T-Mobile Predicted To Get The iPhone Next Year [Analyst]



T-Mobile may finally get the iPhone next year, according to one analyst. Sanford C. Bernstein’s Craig Moffett predicts that T-Mobile could partner with Deutsche Telekom to sell the iPhone in 2013.

Of course, analyst predictions are just that, predictions, so take them with a grain of salt. Moffett claims that Apple and Desutsche Telekom are “increasingly likely” to reach an agreement with T-Mobile in order to sell the iPhone.

The iPhone would undoubtedly help T-Mobile, which is quickly losing ground to Verizon and AT&T, both of which carry the iPhone already. T-Mobile lost 510,000 monthly subscribers just last quarter, and is in desperate need of the iPhone.

At this point, it seems like just a matter of time before an agreement is made. T-Mobile is one of the few remaining key industry players without the iPhone, as many regional carriers have already hopped on board.

T-Mobile has been in a tough spot, since its network hasn’t been able to support any version of the iPhone so far. This may all change soon, as Deutsche Telekom has pledged $1.4 billion in order to upgrade the network in the U.S.

What do you think? Is this just speculation, or will T-Mobile finally get the iPhone? Tell me in the comments.

Via: BusinessWeek


  • Solowalker

    I don’t think T-Mobile could survive another year without the iPhone. They’ve already been openly saying they’ve been bleeding customers for the last 2 years or more because they don’t have the iPhone. They are spending $4 billion to get their act together and come to Apple rather than having Apple come to them by buying more spectrum, refarming spectrum they have, and upgrading their towers and backhaul in order to support the current iPhones immediately and be able to deploy LTE early to mid next year at a massive clip with just the flip of a switch (pretty much literally).

    They are *begging* for the iPhone and need it desperately. Whether or not they get it at launch this year or get it later like in January (a la Verizon iPhone 4 and regional carriers 4S) we’ll have to wait and see, but I really can’t see them waiting until the 2013 iPhone to get it.

  • zviivz

    I hope they get a slice of the pie too. Data plans by ATT and Verizon are getting more ridiculous. Don’t get me start on the new Verizon ‘share everything’ plan. Putting a high price on data plan is hampering innovation.

  • TheMadTurtle

    As a T-Mobile customer with an iPhone 4S, I don’t see them forking over any cash to “officially” offer the iPhone. I think they’re perfectly content to move forward with their plans to upgrade the network and let those of us with iPhones bring them to T-Mobile. After all, their plans are the most affordable out there. When I compared the “official” iPhone carriers – getting a 2-year contract + subsidized iPhone with T-Mobile’s monthly pay as you go plans and paying full price for an unlocked iPhone, I saved nearly $1K over two years by paying full price for my phone and using T-Mobile. This won’t work for everyone as now you’re stuck with Edge speeds, but Edge is plenty fast for making phone calls, texting and emailing, which is all I ever do when I’m not on wifi anyway.

  • blazzingsaddle

    T-Mobile aready has the iPhone. You simply buy the sim card, the same as with straighttalk. It’s a lot cheaper per month, but the pone isn’t subsidized.