T-Mobile Will Get The iPhone 5 At Launch, And It Will Be Able To Access 3G [Rumor]

T-Mobile Will Get The iPhone 5 At Launch, And It Will Be Able To Access 3G [Rumor]

A new report says that when the iPhone 5 debuts in Fall, it will launch simultaneously on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. It’s about time.

More interesting? Despite the fact that over a million iPhone users are on T-Mobile already, they are doing so without 3G access, just EDGE. When the iPhone 5 comes around, that’s about to change.

According to MacTrast:

Following our report yesterday that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 will be arriving on the Sprint network, a contact within T-Mobile who claims to have been briefed on the matter has informed us that, in addition to arriving on Sprint at launch, the iPhone 5 will arrive on T-Mobile’s network at launch as well.

The informant, who requested to remain anonymous, went on to claim that the iPhone 5 would also operate at 3G speeds on T-Mobile US network. Current unlocked iPhone 4 units can only operate at at 2G “edge” speeds on T-Mobile’s network, and lack certain network-dependent features, such as Visual Voicemail.

I’m sure there’s at least a million people on T-Mobile hoping this is true, and really, why wouldn’t it be? It’s in Apple’s best interests to have iPhones on every network they can, and now that AT&T’s exclusivity deal has lapsed and Verizon has the iPhone, there’s just no reason not to bring them to the other two big networks too.

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  • joshh347

    I wonder if the prices of the phones will be more competitive since they will be on all 4 carriers now. Does Apple let the carriers set the price or do they have control of that as well?

  • Gregintosh

    If this is true, then I will sell my and my wife’s Verizon iPhone 4 I just got 2 months ago and buy  for T-Mobile, especially if they still have the $49 unlimited talk, text, and data plan.

    Between my wife’s iPhone and mine, that plan would save us a solid $2,200 during the remaining 20 months or so of our contract (which we will have left at the rumored launch of the iPhone), well worth $750 in termination fees (net savings of $1,450 – basically a free MacBook Air).

  • theguycalledtom

    In Australia we’eve had the iPhone on all carriers, all on 3G, from the start. You can get the 16gb iPhone for $0 with unlimited text, 2gb a month for $60 a month on a two year contract.

    I hope you guys get the same when you have similar competition.

  • Chris 210

    I think someone at T-Mobile saw how much Sprint’s stock went up from similar “rumors”

  • Iphoneication

    The move to T-mobile as well as sprint makes total sense, putting aside the att tmobile merger, the more carriers that offer the iphone the more market saturation apple will get,, sprint should welcome the new iphone with open arms, they lost 100,000 customers last year, maybe just maybe they can get some of those iphone toting people back,,

  • Clinton Verley

    The first thing to know about iPhone deals is that Apple controls everything. Advertising, pricing, launch dates, all of it is dictated by Cupertino.

  • joshh347

    That’s what I figured. Oh well. I’m still getting one. I’m over my Evo.

  • Dae Myung

    Another lame rumor to try to keep customer as long as they can

  • Tony C

    Who cares how many carriers have the iPhone? The competition will surely bring the monthly costs down. The $10 monthly charge for unlimited texts is unacceptable and simply gouges the consumer.

  • sarahadam902015

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://BídsFírst.Com

  • dagamer34

    You mean, carriers will have to compete on price again?!?! BLASPHEMY!

  • imajoebob

    Yeah, but look how much that costs in USD!! 

  • imajoebob

    Doubtful.  While Apple “can’t” tell T-Mobile what to charge, they do tell them what it will COST.  Apple makes sure that anyone who wants to make a profit can’t afford to use the iPhone as a loss leader, and has to keep a base price that maintains a minimum ROI for shareholders.

  • winski

    NOT that T-Mumble is trying to differentiate itself from the rest of the pack (and doing an AWFUL job at it), they could just be stoopid enough to say, “Naa..We got out stuff..have at it”… That’s what their current attitude smells like… (And I’m a customer!!!…Not for long…)

  • Pete Mortensen

    In case anyone is wondering, whenever T-Mobile shuts down in favor of AT&T, any existing users of T-Mo will get a free AT&T LTE device. That’s if AT&T keeps its word, that is.

  • dagamer34

    I was referring to the price of their plans, not the phone itself.

  • jdog25

    Yeah the Evo was a bad choice.

  • jdog25

    Yeah I save $700 a year on T-mobile compared to Verizon but an LTE equipped iPhone 5 or Nexus 3 may make my switch to them, maybe.

  • vasuvasu

    Hey remember that time when Cult of Mac said the iPhone was coming to T-Mobile in Q3 2010? It was an EXCLUSIVE story and everything!

    http://www.cultofmac.com/iphon

  • ADAM ADAM

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://BídsFírst.Com

  • CharliK

    Don’t count on T-Mobile or Sprint keeping unlimited plans for the iphone. 

  • CharliK

    I could see this move. However what I am curious about is if it will be a separate phone with the right antenna for T-Mobile (remember in the US they are not the same as ATT which is why unlocked iphones currently only get EDGE). Or will it be a dual phone so that if you really hate T-Mobile you could switch without having to buy a new phone. 

    I have heard rumors that Apple is going to a single phone period. So you could even swap between ATT/T-Mobile or Verizon if you wish. I actually love that idea. Now if we could just get the government to force the carriers to line item the device cost so that when I bring my fully paid iphone 5 over to T-Mobile cause I decided I hate ATT I don’t have to pay the $15 a month they say is me paying back the subsidy I’m not getting. 

  • Clinton Verley

    But all carriers have grandfathered in previous unlimited customers after a few months of iPhone. So, he’s right.

  • Gregintosh

    Yeah, I figure they’d keep unlimited at least for a while. Personally though, I don’t care if I get 2GB again. I currently use about 500MB per month of bandwidth (Just use it to Google Maps, E-Mail, and occasionally compare prices and reviews while shopping in retail).

    For me the big benefit would be to just save $100/month. The only thing I really need unlimited is the calling because I spend several hours a day on my phone for business.

    Also, I plan to do some traveling in 2012 at least 3-4 months out of that year, so having a phone compatible with carriers worldwide (assuming I spring for the unlocked version) would also help.

  • cliqsquad

    The calling plan is the only reason I haven’t dumped AT&T. I had unlimited calling plan like you but when Verizon got the iPhone AT&T went to the Sprint any mobile to any mobile feature. I switched to 450 min plan and now use about 6,000 mobile to mobile min a month and about 150 landline min a month with 2,800 rollover min and growing. I loved lowering my bill from $135 a month to $98. Getting it down more on T-Mobile would be great or even going to Sprint and paying the same $98 and get unlimited data would be awesome. 

  • sarahadam902020

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://BídsFírst.Com

  • GH

    Can you please stop posting stupid rumors!  
     I could send a tip saying the next iPhone will be blue, made out of aluminum, and be able to sync with you body and charge with the electricity in your body, I could produce a bad picture as “proof” then bam. a story.

  • CharliK

    They have because they wanted to. But legally there is nothing that would force them to do so if you are signing a new contract, which you will do when you buy a new phone. 

  • theguycalledtom

    $62 a  month?

  • TyrantKing

    I used an iphone 3G on T-Mobile for 18 months until it gave out. At that time I decided to get an android phone, the G2X. I can honestly say that the EDGE network on the unlocked iphone was much more reliable than the supposed 4G I get on the G2X. I’m not saying it was faster, but in the places around town where I only get 2G, it is worthless on the G2X while it always worked on the unlocked iphone. G2X has to be the worst phone ever and when the iPhone 5 is released, if it isn’t released on T-Mobile, then I’m biting the bullet, paying the ETF and switching carriers. 

    Anyone want to buy a slightly used G2X? It’s an awesome phone!

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