever fix the crappy internet on them I will never buy another type. Until then I will wait for the new iphone to come out with custom sms tones and hd audio. Oh and I DESPISE apple and apple fan boys. Android is nice but uses way too much batter, the speed of my mytouch 4g was great until it died!

  • Dan S

    I’m a die hard mac user, but I wont be leaving T-Mobile just to get the iPhone…my G2 is awesome!!

  • Dan S

    I’m a die hard mac user, but I wont be leaving T-Mobile just to get the iPhone…my G2 is awesome!!

  • Stealth311

    I’m currently using an iPhone 3GS and I have T-mobile. But sadly no 3G.

  • A_g_ness

    I have owned an Android and an iPhone. I will never ever buy another phone that is not called an “iPhone”. The iPhone is so much better. I love my iphone 4, but hate that tmobiles 3g does not support it. The updates are awesome and the phone looks better. I have been with T-Mobile since it’s voicestream days. If they dont get the new iPhone this year I will leave T-Mobile in a heart beat to either att or verizon (whoever offers the best deal).