Is T-Mobile USA getting fitted for the Apple iPhone 4?
So what does this mean? Again, it all goes back to the timing of the testing. If it occurred before the merger news broke, we could see a T-Mobile branded Apple iPhone in the not too distant future. If the testing came after the merger was announced, than T-Mobile customers will probably need to wait for the merger to be completed. Either way, the iPhone 4 will probably be replaced with the next model by the time T-Mobile customers get their shot at an Apple smartphone. What we see is probably just Apple testing a T-Mobile enabled radio, using the current iPhone hardware although we might add that the proximity sensor is said to look different than the one on the upcoming white iPhone 4 launching by month's end.
Either way, it looks like T-Mobile USA customers will get a shot at buying an Apple iPhone. As far as when, well, that still is up in the air.
1. X-clusive (unregistered)
Why didnt apple do a nationwide release on all 4 carriers??? This exclusive to one phone carrier is the stupid as hell from a $$$ standpoint for manufacturers at least.
2. Kjayhawk (Posts: 291; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
they had a deal with AT&T. Also this looks like a jailbroken iPhone...
18. ssjassassin (Posts: 108; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)
They needed a good deal and they got one. They asked for the world and only got half of it. They started out selling only at the retail price then lowered it by demand. They then started to make a new one for every year. After time goes by they move to more carriers and control growth to a gradual and consistent upward swing. Seems to me that the way they are selling iphone is working perfectly. Creating allot of desire out of people who cant switch or wont switch carriers. The manufacturers dont give a shit about what they make or how many as long as they are making. They will fire people if business dips and hire as it grows.
3. fiveizzo (unregistered)
It's not a jailbroken phone. Jailbroken iphones don't get 3g on tmobile, only edge....
23. Kjayhawk (Posts: 291; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
But you can change that to say t-mobile on a jailbroken device.
24. remixfa (Posts: 14224; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
you can make it say "T-Mobile" easily, you cant make it have 3G without Tmobile's radios. A jailbroken Iphone is EDGE only on Tmobile. Tmobile uses 3G radios that noone else does.
Why would they need to wait for the merger? Again, I question your motives. Tmobile's 3G/HSPA+ frequencies wont be turned off right away after the merger. Your train of thought forces them onto an ATT plan instead of leaving them on a Tmobile plan which is much cheaper and gives them better 3g service. Besides, its BUSINESS AS USUAL until the merger is APPROVED, which is a YEAR away.
You think Apple cares if people buy a Tmobile phone and then are forced to buy an ATT phone one day when the 3g signals get cut? That only helps them out.
29. Kjayhawk (Posts: 291; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
lol sorry :P. Didn't even pay attention to the 3g
30. Gsmalltheway (Posts: 154; Member since: 15 Aug 2009)
Yes there is an app in cydia where you can make it say whatever you want where the 3g is.... install either i complete theme or ielegance and there will be wings where the 3g is
4. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)
This wouldn't make any sense considering the merger. Unless they intend to run T-Mobile as a separate company after the merger, I don't know why they would bother making an iPhone for T-Mobile.
19. ssjassassin (Posts: 108; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)
Because when they disband the t-mobile network to make room for LTE they will be able to force everyone to buy a new iphone and get more contracts. They will under no circumstance let the t-mobile name live after the take over unless small divested markets keep the name like alltel. Also something people seem to miss is that this deal is not done T-mobile must continue to compete for business as a separate company. They will open stores they will sign new contracts for phones like iphone and sell them. They will keep moving forward until the day the deal is signed and then some because of the transitional period. You dont just stop working because someone says they might be able to buy you that would be damn stupid if anything you want to grow your value to ask for more money.
33. remixfa (Posts: 14224; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
because its BUSINESS AS USUAL until the Merger gets APPROVED. They arent going to stop releasing phones. That would not make sense. Also if the merger goes through, Tmobile's 3g isnt going to just dissapear over night.
5. jdog (unregistered)
This is just a guess PA and BGR but the date on the picture of the iphone shows April 14, 2011 and the potential merger was announced a few weeks before that so I would say t-mobile loyalists will have to wait until the next-gen iphone comes out.
7. skymitch89 (Posts: 1145; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
If the At&t iPhone 4 is model number N90, Verizon's is N92, and the supposed T-Mobile iPhone is N94; then were is model numbers N91 and N93? I bet that one of those, probably N93, is going to be for Sprint. Personally I don't care for the iPhone, but think that it would give Apple a bit more advantage against Android to have wider availability because of Android's wide spread usage.
15. joshanth (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Aug 2010)
i would guess Apple only used even numbers. only a guess though.
10. calistajones (unregistered)
I just wanna know why doesn't apple release the iphone on all 4 major carriers in the usa? I mean if they done it in canada and australia and and some parts of europe the iphone is available on more than 3 carriers why da hell can't they do it in the usa??
11. OhSo3D (Posts: 39; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)
Here's an idea. Make an iphone 5 on sprint with WiMax. That would be an iphone I would buy.
31. Gsmalltheway (Posts: 154; Member since: 15 Aug 2009)
Haha WiMax sucks majorly. It is so sparatic and it only gets about 3mbs compared to Tmobile where i can get 6 on 3G and 12-15 on 4g
12. quakan (Posts: 1236; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
Awwwww :-(((( sprint will be left out!!! hahahahahahahahaha
22. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
Sometimes I think they want to be left out. They do a wonderful job of being the oddball. Take "4G" for example. Everyone announced they were going to LTE, then Sprint shows up on the playground and in their nerdy sort of way was proud to annouce they were going to use WiMAX. Another article said that all the major carriers were going to adopt a mobile payment system...but Sprint said they were going to do their own thing.
To this day all the carriers are still knocking the books out of Sprints hands and everyone points and laughs. I'm surprised that Sprint hasn't asked Apple to make an iDEN only iPhone for their network.
13. joey18 (Posts: 560; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)
The problem with sprint when tmo and att get together all customer will go to verizon or att the only way the sprint survive is get close to verizon or metro pcs make bigger network why tmo are saling they company is no bsness with biggers carrier
16. paxor (unregistered)
26. mark1 (unregistered)
finaly, really hope that it comes to tmobile, all stay with my flexpay unlimited everything for $80 no 2gb cap and get grandfather in to att if the merger goes true, with probably will, hope not, the only bummer is the the biggest iPhone in memory wise is the 32, still getting one if it comes to tmobile and then all get the iphone 6 not 5,.
27. box (unregistered)
Personally I don't want the ifail on T-Mobile. Crap device, data hog, and the current lineup is about to get even better with the 4 Nokia smartphohes coming out
28. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
oh yeah! if this icrap goes to t-mobile then their would be more data traffic and slower speeds...Apple keep your hands off tmo!!!
32. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6803; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
You guys love APPLE just as much as Engadget does. Why would T-Mobile want the Iphone when they make campaign ads against the Iphone and they MOSTLY SUPPORT ANDROID OS not IOS Iphone
34. kcombs (Posts: 254; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)
don't forget T-mobile UK sells the iPhone..