Come October 14th, T-Mobile may be the only major US carrier with no iPhone. We say may, because we aren’t 100 percent certain that October 14th is the iPhone 5 release date. Regardless, as soon as it hits the market, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon will all be carrying the iPhone.
T-Mobile Sees the Value in the iPhone
The iPhone is a popular handset. It doesn’t take much to figure that out. T-Mobile knows that. In fact, they’ve even commented on it. T-Mo’s CMO Cole Brodman commented on it recently with the following (via 9to5Mac):
“We’ve heard from many customers who love their T-Mobile service, but are disappointed that we don’t carry the iPhone. To these customers, first, thank you for your business. Please know that we think the iPhone is a great device and Apple knows that we’d like to add it to our line-up. Today, there are over a million T-Mobile customers using unlocked iPhones on our network. We are interested in offering all of our customers a no-compromise iPhone experience on our network.”
That’s quite a number. Over one million unlocked iPhones on T-Mobile’s network. That’s unlocked. I love my iPhone, and even I wouldn’t go through the trouble of unlocking a new one if I switched from AT&T. However, there are more than one million people willing to buy an iPhone (which they are likely paying a hefty price for unsubsidized) and unlocking, just to use an iPhone. Imagine how many more users there would be if it were released on the network.
Just a Guess, How About Next Year?
T-Mobile could always pick up the iPhone next year. Either in time for release, or midway through the iPhone 5’s first year like Verizon did with the iPhone 4. As we always say, having the handset on more carriers is a benefit to Apple and we don’t see why they wouldn’t want it. The handset is also popular enough so that they can negotiate a deal that fits their liking.
Until the iPhone makes it onto T-Mobile in some official capacity, users will have to continue unlocking. We’re sure that there are talks behind the scenes and that T-Mobile definitely wants the handset to join their lineup. Apple must also want the iPhone on T-Mobile. We will see what happens over the next year.