Yet Another Analyst Predicts T-Mobile iPhone Later This Year

If I had a dollar every time an analyst predicted a T-Mobile iPhone arriving later this year I wouldn’t be paying for my honeymoon out of pocket. Instead I’d be flying a private jet around the world. Yet here we are with yet another analyst predicting a T-Mobile iPhone arrival sometime in 2011. This time the honor belongs to Piper Jaffray analyst Chris Larsen who says:

“While we remain uncertain regarding the next-generation iPhone’s specs and features, we believe the most noteworthy change could be the device’s ability to run on more networks, specifically Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S,” Larsen said in a research note today.

Duh. Seriously. While I would love to see the iPhone arrive on T-Mobile I don’t think it takes an analyst to tell us that a T-Mobile/Sprint iPhone arrival is a next logical step for Apple. Larsen goes on to further say:

“Our belief is that if Apple is already going through the trouble to make a device that has the ability to work on both major network technologies, why not include all the necessary spectrum bands to make one device work on all carriers,” Larsen said.

So in summary, it’s possible because it’s a smart business move that Apple could make an iPhone for T-Mobile and Sprint that would arrive later this year. So sayeth the analyst.

CNet

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  • Opinion

    I do think that TMO will get the iphone but not for the reasons some would like to believe.  I believe we will get the iphone because I think that the sale of TMO is already in the bag.  That being said, I see no reason that AT&T/Apple would not want to lock customers into contract before the sale is complete.  It is sticky now that I can get the iphone on verizon so I would think AT&T would be happy for me to have a TMO iphone with 24 months left of contract.  It is a win for both AT&T and Apple in that case.

    • Anonymous

      Good thinking, but it’s simpler than that.

      – The exclusivity contract ended with AT&T.  On that, Apple is now “releasing” the phone to other carriers. If this was some sort of acquisition-related deal, then that would beg the question on there being “nefarious” motive for the other carriers getting it.  IMHO there is none, albeit the details of the acquisition have surely been discussed, it’s simply a matter of contract and thinking of all contingencies.

      – Apple is as competitive as the next guy. The AT&T exclusivity deal served its purpose, but now that’s curtailing sales, AT&T issues aside.  Apple, like Samsung, sees that the way to stay competitive are twofold: A) get the phone on as many carriers’ shelves as possible; and B) Get more than one model iPhone for the customer to choose from.

      – To that end, Apple will be coming out with a “mini iPhone” that will be the budget model; the “classic” iPhone (current model) and a large-screen model (probably called the “iMax iPhone.”)

      – Now that Apple has a beachhead established for the iPhone 5 (that will be the classic model) look for all these great phones in the Holidays and early 2012. (Yes, once again, these devices will dominate the news and once again put Apple at the top, to the envy of other manufacturers who can’t the level of free media coverage that Apple garners, no matter what it does. E.g., Apple got news coverage that there would not be an iPhone until September.  Apple gets coverage when it launches products and when it announces it is not launching a product.)

      • Opinion

        Apple likes numbers…  I would assume we will either get the announcement or the release on 9/10/11 or 11/11/11.  I expect the relased to be the latter.

      • Opinion

        Apple likes numbers…  I would assume we will either get the announcement or the release on 9/10/11 or 11/11/11.  I expect the relased to be the latter.

    • Anonymous

      Good thinking, but it’s simpler than that.

      – The exclusivity contract ended with AT&T.  On that, Apple is now “releasing” the phone to other carriers. If this was some sort of acquisition-related deal, then that would beg the question on there being “nefarious” motive for the other carriers getting it.  IMHO there is none, albeit the details of the acquisition have surely been discussed, it’s simply a matter of contract and thinking of all contingencies.

      – Apple is as competitive as the next guy. The AT&T exclusivity deal served its purpose, but now that’s curtailing sales, AT&T issues aside.  Apple, like Samsung, sees that the way to stay competitive are twofold: A) get the phone on as many carriers’ shelves as possible; and B) Get more than one model iPhone for the customer to choose from.

      – To that end, Apple will be coming out with a “mini iPhone” that will be the budget model; the “classic” iPhone (current model) and a large-screen model (probably called the “iMax iPhone.”)

      – Now that Apple has a beachhead established for the iPhone 5 (that will be the classic model) look for all these great phones in the Holidays and early 2012. (Yes, once again, these devices will dominate the news and once again put Apple at the top, to the envy of other manufacturers who can’t the level of free media coverage that Apple garners, no matter what it does. E.g., Apple got news coverage that there would not be an iPhone until September.  Apple gets coverage when it launches products and when it announces it is not launching a product.)

  • Anonymous

    if the iPhone has the hspa+ for t-mobile, then would we experience “4g” speeds? wouldn’t t-mobile be the first one to carry 4G iPhone?

    If the iPhone doesn’t come to T-Mobile when the new phone launch, then off I go to verizon.

  • Anonymous

    if the iPhone has the hspa+ for t-mobile, then would we experience “4g” speeds? wouldn’t t-mobile be the first one to carry 4G iPhone?

    If the iPhone doesn’t come to T-Mobile when the new phone launch, then off I go to verizon.

    • Bassplaye555

      Have fun with that huge bill…

      • Anonymous

        Nothing to worry about. Thanks for the concern tho.

        You enjoy your service w/ AT&T once the acquisition approves.

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely if Verizon doesn’t get an LTE version 1st.

    • Peposo

      I’ve never seen or heard of an actual 4g phone actual 4g is a 100 mbps what phone that claims 4g is actually that fast

  • Your mom

    I have worked for t mobile for going on 4 years now… since i was 18.  However, there still has never been any information provided on the companies side that there is an iphone compary, or if there will ever be one.  T-Mob is a HUGE fan of Android and i dont see the company going anywhere…. as well as keep in mind, they are being bought out by at&t why would they bother with the iphone now?

    • Armyhunter

      If you work for T-Mobile you should know that it isn’t a “Buy Out”, its a merger. I also work for T-Mobile and have had the honor to speak with some of the people involved with the decision and T-Mobile will stay its own company. it is a roaming agreement. The IPhone is the most popular phone sold in ages, riddle me why it wouldn’t be a smart business move. i have been with the company for 8yrs now and though we may be android based, the company is always open to making their pockets fatter. but the reality of it all, noone really knows what is going to happen. The FCC still has to approve it aswell as the court system.

    • Armyhunter

      If you work for T-Mobile you should know that it isn’t a “Buy Out”, its a merger. I also work for T-Mobile and have had the honor to speak with some of the people involved with the decision and T-Mobile will stay its own company. it is a roaming agreement. The IPhone is the most popular phone sold in ages, riddle me why it wouldn’t be a smart business move. i have been with the company for 8yrs now and though we may be android based, the company is always open to making their pockets fatter. but the reality of it all, noone really knows what is going to happen. The FCC still has to approve it aswell as the court system.

      • Anonymous

        It’s not a merger it’s an “acquisition”.

      • Anonymous

        It’s not a merger it’s an “acquisition”.

      • CRT24

        This is a purchase and acquisition no.t a merger. T-mobile will remain a separate company until the deal is approved and for a short time after during the integration of the towers, billing systems, etc but eventually the T-Mobile name will cease to exist after the deal is approved.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BZWRJOKVCUIZWHMEWABAUBLHQ gfam

        lol… call it what you want, everybody knows it is a BUY OUT TO THE EXTREME! merger, what a bunch of crock!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BZWRJOKVCUIZWHMEWABAUBLHQ gfam

        lol… call it what you want, everybody knows it is a BUY OUT TO THE EXTREME! merger, what a bunch of crock!

      • Anonymous

        While many are calling it a merger, it’s legally an acquisition.  There’s a BIG difference between the two.

        You have even acknowledged that in your comment by admitting “noone (sic) knows what is going to happen.”  If this was a merger, that might be accurate, but since AT&T is buying T-Mobile, generally that means AT&T can do anything it wants with the Company. 

        Subject to limitations and requirements the govt. might impose on AT&T’s purchase (and depending on what the contract says) generally AT&T is free, for example, to mothball the T-Mobile name, fire ALL the T-Mobile employees (subject to compliance with federal notice requirements), and/or close all T-Mobile retail stores, to name a few things it can do.

        Your statement is inaccurate for another more fundamental reason, while T-Mobile “worker bees” (including YOU) may not know what’s going on, I assure you that the lawyers and the highest level of management know precisely what’s going on and what the purchase/sale agreement requires.

        Bonus Tip:  It’s like this in all mergers and acquisitions, the employees of the acquired company are never told what’s going on.  It’s bad for morale, not knowing when the axe will fall, who might be rehired by the purchasing company and what will happen to the sold business, but that’s the way it goes.  What a mess it would be if the law required employers to tell employees intimate details of a complex financial transaction.

      • Anonymous

        While many are calling it a merger, it’s legally an acquisition.  There’s a BIG difference between the two.

        You have even acknowledged that in your comment by admitting “noone (sic) knows what is going to happen.”  If this was a merger, that might be accurate, but since AT&T is buying T-Mobile, generally that means AT&T can do anything it wants with the Company. 

        Subject to limitations and requirements the govt. might impose on AT&T’s purchase (and depending on what the contract says) generally AT&T is free, for example, to mothball the T-Mobile name, fire ALL the T-Mobile employees (subject to compliance with federal notice requirements), and/or close all T-Mobile retail stores, to name a few things it can do.

        Your statement is inaccurate for another more fundamental reason, while T-Mobile “worker bees” (including YOU) may not know what’s going on, I assure you that the lawyers and the highest level of management know precisely what’s going on and what the purchase/sale agreement requires.

        Bonus Tip:  It’s like this in all mergers and acquisitions, the employees of the acquired company are never told what’s going on.  It’s bad for morale, not knowing when the axe will fall, who might be rehired by the purchasing company and what will happen to the sold business, but that’s the way it goes.  What a mess it would be if the law required employers to tell employees intimate details of a complex financial transaction.

      • TMOBEmployee

        It isnt a merger…it’s and acquisition.

        • TMOBEmployee

          an*

  • Funquita100

     Real T-Mobilers want the Hercules or the Besson or next Window7 phone. We don’t want the iPhone. It’s nothing but a portal for apps… pages of squares. Androids are more customizable. Keep your iPhone.

    • Yasmin1520

      I do want the iphone 5…

    • Yasmin1520

      I do want the iphone 5…

    • 03

      I’ve been with t-mobile for 5 years. Have a jailbroken iphone, WANT an iphone on t-mobile. DON’T SPEAK FOR ME PLEASE ‘Funquita100′

    • 03

      I’ve been with t-mobile for 5 years. Have a jailbroken iphone, WANT an iphone on t-mobile. DON’T SPEAK FOR ME PLEASE ‘Funquita100′

    • Amajoh

      I am a Real T-Mobiler and I want the iphone. Especially since my MyTouch 4G is a piece of crap.

    • Amajoh

      I am a Real T-Mobiler and I want the iphone. Especially since my MyTouch 4G is a piece of crap.

  • Funquita100

     Real T-Mobilers want the Hercules or the Besson or next Window7 phone. We don’t want the iPhone. It’s nothing but a portal for apps… pages of squares. Androids are more customizable. Keep your iPhone.

  • Anonymous

    lol Google Nexus Prime gonna s**t on both icrap4 and icrap5 on holiday.

  • IT Guy

    You are correct that T-Mobile will remain it’s own company, but ONLY UNTIL THE ACQUISITION IS COMPLETE.

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like Armyhunter is in denial, since when the acquisition is completed, his position will be one of the first in the line of fire.

      • Armyhunter

        HAHA you sound like you wish you had a job. Retail won’t be affected. see what i mean, those who speak ill apon knowledge unknows reap what the sew. It sounds like you are jealous that we have jobs and you probably are 45 years old still living at moms house. Grow up dude.

        • Anonymous

          Yep, I’m definitely a 45 year old guy living the sweet life with his momma. Now, lets focus on you. The denial is strong with you, but try to look on the bright side. With T-Mobile sales rep on your resume, you’ll have your fair share of pickings from cashier at McDonalds or Walmart, busboy at your local iHOP, or, dare you dream, technology specialist at Best Buy. Your future is definitely a bright one…but seriously, you’re position is going to be one of the first to go once this acquisition goes through.

          Nextel employees were laid off when Sprint acquired them. Alltel employees were laid off when Verizon acquired them. A couple years from now, T-Mobile employees will be laid off when AT&T acquires them. There is a chance if you’re decent at your job that you might be transferred to AT&T (which, by your “charming” personality, I’m questioning how well you relate to customers to actually be able to sell to them and meet your quota), but believing that every employee will still have a job is naivety at its best. I know you’re afraid of what the future will bring for your job once the acquisition goes through, but being in denial and lashing out isn’t going to do anything. You need to perform hard, hit those quotas, and prove to AT&T and T-Mobile that you’re worth keeping. I know you can do it, Armyhunter! :)

          - VDubb

      • Armyhunter

        HAHA you sound like you wish you had a job. Retail won’t be affected. see what i mean, those who speak ill apon knowledge unknows reap what the sew. It sounds like you are jealous that we have jobs and you probably are 45 years old still living at moms house. Grow up dude.

      • Armyhunter

        HAHA you sound like you wish you had a job. Retail won’t be affected. see what i mean, those who speak ill apon knowledge unknows reap what the sew. It sounds like you are jealous that we have jobs and you probably are 45 years old still living at moms house. Grow up dude.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phathom Peter Dudycz

    The next iPhone will be 1 model that works on all cell phone providers. It will be locked to the specific provider when activated. They do not want to make multiple models in order to cut costs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phathom Peter Dudycz

    The next iPhone will be 1 model that works on all cell phone providers. It will be locked to the specific provider when activated. They do not want to make multiple models in order to cut costs.

  • Jay

    Maybe att knows that Tmobile will have the iPhone later this year and they fear losing customers in millions and that is why they want to buy Tmobile.

  • Jay

    Maybe att knows that Tmobile will have the iPhone later this year and they fear losing customers in millions and that is why they want to buy Tmobile.

  • Geargal

    My Blackberry is almost 4 years old.  I keep waiting to add the iPhone to my Apple “collection”.

    • http://twitter.com/CappaGoines Gene Williams

      Exactly. Im in the exact same boat. Trying to hold on to my blackberry until I can get an iphone since I dont want to leave tmobile after lots of years.

    • http://profiles.google.com/jlog74 Jace Loggins

      Same here. I have a feeling when (and if) the iPhone comes to Sprint and T-Mo, Blackberry market share will absolutely crater.

  • Tampadeb

    I was talking to my tmo rep on the phone yesterday. Told them i was thinking of moving to verizon or att to get an iphone. She said tmo is getting iphones next month. So maybe…..

    • http://tmonews.com David

      No Tmo rep knows that for sure and any smart Tmo rep would say that in order to maintain you as a customer until he/she knows with 100% certainty that they are or are not getting the next iPhone.

      • Annon

        Actually, that’s a dumb rep that lies. Why not just be honest about what you know unless specifically told otherwise? The only time there is incentive to lie in this manner is if the rep in question is the same rep that activated the customer. If that’s the case and he can keep the customer long enough not to take a commission hit, then sure. I still wouldn’t do it though.