T-Mobile CEO says the company will get to LTE on its own terms, no need for shared data plans
As music to our ears, Mr Humm said that T-Mobile will keep the value plans that exchange a lower monthly fee for selling you unsubsidized device, but has no intention to introduce shared data plans, just stick with discounted additional plans.
We know that phone subsidies are eating away a lot from carriers' profits, and T-Mobile's approach might turn out successfully pragmatic, considering that devices like the iPhone 4S affected significantly Verizon's margin last quarter. Speaking of the iPhone, the CEO said it is up to Apple whether it will make a version for T-Mobile, but he said the modern chipsets are starting to include every band under the sun, including T-Mo's odd ones, plus he is seeing the company moving slowly towards LTE adoption, so a T-Mobile iPhone should eventually happen.
About the LTE adoption bit, Philipp Humm clarified that the technology is certainly the future, as it allows much better utilization of the existing spectrum, which is already getting overly congested, but T-Mobile is not as severely affected by the congestion phenomenon as other carriers, so it is not as pressed to move to LTE. Its HSPA+ network will continue to be upgraded for more theoretical speeds than the current 42Mbps maximum, further giving T-Mobile freedom to choose entering the LTE foray on its own timing.
1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5636; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
T-Mobile will surely receive the iPhone 5 or the 5S in the worst case scenario.
2. snowgator (Posts: 3277; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
T-Mobile is making solid decisions for it's market share and the future of it's company. At some point, they will still be sold to someone, and they need to be turning a profit and on solid ground with their buisness plan. LTE is a huge investment, and with the speeds that T-Mo provides their customer base just on their 3G-on-steroids, it is unwise to jump on that bandwagon. As soon as the big 3 are there, the tech will become more affordable and T-Mo should have ownership that actually cares about it.
Yeah, as some point the iPhone will come around to them. But as much as they could use it, they do not need to morgage their future on it. Just a dumb idea if you if cash flow is a problem to begin with. (Hey Sprint, I am kinda looking at you....)
3. snowgator (Posts: 3277; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
By the way, does Mr. Humm always look like Hugh Grant, or is it just the photo????
7. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
As long as they keep alowing unlocked iphones and other gsm phones they have had the iphone the whole time without paying to have it. They need to play that rought more and that could be there niche. I think it would be the best option. The think with lte though is it has wider bandwidth or basicaly lte can handle mor traphic than any 3 g varient so that right there is there only thing that may hurt them. If a wireless company can come up with a good enough solution fo congestion wireless streaming will one day take cableover. Long way off but wired conections do have limitations more than wireless. I cant even begin to get into that thery of mine but i dream alot
9. snowgator (Posts: 3277; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Forgot about the iPhones they support bought off network. That is a huge thorn in Apples side. Thanks Phullofphil!!
4. -box- (Posts: 3866; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I'm kind of in favor of the iphone staying off T-Mobile, personally. Look at the changes Verizon and Sprint made shortly before getting it, and how it's affected AT&T's reputation, not due to the network (though it has had its problems, to be fair), but because of poor (copied) design and cheap manufacturing in what was recently a third-world country. ETFs have gone up, good-value data plans have been phased out, and voice and data congestion result in poorer network satisfaction. Leave T-Mobile for the Android, WindowsPhone, Blackberry, and Symbian crowd, an iphone-free haven
5. lubba (Posts: 1311; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Can't even get a top end WP or galaxy nexus. How you expect tmo to get iPhone.
8. knights4life03 (Posts: 131; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
first off nobody has a top end windows phone rite now except for at&t bro but its not just one its many like lumia 900, focus s, and titan 2, and secondly, y would would u say a galaxy nexus? its verizon exclusive (at the moment) but will be at sprint and at&t is getting an galaxy sII skyrocket hd which is supposed to be comparable to the nexus but that doesnt mean that tmobile wont get an iphone... and like the ceo of tmobile said its up to apple to decide whether they will get the iphone soon enough... but i dont think that apple cares if tmobile does a galaxy nexus or high end wp7! lol they would look at it as hey more room for us so lets put the iphone in there and get more and more sales!
10. snowgator (Posts: 3277; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
And lets not forget the market segment T-Mo is appealing to. Mostly the budget minded consumer who still wants a nationwide network. T-Mobile needs more budget-style smartphones for that segment. They get a couple of great high end Androids, and than ride those for a year or so and introduces a lot of 2nd tier devices that are under a 100$. Sprint kinda does the same thing, but with a few more high priced options.
6. downphoenix (Posts: 2382; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
maybe T-Mobile should have iphone only for customers that go into the value plans and pay full price. Would be a good way to not have to eat subsidy costs.