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T-Mobile's CTO says the next iPhone chipset will support the carrier's bands

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T-Mobile's CTO says the next iPhone chipset will support the carrier's bands
Since Qualcomm's MDM9615 baseband chip is the most likely candidate for this year's iPhone version, on paper the device will support T-Mobile's bands.

Starting the other way around, T-Mobile's CTO Neville Ray mentioned in an interview at the first day of the CES expo that the next iPhone iteration will support the carrier's AWS waves, thus indirectly confirming  that MDM9615 is indeed in store for the sixth generation of Apple's venerable handset.

T-Mobile's CTO says the next iPhone chipset will support the carrier's bands
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that this year's edition of Apple's iPhone will probably support LTE connectivity, along with the current standards it supports, and therefore it will likely feature a Qualcomm baseband module, just like the iPhone 4S does.

The Qualcomm candidate closest to that "LTE + the kitchen sink" description is MDM9615, which is about to land in the next wave of LTE devices. It is manufactured by the 28nm process, meaning a tiny but capable package, supports most bands you can think of, including T-Mobile's, and is energy efficient.

Whether all of the above means that T-Mobile is likely to get the iPhone this year is entirely dependent on Apple, as the carrier's CEO already said during these CES days.

source: CNET & Anandtech

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posted on 11 Jan 2012, 14:22 2

1. greathero1 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Bring it on! I am definitely ready to give iOS a try.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 15:10 2

5. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


Honestly the only reason I wouldn't buy it is because I like to buy phones that most people don't have. But +1 Bring it on!

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 14:38

2. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


NOOOOOOOOOO!!! Keep T-Mobile iphone free, please! I don't mind the unlocked ones, but I don't wnat to see them advertised or in the stores.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 15:05

3. knights4life03 (Posts: 125; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


y dont u wont the iphone on tmobile?

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 15:09 1

4. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


I used to agree, but it is good for the carrier. Many people are huge fans of the iPhone, so having one on T-mobile, would only benefit them. Judging by recent news, T-mobile needs as much help as it can get to get it back to a profitable position.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 15:22 1

6. audiblenarcotic (Posts: 108; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Carrying the iPhone actually cuts into carriers profit margins. Yes it attracts more customers and possibly helps with the retention of exisiting customers but at the same time it causes the carrier to be making less money off of each customer. I'm not sure which direction it ends up in but at the end of the day it really isn't as great for the carrier as some would like to believe. Verizon had a pretty nice drop in thier profits due to carrying the iPhone and I expect that Sprint will post similar results. This isn't to say that in the long run it may change, but the upfront burdens that a carrier has to take on in order to even carry the iPhone plus the outragous price that they have to pay for each handset does dramatically hurt the carrier in the begining.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 17:55

7. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


business is about to pick up...

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 18:51

8. MUSICMANA212 (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


BRING ON THE IPHONE FOR TMOBILE BRING IT ON ..

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 22:33

9. Exile_One (Posts: 24; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


I must say, I'm not a big fan of the iphone, but its an amazing peice of equipment...I must say. I honestly would not like to see a tmo iphone, but tmo should the aws bands for unlock iphones. Tmo need to focus on increasing there 4g/hspa network, i'm sorry but LTE overly hyped....its a reason to charge people more, that's just my opinion.

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