T-Mobile CEO Legere says Apple iPhone closer to 3 months away than 6 months

T-Mobile CEO Legere says Apple iPhone closer to 3 months away than 6 months
Tuesday was quite a day for T-Mobile customers, especially those who have been with the nation's fourth largest carrier for some time. Not only did CTO Neville Ray say that Las Vegas could be 2 to 3 weeks away from being the first city to receive an LTE signal from the carrier, CEO Johgn Legere now says that the mobile operator is  closer to 3 to 4 months away from selling a branded version of the Apple iPhone, than 6 to 9 months away. T-Mobile customers have been slighted by Apple, but that will change in 2013.

Legere said that offering the Apple iPhone and the removal of subsidies on new phones could add 5% to the company's market share. "If the old industry structure chooses to ignore what we do," he said, "That's a potential." And besides its pending merger with MetroPCS, which could close next quarter, Legere sees further deals as a possibility. Two companies he mentioned as possible partners were Dish Network and Leap Wireless. The executive said that Leap is "one of those things that makes extreme sense for us to look at."

Meanwhile, Dish Chairman Charles Ergen said he could be months away from deciding whether to go solo as a wireless carrier, or to go with a partner. Later Tuesday, the company announced an "indication of interest" to buy wireless network provider Clearwire for $3.30 a share, topping the $2.97 offered by Sprint.

source: Reuters

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5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31801; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smart move for tmobile customer base. More choice is good.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Exactly. Them now offering the iPhone with LTE and lowest prices, 2013 is going to be a good year for T-Mobile.

4. severian37

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

It's good for T-Mobile customers to have that choice now, but I'll keep my old Samsung. It's paid for and works.

3. torr310

Posts: 1735; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

getting 5S or 6? But I prefer Android or Windows Phone

6. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

2milllion already don't think so.

2. ray77

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Bring on the Sony Z or Sony ZL

1. ray77

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

bla bla bla who need them

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