T-Mobile says it would love to offer the Apple iPhone

T-Mobile says it would love to offer the Apple iPhone
It has been speculated that Sprint is about join Verizon and AT&T as U.S. carriers that offer the Apple iPhone, which leaves out T-Mobile. And even though 90% of the latter's smartphone sales are for Android powered phones, the carrier's Chief Marketing Officer said that he would love to see his company offer the Apple iPhone. Cole Brodman, speaking at the GigaOM Mobilize conference, reminded the audience that T-Mobile will not be part of the launch of the next-gen iPhone supposedly getting ready to be rolled out next month. The executive earlier this month revealed that T-Mobile would not be releasing the Apple iPhone 5 this year. At the Mobilize conference, Brodman also shot down rumors that T-Mobile would be bringing an older model of the iPhone to market.

Despite the mobile operator's heavy reliance on Android, Brodman said that he still has hopes that BlackBerry will make a comeback. But the executive made it clear what model he wants to see sold by T-Mobile. "We'll wait for that phone call," he said, referring to a hoped for invitation from Apple to T-Mobile allowing the latter to add the iconic iPhone to its lineup. And the wish for that call from Cupertino goes all the way to T-Mobile's parent company. Deutsche Telekom has blamed it's U.S. subsidiary's poor operating performance on the carrier's lack of an Apple iPhone model to sell, saying that customers have left the nation's fourth largest carrier to pick up Apple's touchscreen phone.

source: AppleInsider

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28 Comments

1. tlang1064

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 21, 2010

Having a iPhone is not that big of a deal

3. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

love your comment but you will soon be bashed from all the apple fanboys. Just for the record before someone says I'm an android fanboy I have a wp7 and have been with windows for yrs

5. GerogeWashington117 unregistered

how do u get MAC address on WP7?

6. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

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24. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Ohhh , so your a Windows fanboy with no room to talk?

11. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It's obviously a big deal to T-Mo executives if they're publicly asking Apple to give them the phone. It's only not a big deal in fandroid fantasy land.

14. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

The iPhone is basically for the old people who don't like to learn anything about their phones. But even though android has more sales tmobile is still losing customers which is why they want it.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its about offering choice. Very few people threaten to leave over an iphone anymore. its not like it was a few years ago. But why wouldnt you want to offer what others have, to keep your customers in place?

16. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

Verizon has had the iPhone for over 2 quarters. That meant that the iPhone was able to sell on 2 carriers instead of 1. Guess how many more iPhones were sold? ~10% more than the same period last year. Verify this from Apple's and Verizon's most recent conference call numbers. Whoopdeefuhkendoopdeedoo!!

19. iDroidx650

Posts: 83; Member since: May 26, 2010

Yea it was the same iphone. Not a new model. Yet it was verizon best selling device ever

2. JordanCox

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

If it wasn't that big of a deal then T-mobile wouldn't be saying they want it.

4. GerogeWashington117 unregistered

Tmobile only wants to offer it because it will bring in more money

7. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Duh! .....

9. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Apple will be making more

17. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

Tmo's only saying it cuz their selection of phones sucks. The only good phones they get are the Nexus phones.

20. iDroidx650

Posts: 83; Member since: May 26, 2010

Actually tmobile has the best smartphones, g2x, sensation, mytouch 4g slide, galaxy 4g, my touch 4g, and the gs2 and amaze 4g are amazing

29. dv unregistered

Has anyone on this site considered the following..................... The faster that AT&T can aquire T-Mobile and own the massive amounts of fiber back-haul that T-Mobile has that AT&T doesn't have, the faster they can move their LTE network. As of right now AT&T self admits they are at least 2 years behind Verizon with regards to LTE. Apple wants their manufacturing streamlined to provide an LTE model to both Verizon and AT&T and hopefully if Sprint lasts they with have access to LightSquare's LTE network to run the model on. With over 90% of global carriers committed to LTE Apple knows the model after the Iphone 5 is going to require a LTE radio. With the dark light shed on the hopes of the AT&T aquisition of T-Mobile by the Department of Justice the less attractive and irrelevant that all parties involved can make T-Mobile the better chance that the aquistion has to be approved. AT&T's argument is that all of the chopshop regional carriers are more significant to the wireless industries competition than T-Mobile.If T-Mobile begins carring the most desired phone in the world they become more significant with their price point. I can tell you 5 people off the top of my head that would leave AT&T and Verizon to have an Iphone on T-Mobile due to more cost effective rate plans and T-Mobile has always had solid customer service. Deutsche Telekom has been trying to shed T-Mobile USA for years at this point and this is the closest they have come to getting rid of them. They will go along with any measure to make sure that this aquistion by AT&T goes through. Its not about the customer base, its not about the cost. to expand network to the rural areas they need to cover AT&T would spend roughly 4Billion and it is 39Billion to buy T-Mobile. This aquistion is simply about the fiber to backhaul an LTE network that AT&T doesn't have nor do they have a sebiquous spectrum as Verizon does so they have to do everything they can to compete. In the near future voice and data will be pushed through LTE and yet again we will see the network advantage that Verizon has over the competition due to there vision and investment into the area of this industry that really matters. The network/service that is what our monthly bill is for, not the phones!

8. Marcus unregistered

The only way that I would be tempted to get a new iphone is if it was capable of hspa+, wimax, or LTE.

10. BK2010 unregistered

90% may seem impressive, but when 95% of your smartphones are Android phones, who cares. They are only selling one, year old, Windows phone and a few meh blackberries, so really, T-Mobile only has Android phones.

12. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

I don't see why Apple wouldn't offer it on T-Mo. They would only make more money. Maybe a few million bucks isn't worth their time?

13. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Of course they want the iPhone. They would make more money that way duh. Apple give it to them you both would make more money. I guess at&t wouldn't like that but screw them .

15. Appple droid unregistered

Why do people make a big deal over andro ids and ios...i love both but I stick to android because of apples too many restrictions.

18. irishkat unregistered

TMO has lost a significant number of customers to AT&T because of the lack of the iPhone. Regardless of how many times you explain that the existing iPhone is inferior to the high end Android phones, they chose the iPhone for no other reason that it's the iPhone. With the iPhone TMO could make a large impact even if customers ultimately chose another phone, having the iPhone draws in people.

22. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Android alone will not help Tmo move forward. They need to present every device possible and the best. If I was DT, i would sell Tmo too. Poor decision making and poor profits. Tmo should look at what happened to motorola.

23. Boo Ya! unregistered

I agree lubba. Having more choices is a wonderful thing. Boo Ya!

26. masterchina

Posts: 55; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

iphone's are just app launchers, crappy!

27. West909 unregistered

if u own an iphone u should slap urself for buying a piece crap android has more choices plus do u really want a phone that limits what your allowed to do. Tmobile doesnt need iphone there rates save money and for that im a happy camper.

28. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Everyone have different taste. For Tmo, everyone and anyone should be a potential customer. That includes both iphone and wp7 users and not mainly android. Its choice that customers look for and it should not be limited to plans but phones as well. Frankly not everyone wants to walk in the same shoes as everyone else unless you're a "Borg."

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