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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 zilexa on 11/21/2012 10:58:50 AM , Rating: 5
This is a US-only issue.
In Europe, the mobile market works COMPLETELY different.

here a phone is a phone from its manufacturer (with some branding from the network). But you buy the actual phone, not a stupid renamed phone, renamed to the network selling it (like in the US).

In Europe you can pick a network that has the best price plan for your needs and choose almost any phone with it.

Apple did do the same, at least in the Netherlands, making the iPhone only available to the highest paying network, but that was 1 short term deal, once.

Totally agree with T-mobile here. Besides, why would anyone be satisfied with a very expensive phone that can only show a list of Apps and launch apps.. nothing more.

Anyone who played with the GUI of Android with its nice customisable widgets, notifications should look sad at their Iphone 1, wich is basically the same as the Iphone 1, just faster and thinner.


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