T-Mobile Statement Highlights Network Refarming For iPhone Customers

AT&T’s recently announced policy for unlocking iPhones is good news, but there is no company more capable of reaping the rewards of AT&T’s new policy other than T-Mobile. With T-Mobile’s network refarming, existing inventory of Micro-SIMs and value priced offerings, T-Mobile is perfectly positioned to attract angry AT&T customers. In fact, T-Mobile released a statement to 9to5Mac earlier today on this very subject:

Today we have more than one million unlocked iPhones running on our network.  T-Mobile currently offers microSIMs for customers who already have a GSM phone they want to use on the T-Mobile network, including an iPhone. In order to set up an unlocked iPhone on T-Mobile’s network, customers simply need to purchase a microSIM card and select a T-Mobile Value plan that suits their needs.

T-Mobile’s Value plans enable customers who bring their own smartphone, such as the iPhone, to save money. For example, T-Mobile’s Value family plan with unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited data with 2 GB of high-speed data is just $49.99 per line for two lines.

In addition, we will continue to deliver more value to customers as we expand and modernize our 4G network. Beginning this year, we will introduce HSPA+ service in our 1900 MHz PCS spectrum. When we do, our 4G network will be compatible with a broader range of devices, including the iPhone.

Considering a comparable AT&T plan will run about $150 before taxes, I’d say T-Mobile well positioned to attract upset AT&T customers.

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  • Hemingwaysaylor

    GigaOm has a story about how Tmo may be readying for a 2013 iPhone release

  • http://profiles.google.com/bmg1001 Bryan Guerrero

    So technically, the iPhone will run on 4G on T-Mobile.

  • http://twitter.com/axiomania ???????

    I’m just so curious anyone tested their iphone in Dallas – FortWorth Area?

  • UMA_Fan

    Although it would be great, the article is reading way too much into T-Mobile’s statement to 9to5mac.  In no way does T-Mobile imply they are getting the iPhone soon nor would they be permitted to.

  • steveb944

    I should have read your comment first, I sourced the same. I see an iPhone this year for us

  • WirelessRefugee

    This was AT&T “snapping to” Apple’s concerns that it (AT&T) was not letting iPhone owners freely move about or on once their quite expensive iPhones were fully paid for, meaning the contracts were up.

    Apple has so much weight in the computing and mobile community now, if a carrier like AT&T tries this kind of cra#, making it difficult for people to move on and use their iPhones on another carrier’s service, Apple says “knock it off” and AT&T responds “Yes sir.” That is, unless AT&T could care less about partaking in Apple’s future developments.

    – Apple is in a war with Google and Samsung. Android and Samsung mobile owners don’t suffer these kinds of restrictions when they switch (e.g., the SGS II can be unlocked and used on multiple GSM carriers), so why should Apple suffer that fate because AT&T is worried about defections. An “unlockable” iPhone makes it at a competitive disadvantage over many Android-based handsets and Samsung mobiles.

    – Apple wants the iPhone to be an international handset. That’s a difficult goal when a carrier refuses to provide unlock codes (and AT&T’s acts may be illegal in countries where former AT&T customers relocate).

    – AT&T is also in part motivated by where handset and service are trending, “bring your own phone” and prepaid service. People can diss America Movil’s (Carlos Slim’s venture) Straight Talk SIM program, but I agree with experts and national commentators that Straight Talk will force carriers like AT&T to change the way they do business. Unlocking fully paid for iPhones, so to speak, is one change.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AWWIKW6MNPUHOC4OVSHWUDWAHM Fabio

      Very well said!

    • brettschulte

      Actually, the real story here is a new decision at AT&T to push non LTE devices off the network as fast as possible. More they’re NOT unlocking off contract LTE devices.

  • http://tmonews.com David

    I think you all need to read this article a little more closely!

  • http://twitter.com/weekilter Joseph Singer

    Yeah, it means anyone using a 2G device is going to eventually have crap service.

  • http://twitter.com/markbyrn markbyrn

    After getting my iPhone 4 unlocked, I’m using it as a pre-paid backup with T-Mobile pay-by-the-day service.  Got the MMS and Tethering working; not fast on Edge but enough to stream Pandora.   

    • gcdiesjr

      What settings did you use for the mms?

  • Renita Hargrove

    What is so great about the iPhone? U can’t customize like with an android. Ur limited to only Apple products verses the versatility than an android offers. I was an iPhone user and I can only think of one reason why I even used an iPhone at the time it was the only bigger touch screen around. I’ve seen more people wanting to ditch there Apple POS due to siri being a twat and never working but unless ur fad hype that enjoys “living in the moment” iPhone user should get out and explore there options.

    • Chiva2699

      But, you can! Jailbreak it :)

      • Kuranharu

        but if you had just got an android in the first place, you wouldn’t have to go through the trouble of jail breaking it like the iPhone. then when something breaks on the iPhone you’re screwed becuz apple won’t take it back

  • Uma fan

    I phone 5 !!!!!!

  • uma_fan

    I heard Verizon is getting wifi calling. Is this true?

    • Android!!

      no

  • Kuranharu

    with apple you’re limited to one design, but android you have more to choose from and they’re half the price

  • john

    will this be good for hawaii also?