“T-Mobile USA will distribute Apple Inc.’s iPhone next year, a deal that will fill a major gap in the fourth-largest U.S. wireless carrier’s product lineup,” Spencer E. Ante and Thomas Gryta report for The Wall Street Journal. “T-Mobile is the only major U.S. wireless carrier that doesn’t offer the iPhone, and its executives have cited that omission as a key reason T-Mobile continues to lose valuable contract customers to competitors.”

“T-Mobile and parent Deutsche Telekom AG said the agreement with Apple will close a key competitive gap,” Ante and Gryta report. “‘We have now added the final piece to the jigsaw to boost the competitiveness of T-Mobile USA sustainably,’ Deutsche Telekom Chairman René Obermann said.”

Ante and Gryta report, “New T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere said that a certain number of customers would not come to T-Mobile stores if the company didn’t have the iPhone. Mr. Legere added that it would launch an Apple product in ‘several months.'”

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