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Merrill Lynch's Scott Craig said there's a good chance Deutsche Telecom will announce the iPhone's arrival next week

T-Mobile is the last of the four major U.S. carriers to not offer Apple's iPhone, but that may change at next week's analysts day. 

According to Merrill Lynch's Scott Craig, there's a good chance Deutsche Telecom will announce the iPhone's arrival to T-Mobile during analysts day on December 6 and 7. 

It's very possible that this could be the case, since T-Mobile recently spread its high-speed HSPA+ network (which is compatible with the iPhone) to 10 new metropolitan areas. 

A deal between Apple and T-Mobile could be beneficial for both, as Apple would have its device available on all four major carriers and T-Mobile would likely see a sales boost.

However, just last week, T-Mobile USA COO Jim Alling said that it'd be nice to carry the iPhone, but it just isn't worth it.

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."

Apparently, T-Mobile doesn't want to be stuck in the same position as Sprint. When Sprint took on the iPhone 4S for the first time in September 2011, the deal cost $15.5 billion. Sprint said its iPhone operations won't be profitable until 2015

T-Mobile recently blamed its branded net contract customer losses during Q3 2012 on the iPhone 5, since it's available at Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. 

Source: CNN

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RE: It doesn't matter
By jimbojimbo on 11/30/2012 9:58:56 AM , Rating: 2
I disagree on the ease of use. They are both easy to use but Android can get more complicated since it lets you do more. I got my parents an Android tablet last year and they use it all the time for the same things most people use it for, checking email, looking at pictures, watching YouTube, browsing, looking at cookbooks, and various other apps. This when my sister and I had to teach them how to use a mouse 4 years ago and it took a while.
How is Android more difficult to use? I actually find it easier since I could add widgets for commonly changed settings right on their desktop so they don't have to click around everywhere.

RE: It doesn't matter
By Shadowself on 11/30/2012 11:11:06 AM , Rating: 2
I believe the point is that *you* had to "add widgets for commonly changed settings". They couldn't do that themselves.

The idea behind Apple's iOS interface is that it is a standard interface across all iOS devices and all telecom carriers. If you got used to the iPhone on ATT and went to iPad on Verison, the interface is virtually 100% the same. The learning curve is nil. This is probably the most significant reason why Apple does not let the telecom companies modify the OS. (It's not just because Apple is a control freak, though there is that too.)

This "standardization" comes at costs: lack of flexibility and customizability as well as loss of functionality and capability (though Apple fans will tell you that you don't really need that functionality and capability in the OS and "there's an app for that").

If your parents did not have you to customize the Android based tablet for them, would they have had greater ease of use and learning by going to an iPad?

RE: It doesn't matter
By V-Money on 11/30/2012 12:02:50 PM , Rating: 2
I believe the point is that *you* had to "add widgets for commonly changed settings". They couldn't do that themselves.

Wait, people are too stupid to add a widget? I mean, I know that people don't know how to do a lot of things and I can see how you can argue some things in Android are "harder to use" but widgets? If you can't figure out how to set up a widget especially on ICS and up you probably should just kill yourself.

As a side note JB has the most commonly changed settings in the notification bar so that is no longer an issue really...unless of course they can't figure out how to slide the notification bar down...sigh...

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