(Updated) Breaking: T-Mobile USA And Apple Have Reached An Agreement To Sell Apple Products

Breaking: T-Mobile USA and Apple have entered into an agreement to sell the Apple products on T-Mobile’s network in 2013.

“T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together next year,” said DT in a press release.

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  • youngt82

    Thanks to the new CEO John Legere

  • SocalTeknique

    YES!!! I will finally use my upgrade and get the iPhone and sell it for $900+ to some idiot in eBay/Craigslist Haha.

  • Dakota

    So does that mean iphone 5s is coming to Tmobile next year? I wonder if theyll still offer the unlimited data? If they do that, and have a good strong advertising campaign (not resembling what they do now with Carly), this could be their chance to change the direction the company has been going

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

    FINALLY! We have been waiting years for this!

    What makes it even better is that T-Mobile will be the only carrier offering it with a truly unlimited data plan with data speeds that are usable.

  • Marcos Hidalgo

    While I am not an apple person, this was long overdue for those who do subscribe to that. But network quality needs to improve a great deal and with this netwok quality is only going to get worse imo.

  • reptarjr

    Good news, but I feel like T-mobile users have been spoiled by Android devices to even consider the jump to the iPhone. But I guess having the option, plus the lower T-mobile rates is nice.

  • gg555

    I dread the arrival of the iPhone. Prepare yourselves for the network becoming sluggish and overloaded like AT&T.

    And prices are going to go up. Anyone who thinks otherwise, is fooling themselves. Maybe it won’t happen in the first six months to a year, but after that get out your wallets (I’m sure the T-Mobile execs are already rubbing their hands together in anticipation). The only reason prices have been so low is because T-Mobile has needed to find a way to attract customers, without the lure of the iPhone. Now that Apple’s cartel control over the major carriers will be complete, there will be no reason for real competition and prices will naturally go up (this is after all the purpose of cartels).

    T-Mobile without the iPhone was a beacon of competition and potential innovation. With the iPhone there is no reason to be any different from anyone else (technologically or in terms of price points).

    I think people are really missing the point (and failing to understand the underlying economics) if they think this is a good day for T-Mobile or the future of cell phone service in the U.S. The fact that no major carrier can survive without selling their soul to one particular producer of shiny objects is not a sign of a healthy industry with real choices and competition.

    • bleeew

      Nope. This will bring in more customers.
      More customers means more revenue
      More revenue means better service.
      AT&T stayed afloat because the iPhone. Look at the coverage for 2007, and now. It has expanded, and became more of a premium.

      • gg555

        Yeah, you’re really wrong and missing the point.

        1) AT&T’s coverage may have improved, but their network is notorious for being bogged down by the iPhone. iPhone users on average use far more bandwidth than other smartphone users. This is why AT&T doesn’t even offer a higher plan now than 5GB of data. But in any case, it was a huge ongoing PR nightmare for AT&T that the iPhone bogged down their network so much and they’re still scrambling to try to keep up with bandwidth demand. So it’s beyond me how you can deny this negative effect that everyone knows about and has been all over the news for years.

        2) I didn’t deny that the iPhone would generate more revenue and more customers. If you actually read my post and understand it, I just said that the overall effect on the network will be negative, for the reasons I explain above. Indeed, coverage can increase and bandwidth use can simultaneously increase faster, creating a worse overall experience, as has been the case for AT&T.

        3) You totally ignore my argument that in the long run T-Mobile will use this as a pretext to raise rates. Rates have been low, because T-Mobile had to find a way to compete without the iPhone. Now they don’t. Rates will go up. Competitive innovation will slacken. T-Mobile is in this to make money, not to be nice people.

        4) The deals that Apple forces carriers to accept to carry the iPhone (required numbers of phones sold, draconian revenue sharing) are so onerous that they effectively turn Apple into a sort of cartel, able to dictate pricing models to the carriers, rather than the other way around (or rather dictate conditions which leave the carriers no other choice but to be forced into certain levels of pricing). Again, when one company has so much control and power over all the carriers, you quash competition. Prices, as a matter of basic economics, go up in these kind of situations without an improvement in services (because without real competition, there is no need to improve services to demand higher prices). In effect, even Android users will be subsidizing Apple.

        6) It is also well known that on average in the U.S. we pay about twice as much money for the same level of cell phone service as most other countries in the world. This is not just because of Apple. It’s because of the lack of real competition in the U.S. in general. But the situation with Apple and it’s enormous ever growing anti-competitive influence only compounds the problem.

        7) But I realize that people don’t really understand these things and just think that wherever the Jesus Phone goes miracles happen.

        8) Let’s check back a six months to a year after the iPhone hits T-Mobile and see how “great”‘ things are.

        • Joseph M.

          You’re overreacting. T-Mobile, like Verizon, is pretty good at managing their network. They’ll be fine. Your service will be fine. Relax and enjoy your freedom of choice.

        • Jarrod

          Verizon isn’t good, their LTE network has sank like a rock their max speeds are nearly what I get on my iPhone on tmobiles single carrier HSPA network.

        • gg555

          I’d say rather what’s happening is that you and others who celebrate the arrival of the iPhone are looking at things through rose colored (Apple deluded) glasses.

          First of all, what freedom of choice? The freedom to buy a phone that I already can get on every other carrier and could buy unlocked and use on T-Mobile anyway, if I wanted to? How is T-Mobile becoming more like the other carriers a demonstration of having choices? Homogeneity is the opposite of choice.

          Secondly, Verizon has a massive network with way more bandwidth than anyone else. T-Mobile’s network is in no way comparable to Verizon’s network. AT&T on the other hand does not have as big a network as Verizon, though much larger than T-Mobile, and AT&T has been completely overwhelmed by the data traffic generated by the iPhone since it’s original release. This is the number one complaint about AT&T, the amount of data congestion. So it is not an overreaction to think that T-Mobile’s much smaller network is not going to be able to handle a huge influx of iPhone data hogs. It is a rosely unrealistic silly underreaction not to be concerned about this.

          Also, Verizon has far fewer iPhones activated on its network than AT&T. So Verizon is also not a good comparison for this reason as well. If T-Mobile gets the level of interest in the iPhone that AT&T has (which may be more likely since both are GSM carriers and Apple is generally more friendly to GSM carriers) then there is no question that T-Mobile’s lesser network will perform even more poorly in the face of the data demand that AT&T already can’t handle.

          There is no way this is a good situation for non-iPhone users. People who think otherwise just have overly simplistic views of the economics and technological realities of the situation.

          I realize I’m a lone voice making this point. But again, let’s just check back six months or a year after the iPhone’s arrival on T-Mobile and see how the network is going and what plan prices are looking like.

  • khha4113

    On other news, T-Mobile plans not “subsidizing” phones anymore. It means you have to buy your Iphone at full price (currently $649 for Iphone 5). According to Slashgear.

    • Whitney

      They have EIP which allows pay off the phone over 20 month period

  • TayshaunBoba

    I’m sorry, but for those complaining about iPhone bogging down the network and citing AT&T as an example, AT&T is the exception and not the rule. Look at Verizon. Their network hasn’t changed. As for Sprint, they DID take a hit but you have to remember they ignored their network for years and were preoccupied with Nextel. Meanwhile, TMO has been funneling billions into network upgrades over the years and has made fiber backhaul a very large priority. TMO’s strategy has always been be last and be the best (look at both their 3G and 4G rollouts as evidence).

    • bleeew

      True, Verizon’s was never affected. I’ve had the same speeds the whole time before VZW iPhone.

      • Jarrod

        Verizon was affected but that’s because they don’t do enough maintenance and having the towers over subscribed. Sprint had a poor network to begin with and AT&T didn’t take 3G seriously and underestimated what would happen once they actually got a sizeable subscriber base on 3G.

  • Christopher Rodriguez

    Hell has now frozen over. Poop.

  • Mimo Dakdouk

    Does this mean iPhone 5, or 4S/4?

    I’d personally rather have T-Mobile bring the Lumia 920, but I know that’s not really a possibility at the moment. Sigh… if I wasn’t signed to a contract I wouldn’t hesitate to leave T-Mobile and buy a 920 to use on Straight Talk or some other prepaid service. I love T-Mobile’s low prices and decent CS (much better than AT&T’s from what I’ve heard), but they’re smartphone line up doesn’t appeal to me.

  • Deylight

    Though I love my Android phone, it’s nice to know we’ll have a choice.

  • Mike

    Yawn!

  • Whitney

    I hope includes the ipad

  • bewitness

    Who cares, Did acquiring the iPhone significantly help Sprint? Did it cause customers to dump Verizon and AT&T to go to Sprint’s offering of an iPhone and lower rate plans? The truth is that it’s great for t-mobile to offer a very popular phone but the iPhone is about to hit a downward spiral. Too many people have a version of the iPhone. It’s no longer a status symbol to have one and the people that do have one are starting to see the restrictions that apple places on it’s crown jewel.

  • Joseph M.

    About darn time!

  • Deihmos

    Too bad the iPhone is now considered crap.

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

      Not by the majority of people

  • IRIE4IPIER

    Great, here comes all the annoying iPhone commercials.

  • Curious

    What good is the iPhone on T-Mobile if it’s limited to the abysmal 2G Edge data rates?

    • Joseph M.

      It won’t be. As T-Mobile reworks their network for LTE, they’re moving 3G to the 1900 MHz PCS band, just what the iPhone needs for HSPA+ data. LTE is in the cards, too, once T-Mobile finally launches the new network.

  • chad

    To bad iphones suck

  • angry t-mo custard

    value plans can suck it……