Will Cincinnati Bell Get The Next iPhone Before T-Mobile?

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Tomorrow afternoon will finally provide answers to all our “iPhone 4S/5″ questions especially the one surrounding the appearance of a T-Mobile iPhone. Almost every sign points to the T-Mobile iPhone being a no-show, there is at least one story that is causing T-Mobile customers, including yours truly some concern. The weekend leak comes courtesy of a Cincinnati Bell customer discovering a pair of placeholder entries for the upcoming iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. The thing is, Cincinnati Bell uses the very same AWS frequencies that T-Mobile uses and if these images are in fact actual placeholders for upcoming iPhone’s, that would destroy the belief that Apple didn’t create an iPhone for T-Mobile because of the rare frequencies being used.

Cincinnati Bell, with a  significantly lower customer count would be a huge blow to T-Mobile should they receive the iPhone as a regional carrier. While the listings could be fake or someones idea of a cruel joke it have raised plenty of suspicious eyebrows. With T-Mobile CMO’s comment last week tempering expectations for a T-Mobile iPhone and once again reiterating the company’s commitment to the Android platform he did recognize that T-Mobile wishes the iPhone was in their lineup. The after effect of the T-Mobile blog post led many to hypothesize that the lack of a T-Mobile iPhone was due to the AWS bands T-Mobile uses for their 3G/4G network. However, if Apple can manufacturer an iPhone for a regional carrier with a significantly reduced customer count what will that say about T-Mobile’s willingness or ability to partner with Apple?

No matter what happens, we’ll find out the answers tomorrow afternoon. The one bright spot of a Cincinnati Bell iPhone would be the hope it could unlocked and used on T-Mobile’s 3G/4G network.

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  • James

    Ouch, straight kick to the groin if true.

  • James

    Ouch, straight kick to the groin if true.

  • James

    Ouch, straight kick to the groin if true.

  • Youngt82

    Well at least we know from here that the iPhone 5 will be 4 inches and have 4G data speeds lol

  • Youngt82

    Well at least we know from here that the iPhone 5 will be 4 inches and have 4G data speeds lol

  • Stephen Cullen

    Maybe T-Mobile is just better at keeping this information secret? I Hope? 

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

      I agree, I think T-Mobile may have been spreading misinformation so that when it is announced there will be even more excitement over the news…  IF we get it.

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

      I agree, I think T-Mobile may have been spreading misinformation so that when it is announced there will be even more excitement over the news…  IF we get it.

  • Stephen Cullen

    Maybe T-Mobile is just better at keeping this information secret? I Hope? 

  • 007

    This is a lie….. Next iPhone will not support aws band….

  • 007

    This is a lie….. Next iPhone will not support aws band….

  • Anonymous

    That iPhone 4S 16GB listing for $400 is interesting as currently buying an unlocked iPhone 4 16GB directly from Apple is $649.

    • Anonymous

      That’s only $50 more than the new blackberry 9900 before mail in rebate! Haha. A steal if its true.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never been one to anticipate any apple launch, but this time I’m itching to find out if tmobile will carry an iphone in the near future. there’s been talk of tmo getting the iphone 4s (cole broadman pretty much killed any hope of the ip5 for 2011)….his statement was very specific and direct though concerning the ip5 this year. There’s also rumors of a tmobile iphone for early 2012……we shall see tomorrow

    • http://twitter.com/BMcSherry Bryce McSherry

      Or maybe, because secrecy is always huge with Apple, they are receiving it and have been deceiving us all along.

      • Anonymous

        I hope you’re right. There’s no reason tmo should not have the iphone at this point in the game. Some have said the pending buyout may have caused apple to think twice about a tmo version. That doesn’t make sense bc: if the deal gets approved, a new iphone would be available by the time major network changes begin. Tmo and apple are very good at keeping secrets. While other carriers offer specific pricing and availability in advance, tmo waits until the last minute.

  • TMoFan

    I think there’s still a lot of unanswered questions that will be answered tomorrow. Unless Apple really hates T-Mobile with a passion, I find it hard to believe that the iPhone will make it’s way to a smaller regional carrier before a national one. Another possibility is that T-Mobile won’t officially get the iPhone like Sprint, but it will have aws support so it could be used with T-Mobile’s 4G. Or we may just get the cheaper 4S version (note the CMO specifically said iPhone 5). I usually don’t pay too much attention to these events, but I’ll be watching tomorrow.

  • TMoFan

    I think there’s still a lot of unanswered questions that will be answered tomorrow. Unless Apple really hates T-Mobile with a passion, I find it hard to believe that the iPhone will make it’s way to a smaller regional carrier before a national one. Another possibility is that T-Mobile won’t officially get the iPhone like Sprint, but it will have aws support so it could be used with T-Mobile’s 4G. Or we may just get the cheaper 4S version (note the CMO specifically said iPhone 5). I usually don’t pay too much attention to these events, but I’ll be watching tomorrow.

  • TMoFan

    I think there’s still a lot of unanswered questions that will be answered tomorrow. Unless Apple really hates T-Mobile with a passion, I find it hard to believe that the iPhone will make it’s way to a smaller regional carrier before a national one. Another possibility is that T-Mobile won’t officially get the iPhone like Sprint, but it will have aws support so it could be used with T-Mobile’s 4G. Or we may just get the cheaper 4S version (note the CMO specifically said iPhone 5). I usually don’t pay too much attention to these events, but I’ll be watching tomorrow.

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      Somehow, I really doubt Apple hates T-Mobile. After all, T-Mobile was the official carrier for the iPhone in many European countries…

      • Nearmsp

        I agree DT never thought they would not be part of AT&T. I think this is due to the overconfidence of DT and AT&T that the deal will go through quickly due to their heavy bribing on the hill. As long as their snouts are in the troughs anything goes. 

    • Anonymous

      If tmo usa doesn’t get the iphone, I’ll really start to wonder what’s going on behind closed doors. No reason tmo should be the only national carrier w/o an iphone.

  • Tony in Crazy Miami

    Well. All I can say tomorrow when they unveil the new phone and all this mystery, all I can say it better be good, and tomorrow will also be the deciding factor for me, If T Mobile does not get the Iphone, I am LEAVING, After been with them for 8 years, I am NOT begging any carrier for a phone that almost everyone else has except T Mobile. Customer Loyalty went out the window MANY years ago, It does not PAY to be loyal, At the end you get totally screwed in a MAJOR way and People do not see this at all…………………

    • Love me

      What ever…your whole status with this company depends on whether tmobile gets one phone or not?

    • Tbyrne

      You feel “It does not PAY to be loyal”, however, if you do leave you no doubt will PAY much more out of pocket wherever you go. If the iPhone doesn’t come to T-Mobile, just get an unlocked version and go with the new plan T-Mobile & Wally World are offering. That way you’ll stay a loyal T-Mobile customer and still be saving big bucks!

  • Anonymous

    OMG who would pay that kind of money for any phone.

    • UCLA

      Most phones actually cost 500+ unsubsidized…

      • Anonymous

        I’m aware of the costs. I almost always buy on the open market. It is sorta like buying a new car I’ll take the used one and save a huge sum of money. Of course the real question is if I buy $600 + for the new phone will it be unlocked (I’d bet not).

  • Tmo_employee

    some how i feel this has to do something with the merger with att 

  • Nearmsp

    We have 4 phones with T-mobile all out of contract. We have been with them for 7 years. I will wait to see the iPhone, SG II and then make a decision in November after all the hype has gone off. I don’t want to be run down in the frenzy of two popular phones being released. I have less faith in the iphone, because the AAPL stock has trended down 10% since the stock peaked at $422. I am a bit concerned it may be a downer. But then again, it could be people taking their profits for the year and waiting for a pull back. 

  • Nearmsp

    We have 4 phones with T-mobile all out of contract. We have been with them for 7 years. I will wait to see the iPhone, SG II and then make a decision in November after all the hype has gone off. I don’t want to be run down in the frenzy of two popular phones being released. I have less faith in the iphone, because the AAPL stock has trended down 10% since the stock peaked at $422. I am a bit concerned it may be a downer. But then again, it could be people taking their profits for the year and waiting for a pull back. 

  • Plankton

    Listen to me my Minions!

    I have proven to you that there is an iphone with AWS out in the wild. It  is there as I my followers are true.

    Whether it is announced tomorrow our not does not matter. 

    Just look to the Editor in Chief. He knows that I know that he knows that I know!

    Listen to Pink Floyd!

    Don’t be another brick in the wall!!!

    • tmotech

      Has anyone ever told you your posts are crazy, and not in the “ha ha” kind of way?

  • Anonymous

    Cincinnati Bell is the most horrible company in our region. Prices suck, service is ok but customer service is definitely a mess. I thought about switching to them to save 10 bucks a month since their unlimited is 60 a month or 20 a week. Their selection of phones are just cheap knockoffs of T-Mo phones except the Nexus S. If it weren’t for I-Wireless, Cincy Bell wouldn’t be able to stand alone. If they get the iPhone before T-Mo, this will truly be crazy because Cincy Bell is NOT better than T-Mo but runs on the same frequencies.

    I actually thought Cincy Bell was part of AT&T.

  • BP

    If this is true this says a lot about Apple than T-Mobile.  Apple plan this year is to flood the market with the iPhone which will devalue the iPhone brand and means Apple is working on something better than the iPhone.  When AT&T announced they were buying T-Mobile in March they had to start talks in either late 2010 or early 2011.  This is the same time Apple had to ask T-Mobile and other carriers if they wanted the iPhone.  This is the only reason why T-Mobile is not getting the iPhone.

  • Anonymous

    I always wondered if there was another carrier that uses TMO bands.

  • energy9

    Did anybody notice that the web address on the post goes to i wireless and not Cincy Bell (while they may be the same company) it says that i wireless is an affiliate of T-Mobile… I guess like others said… I’ll just have to wait for tomorrow to see if magenta gets the iphone..

  • MICHAEL STEWART

    sorry kids, i had a chance to buy an apple2 in 1981 and decided not to and ever since then, i’ve consistently decided not to buy apple because of their proprietary products.

    the iphone has been out for quite a while. if any of you wanted one you’d have one by now.

    don’t you people think that if t-mo USA wanted them all they would have to do is tell all the t-mo companies in europe that have been selling them as long as att has been here, to exert pressure on apple?

    what does an iphone do better than my CLIQ2?

     

    • Thedjep

      CLIQ2….lol! Great joke!

    • UCLA

      CLiQ2 is not a bad phone, but I would consider the SGSII in a different league. The iPhone is now in the lower portion of the premium league in terms of hardware but in user experience it still is one of the most consumer enjoyable.

  • MICHAEL STEWART

    sorry kids, i had a chance to buy an apple2 in 1981 and decided not to and ever since then, i’ve consistently decided not to buy apple because of their proprietary products.

    the iphone has been out for quite a while. if any of you wanted one you’d have one by now.

    don’t you people think that if t-mo USA wanted them all they would have to do is tell all the t-mo companies in europe that have been selling them as long as att has been here, to exert pressure on apple?

    what does an iphone do better than my CLIQ2?

     

  • Anonymous

    if CB gets it and T-Mo doesn’t, it’s definitely a slap to the face…

  • Anonymous

    if CB gets it and T-Mo doesn’t, it’s definitely a slap to the face…

  • Enveed05

    I gotta tell you.  I have an ipad2, and more and more I find myself pissed off that Apple has not supported Flash on iOS up to this point.  I am unable to use a significant portion of the web on my $500 tablet, which btw, I would be able to on just about any Android tablet.  Same is true for the phones imho. I’m honestly not sure that iPhone is really that great compared to the best Android phones out there.  Just sayin…

    • UCLA

      I’ve been without flash for almost 2 years on my mobile devices and don’t really miss it. If I want to do flash even my Nexus S gets choppy with flash support on. I prefer flash content on a PC where the power is there to back it up.

  • Cyclone

    T mobile director said not long ago that there is  no iPhone this year. I don’t think he wants to be called a lier. 

  • Anonymous

    Who cares about that iCrap, nothing but a brick.  If Tmo gets it Im switching carriers, Ive been tempted to go the prepaid route anyway, especially since I moved and the service here keeps fluctuating too much.

  • Anonymous

    Who cares about that iCrap, nothing but a brick.  If Tmo gets it Im switching carriers, Ive been tempted to go the prepaid route anyway, especially since I moved and the service here keeps fluctuating too much.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      You’d seriously switch carriers because it would get the iPhone? I love these comments…they make me LOL.

      • Frigadroid

        Double LOL. Listen up fanboys, wizkids, techno nerds, cybergeeks, and haters. It’s competition that spurs innovation. So they all have pros and cons its all about personal preference! It’s a GOOD thing to have a choice of device operating system and network.

    • Mastrorj

      This is like saying, Man i swear to god im going to break up with mg gf or divorce my wife if she continuously insists on giving me great …hehe (insert dirty minded act that guys love so much, HERE).  

      • Guest69

        Lol not serious about that but the iPhone isn’t that pleasurable.

    • 4g

      I know of a great prepaid company email me ivorypeppers@Gmail.com

  • tmofan99

    Have a unlocked T-mobile iPhone and it sucks on edge! This is a pretty much a slap in the face for T-mobile! I think the marketing team is to blame for all those anti-iPhone commercials! ha… Seriously T-mobile, you didn’t see this coming?

    • Baypoint

      They didn’t put out an anti-iPhone Commercials it’s was anti- AT&T

  • Jeffrey

    By T-Mobile announcing their aquisition, I doubt they’ll get the iPhone… nobody wants to do business with a company in that much flux.

  • Briteyfan23

    U know what would be funny? If metro pcs got the next iphone before t-mobile and boost mobile too , then I would be laughing at them t-mobile customers. LOLZ

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FMW3O4Z4U2QYDUOJFV4BOW7UFA Joshua

      I just few sorry for these people saying these absurd, stupid things like Briteyfan23, don’t you know tmobile belongs to at&t already, it’s just a matter of few more months, in the end of year 2011 tmobile will officially belongs to at&t because the government will not help any carrier with costs on any new network or to help improve any.

  • Briteyfan23

    U know what would be funny? If metro pcs got the next iphone before t-mobile and boost mobile too , then I would be laughing at them t-mobile customers. LOLZ

  • Anonymous

    I just read I-Wireless terms. You’re only allowed 1GB of data with the unlimited plan?

    • Anonymous

      Oh wait, I just confirmed it myself at the bottom of their rate plan page. That sucks. I know I would never leave T-Mo for them.

  • FGJRUIZ

    What this most likely means is that the next Iphones probably DO have AWS, but that Tmobile was not able to agree to Apple’s terms so that they could sell it directly at the subsidized price.  When Apple sells the devices unlocked for $699+ we will be able to unlock them to use them…

  • tmotech

    I want to believe this has nothing to do with the AT&T merger. The rational part of my brain says it doesn’t.

    But it sure is convenient, isn’t it?

    What’s one of AT&T’s biggest arguments that them buying T-Mobile won’t harm competition? They say the regional carriers are their best competition. And now a regional carrier suddenly seems to be saying it will carry the iPhone 5? It just looks suspicious, in my mind. Can’t you already see the lists of carriers popping up in the news briefs on TV? iPhone 5 now available on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and … Cincinnati Bell?

  • Anonymous

    Well the US version of the iPhone 4s does not have AWS support built in. *sigh* I think it’s time for me to jump ship to Sprint. I have been with T-mobile since 2003, and I am sick of not having the iPhone. I use a 3GS on them right now, but it is not worth it anymore. I refuse to pay for “High Speed” data, when the best I can do is Edge.

  • Anonymous

    Well the US version of the iPhone 4s does not have AWS support built in. *sigh* I think it’s time for me to jump ship to Sprint. I have been with T-mobile since 2003, and I am sick of not having the iPhone. I use a 3GS on them right now, but it is not worth it anymore. I refuse to pay for “High Speed” data, when the best I can do is Edge.