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T-Mobile doesn't want to spend billions just to get the iPhone like some competitors did

With the massive popularity of Apple's iPhone, you would think every carrier in the United States would want the device on their network. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint offer the iPhone, as do several smaller regional carriers. However, T-Mobile isn’t officially on the iPhone bandwagon yet.

A T-Mobile executive as recently stated that the carrier knows it has lost customers by not carrying the iPhone, but it's not willing to make major sacrifices just to get the device on its network.

Jim Alling, COO of T-Mobile USA, said, "Make no mistake about it: We would love to carry the iPhone. However, we want the economies to be right for us."
 
Alling also noted that T-Mobile didn't want to sign a deal similar to its competitors. Fierce Broadband and Wireless reports that Alling is making a veiled reference to a deal Sprint made to carry the iPhone in 2011 that cost $15.5 billion. Sprint doesn't expect its iPhone operations to become profitable until 2015.


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Alling did note that T-Mobile's SIM-only Value Plans have attracted numerous iPhone owners from other networks. He said that there are 1.5 million unlocked iPhones operating on the T-Mobile network right now.

The comments were made during a discussion at the 12th annual Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecoms Conference in Spain. Some comments were also made about T-Mobile and its upcoming merger with MetroPCS. That merger is expected to take place early next year and it seems both T-Mobile and MetroPCS feel the same way about offering the iPhone.

Metro PCS COO Tom Keys said last summer, "It would be harmful to MetroPCS to have to cut out part of our handset portfolio to accommodate one phone from one provider that the economics could be at risk."

Source: Fierce Broadband and Wireless



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By tng on 11/21/2012 10:06:02 AM , Rating: 5
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I also find it hard to believe that Apple would make carriers pay THEM for the right to sell a phone and then also charge carriers for the phone.
I don't find that hard to believe at all. This is Apple we are talking about and I can see that they would have an "entitled" attitude about letting just anybody carry and sell their phone.


By othercents on 11/21/2012 10:21:25 AM , Rating: 2
T-Mobile can always provide information on how to buy an unlocked iPhone from Apple and then the person can just get a sim plan. There isn't really any incentive to sell a subsidized iPhone.


By tng on 11/21/2012 10:32:38 AM , Rating: 2
That would be a easy thing for you or me to do, but most of the people that I know that carry an Iphone do not have even the limited amount of technical expertise to go that route.


By V-Money on 11/21/2012 10:52:50 AM , Rating: 2
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That would be a easy thing for you or me to do, but most of the people that I know that carry an Iphone do not have even the limited amount of technical expertise to go that route.


They don't have the technical expertise to either insert a sim card or walk into a t-mobile store and have them insert a sim card? I know most people are stupid when it comes to doing just about anything, but I don't think we have quite reached this point yet.


By tng on 11/21/2012 11:54:50 AM , Rating: 2
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They don't have the technical expertise to either insert a sim card or walk into a t-mobile store and have them insert a sim card?
I did say most, but yes, most of the people that I know with Iphones have not one idea what a sim card is, unless someone at either Verizon or AT&T tells them the function and those people will not suggest that they visit T-Mobile.


By othercents on 11/21/2012 12:10:57 PM , Rating: 2
That is exactly why I said T-Mobile can provide the information on how to do it. Or even provide an in-store to help iPhone users get setup on T-Mobile with unlocked phones purchased directly from Apple.

The key here is getting the word out that to people interested in iPhones, but wanting to be part of T-Mobile can do it and T-Mobile is willing to help.


By abhaxus on 11/21/2012 1:44:52 PM , Rating: 5
Until you have worked in the mobile industry, you still have these kinds of silly notions about the technical capabilities of people and phones. I see multiple people on a daily basis that haven't set up Google sync to backup their contacts or better yet, don't know their password or even their login. I see people regularly that don't have icloud setup and don't know what it is, despite basically being forced to at multiple stages of their phone use.

People for the most part are complete morons. Never assume that the dregs of humanity know or care how to get an unlocked iphone. Most of them get angry that they have to payfolk retail to upgrade from the iPhone 4s they just bought 6 months ago.


By mindless1 on 11/21/2012 11:25:09 PM , Rating: 2
It runs deeper than that, the typical Apple customer is someone who specifically wants to NOT learn about the technology and is willing to pay more with the hopes that they don't have to.

It's not just Apple related either, you'll also find some people who would rather pay an automobile mechanic a fortune to avoid DIY while others won't let a mechanic come near their car unless it's an emergency.


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