Apple finalizing talks with T-Mobile to bring the iPhone 5 there next year

Apple finalizing talks with T-Mobile to bring the iPhone 5 there next year
Apple is allegedly "increasingly likely" to reach an agreement with Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA's parent company, for bringing the next iPhone in the carrier's portfolio for the first time.

Apparently that is going to happen at least after a quarter of iPhone 5 sales on other carriers, because Sanford C. Bernstein’s analyst Craig Moffett says the move is about to happen in 2013.

It might have something to do with the expected network upgrades from T-Mobile next year as well, since 4G speeds will be one of the key selling points with the iPhone 5. Back in March, T-Mobile's CTO said in a blog post that “our 4G network will be compatible with a broader range of devices, including the iPhone.

Apple showed that it is not shy to bring its bread-and-butter device to smaller carriers, and even offer it on prepaid, which is T-Mobile's stronghold, so the terms of the agreement might actually be better than the multibillion, multi-year agreement that Sprint signed with Apple for selling the iPhone, for example.

source: BloombergBW

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11 Comments

2. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Probably getting the new iphone factory unlocked. Maybe i'll swiitch to tmo to save money.

3. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I think its too little too late. i dont know who is making the decision at Tmobile, but they suck at making marketing decisions. they are months behind AT&T in the Note and now they are years behind on the iPhone

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Speak for yourself. I'm happy with my GS3 and saving over $50 a month over AT&T.

7. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

If they start with iPhone 5 they've caught up, if they get any of the older models then good luck to T-Mo

8. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

If they get the iPhone 5, then i'll change my view

4. devon613

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

we were in a meeting at work (i work for broadband company) and apple is tryting to do anything to keep sales thats why they are letting all these carriers get their phone ...their sales are slipping in the phone industry they are desperate. they have instructed people to get as many ipad activations as they can at stores so they can show growth .

10. Djthunderballs

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Weird how you say their sales are slipping... I work for one of the BIG two and 90% of my commission check is due to iPhone purchases. I am using an Android device btw.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If T-Mobile gets the iPhone, not only are they going to have new customers, it will feature the cheapest plan on all four carriers. I'm not an iPhone fan but I will welcome it to our line up.

9. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I bet they will still pay more for the iPhone then Sprint. Still can't believe how much more they are paying then Verizon and AT&T.

11. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

hmmmm since verizon is making me loose my mind with their actions I might consider T-Mo again... besides when I move to Cali it has good coverage there.

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