Report: T-Mobile May Carry the iPhone Afterall
November 30, 2012 3:36 AM
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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
on the iPhone 5, since it's available at Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.
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RE: It doesn't matter
12/3/2012 9:37:01 AM
Honestly to me it all comes down to personal preference. Do you want somebody telling you what you are allowed to install, configure, or do with your phone holding your hand through everything, and being required to use expensive accessories, or do you want a more open, more configurable, and (IMO) much more smooth and easy interface.
I personally like having a larger screen with more dpi in about the same size device, and dont need one, static, big round button that does what they want it to do. My 1 year old phone (Galaxy Nexus) is never slow for anything I want to do with it, has the latest, greatest OS (even the one the came on it is more advanced than IOS) and the screen is awesome. The size of it is about equivalent to an IPhone 4, even though the screen is much larger.
I know others like being locked in to something without any choice and giving one company total control so they don't have to think, but it is all personal preference at this point in the game. Don't stick your nose so far in the air because you think you are kewl to use an iphone, don't try to convince others they are idiots, and just relax.
RE: It doesn't matter
12/3/2012 10:08:36 PM
That's really the thing, personal preference.
The "limitations" of iOS haven't manifested as limitations, that's the main thing. When it stops being the main target development platform for mobile and when the hardware stops being as good as it is, then maybe people will have a serious excuse to not use it.
The idea that people who use iOS do so without logical and very practical reasons is absolutely ridiculous, and it is one that retro keeps trying to hammer home.
"Game reviewers fought each other to write the most glowing coverage possible for the powerhouse Sony, MS systems. Reviewers flipped coins to see who would review the Nintendo Wii. The losers got stuck with the job." -- Andy Marken
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