Will T-Mobile be the iPhone's next carrier?

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Will T-Mobile be the iPhone's next carrier?
While many have been expecting Verizon Wireless to carry the iPhone once AT&T's exclusivity period expires, Kaufman Brothers analyst Shawn Wu has a different theory. Based on the fact that AT&T and T-Mobile both use the GSM standard as opposed to the CDMA technology espoused by Verizon and Sprint, it would be a lot easier for Apple to accommodate the nation's fourth largest carrier than it would be to make the changes necessary to have the handset run on Big Red's network. "Currently, T-Mobile’s 3G service (UMTS/HSPA) supports 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz frequencies while AT&T supports 850 MHz and 1900 MHz frequencies,” Wu wrote in a report to his trader clients. “Interestingly, both the new iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS support 3G at the 2100 MHz frequency and, from our understanding, the technical hurdle to support T-Mobile is minor compared to supporting CDMA technology at VZ and Sprint.” On the other hand, there is the financial aspects of partnering with Verizon. The latter carrier has 93 million customers while T-Mobile has 34 million people using its network. Adding Verizon could double the potential number of iPhone users while bringing T-Mobile into the fold would increase Apple's potential market by 33%. But according to analyst Wu, at this stage in the iPhone's life cycle, a simple change to the unit's radio would be the next step taken by Apple to add another carrier in the U.S. once AT&T loses its stranglehold on the iPhone.

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22 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Leave to the media hacks on PHONEARENA and other sites to stir up rumors....

2. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Please DO NOT go to T-Mobile, because once iPhone 4 goes there, the unlimited data plan is a goner.

3. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I actually heard from my neighbors brothers friends aunt that she bought a dog from a guy who had a brother who had a dog who played at a dog park with another dog who was owned by a guy who had a friend whos sisters boss had seen Steve Jobs walking through a mall once and they said it's going to Metro PCS next... Looks like PA is wrong again, neither Verizon or TMobile get the phone next.

8. ostranderterry

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

LOL!!

11. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

Sorry BBuser but, it will in about september.

13. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

If your statment was true BBUSERS why are you letting phonearena get away with this rumor tell them and collect your $ lol

4. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Geez we aren't even a week out from the announcement of iPhone 4, and already carrier rumors are rampant? Give it a fuckin rest!

5. easytochris

Posts: 126; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

these rumors have been around for years, iphone 4 has nothing to do with it.

6. trin

Posts: 88; Member since: May 11, 2010

Jesus H Christ! Let AT&T have their damn phone! Sprint has the fanfreakintastic Evo and Verizon has the aptly named Incredible. Competition is good. Steve jobs could take over the cellular industry if he released the Iphone on multiple carriers. Lets hope he doesn't do that. It would stifle competition and innovation imo.

7. deeoh1084

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 30, 2009

i don't think it would take over the cellular industry because of Android phones and i know there are so many people that loves android over iphone (like me personally) so it will be better for everyone i guess?? and competition will eventually make apple, samsung, motorola, and htc stronger than ever because they will have to fight to come out with better phones & technology to keep up with each other

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it wouldnt stifle anything trin. in order to "take over" hed have to convert everyone to iphones. Thats a lot of conversion. Many of us know android is the superior system by far and wont go to iphone. Thats why android has been catchin up quickly to iphone. The iphone has done the exact opposite. By being a "new fresh, supercool" high end phone, it actually took a nearly stagnant smartphone industry and turned it upsidedown. Because of them, google got into the game and created the android platform. And because of both the iphone and android, windows is now making its first major change in a decade and blackberry is finally stepping it up. Because of all the innovation apple went from "top of the market" to "playing catch up". No, competition is a wonderful thing.

14. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Droids only doing well b/c it open source let Jobs put out a open source IPHONE bye bye droid

9. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

well if t-mobile were to get the next iphone or watever i still would not get it.. because i have t-mobile and i live in los angeles and its the same thing as at&t .on my blackberry bold 9700 from t-mobile im standing still outside n it switches from 3G,edge,gsm.gprs while im standing in one place. its crazy i get call failed on 3G then it switches to edge n still get call failed n it switches to gprs . its crazy i had at&t n it was also the same thing . i was so fed up with at&t thats why i switched to t-mobile, im not gunna lie the first 3 months everything was good perfect 3G calls were going tru fine on 3G then all of a sudden it started going down hill.... now i get crappy speeds on 3G n a lot of call fails with 5 bars of service it feels like i have at&t all over again.. im gunna give them 2 months if they dont fix it ima switch to verizon or sprint . im not the only one having t-mobile problems in LA a lot of people i know that have t-mobile are also having the same problems. maybe its cuz there upgrading there network to hspa + i dnt know but its becoming a nightmare i been having problems for 2 weeks already

10. ostranderterry

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

did it really take an analyst to figure out that it would be easier for apple to place the iphone on tmobile's network? They both use GSM...of course it would be easier....genius

15. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

I'm a fool for even posting my opinion on this, this will be a forever going rumor so who really cares when it come to what ever carrier then what people ain't breaking contracts to get i'm sure

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

As of now, you can unlock - JAILBREAK, your iphone and use it in TMOBILE's network...if you want.

17. easytochris

Posts: 126; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

www.spiritjb.com for the win, although it technically is only a jailbreak and not unlock

18. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

yeah but i heard if you jailbreak the iphone you can't use the full capability of the phone, people been telling me that since that 8year jailbrook it 1st

19. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

What can't they use? The only thing I heard they couldn't use was the voice over wifi feature.

20. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Well...seein as Vodafone currently carries the iPhone 3GS who owns part of Verizon Wireless...an idea of the iPhone doesnt seem too far-fetched, but then again...who cares. iPhone is just another option in the smorgishborg (think i spelled it right) of high end smartphones. HTC and Motorola continue to release the rich, decadent treats of android goodness which keeps my smartphone jones peaked. F the iPhone, I personally wish the EVO would come to Verizon but all in all competition is truly good...

21. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

ATT reps already said u can pre order in a few days for the iphone 4 but iphone 5 will be that much better including an atom CPU!!

22. pingpong

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I personally heard the iPhone is going to ACN and will be sold pyramid scheme style!

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