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.
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
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