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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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RE: smart
By Gio6518 on 11/22/2012 11:33:26 AM , Rating: 0
quote:
If you're proud of using trash-phones to bolster numbers then be my guest.


Wow your as pathetic as Swash, trying to twist and manipulate facts in a feeble attempt to make it look like Apple is number 1......

Truth is all those "low end phones" aren't cheap parts they're last years parts etc.....thought you'd enjoy that with iPhone technology being a year or so behind Android


RE: smart
By Gio6518 on 11/22/2012 11:37:35 AM , Rating: 3
not much different than crApple offering old models for free etc.

http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/devices/cellphone...

iPhone 4 for .99
iPhone 4S for $99


RE: smart
By TakinYourPoints on 11/26/2012 4:21:25 AM , Rating: 2
Except that the bulk of iPhones sold aren't old models, they're new ones by a very wide margin, something like 4 to 1. It is the opposite situation as Android where most of their hardware sold is on cheaper models running slower hardware.


RE: smart
By TakinYourPoints on 11/26/2012 4:19:04 AM , Rating: 3
In what universe is iPhone technology a year behind Android? The iPhone 5 is the fastest smartphone in the market in every category, CPU and GPU. Hell, the Galaxy S3 still has slower graphics performance than the old 4S. Tabletwise, Android hardware has yet to catch up to the 10" iPad. Even the iPad Mini with its old A5 has faster graphics performance than the latest Android running tablets.

It doesn't seem like you know what you're talking about. If you want to argue about things like SD cards or keyboards, that's cool, but if we're talking about fastest technology then iOS devices are where its at.


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