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Here’s a shocking piece of analyst material for as “analyst” Shaw Wu of Sterne Agree calls for T-Mobile’s iPhone to make a “big deal” impact on Apple’s smartphone sales. In fact, Wu believes that the iPhone on T-Mobile will have a greater impact on the market than most would believe:
“While T-Mobile USA has lost customers, its core customer base remains loyal to its lower cost and unlimited data plans,” he said. “We believe this will help Apple capture incremental customers and strengthen its position against (Google’s) Android, which got its start on T-Mobile USA.”
All things being equal, it seems that an extra 33 million potential customers would be good for Apple, or any OEM manufacturer that starts selling a handset to such a large audience of possible customers. Will the iPhone see huge lines on T-Mobile? Maybe, maybe not. There is definitely something to be said about having the iPhone on the network so customers don’t have to look elsewhere for options. At the very least, that’s the biggest benefit of all as T-Mobile has often blamed the iPhone for its lackluster quarterly numbers. Let’s hope for the sake of T-Mobile, Wu turns out to be right.