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

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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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posted on 26 Sep 2011, 21:11 9

1. tlang1064 (Posts: 49; Member since: 21 Feb 2010)

Having a iPhone is not that big of a deal

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 21:14 6

3. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 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

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 21:15

5. GerogeWashington117 (unregistered)

how do u get MAC address on WP7?

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 21:24

6. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

setiings-about-more info

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 08:22

24. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

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

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 22:48 2

11. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 00:43 1

14. Yeeee (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Aug 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 06:53 1

21. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 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?

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 01:39 3

16. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 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.


posted on 27 Sep 2011, 03:23 2

19. iDroidx650 (Posts: 81; Member since: 26 May 2010)

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

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 21:12 4

2. JordanCox (Posts: 21; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)

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

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 21:15

4. GerogeWashington117 (unregistered)

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

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 21:49

7. baldilocks (Posts: 830; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)



posted on 26 Sep 2011, 22:13

9. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 527; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)

Apple will be making more

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 01:40

17. NeXoS (Posts: 292; Member since: 03 May 2011)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 03:25

20. iDroidx650 (Posts: 81; Member since: 26 May 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

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 17:12

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!

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 21:52

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.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 22:23

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.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 23:00

12. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 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?

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 23:19

13. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 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 .

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 00:58 1

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.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 02:18

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.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 07:12

22. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 08:04

23. Boo Ya! (unregistered)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 09:39

26. masterchina (Posts: 55; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

iphone's are just app launchers, crappy!

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 14:28

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.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 16:06

28. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 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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