T-Mobile iPhone will be released… eventually

T-Mobile iPhone will be released... eventually

I know many T-Mobile users have been expecting to see the iPhone 4S singing along T-Mobile’s network. Heck, we’ve even told you that the carrier has started embracing microSIM, which are used with the iPhone and iPad. What’s more, T-Mobile’s European operations have been offering Apple’s handset for years and extending to the U.S. seems like a logical step forward.

That, however, hasn’t happened and in the meantime, T-Mobile suggested its (potential) users to try out some Android smartphone instead. Needless to say, iPhone fans want an Apple-made device and no Android alternative can work for them as the “real deal” can.

The problem with the T-Mobile-compatible iPhone is that it would have to work on 1700 MHz (AWS) frequency, which is not that popular around the world (few mobile operators in Latin America use it, though). To be fair some of the newer Nokia devices rock penta-band 3G radio support, allowing them to sing along every 3G network in the world, whether it’s AT&T, T-Mobile USA or any other network in Europe. The iPhone 4S can work both on CDMA and GSM networks but that’s not across all 3G GSM frequencies (1700MHz is not on the list).

So how and when will T-Mobile offer iPhone? I’m pretty confident the next Apple smartphone (iPhone 5?) will be offered by AT&T which will acquire T-Mobile in the meantime, despite facing opposition from Sprint and others. Then, the enlarged AT&T will be able to sell Apple’s products to all T-Mobile customers. And yes, iPhone will most definitely be on the list.

While you wait for the government green-light the acquisition, you could (as T-Mobile would say) try out some Android phone, switch networks, or use whatever phone you’re using at the moment. It’s your call. ;)

  • Someonewithaclue

    ” . . .  AT&T which will acquire T-Mobile in the meantime, despite facing opposition from Sprint and others.”
    “Others” includes the United States Justice Department and at Attorneys General of at least Seven States, dumbass.

    • http://www.intomobile.com Dusan Belic

      They’re only LOOKING at at the deal. The way you said it – it sounds the deal is blocked.
      Thanks for the comment, though… ;)

    • TMO_Engineer

      I agree, the author downplays the opposition to the AT&T T-Mobile acquisition way too much.  If the court case between the DOJ and AT&T is not settled by the Feb. 13 trial date, the case will most likely drag out the rest of 2012.  Whoever loses will appeal (especially if it’s AT&T), dragging the acquisition out even further into 2013.

      The point is, the iPhone 5 will have long been out by that point, and available to everyone but T-Mobile.  What would actually have been useful to your readers is solid evidence that the iPhone is coming to T-Mobile as an independent carrier, not being “pretty confident” that AT&T will win the case before the iPhone 5 is released.

      Also, proofread your articles before you publish them.  Your typos detract from your credibility, although I’m not sure the lack of them would have helped.

      • Jack

        If AT&T decides to merge T-Mobiles network into AT&T, then the iPhone 5 will work. AT&T has already purchased T-Mobile, the lawsuit is regarding the merger, which will create the nations largest network. Also, the lawsuit is by the FCC not DOA or states. 

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AWWIKW6MNPUHOC4OVSHWUDWAHM Fabio

          Um… you should research that again. The FCC has not filed any lawsuits. :/

          • Snoogums79

            Just a thought to all the tmobile customers like myself that want the iphone so badly….. ATT will NOT aquire Tmobile, and if it does and u stay with Tmobile…. ATT will have to honor your contract and price. We all know that ATT and VERIZON are outrageous in price. Do as i did if you want it so badly… Buy an IPAD2… Stop waiting for new phones to come pout that are not much better if any than the one before it. For what I pay TMobile for 3 lines, with data and unlimited everything for 3 phones, no-one can touch it. ATT and Verizon all charge if you go over your data, when TMobile says unlimited its unlimited, no roaming. Guess what all slow your speed down from 4G when you use too much data, including TMobile, but I love them. Never had an issue snd most android phones such as my HTC Sensation have the same apps as the iphone. So stop whining already

  • http://twitter.com/Kal28b Keanu Lee

    i want it now!!!!!!!!!!

    • Minicoop2

      When iPhone 5 being released anyone know?

  • Anonymous

    AT&T is not guaranteed to buy TMOBILE. Cut the crap.

  • Anonymous

    It has to be embarrassing for T-MO to be the only major carrier in the US not to have the best phone to offer to their customers. I’m not a fan a AT&T but it looks like the deal needs to happen for the T-Morrons to get the iPhone.

    • Guest

      I have been on T-Mo for about 10 yrs now. Customer Service is fantastic and I have never had an issue with dropped calls. The problem is If you have a family plan and you want to move over to a new provider, they will charge $200.00 per line for early termination. Then once you pick a new provider, the additional costs of setting up the new plan and cost of a new iphone can run upwards to $600.00

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AWWIKW6MNPUHOC4OVSHWUDWAHM Fabio

    Um… Just a thought… IF T-Mobile customers wanted an iPhone so badly… They can always switch! Why wait for an AT&T merger? And an AT&T merger is an event that is likely NOT going to happen. T-Mobile will get the iPhone once this merger gets denied.

    • Luca

      thats the whole point not to switch!!!

  • Bebe

    I dont want a freaking Android I love my iphone and I just wish Tmobile would hurry and sell them so that I can stop jalibreaking my phone

    • Luca

      and unlocking them!!!!

  • ProfitNot

    Your article is misleading.  The title indicates good news for those wanting to have a native iPhone on T-Mobile, but your article is all conjecture.

  • Googleboogle

    People already use iPhones on t-mobile in the US, unlocked, so it not clear that the frequency issue is relevant in the US.

    • Guest

      It’s relevant based on the fact the iPhone will not work @ 3G speeds on their network. It works fine on the EDGE network (essentially 2G speeds).

  • T-MobileApple

    I had heard that the only reason t-mobile does not have an IPhone is because Apple supports 3G network and t-mobile has argued over Apple for wanting it on 4G network.  Now if Apple does what they say their going to do, which is put 4G chip in IPhone 5, then t-mobile may get the IPhone 5.

  • Ericd

      Don’t understand why you say that acquisition is happening, all indications are that it is not.

  • Barry Wilson

    Here is a little heads up about those b@stard$ at T-Mobile. I recently got an unlocked iPhone and am running it on T-Mobile. I do *NOT* have a data plan on my account. I logged into my account to get a phone number from my contact list, as I have not added them to my iPhone yet. When I logged in, I saw that I was “Over My Data Limit” I was like, what the FU%$!” I called T-Mobile and spoke with a rep. She knew right away that I had an iPhone and asked me if I used the iPhone on Wi-Fi, I said yes, I have Wi-Fi at my home. She said that the iPhone is not directly supported on T-Mobile and that sometimes the iPhone will go on T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi, and that was the reason I was 48 meg over my limit. I said forgive me, but that sounds like your problem not mind. I do not have a data plan. She said that it was no problem, she could “fix” my account right away. I thanked her but said that this sounded like a lot of “BS”. I told her that I work with computers and that it could easily be “fixed”. In fact, I do not have a data plan, and have requested that I do not have any data plan or any additional features other than text messaging. She said that she understood, and would put a data block on my line. (which again, I did not have a data plan) I then said to her, there are over 1 million unlocked iPhones on T-Mobile, how many people are getting charged for data overages that they should not be??? She said it was a known problem, and they are fixing the problem on a case by case basis us users call them and wonder why they are getting charged for data overages when they do not have data plans! I said what!??? I was upset and shocked at this criminal activity! Please spread the word!!! This is downright criminal and stealing!!! Spread the word!!!

    • Guest

      Make sure you aren’t being charged for insurance on your line, since they cannot cover it.

  • Bchgoer

    All I know, is that if the parent company has been selling the iPhone in Europe for years why not here? Are the bands (Frequencies) that different from there to here? One would think, if you own a company, you would use the same technology across the board.

  • Guest

    Android sucks

  • Pureblaque100

    i want a damn iphone or we are canceling our tmobile contract this sucks

  • Seapixy

    Um, AT&T just CANCELED their offer for T-Mobile. T-Mobile US is dead in the water. I made the mistake of going to T-Mobile last year thinking they’d get the iPhone soon–why wouldn’t they since it would be a SMART business move? Now over 1 yr later on crappy T-Mobile and still NO iPhone, no chance of being acquired by AT&T and nearly 1 yr left on my contract.

    T-Mobile: I don’t want to hear excuses. Don’t want an Android. Don’t want to run a jail-broke iPhone in a “pretend” mode on your network. I want the iPhone damn it! Why do you sell them in rest of the world but not here?! You guys are really stupid. I mean seriously, even SPRINT has the iPhone now. 

    I’m done waiting for T-Mobile to get  their sh*t together. I’m canceling my T-Mobile contract by end of 2011 and take the $200 hit to get the iPhone. 

    • Solrac0492

      Iphone will be avail for Tmobile customer in Feb 2012. work for the call center and was informed this week.

      • Seapixy

        Sorry but I don’t believe that Tmobile will make iPhone available in Feb 2012–With all the legal rangling, “hail-mary” back room maneuvers, etc. that AT&T and Tmobile are doing, its estimated that the process won’t end until Aug-Sept 2012. In the meantime no way will Apple give Tmobile the iPhone while this “deal” is still unraveling.

        The latest back room maneuver is that Tmobile will sell its contracted subscribers (like me) to a 7th rate mobile carrier (the one that owns Cricket) to comply with the Fed. Once contracted subscribers are on Cricket they’ll have crappy service, crappy tech, and NO CHANCE to get iPhone. Totally screwed by Tmobile.

        Tmobile doesn’t want to be in US anymore, so they don’t care about their customers, just getting AT&T money.

    • Cspathelf0229

      The government is the one the cancelled the merg… AT&T to T-Mobile get it right… I know this cause my Dad works with AT&T big management team… I am the one in the family that likes T-Mobile… I could have my 5 dollar a month at&t crapy service… Family discount… You get this right…

    • Cspathelf0229

      The government is the one the cancelled the merg… AT&T to T-Mobile get it right… I know this cause my Dad works with AT&T big management team… I am the one in the family that likes T-Mobile… I could have my 5 dollar a month at&t crapy service… Family discount… You get this right…

      • Cspathelf0229

        All I want is the IPhone…

      • Cspathelf0229

        All I want is the IPhone…

  • Gnr466

    Well you can buy the iphone on the T-mobile network if you live in their home base of Germany. For those of you who just have to have the Iphone here in the states and wish to use it on T-mobiles’ network. 1st off save your pennies,it’s going to set you back about $600.00 then buy an actual “unlocked” model directly from Apple then make a trip to T-mobile buy a sim card,pick your telephone number,choose your plan to use on their network,no contract and no obligation and “poof” you have service. Yes,a few steps are involved in completing the goal for the end result. Of course when I wrote this I never said it would be cheap nor an easy task for that matter.      

  • Skip Nelson

    This “Author” is obviously out of the loop. AT&T will NOT acquire T-Mobile. The merger is going to fail, which makes any other of his “opinions” questionable. 

  • Solrac0492

    Iphone will be available to Tmobile in Feb of 2012, with the FCC and Department of Justice killing the deal. Heard it directly from people that work within the company…..but at that point why get the iphone…the iphone as now become the new razor or mustang….everyone and their momma has one…smh

  • Mark

    Unfortunatly, you have made the wrong prediction that AT&T and T-Mobie have mutually decided to stop the merger in November, 2011.

    My prediction is, T-Mobile, sooner or later, will release iPhone it its lineup, if T-Mobile wants to live up to its reputation as 1 of the 4 nationwide major carriers.

  • Mark

    Unfortunatly, you have made the wrong prediction that AT&T and T-Mobie have mutually decided to stop the merger in November, 2011.

    My prediction is, T-Mobile, sooner or later, will release iPhone in its lineup, if T-Mobile wants to live up to its reputation as 1 of the 4 nationwide major carriers.     

  • Seapixy

    Sorry but I don’t believe that Tmobile will make iPhone available in Feb 2012–With all the legal rangling, “hail-mary” back room maneuvers, etc. that AT&T and Tmobile are doing, its estimated that the process won’t end until Aug-Sept 2012. In the meantime no way will Apple give Tmobile the iPhone while this “deal” is still unraveling.

    The latest back room maneuver: Tmobile will sell its contracted subscribers (like me) to a 7th rate mobile carrier (“LEAP.com” which owns Cricket) to comply with the Fed. Once contracted subscribers are on Cricket they’ll have crappy service, crappy tech, and NO CHANCE to get iPhone. Totally screwed by Tmobile.

    Tmobile doesn’t want to be in US anymore, so they don’t care about their customers, just getting AT&T money.

    Aug-Sept 2012 is too long to wait (my contract’s up in Sep 2012 anyway), and what if they send me to Cricket?

    With that I canceled on Dec 16 and got an iPhone 4s. My piece of mind: not giving Tmobile $$ anymore to be a crappy service that DOES NOT LISTEN TO OR CARE ABOUT ITS CUSTOMERS.

  • Austin Ryan

    JUST START SELLING THE iPHONE T-MOBILE, I AM SO SICK OF BLACKBERRIES & ANDROIDS!!!

  • Fadi

    1- AT&T will “NOT OBVIOUSLY” acquire T-Mobile… Even given the 1/9/2012 announcement! If it does eventually happen, the below still applies. You don’t solve AWS frequency integration spectrum challenges overnight. Physics rules still trump economics. When physics has been solved, then we can look to solving the economics below…
    2- The business case for iPhones on T-Mobile hasn’t been compelling enough for Apple thus far. ~20% of an MNO’s subscribers buy iPhones (T-Mobile US has 35M subscribers).
    3- Getting a Penta-Band 3G radio is challenging (only Nokia offers for now. NO, you can’t buy it from Qualcomm  nor ST-Ericsson, etc… just yet). So there’s no dual sourcing and no price competition – That means a lower priority on the list.
    4- There’s limited space on an iPhone motherboard for new features, like NFC, other technologies/form factors designs. To make the cut depends on Apple’s innovative business model decisions, to say nothing of form factor.

    I’d like an iPhone on T-Mobile. Still, adding it all up – I doubt T-Mobile USA and an iPhone for T-Mobile USA are coming any time soon! Like perhaps another 18 months or so… 

    I hope I’m wrong…

  • Mariel

    a T-Mobile manager in Texas told me that the iPhone will be available for T-Mobile in July of 2012 

  • Mariel

    a T-Mobile manager in Texas told me that the iPhone will be available for T-Mobile in July of 2012 

  • http://bermudezbria.tumblr.com/ Brianna Bermudez

    Tmobile is being so f*cking retarded! Think about how much more they could benefit with having the iPhone in their lineup. But noooo, they’re too busy shoving Android down our throats; WE WANT THE iPHONE DAMMIT! 
    Seriously, if iPhone isn’t available by summer 2012, I’m going to Verison. I am not waiting an entire year for a Tmobile iPhone. F*ck that! 

  • http://bermudezbria.tumblr.com/ Brianna Bermudez

    Tmobile is being so f*cking retarded! Think about how much more they could benefit with having the iPhone in their lineup. But noooo, they’re too busy shoving Android down our throats; WE WANT THE iPHONE DAMMIT! 
    Seriously, if iPhone isn’t available by summer 2012, I’m going to Verison. I am not waiting an entire year for a Tmobile iPhone. F*ck that! 

    • http://bermudezbria.tumblr.com/ Brianna Bermudez

      Also, I know about unlocked versions, but I want the real thing. Those are just to complicated. -.-

    • http://bermudezbria.tumblr.com/ Brianna Bermudez

      Also, I know about unlocked versions, but I want the real thing. Those are just to complicated. -.-

    • http://bermudezbria.tumblr.com/ Brianna Bermudez

      Also, I know about unlocked versions, but I want the real thing. Those are just to complicated. -.-

    • http://bermudezbria.tumblr.com/ Brianna Bermudez

      Also, I know about unlocked versions, but I want the real thing. Those are just to complicated. -.-

    • http://bermudezbria.tumblr.com/ Brianna Bermudez

      Also, I know about unlocked versions, but I want the real thing. Those are just to complicated. -.-

    • http://bermudezbria.tumblr.com/ Brianna Bermudez

      Also, I know about unlocked versions, but I want the real thing. Those are just to complicated. -.-

    • http://bermudezbria.tumblr.com/ Brianna Bermudez

      Also, I know about unlocked versions, but I want the real thing. Those are just to complicated. -.-

    • http://bermudezbria.tumblr.com/ Brianna Bermudez

      Also, I know about unlocked versions, but I want the real thing. Those are just to complicated. -.-

    • http://bermudezbria.tumblr.com/ Brianna Bermudez

      Also, I know about unlocked versions, but I want the real thing. Those are just to complicated. -.-

    • http://bermudezbria.tumblr.com/ Brianna Bermudez

      Also, I know about unlocked versions, but I want the real thing. Those are just to complicated. -.-

    • http://bermudezbria.tumblr.com/ Brianna Bermudez

      Also, I know about unlocked versions, but I want the real thing. Those are just to complicated. -.-

    • http://bermudezbria.tumblr.com/ Brianna Bermudez

      Also, I know about unlocked versions, but I want the real thing. Those are just to complicated. -.-

    • http://bermudezbria.tumblr.com/ Brianna Bermudez

      Also, I know about unlocked versions, but I want the real thing. Those are just to complicated. -.-

    • http://bermudezbria.tumblr.com/ Brianna Bermudez

      Also, I know about unlocked versions, but I want the real thing. Those are just to complicated. -.-

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Reilly/521216475 Joseph Reilly

    Android has some stuff out there that spanks iPhone. It’s just that new androids come out so often that you never get the range of accessories or comfort of knowing you have the “right” one that you get with iPhone. Everyone is looking around sniffing each others asses like your self worth depends on which phone you update your status with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=635658253 Daniel Giannuzzi

    I’m confused.  If the iphone doesn’t work with t-mobile frequencies than how come you can unlock the iphone and run it on t-mobiles network?

  • Draedog1124

    why doesnt t-mobile just sign with apple they both will make millions if not more and everybody is happy

  • Keirraerb

    my b-day is in may n i want the iphone 4 my b-day

  • iphonesRULE

    im using a fucking android and its sooo crappy!!! i really want them to have iphones in t-mobile!!! :(((

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q2QADZKPJ6KE2OF266UIGDFVLM *

    Please, get the iphone on tmobile. I’m not paying a ridiculous amount of $600 for an unlocked iphone.

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