Here's the main reason why T-Mobile didn't get the iPhone in the past

Here's the main reason why T-Mobile didn't get the iPhone in the past
After the AT&T and T-Mobile merger has now officially become a tihng of the past, the topic of the T-Mobile iPhone, or more precisely - the lack of one, is getting the centerstage attention. Why doesn’t T-Mobile carry the iPhone? Even Sprint’s chief executive Dan Hesse admitted that it was the biggest contributor to the Now Network’s decline of subscribers. T-Mobile CEO Philip Humm made it all clear - it’s because of T-Mobile’s unique bands. 

“The key reason we didn’t have the iPhone in the past is we are on different band than globally the market was,” Humm said in an interview. “That is something which will change over time. Chipsets are also evolving to be able to allow for more bands.”

T-Mobile is known for using the 1700/2100MHz AWS bands for its 3G network, while most other GSM carriers ride the 850, 900, 1900 or 2100 MHz frequencies. Hardware-wise, this requires the inclusion of a special chip to support the carrier’s frequencies and Apple has clearly not included one. 

The hope is that Apple could include existing pentaband silicon as for example Nokia has done with some of its latest Symbian devices. This would mean global network compatibility, so a handset can work on T-Mobile, but also various European operators.

Humm also assured that the carrier will continue offering “Value” plans. Currently, T-Mobile is considered to be the most affordable among the four major US carriers. Finally, when it comes to LTE, the CEO is seeing the full benefits of the technology in the long term and that’s why it’s not rushing to get a network, but he admits it’s the technology of the future.

source: AllThingsD

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21 Comments

1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Ha! I knew it!

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

pentaband phones have been around longer than the i4s. its a nice cover story for "we didn't want to get raped like sprint did"... and that's about it. if the price was right the i4s would have nbeen pentaband

7. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Rape? Interesting but bad choice for analogy.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

what do you call being forced to bend over and hand over about 3 years worth of actual profit to apple to carry a stupid phone???

3. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

I think this was stated before ?

4. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

bologna...if Apple can build radio chips for Verizon and Sprint...then they could have did it for T-Mobile.....Apple probably wanted too much of the pie for each serving of iphone activated on T-mobile--T-Mobile's revenue is not as large as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint--so losing that much revenue on a phone just don't make since for T mobile....hey Verizon raised the price of all it's LTE Android phones to $299 to help offset the cost of selling the $649.. MSRP, 16gb iphone 4 and 4S......they go for $199.00 on VW, while the same MSRP phone (Bionic, RAZR, Nexus all were launched at $299.

10. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Please. TMobile can more than handle the subsidy. If some of the bootleg carriers in the 3rd World can offer the iPhone, I highly doubt TMobile would have any issues at all. As for the comment about VZ offsetting Apple subsidy costs, that is complete speculation and has little to no merit. Since it is for LTE phones, why couldn't VZ be using that extra cash to fund the accelerated build out costs for there LTE network? That network is not paying for itself and since their are no LTE data fees seperate from 3G, why couldn't this be reason? Why couldn't VZ just be trying to capitalize on their marketing for 4G? In there eyes it could be why should I sell my 4G phones at the same price as my 3G phones? This is a new blazing fast technology. Why not charge a premium for our service since customers are getting much better benefits? Especially when all of their plans are already a huge premium compared to the competition. It really just falls into line with all of their other pricing models. I mean, there are so many variables and reasons that make more sense but your Apple biased always take you and the other rabid fanboys to the one that makes Apple look more greedy or painted in a negative light.

5. dbparipsa

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I think you misspelt thing as "tihng" in the first line of this article.

6. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

T-mobile is the smartest carrier out there , best costumer service

11. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Lol! No I think that goes to VZ. The numbers dont lie.

19. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I agree vz. Has good customer service not like at&t

8. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I think both sides will come to some kind of agreement and make this thing happen in time for the iPhone 4G/5 whatever. I hope so because I would like to try the iPhone out and see what its all about but there is no way in hell im moving over to VZ or ATT to get taken to the cleaners every month. Come on TMobile and Apple, make this thing happen.

9. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

dont carry the iphone.. fine.. without LTE and without the iphone.. please... it the 4th carrier and will remain the 4th carrier...

18. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Gallito T-Mobile don't need crap ( iPhone ) to have good sales please!!!

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

The journalist misspelled tihng its thing.

13. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

greathero must be on T-Mobile---innercity coverage only on that network...try driving from Miami to Tampa with T mobile---you lose coverage for 70 miles on Alligator Alley....

14. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Dude I am and I live in the city (Houston) and my coverage is still iffy in a metro area of 5.5 million people but its the price I pay to pay the price I like. I just want them to come to an agreement so that I can try the phone out lol! I have no allegiance with any OS, I just like phones. I have tried just about everything except the iPhone and really need TMobile to coax Apple to include the 1700/2100 band. I want an iPhone but I refuse to use Edge only.

15. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Fair enough! i'll thumb you up!

16. godsarmylds

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2010

I said it once and i will say it again. I think it would be a horrile chice for t-mobiles customers to get an iphone. I bet you in T-mobile gets the iphone your plans will go up in cost.

17. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I think what we want at TMobile is the choice to purchase an iPhone or not. Choice is good whether you approve or not.

21. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 597; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Lmfao the iPhone is like a disease to carriers IMO I mean at&t had to premier teird plans. Verizon had to intro there teird plans.. sprints 3g is so slow I don't think its matters how many apples they get raped with. Nd tmo is so spotty u might wanna sit still if u plan on sweet talking siri. P.s. when that bad boy gets LTE say hello to overages

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