Is there an iPhone in T-Mobile's future?

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Is there an iPhone in T-Mobile's future?
We've reported in the past on a few stories about the iPhone coming over to a new carrier, usually Verizon, and the source of the story is usually a tipster who hears something from his Uncle whose best friend's mail man knows someone that is friendly with a rep at Big Red. But the story takes on a much higher degree of believability when it is coming from the CEO of the parent company of one of the top four of the nation's carriers. When the Financial Times sat down with the CEO of Deutsche Telekom, Rene Obermann, the talk started moving in the direction of DT's U.S. subsidiary, T-Mobile. The Executive told the paper that despite talk of a spin-off, the German company was committed to turning around it's American division and continuing to build up its 3G service. The conversation turned to the iPhone, and the Financial Times wrote, "T-Mobile USA is hoping to start selling the popular smartphone later this year or next year." Obviously, the comment leaves plenty of room for interpretation. Was it the comment of an "in-the-know" executive who has explicit knowledge that the nation's fourth largest carrier will be soon offering Apple's touchscreen device? Or, is it just the wishful thinking of a executive whose U.S. division needs the shot in the arm that a product like the iPhone would bring. What is interesting about the comment is the way it dovetails with a story we reported on in January about an Investment Banker who expects the iPhone to become available at T-Mobile by this coming summer. So is Mr. Obermann giving us a clue about a tie-up between T-Mobile and the iPhone? Inquiring minds want to know.

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35 Comments

1. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

Define 'future'. jk Of course it is. Its also in the future for VZW and even Sprint. Didnt you hear?.. this is the new RAZR.

3. scorpio85

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

Second that. Every carrier will have the iphone at least by next year, really thinking it will push for this year considering all the nice phones hitting every carrier. example= N1

6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

The raze became so common because it was cheap as hell to make. Especially after it made all it's money on tmo. It made it easy and cost effective to produce and sold millions thanx to smart marketing. And since it was cheap it was often free or next to nothing to get into customer hands. But it was poorly made as the trade off. The iPhone is of quality construction. Quality tech. It wasn't cheap to make and isn't cheap to buy. It's only commonality with the raze is it's popularity but for completely different reasons.

10. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

How nerdy of you to comment what you did

20. merkeke

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 03, 2009

Here is now phone arena works: Look at old iphone documents we have posted and change the carriers name: repeat 20 times a year.

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

actually, if you look at how little it actually costs Apple to make the iphone, it is relatively cheap to make... LOL. Apple makes a gargantuan profit margin of its i-products. If and when the iphone becomes the razor (i think thats pretty fitting actually) id expect it to eventually start selling for 50-80 new on contract to get people to move from one carrier to another for it. the phone is essentially the same phone that launched 3 years ago.. the same way the razor was... its about to be launched on all carriers if the rumors are right.. like the razor.. its name brand recognition.. people dont say flip phones, they say razor.. people dont say touch screen, they say iphone. its very similar. i like it :)

25. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

The nexus one is crap. Just look at all the problems it's plagued with. It's horrible. 3G issues, out of date trackball, ...... T-mobile is actually petty reliable. They have a good network and good coverage and decent 3G coverage almost everywhere. The thing with the iPhone slowing down AT&T whole network was because they weren't able to handle such an increase in trafficking. It wasn't expected. Now t-mobile could possibly succeed in the areas that AT&T failed in with the iPhone.

27. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

tmobiles network is still slower than at&t even with the iphone. pcworld. read it.

31. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

You say the Nexus is crap and mention all the problems, yet you only list 2. Now I personally have one and know 2 others with it and we have had zero issues. Where can I see this list of problems?

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

PC world was a very limited test that gave the edge to ATT because they tested in almost all of ATT's 7.2 mb areas.. which are very limited metro areas. That has nothing to do with real world. Real world ATT is nowhere near the top. That would be verizon. Would you rather have the fastest while your in city and spotty everywhere else, or consitant coverage anywhere you go? Besides, now Tmobile is the fastest since they launched the 21mb/s network this month. If your gonna flame, at least keep up with current information.

2. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

question is can t-mobile network handle the iphone? or is it gunna have a lot of problems like gayt&t...???

4. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Don't think it'll go to very carrier. But by 2012 it'll be on 3(wimax=no sprint IMO) when lte is common for everyone.

28. ickyob

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

Heh, 2012, just in time for the world to end...

5. kjh267

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

Maybe this means at&t will get off its knees for steve jobs and start offering some actual real phones (android) instead of the over rated iphone!

7. Nobodey

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 03, 2010

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Articles like this start forum wars! Articles like this started the whole "When will the iPhone come to Verizon" debates that ran for more than a year. Please, Phone Scoop writer, stop setting bait for the trolls. If the iPhone ends up on T-Mobile, cool, but NOW 25% of your readers are going to be pissed it they don't get it by the end of the next tech convention or Apple press conference. The other 75% are going to laugh and point. If T-Mobile does get the iPhone, then the remaining 75% is going to laugh about T-Mobiles service now. The comedy is if the iPhone drops calls on T-Mobile, it won't help AT&T's rep at all because It's T-Mobile... AND YOU STARTED IT. You started the endless debates that will follow. You should be ashamed of yourself.

9. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

Phone Scoop?!.. BUSTED

11. Nobodey

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 03, 2010

Opps, Phonescoop AND PhoneArena =)

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

meh, there are already countless iphones on Tmobile. its very common. it just means theyd be selling it directly instead of the "craigslist" route :)

8. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

This would huge for T-Mobile their phone lineup is pretty impressive now add the iPhone it would be the best but their already a lot of iPhone users on T-Mobile because att and Steve jobs are the biggest jackasses on the face of the earth remember jailbreak and unlock f apple and f att.

12. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Iphone on T-mobile would be cool, but that's no improvement on the service. That's going from a OK 3G coverage/speed to the worst one. Those coverage map ads from Big Red would only get crazier. They need to make a CDMA version to unleash it's true potentials...

13. tiolawa

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Who cares about the iPhone it is so 2009... The future is HTC and Android!!!!!

16. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Not really. I'm sorta disappointed with the way Android is working. I don't think the OS is as great and reliable. Only reason I have an Android is because I'm bored of having the phone everyone else knows of and has. But being a recent customer to using the system, there's nothing that's so special about it compared to the Apple OS. Nothing that the OS doesn't already have. And soon there's to be another iPhone, in which google will most likely have to catch up to.

17. android#1

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

htc and android with at least a 1ghz processor and becoming faster (htc scorpion) and their customization and widgets and flash and everything is something that apple has to catch up to. plain old ipod touch OS isnt cutting it. scattered icons is NOT a wallpaper either. so primitive.

14. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

future is still/will be for a while longer Iphone..just compare phones ppr!!..and NO Winmo phones dont count due to their sluggo OS's HTC/Asian made phones are aweful..except the iphone of course cause the OS is apple so who cares!..Asian phones are all built like bricks n their software-gets buggy n wait 2yrs for a patch..plus not very user intuitive!...BOO HTC/Asian phones!! BTW: Iphones ARE on tmobile obviousely..its called Jailbreak..including the 3GS..its just the officials saying it is what people wanna hear..geez!

15. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

obviousely?? Jailbreak?? Learn to spell first off, especially since there's a spell checker for you if you can't spell. How are we to take your comments seriously if you can't even spell? Secondly it's not called Jailbreak! It's called unlocking your phone.

18. android#1

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

asian phones suck except iphones? either they suck or they dont. dont make exceptions, makes you look like your contradicting yourself and giving out biased opinions. everything about an android phone dumps on an iphone, however there is nothing on an iphone that out performs or is more appealing than an android. battery sucks, call quality sucks. nice mp3 player, but not a smartphone that stands out in any way.

19. android#1

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

BTW jcrow, you always leave stupid, thoughtless comments. we can tell you LOVE the iphone, but keep your nonesense to yourself. If youre going to stand up for something, at least let it be for something GREAT, not an ipod touch2

21. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

All this chit chat we been hearing for years know. i think its false hope in my opinion....we all know the phrase "Give people hope, Never Satisfaction". Im mean where is the CEO of apple at during this talk, don't they have a say in their own product, why the heck did they re-up with ATT if they wanted other carriers; and i'm confuse why wait til no later than next year.

32. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

I assume they extended their deal with AT&T because no one else will put up with their demands.

34. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

yeah that may be true good point

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