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Rumor: T-Mobile USA Getting iPhone in 2010

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 24 comments

The iPhone may hit T-Mobile in Q3 2010.

An unnamed, "highly placed" source claims that T-Mobile USA will get Apple's iPhone in Q3 2010. In the typical covert, secret informant fashion, the source remains anonymous because he/she/it works at T-Mobile and is not authorized to spill company secrets. Nevertheless, talks between T-Mobile and Apple are supposedly in an advanced stage, with the possibility of a relationship floating around 80-percent.

Despite the rumors about Verizon getting the iPhone, this T-Mobile deal seems more likely. After all, it's somewhat pointless for Verizon to dump loads of cash into DROID licensing and then turn around and kiss up to Apple. The company has even publicly attacked the Apple device in its DROID campaigns, with its latest stint poking fun at the iPhone 4.

Of course, Verizon already stated in June that it had no immediate plans to bring the iPhone into its library of devices, yet we still hear chatter about the possibility anyway. Ultimately, Verizon's relationship with Google and its commitment to Android should clearly indicate where the company stands in regards to the rumored iPhone support.

Also, a marriage with T-Mobile is also more likely because it's a GSM network (as is AT&T). This would be much easier on Apple than reworking the iPhone's hardware to incorporate CDMA technology for Verizon's CDMA network (even though reports indicate that Apple is working with Qualcomm on a CDMA chip). Currently T-Mobile users are already using unlocked iPhones on the network anyway.

On a whole, there are many positives and negatives to the iPhone heading to both T-Mobile and Verizon. The latter of the two seems less likely, but it's still possible nonetheless. Naturally, T-mobile refused to respond on the possibility, saying that it doesn't comment on rumors. Apple also didn't supply a response.

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    qwerty45 , July 22, 2010 8:17 PM
    old :) 
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    Computerrock1 , July 22, 2010 8:21 PM
    We all knew it would happen, the question now is, who wants the iphone 4g?
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    in0va3 , July 22, 2010 8:22 PM
    why are Tom's Hardware's news a day old to everyone else's now?
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    hellwig , July 22, 2010 8:23 PM
    I hope T-Mobile isn't shying away from Android phones, my G1 contract is nearly up and I need a good replacement (MyTouch Slide is nice, I want better). Still, for T-Mobile, adding the iPhone only makes sense, in that it will bring in customers and money. Of course, if T-Mobile brings in the iPhone and then introduces company-wide data plan restrictions, I'm going to kill Craig T. Nelson, no wait, Steve Jobs. Yeah, thats the one.
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    stm1185 , July 22, 2010 8:31 PM
    I wonder if T-Mobile service will be good enough you can grip your phone without losing a call.
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    dan117 , July 22, 2010 8:31 PM
    meh...
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    dbowlin17 , July 22, 2010 8:32 PM
    iphones already are on tmobiles network. and have been for some time now.
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    Ragnar-Kon , July 22, 2010 8:36 PM
    If T-Mobile could get the iPhone, it would be fantastic for them. In the USA, they seem to have fallen behind Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint lately. They made a big splash with the G1, but have since basically faded into the shadows.

    I also think this rumor could very likely happen, especially since T-Mobile is a carrier for the iPhone in Europe.
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    mhughes81 , July 22, 2010 8:38 PM
    T-mobile used to be good in my area, but we just got 3G service last fall here. Since then service in general has gone downhill. I can't get any signal at work and I also lose signal in my house sometimes. Generally I have 1 bar w/ 3G service in my house which leads to a lot of failed and dropped calls. My service also keeps jumping from Edge to 3G as well. Tmobile refuses to do anything with the towers to boost signal and they will not waive my contract cancellation fee even after all of the signal problems at work and home. They swapped out my phone and replaced my sim card and then pretty much told me "sorry about your luck".
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    Ragnar-Kon , July 22, 2010 8:38 PM
    stm1185I wonder if T-Mobile service will be good enough you can grip your phone without losing a call.

    The problem is not with the service, but with the phone. True that AT&T's service is crappy, but the drop in signal due to gripping the phone in a "wrong" way has to do with the phone itself, not AT&T's service.
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    akoegle , July 22, 2010 8:44 PM
    Q3 10 is long gone.. I hope you meant 11? Or did you mean physical year and not fiscal?
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    balister , July 22, 2010 8:45 PM
    akoegleQ3 10 is long gone.. I hope you meant 11? Or did you mean physical year and not fiscal?


    Um, no...Q3 is now. Q3 runs from July 1 to Sept 30.
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    hellwig , July 22, 2010 9:00 PM
    balisterUm, no...Q3 is now. Q3 runs from July 1 to Sept 30.

    In akoegle's defense, he's probably thinking fiscal quarter, which some companies shift forward 3 months. For instance, the fiscal year at the company I am currently working for ends on September 30th. FY2011 starts October 1st. It's a system I don't understand, but probably exists for tax evasion reasons, or to somehow screw over employees.
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    Morgan3rd , July 22, 2010 9:11 PM
    From a selfish perspective I hope the iPhone doesn't go on T-mobile. They have a very generous data plan (5 gigs then throttled data per month), and it is cheaper than most other carriers and it tends to outperform other carriers in urban areas. (kinda blows in the burbs though).

    I'm sure T-Mobile would love it though...
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    pharge , July 22, 2010 9:14 PM
    Ragnar-KonThe problem is not with the service, but with the phone. True that AT&T's service is crappy, but the drop in signal due to gripping the phone in a "wrong" way has to do with the phone itself, not AT&T's service.


    True... but just like many user's experience... if the signal coverage is strong, you will still be ok even with 2-3 signal bar drop.

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    slipdisc , July 22, 2010 10:29 PM
    dbowlin17iphones already are on tmobiles network. and have been for some time now.


    Yeah on crappy EDGE dialup speeds. Who want to do that?
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    Simple11 , July 22, 2010 11:39 PM
    Yes yes of course rumors from Bloomberg (ha, member that) about iPhone coming to Verzion.
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    coupe , July 23, 2010 1:11 AM
    I'm happy with the Vibrant. Not the iFail.
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    jerreece , July 23, 2010 5:44 AM
    LOL There goes Apple yet again.... giving their iPhone to another second rate phone company.

    Will they ever learn?
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    Kahless01 , July 23, 2010 2:41 PM
    would be nice. all that iphone money would let tmobile expand their 3g network. i work in a city of 50k people, no 3g in it with tmobile.
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