Analyst: T-Mobile might get the iPhone in 2013

Analyst: T-Mobile might get the iPhone in 2013
Although one is still free to bring their iPhone to T-Mobile and take advantage of its unlimited data plans, purchasing Apple's pride and joy from the carrier itself isn't an option... yet. However, the nation's fourth largest carrier might start offering the iPhone in 2013, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Nick Delfas. Or in his own words, T-Mobile could "announce official iPhone distribution in early 2013," – a move which might result in Apple shipping an additional one to two million iPhone 5 units out of its warehouses over the course of Q1, 2013.

Now, the first logical question that comes to mind is which is the network that the iPhone 5 will run on, if it launches on T-Mobile? The carrier has already deployed a pretty robust HSPA+ infrastructure, but the smartphone's latest model supports the newer LTE connectivity standard, in addition to HSPA+. Thankfully, T-Mobile is already testing an LTE network of its own, and if all goes as planned, it might be operational in 2013, which lines up nicely with the possibility of an iPhone 5 launch. What's more is that the carrier is said to be trying out equipment compatible with the LTE Advanced standard, which is faster than the LTE used in the U.S. today, yet backwards compatible with it in order to support existing devices.

Of course, whether the iPhone 5 will ever launch on T-Mobile is still up in the air. Nothing is known with certainty, so don't get your hopes up high until the deal between Apple and T-Mobile is official. But if it ever does, would anyone be willing to get one? Lets us know down in the comments!

source: Morgan Stanley via CNET

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1. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Sure hope not. Let's keep one major carrier iphone-subsidy free. Look what happened to sprint!

2. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I don't know, I guess I'm having a hard time seeing the benefit of one iPhone subsidy free carrier.

4. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Yeah look what happened to Sprint! They kept their unlimited, added a ton of customers and their stock doubled! The iPhone for Sprint has been a very good choice! T-Mobile getting the iPhone only seems logical at some point if they want to stay competitive. A device like this with this much demand would hurt any network without it.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Wasn't worth the $15 billion they spent though.

12. Aeires unregistered

Sprint stock, currently selling at 5.70. Verizon: 44.37, AT&T: 35.47. Yeah, really not much to brag about when put into perspective. Sprint also lost 70% of their business to Softbank.

18. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Sprint has added a ton of iPhone customers, and it brings in twice as many "new" customers as AT&T and Verizon, meaning they are taking customers away from the competition, not just upgrading current Sprint customers. Sprint stated the iPhone benefits wont be fully realized until 2014. As far as Sprint losing 70% of it's business to Softbank, Softbank will simply become a majority investor in Sprint and will provide a much needed cash infusion which will help strengthen Sprint and complete Network Vision / LTE deployment much faster.

14. dok2005

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

they did add alot of customers but the pay off isnt go be almost the end of 2014 and thats only covers the people who bought the 4/4s last year doesnt the ip5/ip6 or other future devices. yet stock did went up and sprint made some big moves. yet doesnt mean it would work for tmobile. they just got of debt of course they dont want to go back in. As the share holders of metro pcs believe and so do i. They got away with buying the company for beyond low prices especially for metro being number 5 carrier and had an offer of 8 billion on an more compatible network. so tmobile will end up good as well.

20. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Dok I understand where your coming from but T-Mobile will deteriorate eventually without the iPhone. Its by far the hottest selling device in the U.S. As for it paying off for Sprint, it will probably happen sooner than later. Yes Aeries Sprints stock is no where near Verizon or at&t, but their stock has doubled, economists feel very confident in Sprint and what lsutigers says is true. They're stealing Verizons and at&t's customers like there is no tomorrow! The iPhone has done many good things for Sprint. Don't be a blind fanboy. My only complaint on Sprint is the lack of WP devices :-/

22. dok2005

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

the lack of wp devices is understandable right now. they want them to prove them selves and with the move wp did with the phones i would rather wait to wp8 until getting them as well. look what happen wp 7.5 was barley out the gate and since the announcement of no update to wp8. i dont blame them. even though sprint would of super slowly brought the update out at least you would of known there was one in the works. also lets not forget the best/worst wp7 device they had htc arrive. best reviews on sprint site because people really wanted wp device and got it but also the most returned device sprint had because of software/hardware issues.

15. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

2 things: analyst: tmobile might get the iPhone in Q2 of 2013 AND... Oh, America's LTE just got sieved cuz the Tz is gertingna faster than LTE LTE network

19. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Tmobile is a business, that's losing customers. U r a consumer, let the business of Tmobile handle business

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Pretty soon T-Mobile will force everyone to loose their unlimited data

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

They're really pushing the unlimited data plan so I doubt thats going to change.

13. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

They just recently started offering it again, and offer tethering for only $15 more. Sincerely doubt they'd get rid of THAT anytime soon

5. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Thanks, but no Thanks. I'm really happy whit my S3. plus Im waiting on the Note 2, Apple can keep his *I-flush*

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You literally took the words out of my mouth!

11. Exile_One

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Same here!!! tmo dont need the iphone, they should focus on building a network to support unlock iphons with 4g speeds

6. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I think the funny thing about this is when the merger was going on, nobody from T-Mobile wanted to merge with AT&T so I think it would be safe to say that T-Mobile customers probably won't care too much about getting an Iphone

17. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Couldn't disagree more. So many T-Mobile subscribers hate AT&T, not the iPhone. Many T-Mobile users would like an iPhone option, which is why T-Mobile has changed its network to accommodate unlocked iPhones.

10. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

It'll end up being a win/lost because Apple's stips are too restrictive which will force to go from unlimited to caps .They'll be the first carrier to get the GNote2 and the GSIII is still on fire there so really they is no need for the iPhone there but if they want when the LTE is up they can bring their IP5 there and get it unlocked.

16. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

"T-Mobile could get the iPhone." And pigs may fly out of my butt. Sure, it could happen (talking about a T-Mobile iPhone, here). :-) I hope it does for T-Mobile's sake, but you ever get the feeling that Wall St analysts are overpaid dopes?

21. 49dollarcell

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Even though I'm a die-hard Android guy, I'm hopeful it will go through .i Already have folks coming over with their iPhone's to Solavei (a T-Mobile MVNO) but having native T-Mobile devices will make it easier to allow folks to get $49 unlimited text, talk and data.

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