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Cult of Mac says that T-Mobile is in advanced talks to nab the iPhone 4

When we hear rumors of the iPhone going to other carrier in the United States, it seems as though Verizon is the carrier most often talked about to wrestle exclusivity away from AT&T. However, the move to Verizon poses a strategic problem for Apple considering that Verizon operates an incompatible CDMA wireless network.

According to Cult of Mac, a deal which would bring the iPhone 4 to T-Mobile's network will occur during Q3 of this year. Cult of Mac's sources say that there's an 80 percent chance that the deal will go through.

T-Mobile would appear to be the logical choice as both AT&T and T-Mobile currently operate GSM wireless networks. In fact, unlocked iPhone can currently run on T-Mobile's network albeit without 3G speeds (iPhones have to fall back to EDGE when operating on T-Mobile).

As for getting full 3G speeds on the iPhone while operating on T-Mobile's network, Cult of Mac states the following:

The iPhone 4 adds the 2100 band, but not the 1700 band, which has led some to conclude that it is incompatible with T-Mobile’s 3G network. However, there is some debate whether Apple simply didn’t list the 1700 band, which seems to be the convention when listing such specs.

Although Cult of Mac seems pretty confident in their source with regards to the iPhone coming to T-Mobile, we've heard these kinds of reports time and time again.





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