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All of America's "Big Four" wireless carriers will now have access to the iPhone

Late last month, T-Mobile USA tried to throw some water on rumors that it would finally be gaining access to Apple iPhone. The company's COO, Jim Alling, stated, "Make no mistake about it: We would love to carry the iPhone. However, we want the economies to be right for us."
 
Well, something must have happened in the past few weeks to make the financial details gel for T-Mobile USA and Apple. Today, T-Mobile USA parent company Deutsche Telekom announced in a press release that the wireless carrier will become the last of America's "Big Four" to gain access to Apple devices. In the long press release, there was just this one sentence:
 
In addition, T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together in 2013.
 
We can only assume that the family of iPhone smartphones and cellular iPad/iPad mini tablets will be making their way to T-Mobile USA's network.
 
Deutsche Telekom announced in early October that it would merge with MetroPCS in order to strengthen its fortunes in the United States. The combined company will have roughly 42 million customers, putting it within striking distance of third place Sprint with 52 million customers.

Sources: Deutsche Telekom, The Verge



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Better late than never
By tecknurd on 12/6/2012 3:48:00 PM , Rating: 2
About damn time that T-Mobile carries the iPhone. I doubt is about the "economies". If were, T-Mobile should have carried the iPhone a lot long ago before Verizon and Sprint carried it. I see it this way, if a carrier does not carry the iPhone, that carrier will lose sales or customers.

Now I can consider getting the iPhone because I am a T-Mobile customer. I may not get an iPhone because I do not need all those features. Since I recently got an Android based phone (Samsung Galaxy S 4G), it gives me plenty. I do not need and use the accessories that the iPhone plugs into. I do not know why people need a phone better like the Samsung Galaxy S3 than the one I got.




RE: Better late than never
By RufusM on 12/6/2012 4:19:23 PM , Rating: 2
T-Mo probably hasn't carried the iPhone because they didn't want to sell their soul to the Dev...um...Apple like Sprint did to get it.

All joking aside, maybe Apple has decreased their requirements and terms for new carriers to sell the iPhone. While they may not be feeling the pressure in sales dollars from Android and Windows Phone quite yet, they know the competition is here to stay and competitive pressure will increase as time goes on.


RE: Better late than never
By Nortel on 12/6/2012 4:38:58 PM , Rating: 2
I think the added competition actually helps drive iPhone sales. People walk into mobile stores and try out the fully working iPhone display right next to the mock-up Android devices.


RE: Better late than never
By tamalero on 12/7/2012 3:32:09 AM , Rating: 2
no surprise, as apple started to feel the heat by samsung and other manufacturers of phones.


RE: Better late than never
By name99 on 12/7/2012 3:48:44 PM , Rating: 2
Jesus, the haters never learn do they? You were out in fall force claiming T-Mo would never "cave in" to Apple, and now that you see T-Mo selling iPhones you insist that this is some ju-jitsu on T-Mo's part, whereby Apple give them great prices.

The nature of the deal is no secret. T-Mo is doing this by going off-contract. They WILL NOT bundle the cost of the phone (as far as I can tell, ALL phones, not just iPhone) with your contract. Instead, like the rest of the world, you will buy (or bring) a phone, and SEPARATELY you will buy a phone contract.

This is, IMHO, a clear win for Apple. They now get a US market which can serve both people who are happy with the subsidized contract scheme and people who want the price of their phone to be decouple from their contract.
It's not as clear if it's a win for T-Mo. Carriers get fat off the excess money they take in once your contract is over, and they will be giving up that cash. In the world of iPhones, that cash isn't much because (at least so far) most iPhone users have been pretty aggressive about updating as soon as their contracts hit two years; but for other phones updating has been less aggressive.
Personally I'd love to see T-Mo successful in this, so that all carriers adopt the model, but who knows?


RE: Better late than never
By MrRuckus on 12/6/2012 5:22:03 PM , Rating: 2
Use the phone and you'll see why people would like a more powerful phone. I had the Vibrant, then the SGS4G when the vibrant took a spill off the back of my car when I left it on the trunk. :/

I now have the S3. It is extremely more fluid and faster switching from one thing to another. My wife is still on the vibrant and yells at it all the time. She will be getting a S3 for xmas. :)


RE: Better late than never
By sigmatau on 12/6/2012 7:12:50 PM , Rating: 3
I too have a Galaxy S 4G. I think it is about as usefull as a plastic bag filled with rusty nails.

My Galaxy S was forced upon me by my company. I almost NEVER use it. It's probably the worst phone I've ever used after Blackberries. How do you enjoy the lock screen that doesn't give you the option to delay the lock? How do you like the phone disconnecting from Tmobile service and not reconnecting for days or until you reboot it two or three times?

Tmobile wanted me to pay $25 for a warranty look. ROFL! Scumbags can keep their BS to themselves. I just use it as a paper weight for right now.

A good comparison of your Galaxy S to a Galaxy S3 is like a Tandy black and white computer compared to a Modern phone.

Oh, and by the way, I would never be caught dead with a Galaxy S3. Samsung still hasn't figured out how to do the screen rotation correctly, the web browser is inferior to IE (yes Internet Explorer), and the phone is a flimsy mess of plastic.


RE: Better late than never
By Nortel on 12/7/2012 10:49:46 AM , Rating: 2
I've never gotten the fascination with the GS3. It costs the same as the iPhone but runs on a free OS, completely made out of plastic and all components are made in house, making costs rock bottom. Even the AMOLED screen will start to die after 2 years, who would actually support this phone?


RE: Better late than never
By zephyrprime on 12/7/2012 11:32:21 AM , Rating: 2
You can often get it for less than the usual price. And the screen is bigger. Seriously, the galaxy s3 is the best phone there is. And plastic is better for reception.


RE: Better late than never
By sigmatau on 12/7/2012 12:30:19 PM , Rating: 2
GS3 was on sale for 99 cents (not dollars) during black Friday. I think you can still get it for under $100.

Also, as much as I don't like Samsung's phones, they are without question better than Apple's. The GS3 > iPhone5. By a long shot.

I also don't want a phone with a glass case. Now that is insane and makes a flexy plasticy phone like the GS3 superior. I couldn't imagine even in Bizzaro's world that I don't want a phone where I would have to worry about breaking the stupid case.

Oh and the free OS, as clunky as it may be, is worlds superior over iOS.


RE: Better late than never
By zephyrprime on 12/7/2012 11:30:05 AM , Rating: 2
You don't understand what the word "economies" means. Yes, not carrying the iphone causes a carrier to lose customers. However, those same carriers pay dearly for each customer that get's the iphone because the subsidy price of each iphone is hundreds of dollars. There's more to the equation just one factor.


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