T-Mobile announces deal to provide Apple products

René Obermann, CEO of T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom, announced today that T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to begin providing hardware from the iPhone manufacturer next year.

According to a tweet by PC Magazine writer Sascha Segan, Obermann announced the news in a rather vague manner, as the T-Mobile CEO didn’t specifically mention the iPhone or iPad being part of the agreement. Both devices are the most likely Apple products that would be offered as part of the agreement, however.

A press release issued by T-Mobile didn’t clarify the issue further, merely reiterating what Obermann said during his conference call earlier this morning. The portion of the press release confirming the deal is as follows:

The higher investment volume is to be used to roll out the broadband infrastructure in Germany and the United States in particular. In the mobile communications network, this will be done using the state-of-the-art technology LTE. Around EUR 6 billion is earmarked for rolling out the broadband infrastructure in the German fixed network with optical fiber and vectoring between 2013 and 2020. In addition, T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together in 2013.

If T-Mobile does begin offering the iPhone through contracts on its network, it will be the last of the four major U.S. wireless carriers to do so. Apple’s smartphone was originally exclusive to AT&T, although Verizon began offering the iPhone on Feb. 10, 2011, when that exclusivity contract ended. Sprint also reached an agreement with Apple later that year to begin offering the smartphone through contracts on its network.

No official statement has been released by either company clarifying which products will be offered through the deal. This story will be updated when clarification regarding T-Mobile and Apple’s agreement is received.

Source: Sascha Segan (Twitter), T-Mobile via Engadget

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This will probably coincide with LTE ios devices, so it doesn't require Apple to create all new products just for T-mobile.

Tmobile has had several million iPhones on their networks for a bit now. This will help with some sales but their coverage for travelers is less than desirable. Major city coverage is okay. Indoors well that's another story.

Mr.XXIV said,
Are you kidding me? I got on Sprint because of T-Mobile for the rejection of offering iOS devices.

They don't offer iOS devices, but they've allowed people to bring their iPhones to their network for quite a while.

Anthony Tosie said,

They don't offer iOS devices, but they've allowed people to bring their iPhones to their network for quite a while.

I know, I just couldn't afford one without contract at the time.

Anthony Tosie said,

They don't offer iOS devices, but they've allowed people to bring their iPhones to their network for quite a while.

iPhone is not fully supported though. You can only get Edge.

AtriusNY said,

iPhone is not fully supported though. You can only get Edge.

Another good reason to stick with Sprint. My contract doesn't end til 14' though, so I'll have to think about which is an actually a good choice.

AtriusNY said,

iPhone is not fully supported though. You can only get Edge.

True, but you could catch a HSPA+ signal in a dense area if you're lucky (via http://www.airportal.de)

This I was really curious about as I'm planning to take my temporarily unlocked iPhone down there.

AtriusNY said,

iPhone is not fully supported though. You can only get Edge.

Not true. In many areas already, and eventually over the entire T-Mobile network, the refarming of the 1900MHz frequency to HSPA+ is enabling iPhones and other "AT&T" phones to now get full high-speed data on T-Mobile.