T-Mobile To Announce Imminent iPhone Arrival Next Week?

Well, here’s a story we didn’t see coming, especially not on the heels of the last T-Mobile’s COO comments regarding the iPhone last week. According to Merrill Lynch analyst Scott Craig, “speculation is heightening” that Deutsche Telekom will announce the imminent arrival of the iPhone for its company’s US unit during next week’s analyst day meetings. The meetings, scheduled for December 6th and 7th would be an unusual place for such an announcement given that Apple likes to be involved with high-profile launches. However, the iPhone’s launch on smaller, regional players has also been without the usual Apple fanfare so there is some precedence for the opposite to be true.

The arrival of the iPhone on T-Mobile would give Apple access to 98% of the nations post-paid wireless subscribers with an additional 33 million potential customers.

We’ve seen plenty of analyst statements pop up speculating on the iPhone’s arrival on T-Mobile, but few analyst comments have been so specific with a time and date. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out.


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  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    The unlocked iPhone 5 is on the website now, it just went up today or sale.

  • redman12

    BGR is the source.. I don’t visit that anymore, they are biased. They don’t deserve my traffic views.

  • gabe

    I dont know if someone has mentioned this or not but what if they do something similar to what has been done with the Nexus 4. They probably bought unlocked iphone 5’s and will sell it with a value plan and tack on an extra charge monthly.

  • TheWay

    Just to let you know. I’m in NYC enjoying iPhone 4 (On 3G not Edge) In the Bronx and in Nassau County today. I had know idea the network upgrade was so far ahead of schedule. I knew 2 weeks ago monday because the 3G icon just poped up on my phone, they turned it on and it wasn’t in all locations but they are quickly upgrading. I dont know if LTE is on but I think it may be active. 3G Speeds 7M down 2M up via SPEEDTEST.NET on a factory unlocked (not jailbroken) AT&T A1332 iPhone 4 32Gig. Not a iPhone fanboy but a Heavy MAC user. Perfect marriage. I hate to love this little a_s phone but i do.

  • Spritemoney

    The network won’t be congested, many people are using smartphones already! Look at AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, they basically prepared their networks for the smartphone revolution. The network would have been congested by now, because many T-Mobile customers are using smartphones, and a million of them are using T-Mobile iPhones.

  • Noel

    Personally idc just waiting for my N4 to arrive…but it will be good for Tmobile. I think Google saw this coming , that’s why they left open the ordering of the N4. I also think Apple probably gave the nod to a Tmo iPhone to blunt the frenzy surrounding the N4 on Magenta.


    My store received cases for the iPhone 5 today…

    Just saying…

  • http://www.facebook.com/chill.guy.758 Chill Guy

    As long as it doesn’t clog up the network and helps out T-Mobile to be an ever better carrier than I’ll be happy.

  • Back to BB

    A year or two ago this news would have excited me. Today I have an iPhone 4S and will be ditching it the day the new Blackberry 10 devices are released. The iPhone OS was revolutionary when it was released but it is clunky and clumsy today, as it is the oldest OS on the market. iOS6 did not help the situation as it has made my phone very unreliable and is missing the “polished” look Apple is known for.

    I have many apps that solely exist because the web browsing experience is not a full browsing solution.

    I am not saying Blackberry will be 100% polished but I believe Blackberry’s next gen phones will be as close as we may see. They have taken their time to study and execute on, what some may see, a perfect OS. They have likely learned their lesson from Playbook launch disaster and other failed and rushed-to-market devices.

  • http://www.facebook.com/unfazedrebel Jé Be (Here but Gone)

    I sincerely hope this doesn’t happen….there goes the network if it does…uggghh

  • james

    Apple is going to suck the blood out t Mobil for not reason at all since most people don’t care about Iphone that much

    • steffanut

      That would be incorrect, I talk to about 80 people a day, about half of them tell me something different.

  • AJ

    It looks like today Apple is officially selling an unlocked iPhone 5. Also, the unofficial refarming map of 3G sightings has a lot more entries which also includes my city as well now (Yay). I wouldn’t be surprised if this is true – buy your unlocked iPhone and you can get 3G/HSPA+ speeds. That is good enough for me. I hope tmo will refarm 100% of its network so when traveling outside of a city you don’t automatically drop to edge. Sounds promising.

  • Singleweird

    there are already 2 million iphone users on tmobile. i don’t think the amount of iphone users will increase enough to congest the rest of us, but tmo will make a nice chunk when those people buy their 42hspa+ compatible 5’s

  • http://www.twitter.com/the_sundaypaper Sebastiaan van den Berg

    I just hope with this they actually speed up the modernization of their network because it’s only a matter of time before millions of people buy into the iPhone crap by buying one and realize their entire network is a joke…

  • Dmac


    the amount of people below who keep saying the wrong thing over and over again is amazing. TO BE CLEAR, the iPhone 5 one ANY carrier is unlocked and already works on T-Mobile AWS hspa+…this has nothing to do with the refarm…nothing needs to be done. My buddy has the Verizon iPhone with a T-Mobile chip in it and gets at least 5mbps in KC. The refarm was for iPhone 4s and previous models so their 3g would be compatible with T-Mobile because there are already 1.5 mill iPhones on T-Mobile.

    And you tec heads arguing with T-Mo Tec, don’t do it, you will be wrong, he puts the stuff up, so take your book knowledge and shove it. T-Mobile should have little to no problem with an iPhone influx.

    Someone said iPhone brought Sprint to its knees? I think you exaggerate, and you know that was the iphone 4s running on their evdo rev a, that 3g network is crap…not even close to hspa+.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

      No it doesn’t. You get 5mbps in KC because that area has already been refarmed for 1900 mhz HSPA+. You are not pulling AWS 1700/2100 HSPA+ with the current iPhone 5 anywhere.

      I’m in an area that has not yet been refarmed for 1900mhz and with an unlocked iPhone 5 here you will only get Edge while the other phones that T-Mobile offers have HSPA+ in these same areas because they support the AWS bands for HSPA+. Check out airportal.de, that’s why KC is getting 3G on their iPhones.

      The purpose of the refarm is to free up the 1700mhz AWS band for LTE and at the same time move HSPA+ to the 1900mhz band so that it can support a wider range of devices (including ALL iPhone models).

      Agree with you about Sprint. They were crap before the iPhone and are still the same today.

    • philyew

      Sorry, but you are mistaken. The only compatible band on ANY iPhone that will support 3G/HSPA+ service on the TM network is the 1900 Mhz band. That is the band that is currently being refarmed from being used exclusively for 2G to also support 3G/HSPA+.

      The ability to get faster download speeds using ANY iPhone on the TM network is therefore ENTIRELY dependent on whether the refarm has been completed in your usage area.

      Until the refarm is completed on any given tower, TM only offers 3G/HSPA+ service on the AWS band.

      The only service that the AT&T version of the iPhone 5 supports on the AWS (1700/2100) band is LTE. Until TM has deployed its own LTE network next year, it is not possible to use an AT&T iPhone 5 and AWS for any purpose on the TM network. No other version of the iPhone 5 supports AWS.

  • Steve
  • brian90

    You already buy an unlocked Iphone from Apple (the 4S) for $550 at apple. I’m they will give NO discount on the phone. So you might as well buy from apple

    • CalicoKJ

      Except that with EIP I can get it for probably a $150ish down payment and pay the rest off over 20 months. Much easier to swallow those costs.

  • Rob

    As long as T-Mobile doesn’t sell their sole to sell the iPhone like sprint did I welcome the addition. If they follow what sprint did pricing will most likely change, for the worse. I imagine it would bring a lot of customers as tmobile’s family plans are far cheaper than ATT and Verizon.

  • brian90

    T-mobile has gotten REALLY bad. I tried to return to T-mobile ONE day after going to Verizon. They transferred me 5 times and still didn’t get me transferred. I spent all morning calling back, getting transferred to the Philippines, Mexico and still no transfer.

    As of now, I’m still on Verizon….

    Get it together Tmobile!

  • CJ

    I wish they would just say – trying to make my decision on whether to go to ATT for the Nokia 920 for me and the Iphone for my wife

  • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

    The iPhone 5 cases arrived in store today now employees and customers alike are wondering if the iPhone is coming soon. Can’t count how many times I heard “So since you guys have the cases does that mean you’re finally getting the phone?” today.

  • http://twitter.com/kevoptimus Kevin

    Looking forward to Dec. 6th and the 7th just to see what’s up. I’m a big Android fan, but if the iPhone comes to Tmo I’m gonna get it, my Nexus 4 should be arriving within the next week,, So if we DO get the iPhone, and I don’t like it.. Easy switch.

  • http://www.prepaidlist.com/ Stalyn

    Lets just hope for the best.

  • Singleweird


  • GS3

    yeah better sign up now with tmo because the rate plans are gonna go up once they get the iphone.. LOL..
    honestly i don’t care about lte or fast data speeds… i’m fine with 5mbs but i need internet everywhere , 5mb evereywhere! uggh not edge ..

  • The Architect

    Open the flood gates to let in the rabid fanatics. They’re like drowning rats swimming from sinking boats coming disappointed from the other carriers!

  • Timbo1

    Gross, just what Tmobile needs, a bunch of Isheep on the network

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Le sigh…as opposed to a bunch of Fandroids running around? :-) To each their own man!

      • Timbo1

        Bah, all the isheep are the same

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Yup, just replace “iSheep” with “Fandroid.”

    • thepanttherlady

      The more customers, iPhone or other, the merrier. :)

  • Oscar Dominguez

    Guess we shall find out tomorrow.

  • Chum Lee

    Hopefully happens soon. Couldn’t care less about the crapple phone, but i’m a retail rep…..this will be money in my pocket. I lose tons of sales every day due to lack of iphone, because people are retarded.

  • SteveHill343

    The Iphone will NOT have a discounted rate at all and you must be on the Value plan to get it. If you have a classic plan you will have to PAY the migration fees to change to the value plan. All employees are to give no exceptions.

    • steffanut

      There has been zero information on when or if the Iphone is comeing to Tmo, Apple products are going to be sold next year. There is no product lineup and therefore nothing to say pricing or anything that would suggest this at all.Let’s not get our panties in a wad quite yet.