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Rumor: T-Mobile to Begin Carrying the iPhone

November 29, 2012

T-Mobile unlocked and unlimited

T-Mobile is the only major U.S. carrier that does not sell Apple's iPhone, but that could soon change, an analyst has suggested.

According to a report from Fortune, Merrill Lynch analyst Scott Craig said in a note to investors this morning that "speculation is heightening" that T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telecom will announce a deal to bring the uber-popular smartphone to its U.S. subsidiary as early as next week. T-Mobile is the nation's fourth largest wireless carrier with 33 million customers, about four million of which would likely buy the device, Craig estimated.

In a statement to PCMag, a T-Mobile spokeswoman declined to comment on the report, noting "T-Mobile does not comment on rumor or speculation."

Some 1.5 million T-Mobile customers are currently using unlocked iPhones on the carrier's network, but many are crawling along at slow 2G speeds. T-Mobile, however, has been busy as of late rolling out network improvements in a number of metropolitan areas, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Houston, to provide faster speeds for customers with unlocked iPhones.

Also, in the wake of the iPhone 5's September release, T-Mobile urged AT&T users to bring their unlocked iPhones to the network for a taste of the carrier's truly unlimited data offerings. As part of the "Unlocked & Unlimited" campaign, T-Mobile retail stores were equipped with an iPhone 4S demo unit, and its sales staff was trained to help customers set up their compatible iPhone. T-Mobile is even developing several of its own iOS apps including myAccount, Visual Voicemail, and T-Mobile TV.

T-Mobile would be among the list of iPhone 5 carriers already, had the Justice Department not shot down its proposed merger with AT&T last year on antitrust grounds.




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