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Despite deal with AT&T, T-Mobile customers will not be getting the Apple iPhone for now

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Despite deal with AT&T, T-Mobile customers will not be getting the Apple iPhone for now
As we reported, AT&T is buying T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $35 billion in cash and $14 billion in securities. But with all of the intricacies involved in the deal, T-Mobile customers have just one thing on their mind-does the deal mean that the Apple iPhone will be coming to T-Mobile?

On the T-Mobile web site is a list of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the deal and in response to a query about a possible T-Mobile iPhone, the carrier writes: "T-Mobile USA remains an independent company. The acquisition is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. We do not offer the iPhone. We offer cutting edge devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and coming soon our new Sidekick 4G."

So there you have it, T-Mobile customers. Nothing will really be changing over the next year and even after the acquisition is complete, T-Mobile devices are expected to continue to operate as they do now. And if you want an Apple iPhone, you still need to be an AT&T or Verizon customer for now.

source: T-Mobile via Engadget

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posted on 20 Mar 2011, 20:09 4

1. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


In other words: nothing of value was lost.

I wonder if G1 users will find their phones magically incompatible with AT&T in a bid to get revenge on the phone which started a revolution.

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 23:12 2

15. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


probably not... its not like att is some monarchy... but u shud go to att and ask them if they think the iphone has no value; cause they will call u a dumb a$$ and ask u if u havent heard they are buying t-mobile for 39 billion...

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 23:47 4

18. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Um, I work for AT&T. Correction: I work for a third party retailer that sells for them. I was joking because I like Android much more than the iPhone, and I was speaking from the perspective of customers. T-Mobile customers aren't missing out on anything, honestly, if they don't get the iPhone.

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 20:21

2. therygy (Posts: 94; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Will t-Mobile still be called T-Mobile? or will t-mobile be no longer in existence?
also will att inherit all t-mobile's devices? vise-versa? (with the exception of the iPhone?)

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 21:12

6. tuminatr (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


i would bet the combined company would be called AT&T and mirror the current AT&T plans.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 00:38

19. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


Like AT&T wireless, AT&T (yes, they were separate companies) will envelope T-mobile and add it to the AT&T Mobility brand...

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 20:35

3. BeInspired (Posts: 45; Member since: 21 Apr 2009)


AT&T and T-mobile saying that the network is better? How? When iPhone 4 is in AT&T current 3G network, works okay, what if in middle of no where but T-mobile's 3G network, is it going to work? Duh, No, because of iPhone doesn't have 1700mhz frequency in it, so merge or not merge, network coverage is not getting any better. Unless by the time finish the merge, Mr. Apple is producing the new iPhone with 1700mhz band include.

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 23:14 1

16. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


well cant they either make phones on the new frequencies (cause the frequencies are different in euro right? and the iphone is made there...) or attt will convert the towers to produce just one frequency

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 20:42

4. BeInspired (Posts: 45; Member since: 21 Apr 2009)


On the other hand, T-mobile's 4G touch, works good on T-mobile's HSPA+, but when come to mid of no where but only AT&T 3G network tower exist, 4G touch is not going to work, because of 4G touch doesn't have 850/1900mhz band in the phone.

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 21:00

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I wonder witch bands are going to be changed.... since they may be the Only BIG GSM company in US they could use 900/2100 bands for their 3G network maybe? its standard on all phones (at least 2100) an may even make the devices more compatible with the world

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 21:14

7. tuminatr (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


nope no 900MHZ in the USA, but you would see a switch to 1900/850mhz as primary i would think rather than the 2100/1700 funk that Tmobile currently has

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 07:18

21. remixfa (Posts: 14059; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Yea, but tmobile has those frequencies because they werent used, they dont have any bandwith crowding on those frequencies like u do on the others.

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 21:27 1

8. psn1819 (Posts: 41; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


As a T-mobile subscriber, i think they should combine t-mobile and At&t's 3G towers so they could possibly reduce dropped calls,static,data outages..However, i cant help but worry if our plans will dissolved and raised to at&t's higher plans in a year or and t-mobile's existence would be phased out

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 21:34

9. DUNNYFUNNY (unregistered)


read carefully! it says "T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $35 million in cash and $14 million in securities." IDoes t-mobile cost just 49 million $?
Come on phonearena just fix it. it is probably billion!

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 21:42 1

10. Melissasweettitts (unregistered)


I agree with the guy above me I think when the merger is complete they should combine both networks to reduce dropped calls ,static and service outages. And maybe they will bring back unlimited data? The only reason att capped there internet plans to 2gb I read was cuz supposevly atts network was overloaded maybe if they combine both networks it can fix it? Cuz it wont be overloaded anymore thats what I think they shud do. But then again all of there phones would have to support the 1700,850,1990,900,2100 3G bands to fully take advantage of both networks at the same time ,and who knows if phone manufactuers like Lg,rim,samsung ,htc,crapple would be willing to make phones like that

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 22:09

13. networkdood (Posts: 6309; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Yeah, it would be nice - but AT&T will not re-introduce no-cap data features. With all of this extra spectrum, AT&T will make it last as long as possible and capping data will help immensely. Even with this purchase, there is a spectrum crunch looming ahead.

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 21:59

11. vaschue (unregistered)


Huge inaccuracy here, they bought it for 35 BILLION dollars.

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 22:02

12. vaschue (unregistered)


Maybe I should get it right too, 39 BILLION.

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 22:41

14. box (unregistered)


the ifail iis the LAST thing on my mind as a t-mobile customer. I'm glad we're not getting that POS network hog. As long as the service, quality, network goodness, and prices stay the same (or lower) and if the device lineup continues to include nokias, android, and windows phones, i don't care who owns it or what it's even called. I was originally an AT&T customer, then the cingular b.s. happened and i went to T-mobile, and, excepting the pink theme, have been happy. Happier still when we have spokeswomen like Catherine Zeta-Jones and big lips whatsherface on there now.
a few final thoughts. will we be orange, blue, purple (mix blue and pink), or stay pink? Are the iphone bashing commercials going to stop? Will we still get the 4 Nokia phones t-mobile has in the pipeline? Will we be like a discount at&t, a la boost for sprint? Do we still get 42 MB/sec this summer? Will I be able to pay my U-Verse bill in my T-Mobile store?

posted on 20 Mar 2011, 23:18 1

17. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


ya that ifail kinda just bought u out...

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 03:47 1

20. Linda (unregistered)


This purchase expands AT&T’s 4G LTE.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 15:38 1

22. downphoenix (Posts: 2376; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


"But with all of the intricacies involved in the deal, T-Mobile customers have just one thing on their mind-does the deal mean that the Apple iPhone will be coming to T-Mobile?"

Nothing further demonstrates a website that is about Apple fapping.

Im sure not that many people are concerned with if T-Mobile is gonna get an Iphone moreso than "Am I gonna lose my great rate plan", "Is my coverage going to be affected", "Will my cellphone I have no longer work and if so is AT&T going to provide me an upgrade" or "since I dont like AT&T, who am I gonna go with, Verizon or Sprint?" or something of that nature. MOST PEOPLE DONT WANT AN IPHONE. If they did, there would be 250 million americans walking around with Iphones and Sprint and Verizon and Tmobile would have probably went bankrupt by now, but that's obviously not the case.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 18:35

23. fairly_mismatched (unregistered)


If, "Does this mean I can get the iPhone?" is the only thing on T-Mobile's customers' minds then they deserve whatever horror comes their way.
I don't really think it is; it's more or less just journalistic liberties being taken. The common sentiment I'm seeing on multiple mobile/tech forums is, "AT&T? Noooooo!"

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