(Updated) Will T-Mobile Be The Only Big Four Carrier Without The iPhone?

Update: Apple fan site MacTrast has just posted their own rumored information regarding the arrival of the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile according to their own source. So there you go, maybe it will happen after all. 

Further elaborating on the matter, the informant suggested that T-Mobile USA expects the iPhone 5 to launch sometime in early to mid October, whichcorresponds nicely with current speculation. He also expects the iPhone 5 to make a significant financial difference to T-Mobile. Our source was quoted as saying the following.

While the iPhone is a love it or hate it device the rumor mill went into a short tizzy yesterday after the Wall Street Journal reported that Sprint would be among the iPhone 5 launch partners along with AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile has been conspicuously absent from recent rumors listing iPhone 5 launch partners and we have to wonder why. Now before the Android fanboys get themselves all worked up into a frenzy we must remember that there are currently over one million unlocked iPhone’s currently being served on the T-Mobile network. Clearly there is demand for the device and we imagine (reasonably so we believe) that a T-Mobile iPhone that actually works on 3G would be in hot demand.

Now we understand the argument all too well that Apple may not want to supply an iPhone for T-Mobile given that they may not be around this time next year. However, given that it has long been rumored that Apple has considered a pentaband iPhone it would entirely possible and feasible for Apple to provide this and thereby allowing current iPhone owners to make a jump to AT&T with the same device if that became necessary in the next few years.

The bottom line is that T-Mobile shouldn’t be left out of the iPhone game no matter what the company’s future looks like. There is demand and and marketshare to be gained by Apple from a T-Mobile iPhone and we hope come September, October, December or whenever the iPhone 5 is finally launched that T-Mobile is among those who will see their names behind Steve Jobs during the keynote. Even if the iPhone is your sworn enemy T-Mobile customers deserve to have all the same choices their competitors have.

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  • Ajg1718

    you know i used to be one of those that say that the iPhone is overrated or its a garbage smartphone. Lately that I finally go the chance to use one, I enjoy it, people want to wine about its app store and that over half of their apps are useless, I would love to see that fact that you went over 250,000 apps and were able to rate them accordinly. You can say the same thing about android, the android market is filled with re-writes of apps as anyone else has been able to see justl like the app store, and android finally got themselves a good OS at 2.2. I used to hate the iPhone because everyone jumped on it and i didn’t even see a reason why, getting overly crazy about somehting like the iPhone but over the years apple has improved as well. I think getting an iPhone on T-Mobile would be a good thing considering that there are a million plus users on T-Mo’s network. iPhone just works reminds me so much of Blackberry’s phones that just work, BB’s OS is simple to use and if you disagree then you just can’t see the simplicity of it unfortunately. Overall getting the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile will be greatly benificial to T-Mobile wether if they get acquired by AT&T next year or not.

    • Auser72

      Like you, I see the benefits in both OS’s(android & ios). I frequently use my ipod touch on wifi for some applications(banking, gaming, etc). Both are pushing each other to create a better more competive product, that the consumer benefits from in the end.

    • Auser72

      Like you, I see the benefits in both OS’s(android & ios). I frequently use my ipod touch on wifi for some applications(banking, gaming, etc). Both are pushing each other to create a better more competive product, that the consumer benefits from in the end.

  • Guest

    Blah, Blah….the auuthor of this blog has an iphone. Nuff said. You…..Fail.

    David…WINNER!

  • ShelbyLynn417

    I just called T-Mobile to ask when my next upgrade is. The man on the phone said they’re definitely getting the iphone but the release date is still obviously unknown. I hope he’s right because I’d love to have it!

  • ShelbyLynn417

    I just called T-Mobile to ask when my next upgrade is. The man on the phone said they’re definitely getting the iphone but the release date is still obviously unknown. I hope he’s right because I’d love to have it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

    Tim (not Steve) at Apple has viewed the Spectrum Crunch (as with Qualcom and now AT&T falsely stated spectrum problems).  The FCC is reviewing both Qualcom and ATT merger at the SAME TIME!!!  The writing is on the wall.  Iphone 5 to Tmobile (offered concurrently with the other carriers) make GOOD BUSINESS SENSE!!!

  • macman37

    With T-Mobile finally getting the iPhone, this will be great news for both their subscribers and the U.S. competition amongst mobile phone carriers.  A lot of people want a network that has great phones, affordable price plans, and great customer service; and that’s what T-Mobile is.  With so many unlocked iPhones on T-Mobile USA since its’ inception on June ’07, it’s great to see Apple finally respond to this demand.  They’re great for demographic categories like college students.  Hopefully, this announcement will be enough to stop the AT&T and T-Mobile merger/acquisition; the leaked letter that we found about recently is showing some contradictory reasons why AT&T needs T-Mobile.  Too bad for AT&T; they fumbled with that leak.  Hopefully as well, this will give Deutche Telekom a reason to pursue with their original plan of buying Sprint once they upgrade their network to LTE; and merge it with T-Mobile USA.  I, like others, feel that Phil Humm has played AT&T for a fool by agreeing to this merger and seeing if it gets approved by the FCC and DoJ; AT&T will pay T-Mobile $6 billion in total {$3 billion will be used to help T-Mobile build out their 4G LTE network} and he knows it.  Humm wants a good chance to prove to Deutche Telekom that he can turn things around for T-Mobile USA by getting the $6 billion when this deal fails; and have Deutche Telekom follow their original plan of buying Sprint.  Yes, there will be one less competition in the future; but it beats the possibility of having 2 eventually if the AT&T and T-Mobile merger gets approved.  Sprint knows this; and that is why they do not want to see the merger approved.  As far as us getting a 4G LTE iPhone, we are really looking at approximately 2 years; that’s when our 4 major carriers may have LTE released in enough markets.  Pathetic AT&T currently only has announced 5 for this summer and about 13 by the end of this year, while Verizon has at least 38 more.

    • Nearmsp

      Neither Apple nor any T-Mobile official spokesperson has confirmed this. This news item is based on an unnamed T-mobile employee. Why do people keep spreading this? I have heard since last summer that iPhone will be available on T-mobile. Until T-mobile officially announces this we can stop speculating about the iPhone 5.

    • Nearmsp

      Neither Apple nor any T-Mobile official spokesperson has confirmed this. This news item is based on an unnamed T-mobile employee. Why do people keep spreading this? I have heard since last summer that iPhone will be available on T-mobile. Until T-mobile officially announces this we can stop speculating about the iPhone 5.

    • IT Guy

      Even if the att deal fails, there is a 0% chance of T-Mobile buying sprint. They want out of the US, and aren’t going to spend billions more in hopes of making money decades from now.

    • Anonymous

      i dont know where you are getting your info from but TMO (DT) was looking for partnerships NOT BUY anything else.  If anything they were looking to be 50/50 partners w/ sprint but that deal fell through.  They dont have the stomach to shell out more money and pour it into the US when one business is not doing so well, and you’re going to compound that by buying another business that’s just getting themselves turned around?  

      And you dont think Humm knew about this deal??? He was there when TMO UK partnered up with ORANGE.  Look at his CV and you will realize that he’s good at doing these types of things.

      I said it once and i’ll say it again, if this deal doesnt go through, TMO USA will be back on the block for sale in whole or in part so pick your poison.

    • Anonymous

      i dont know where you are getting your info from but TMO (DT) was looking for partnerships NOT BUY anything else.  If anything they were looking to be 50/50 partners w/ sprint but that deal fell through.  They dont have the stomach to shell out more money and pour it into the US when one business is not doing so well, and you’re going to compound that by buying another business that’s just getting themselves turned around?  

      And you dont think Humm knew about this deal??? He was there when TMO UK partnered up with ORANGE.  Look at his CV and you will realize that he’s good at doing these types of things.

      I said it once and i’ll say it again, if this deal doesnt go through, TMO USA will be back on the block for sale in whole or in part so pick your poison.

    • Anonymous

      i dont know where you are getting your info from but TMO (DT) was looking for partnerships NOT BUY anything else.  If anything they were looking to be 50/50 partners w/ sprint but that deal fell through.  They dont have the stomach to shell out more money and pour it into the US when one business is not doing so well, and you’re going to compound that by buying another business that’s just getting themselves turned around?  

      And you dont think Humm knew about this deal??? He was there when TMO UK partnered up with ORANGE.  Look at his CV and you will realize that he’s good at doing these types of things.

      I said it once and i’ll say it again, if this deal doesnt go through, TMO USA will be back on the block for sale in whole or in part so pick your poison.

    • Anonymous

      i dont know where you are getting your info from but TMO (DT) was looking for partnerships NOT BUY anything else.  If anything they were looking to be 50/50 partners w/ sprint but that deal fell through.  They dont have the stomach to shell out more money and pour it into the US when one business is not doing so well, and you’re going to compound that by buying another business that’s just getting themselves turned around?  

      And you dont think Humm knew about this deal??? He was there when TMO UK partnered up with ORANGE.  Look at his CV and you will realize that he’s good at doing these types of things.

      I said it once and i’ll say it again, if this deal doesnt go through, TMO USA will be back on the block for sale in whole or in part so pick your poison.

  • macman37

    With T-Mobile finally getting the iPhone, this will be great news for both their subscribers and the U.S. competition amongst mobile phone carriers.  A lot of people want a network that has great phones, affordable price plans, and great customer service; and that’s what T-Mobile is.  With so many unlocked iPhones on T-Mobile USA since its’ inception on June ’07, it’s great to see Apple finally respond to this demand.  They’re great for demographic categories like college students.  Hopefully, this announcement will be enough to stop the AT&T and T-Mobile merger/acquisition; the leaked letter that we found about recently is showing some contradictory reasons why AT&T needs T-Mobile.  Too bad for AT&T; they fumbled with that leak.  Hopefully as well, this will give Deutche Telekom a reason to pursue with their original plan of buying Sprint once they upgrade their network to LTE; and merge it with T-Mobile USA.  I, like others, feel that Phil Humm has played AT&T for a fool by agreeing to this merger and seeing if it gets approved by the FCC and DoJ; AT&T will pay T-Mobile $6 billion in total {$3 billion will be used to help T-Mobile build out their 4G LTE network} and he knows it.  Humm wants a good chance to prove to Deutche Telekom that he can turn things around for T-Mobile USA by getting the $6 billion when this deal fails; and have Deutche Telekom follow their original plan of buying Sprint.  Yes, there will be one less competition in the future; but it beats the possibility of having 2 eventually if the AT&T and T-Mobile merger gets approved.  Sprint knows this; and that is why they do not want to see the merger approved.  As far as us getting a 4G LTE iPhone, we are really looking at approximately 2 years; that’s when our 4 major carriers may have LTE released in enough markets.  Pathetic AT&T currently only has announced 5 for this summer and about 13 by the end of this year, while Verizon has at least 38 more.

  • josefrontanez

    Were not fanboys but culturaly enriched,clasy people who just love REAL INNOVATION and not posers and like a good all do it phone SUFER EL GOOG SUFFER.NO TO AT&T AND VERIZON

    • Donkey2168

      So culturally enriched you don’t know how to make a sentence, spell, or use correct punctuation… What is America’s culture coming to? I hope you have an iphone on tmo. If you do, enjoy your edge effin tool.

    • Donkey2168

      So culturally enriched you don’t know how to make a sentence, spell, or use correct punctuation… What is America’s culture coming to? I hope you have an iphone on tmo. If you do, enjoy your edge effin tool.

    • Donkey2168

      So culturally enriched you don’t know how to make a sentence, spell, or use correct punctuation… What is America’s culture coming to? I hope you have an iphone on tmo. If you do, enjoy your edge effin tool.

  • josefrontanez

    Were not fanboys but culturaly enriched,clasy people who just love REAL INNOVATION and not posers and like a good all do it phone SUFER EL GOOG SUFFER.NO TO AT&T AND VERIZON

  • http://tmonews.com David

    Wow…your words, so inspiring!

  • http://tmonews.com David

    Wow…your words, so inspiring!

  • http://twitter.com/Casual__Luxury Ryan

    I like T-Mobile a lot, was with them for 4 year’s. But, the USA company is just loosing too many customers. People have already left, and the merger hasn’t even happened. If T-Mobile USA got the iPhone, it would of been LAST YEAR or the year before that. Now their being obtained by AT&T. Now don’t forget, T-Mobile isn’t really it’s own company. It’s owned by it’s parent company Deutsche Telekom (Germany) and their the ones that gave AT&T a price to own TM-USA. Which means TM-USA isn’t making enough money. If they brought back unlimited data, with fave 5′s with an iPhone, it can be saved.

  • http://twitter.com/Casual__Luxury Ryan

    I like T-Mobile a lot, was with them for 4 year’s. But, the USA company is just loosing too many customers. People have already left, and the merger hasn’t even happened. If T-Mobile USA got the iPhone, it would of been LAST YEAR or the year before that. Now their being obtained by AT&T. Now don’t forget, T-Mobile isn’t really it’s own company. It’s owned by it’s parent company Deutsche Telekom (Germany) and their the ones that gave AT&T a price to own TM-USA. Which means TM-USA isn’t making enough money. If they brought back unlimited data, with fave 5′s with an iPhone, it can be saved.

    • Anonymous

      Fave 5′s is old news, when you have plans that can just simply be unlimited m2m to anyone on any carrier.  

      Having the iPhone5 on TMO will help with the churn for sure, now customer will not have to be forced to buy a separate iphone if they want to go to another carrier definitely has its benefits

    • Anonymous

      Fave 5′s is old news, when you have plans that can just simply be unlimited m2m to anyone on any carrier.  

      Having the iPhone5 on TMO will help with the churn for sure, now customer will not have to be forced to buy a separate iphone if they want to go to another carrier definitely has its benefits

    • NViPhone

      How did you manage to get every grammar mistake you could possibly make? It almost looks like a deliberate attempt… 

    • Jennifer Palmer

      I have unlimited data on T-Mobile.  Best service and best price available.  I do hope that the iPhone really is coming.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B3BVOWP4LOKI6RD5KDSOF7PHWA Shaggy

    There is no cure for STUPID, but you can give them an iPhone.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B3BVOWP4LOKI6RD5KDSOF7PHWA Shaggy

    There is no cure for STUPID, but you can give them an iPhone.

  • IT Guy

    So being easy to use is a bad thing?

  • IT Guy

    So being easy to use is a bad thing?

  • idontdroid

    I like to reveal to the world that I pirate music to iPhone via a download manager as well as movies without a jailbreak.

  • Cholt2322

    I can’t wait to get an iPhone from TMo like everyone else.  Then I can get in my iCar and drive to my iHome and sit on my iCouch and watch my iTV.  I will then eat an iSandwich and take an iShower and lay down in my iBed!!  iHate iPhone!!  It is just a status symbol for all the “sheeple” that like to show off.  The media hypes it and even the aftermarket case manufacturers for the junk have bought into it!  Is it THAT necessary for a cut-out around the “Apple” on the back of the phone to show through?

    • http://www.twitter.com/fourtyFOURTY FourtyFOURTY

      Not really. It’s just a simple device that works as it states it will. It revolutionized the smartphone game, and that smartphone in your pocket has most undoubtedly taken some of its inspiration from the same device that your bashing. Might it be a high end fashion accessory? It’s possible, but its elegance and simplicity in design ergo its appeal as a status symbol doesn’t take away from its functionality to me. All I need is for this thing to get taken to T-Mobile with 3G or HSPA+ and I will be good to go for another two or three years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wally-SirFatty/100002167236858 Wally SirFatty

    Would you say that the phone is better for 80 year old retards, or 80 year old people and retards?  Awaiting your clarification.

    • Nick

      hahahaha! Yes, I too would like this matter clarified. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wally-SirFatty/100002167236858 Wally SirFatty

    Would you say that the phone is better for 80 year old retards, or 80 year old people and retards?  Awaiting your clarification.

  • eyeno

    Word ( :) ) is this will be a unlocked version that TMO will support.  Similar to the google phone deal. 

  • http://twitter.com/tombakerjr tom baker

    If Apple were to only allow the release of the Iphone 4 on T-Mobile, and the Iphone 5 on the other networks…..it would still sell very well.   As far as simple build quality, nothing touches the Iphone 4 hardware.

  • http://twitter.com/tombakerjr tom baker

    If Apple were to only allow the release of the Iphone 4 on T-Mobile, and the Iphone 5 on the other networks…..it would still sell very well.   As far as simple build quality, nothing touches the Iphone 4 hardware.

  • Renee Bradford007

    I have an unlocked old iPhone so I can sync easily with my iMac and iPad. Yes, I would probably buy an iHouse and iCar if it were out so it all worked together :-)
    I love T-Mobile for its international service and great rates so can’t wait till I can get a real iPhone!

  • PRLatinFreak

    Im a TMobile customer & am eager to have my I phone through the company. I have many friends whom have said the same. Lets hope we get the I phone soon bcus it is on high demand.

  • http://twitter.com/Surrealistwave Surrealistwave

    The logical thing for T mobile would have been to make a deal with Apple to get it, that way T mobile can get customers, rack up on profit and hopefully manage to survive without DT helping them or that unholy meger. Im all for Android but we needed diversity and additional income in order to survive, looks like we didnt get that.

  • Poisonspivey

    This seems more like a ploy for apple to help disembowel tmobile and make them more susceptible to merger. So I think it is one of the bigger companies like att helping there own cause with the pending merger by keeping tmobile at bay with no iPhone. Let but not least apple is probably mad with tmobile for introducing android? What do you think.

  • Burt0n156

    If there are updates about T-Mobile having the iPhone please shoot an email to burt0n156@yahoo.com or to mlafalcia@aol.com. Thank you! Bring on the iphone!

  • Nelie

    I heard from a rep at TMOBILE that is should be out next month…

  • Theone

    Should not matter if they get the iPhone, TMoblie service and loyalty is awful.  They called me a disloyal customer when I canceled three of my four lines because my kids got their own contract and my husband got a work phone.  Additionally, I got so many drop calls with them and late text and on and on that I finally dropped the fourth line.