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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 robpop on 11/26/2012 10:26:33 AM , Rating: 2
good link. did you read the details of Comscore's study? it requires some critical thinking and inference.

chart 1- 234MM MOBILE subscribers-- Samsung (all models- feat & smart phones) make up 25.6% (59.9mm users) market share. Apple (all models- only smart phones) makes up 15.4% (36mm users) market share.

chart 2- 110MM SMARTPHONE subscribers- Apple iOS (only Apple hardware) makes up 32.4% (36mm users) market share. Google Android (various hardware) makes up 51.6% (57mm users) market share.

interesting that the total Apple users in chart 1 and chart 2 match, right? ::sigh::

Apple doesn't have feature phones and is not likely to begin manufacturing them.
The gap between smart phone and total mobile phones continues to shrink.
The amount of content rendered on and traffic generated from the iOS platform far exceeds any other platform.
Samsung reports channel sales (phones sitting on shelves) vs. Apple that reports end user sales (phones sitting in your pocket)

How is this bad for Apple and good for Samsung or anyone else not trading under AAPL?


RE: smart
By TakinYourPoints on 11/26/2012 10:43:40 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. There's this big disconnect from some people to make the numbers support their preferred view. Fact of the matter is that hard data has supported for years the difference in iOS and Android traffic and class of hardware sold. So much of what is running Android is nothing close to a flagship product like an iPhone 5 or something overpriced like the Galaxy S3.


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