T-Mobile Says Apple's iPhone Isn't Worth the Sacrifices Required
November 21, 2012 9:06 AM
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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.
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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
Apple iPhone 5
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
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."
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TMO is smart in many ways: they are quietly refarming their HSPA to 1900Mhz...
11/25/2012 2:57:01 PM
anyone with an iPhone will be able to use their super-fast HSPA+ everywhere
, beating the crap out of AT&T's under-developed, crappy data services.
TMO is smart, AT&T is led by stupid yet arrogant, monopolistic scumbags*, period.
*: my fav story about AT&T is when its scumbag CEO Stephenson threatened HIS OWN CUSTOMER with his lawyers sending 'cease and desist' letter for THE CUSTOMER SENDING HIM AN EMAIL...
"I am a God-like scumbag, how dare you, shitty little customer who pay my salary, sending ME an email, uninvited?" As CEOs think we can assume he then also said "Fuckin peons" and called in the legal chief and instructed him to come down on this customer hard... AT&T's attorney probably protested a bit but scumbag Stephenson just said "shut the fuck up you piece of shit, you work for me too, you are my shitbag lawyer crook, you do as I say" - and took off because he was late from his golf game at the Bahamas.
RE: TMO is smart in many ways: they are quietly refarming their HSPA to 1900Mhz...
11/25/2012 3:00:23 PM
Refarming to 1900MHz should be done by end of this year/early next year:
Up-to-date sightings of TMO G/4G on 1900Mhz:
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