T-Mobile to snag the iPhone this summer?

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T-Mobile to snag the iPhone this summer?
With rumors swirling all over the place on the eve of Apple's event in San Francisco, no less a respectable news agency than Bloomberg is reporting that T-Mobile will be adding the iPhone to its line-up this summer. According to the story, CDMA carriers Verizon and Sprint will get the iconic toucnscreen device to sell in the fall of this year. The actual speculation comes from Wall Street analyst Tim Horan, who works for Investment Bank Oppenheimer. Horan writes, "We believe AT&T's iPhone exclusivity arrangement with Apple will be expiring by mid-2010. For wireless carriers, customers are demanding the device and they need to remain competitive."Adding additional carriers will increase sales of the iPhone by 15 to 25 million units a year, a number that Apple can't continue to blindly turn its head to. While Apple might greatly benefit from increased sales, the carriers themselves will have to spend some money to make some money. Offering the iPhone would increase the subsidies laid out by the operators, lowering margins, and it is estimated by Horan that carriers would need to commit to spending $3 billion to make sure their networks can keep up with the increased demand for data that comes with offering the iPhone.

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36 Comments

1. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Yay! Now a different network can crash. :P

4. Cell_Phone_Guy

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 16, 2009

You are sooooo right. i can't wait to see it. I wonder if Android OS will be swept away as quickly as it became popular!

5. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

you guys don't get it do you. With the Iphone on all networks is will relieve bandwidth and improve the user experience, part of the problem is that this device is so popular and there are so may users on one network that it is dragging it down, way to pay attention.

10. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

why does everyone say the iphone will crash any network? i dnt kno if any of u have done research but apparently in europe and canada and south america were the iphone is also released they have no network problems at all.its only here in america. we have crappy 3G networks that cannot handle the iphone.. everywere else they have good networks

12. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

on paper that's true, but in real life, it all depends on who goes w/ who. Let's face it, the phone isn't coming to Sprint, because I just don't see that customer base wanting to pay a premium for the service alone. That leaves Vzw and Tmo. Tmo has alot of decent hardware coming there way, which will dwell the amount of potential Tmo customers hopping onto the phone, so even though there'll be an influx of ppl getting the iPhone through Tmo, the number would have been greatly decreased from what it could have potentially been. That leaves Vzw. Vzw has no killer hardware coming out for it, it has the Droid which is already data intensive, and the Nexus One coming-more of a geek phone. How many Vzw kids really wouldn't get an iPhone if it were possible? Us geeks are a minority, every other phone buyer worries more about glitz and glam than anything, and the iPhone is the epitome of glitz and glam. Add that w/ Vzw's huge customer base, and you'll see a huge explosion in data traffic, and Vzw customers will really feel the hurt. I really don't care how much more 3G area Vzw has, a kid in NYC can't use the 3G towers in Alabama. But again, I see the iPhone having a greater chance getting onto Tmo, and Vzw subsidizing the tablet.

13. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Majority of the iPhone usage is from the US....

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

For those of u that don't know, iphones on tmobile are so common they have their own tech team and iphone settings in the system. Att decided to ride their inferior network as long as they could, which is why they have so many probs. Everyone else, vzw, tmobile, and even sprint regularly upgrade their system. Att did not. While there may or may not be bandwidth crunches if the ihpone goes to every carrier, it will never be as bad as it is on ATT.

23. brandon25130

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

Obviously YOU haven't done your research because in Europe the O2 network crashed horribly here recently. Atleast the At&t network hasn't gotten to this point...**yet. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-phones/6858249/O2-network-crashes-for-iPhone-users. html

27. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

wat do u mean at&t has not gotten to this point ?? yes it has i have at&t an iphone 3G and it has happend to me all the time..there network crashes all the time... theres times when i cannot call for hours with full reception.

28. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Truth be told, preach on brother!

34. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

Sprints customer base????? what do you know about Sprints customer base, of course they would pay for this devices, shit half the reason they lost so many subscribers is due to price selection, do you think that Sprint would change their price offerings for this phone? I doubt it, apple only cares about device revenue, nothing more and if you think for one second that Apple gets a large cut of the data plan that ATT charges you are out of your mind. but what do I know.

35. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

actually, apple does get a cut of the revenue as well phoneguy. ATT is on the recieving end when it comes to their deal with apple, but its also been the only thing keeping them afloat the last few years. id have to assume that apple is relaxing some of their mega-demands now that they are going to be on more carriers... of course, maybe now people are just giving in.. and brandon, i was talking about the US. i dont claim to know jack about other country's carriers. and yes, att's network is very inferior to EVERYONE elses. of course, you just like to PAY for it like its an A+ network, but its not.

2. 203RichBoy

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

EWW I CANNOT FATHOM A SPRINT IPHONE. SOUNDS TACKY AS HELL LOL

16. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

May sounds kinda weird..but that would mean: Iphone + "true" 3G service... Maybe even 4G if they update the OS for wimax

33. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

What do youean true 3g? Hspa is true 3g. Evdo is not a true 3g network. It's based on CDMA which is a 2g tech. And if u really wanna gt technical wimax hasn't been accepted by the 3gpp2 as a 4g network because it doesn't meet all the qualifications.

3. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Lmao, it would be hilarious if every carrier gets to experience what at&t is experiencing right now. I would love to see the look on their faces when data usage goes up dramatically, and parts of their 'fabulous' networks get bogged down. Anyway, I would believe the iPhone heading to Tmo more than I'd believe it going to Vzw. Vzw customers shall rejoice in a subsidized apple tablet and that's my prediction =]

6. mclifford81

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

T-Mobile will be getting the iphone this year as I have been told by an inside source that the company already has their handset coordinators on the units for testing purposes as of now.

17. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

They already have an in-house tech center for the iPhone since everyone bought it from ATT, unlocked it and switched to save money. I don't see this rumor being very hard to believe at all.

7. YoJerms1977

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

You guys are absolute fools and idiots to wish any carriers network go down. Each company has it's own loyal customers. I've got news for you. Just because VZW has more subscribers, doesn't mean everyone wants them. If that were the case, all of the other carriers would have zero customers. By the way, the only reason VZW is number one, is because they bought other small carriers and put them out of business over the past few years. It's almost like, they can't get people to want to join them, so they buy them and force them to be their customers. Almost like a small spoiled child. I have about eight members of my family who were brought in to VZW from Alltel and are stuck with them for two more years and can't wait to get out.

18. droidoesyourmom

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

And what carrier do you have?

22. rockstar323

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 15, 2009

I hate to break it to you but all 4 of the major carriers have added customers through mergers and acquisitions not just Verizon. None of them would be the size they are today if they didnt buy smaller carriers and "force" their customers to join them.This is a common business practice.

26. vzwtechbill

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

Hate to tell ya YoJerms, but converted Alltel customers didn't get a contract extension for being absorbed by VZW. If they have 2 more years to go, it's cause they bought a new phone. I feel *so* bad for anyone stuck with the largest carrier in the US with the most in network numbers, etc. I had Alltel before I came to VZW, let me assure you, we did those customers a favor

31. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

Yojerms, vzw is number one because they spend their money on routine care for their network. Unlike att who spends it on advertising.

8. YoJerms1977

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

While we might find it hard to believe that Apple would consider T-mobile a suited partner for the distribution of iPhone, and not Verizon, especially after all the rumors on the matter, a Kaufman Bros. analyst comes to say the following: “While we believe VZ is likely inevitable at some point when 4G technology rolls out in 2012 or so, we believe Sprint and/or T-Mobile are more willing partners for Apple in helping maintain margins and customer controls. From a technology perspective, we believe T-Mobile may have an advantage with a similar 3G UMTS/WCDMA network as AT&T.”

9. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

why does everyone say the iphone will crash any network? i dnt kno if any of u have done research but apparently in europe and canada and south america were the iphone is also released they have no network problems at all.its only here in america. we have crappy 3G networks that cannot handle the iphone.. everywere else they have good networks

11. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

First of all altell customers were given an option to leave and go someplace else no one forced them to stay with vzw. And secondly the iphone wont be on vzw anytime soon. They are going to get an apple device or possibly devices plural that will run on the lte 4 g network. The fact of the matter is tmob and sprint need all they can get to stay above water right now vzw does not.they will pounce when the time is right and that time is when lte launches and takes this industry to a whole new level.

14. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Iphone + Any mobile Anytime + wimax FTW

15. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

GOOD LUCK T-MOBILE network jam will start when you turn on iPhone, no network can handle iPhone hardware problems and download millions of apps per second.

19. droidoesyourmom

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

VZW is handling the droids pretty well. I think they can handle the iphone.

25. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Wow an ignant VZW fanboy post, that never happens.

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