T-Mobile: We want "to have the iPhone"

AT&T held onto the exclusive for Apple's iPhone ever since the smartphone launched in 2007. Earlier in 2011, Verizon finally broke that exclusive hold and started selling its own version of the iPhone, to the delight of many who hated AT&T's service. Strong rumors on the Internet have led many to believe that when the iPhone 5 is finally launched later this year, it will be accompanied by the news that Sprint will start selling the smartphone as well.

But what about T-Mobile? The nation's fourth largest wireless carrier, currently in the middle of a proposed and highly contested merger deal with AT&T, was once rumored to get its own version of the iPhone 5 but those rumors were quickly squashed. On Monday at the Mobilize conference in San Francisco, News.com reports that T-Mobile's chief marketing officer Cole Brodman told an audience at the event, "We've made public our desire to have the iPhone." However, he then added, "But the ball really is in [Apple's] court at this point."

T-Mobile may not be getting Apple's popular smartphone anytime soon but Brodman didn't appear too concerned with that prospect. Indeed, today at the conference he helped to introduce two upcoming Android-based phones that will be launching on October 12. One will be T-Mobile's version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, priced at $229.99, while the other is the HTC Amaze 4G at $259.99, both after a $50 rebate and a new two year contract. Brodman claims that these smartphones stand up next to the iPhone, saying " ... our devices are on par, and better in many ways."

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As I've said a million times before, I can not understand why you people let the carriers decide which phones you can buy on what carrier.

How can that ever be of benefit to the end-user? Why do you end-users allow it to continue...?

Perhaps you don't understand this, but T-Mobile doesn't use the same frequencies for 3G as AT&T does. This isn't something that can be worked around unfortunately. Even if someone was to buy an unlocked iPhone, it wouldn't work on T-Mobile. And of course CDMA (like Verizon and every other wireless carrier in the US besides T-Mobile and AT&T) is a different technology entirely.

roadwarrior said,
Perhaps you don't understand this, but T-Mobile doesn't use the same frequencies for 3G as AT&T does. This isn't something that can be worked around unfortunately. Even if someone was to buy an unlocked iPhone, it wouldn't work on T-Mobile. And of course CDMA (like Verizon and every other wireless carrier in the US besides T-Mobile and AT&T) is a different technology entirely.

Frequencies are something that can be imposed out easily by FCC. Outside US in all the countries over the world GSM frequencies are the same for all carriers and you take you phone and use it with any carrier you want including international roaming.

alexalex said,

Frequencies are something that can be imposed out easily by FCC. Outside US in all the countries over the world GSM frequencies are the same for all carriers and you take you phone and use it with any carrier you want including international roaming.


I don't they are the same for all carriers. The only reason why your mobile from one country works in another is because your phone is either dual-band, tri-band or quad-band, in other words it works on multiple frequencies.

testman said,

I don't they are the same for all carriers. The only reason why your mobile from one country works in another is because your phone is either dual-band, tri-band or quad-band, in other words it works on multiple frequencies.

Actually you'll find most of the world uses GSM 900 / 1800 and 3G 2100

America uses:
AT&T: GSM 850 and 3G 1900
T-Mobile: GSM 1900 and 3G 1700

GSM is the World Wide Standard which means mobiles that are Dual, Tri, Quad all work with each other including the USA. There is no such thing that a mobile from France uses different frequencies or bands compared to Germany, much less Asia, etc.. From my experience the EU and Europe have a broader of spectrum available to the customers while the USA because of the FCC limits this so then you can receive a call (U.S. Mobile Brands) stateside but once in a while if an emergency occurs; ambulance, fire, police can overrun your reception and you get a free preview of the call in progress. I have two old mobiles from Hungary that Tri-Band and it works great when I use them with out a hitch but this is with T-Mobile Hungary. It even shows T-Mobile HU when on. There are many people from Europe that come to the States for Holidays and they bring their mobiles with them and use them just as they are at home but due to the somewhat high costs of roaming they are limited to the time allowed per call but the EU Commission solved this problem a few years back and no more different pricing per Country but one flat rate for all including the States.

This mindset is known or called GSM, thus the World Wide Standard. I for the likes of me just do not get it why TMO USA does not start to offer iPhone or iPad. Like I stated in my earlier posts TMO (DT) already offers them. Besides if one was to buy an unlocked iPhone from Apple you see a notice telling you that your new toy will work with any GSM Provider which includes the USA.

Alastyr said,
As I've said a million times before, I can not understand why you people let the carriers decide which phones you can buy on what carrier.

How can that ever be of benefit to the end-user? Why do you end-users allow it to continue...?