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T-Mobile announces it will carry Apple products in 2013

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T-Mobile announces it will carry Apple products in 2013
We knew that this announcement was coming, and so it has. T-Mobile has announced that it will begin carrying Apple products starting next year, and Apple has confirmed the announcement. Although the announcement is still quite vague, and we don't know when the products will be available, where they will be able to access HSPA+ speeds, or even exactly what products to expect.

The announcement came from Deutsche Telekom Chairman Rene Obermann when speaking to analysts today. Obermann said:
In the coming year, T-Mobile USA will continue to reinforce its market presence with additions to its rate plan and product portfolio, including Apple products. “Following on from the preceding steps such as the spectrum swap with Verizon, the towers deal with Crown Castle and the transaction with MetroPCS that we have announced, we have now added the final piece to the jigsaw to boost the competitiveness of T-Mobile USA sustainably,

The Apple product announcement was also something of a side-note in a larger release about the investment strategy of the company. Most of the release talked about the strategy for Deutsche Telekom's investments in building out an LTE network in Germany for around 6 billion euros, then at the end came the line: "T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together in 2013."

As you may notice, neither announcement mentions specific Apple products, but it's safe to assume that the iPhone will be offered. The question is more whether the iPad or iPad mini will be offered. And, it is still unclear whether the deal has been made based on T-Mobile's continued rollout of the 1900Mhz spectrum (which allows iPhones to use HSPA+ speeds on the network) and its LTE network, or if Apple is planning to add support for T-Mobile's existing HSPA+ network into the next generation of iOS devices. We'll say that the smart money is on the former. 

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posted on 06 Dec 2012, 12:39 1

3. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Well, congrats for T-Mo, this will definitely lure iPhone users to T-Mo. Hurry up on the refarming, I'm waiting to get at least 3G data on my international One X.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 12:50 3

5. Jyakotu (Posts: 854; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

T-Mobile USA, as a business, knew that the Apple iPhone can still bring in customers. I honestly doubt that this will change T-Mobile prices all that much. Sprint is still seen as a value carrier and it has an iPhone. Data speeds on Sprint were already horrible before the iPhone, so honestly...I don't see why people say a carrier getting an iPhone is so bad. Especially if the iPhone is bringing the carrier business, which, allows for more choice. Isn't that what Android users and mobile phone users in general, want?

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 13:58 3

11. Aeires (unregistered)

Thought I remember reading that T-Mobile outside the USA sells the iPhone right now and it isn't killing their network, at least I haven't heard it is. I think people are worried the same will happen to them that happened to Sprint, but you nailed it, Sprint's network was bad before.

What I don't understand is this, people who buy an iPhone are getting a smart phone. Even if they don't purchase the iPhone, they'll just buy a different smart phone so the amount of data really isn't going to change that much regardless of what they buy. The way I see it, if T-Mobile can handle new customers, bring it on. More income is more they can spend on service improvements.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 16:31

18. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

The network isn't the real concern to me. It's all the perks that start to disappear and the additional fees that every carrier starts adding on to EVERYONE just to subsidize a phone most of us will not buy. Unlimited data plans and early upgrade options disappear, upgrade fees, higher service plans and prices on other non-Apple devices are always sure to follow. The iPhone is just brings higher fees and death of service everywhere it goes and I dont see T-Mobile being any different.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 16:33

19. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

The comment below was meant for you, but I really hope none of what has happened to customers of other carriers happens to T-Mobile customers. That was one of the carriers I had planned on going to, but it ain't lookin so good anymore.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 13:17 7

7. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 79; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

All of the hustlers on Craigslist will love this news..

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 13:27 11

9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

too bad the world is going to end before T-Mobile can carry an iPhone. xD

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 16:14

12. ruthayy (Posts: 16; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


posted on 06 Dec 2012, 16:21 3

15. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1743; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

OR will it cause the end?! Bwahahahah

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 16:38

20. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

that's right, the ancient Mayan Prophecy of the World's destruction being caused by iPhone availability on every major US Carrier. it's coming true! xD

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 16:47

21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

That the was funny EclipseGsx™®©

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 13:28 7

10. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Nooooooooo! NOOOOOOOOOO!

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 16:17

13. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

True o nooooooooo™®©

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 16:22 1

17. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Oh NO! The Kiss of Death puckers up to take out T-Mobile!

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 21:17

27. jsdechavez (Posts: 758; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

And that they won't be subsidizing phones in 2013.. good luck with that!!!!

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 08:36

30. bvalde09 (Posts: 188; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

So question meaning that Tmobile will have his own version ? Just asking because 3G Band Frequency

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