T-Mobile source: 80% chance Apple iPhone coming to T-Mobile USA this autumn

“T-Mobile USA is very close to getting the iPhone in the fall, ending Apple’s exclusive relationship with AT&T, according to a highly placed source at the wireless company,” Leander Kahney reports for Cult of Mac.

“Talks between Apple and T-Mobile are at an advanced stage, our source says, and it’s 80 percent likely that the iPhone will be coming to T-Mobile in Q3,” Kahney reports. “The source works at T-Mobile but asked not to be quoted directly and to remain anonymous because they aren’t authorized to talk to the press.”

Kahney reports, “T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, which carries the iPhone in Germany, was able to influence, the source said. T-Mobile USA is the fourth-largest U.S. carrier with 33.7 million customers.”

“Apple’s exclusive contract with AT&T is reportedly ending this year, and many expect Apple to offer the iPhone to other wireless companies,” Kahney reports. “Overseas, Apple has routinely added extra carriers when exclusivity deals in those markets expire.”

“Most pundits expect Apple to add Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest mobile phone provider with 92.8 million subscribers,” Kahney reports. “AT&T is the second-largest US carrier with 87 million customers. The major problem is hardware: Verizon’s network is based on incompatible CDMA technology. However, Apple is already working with chipset-supplier Qualcomm on a CDMA chip for the iPhone, according to Wired.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The day iPhone goes multiple carriers in the USA, is the day Google Android’s little toehold crumbles away into nothingness. Consumers with no reason to settle is Google’s biggest nightmare.

63 Comments

  1. R2 is right. When Verizon was pushing Blackberry, BB was going gangbusters, but since Verizon started pushing Droid, then Moto and HTC have been getting the benefit of their marketing muscle. Shocking how much pull they have in the marketplace. AT&T has nowhere near as much pull to sell whatever they promote.

  2. Mathematical analysis has proven that 87% of statistics are fictional and the other 23% are fabricated. But, that’s not surprising considering 10 out of every 8 people are incapable of accurately processing fractions.

  3. I guess that if this gets reported over and over and over in a few years it will be true. Let’s see, 5 years from 2007 isn’t this fall.

    Apple can’t keep up with demand now. Going to other carriers this year isn’t going to happen.

  4. @R2

    For the millionth time: Verizon + CDMA = NO iPhone

    Apple putting out a CDMA version of the iPhone would be like them putting SCSI ports in the upcoming MacPro.

    In other words… it ain’t a-gonna happen.

    T-Mobile is the most likely, since they support international standards, but I wouldn’t hold my breath on that either.

  5. Apple will come to Verizon when they have a single design that will be capable of using both the ATT and Verizon networks. Otherwise they get into a trap of how many of this model vs how many of that model and the carrier can whipsaw them by varying quantities ordered. Apple would be foolish to go down that path.

    Starting on some day, every new iPhone sold will be capable of T-Mobile and ATT frequencies. Starting some day after that, every new iPhone sold will be capable of both TDMA and CDMA networks and we’ll see iPhones on all US carriers. The user experience will be defined by Apple, the courts will end longterm contracts and locking and real competition will reign. Hopefully that will include zero as a cellular data option.

  6. I really don’t give a damn how much more money speculators think Apple might make if it panders to Verizon.

    If T-Mobile offers the iPhone in the good old “free” US of A, there is a 100% chance that they will be my carrier of choice. Period.

    Too bad such freedom of choice wasn’t offered 4 years ago.

  7. I sure Hope so, I didn’t want to make the jump to AT&T.

    My 4 Year old Motorola Razr finally died a week ago and now I am using a Complete Piece of $*!t (POS) iPhone Clone SciPhone i68 in the meantime. I can’t use this thing much longer by how terrible it is. You can’t see the screen outside in sunlight, The camera is So bad that a Polaroid from 1965 has better quality, and the touch screen sucks. All it has is good loud calls, but what good is that when U can’t enjoy everything else? It’s what happens when you by these cheap Chinese Knockoffs.

    I’m sure T-Mobile will have a much better offering than AT&T. I stuck with T-Mobile because they have been great with me. And T-Mobile has a similar setup as AT&T compared to Verizon. It’s just a no brainer.

    Please, Please let this be true!!!!!!!!!

  8. You all are getting hard-ons about T-Mobile. You do realize that their 3G network is behind the AT&T 3G network by maybe 2 years.

    Oh well, at least it’s a slightly more plausible rumor than Verizon.

    This is getting boring.

  9. Anythings possible but T-mobile seems more likely than Verizon at this point after the cheap shots Verizon has been taking at Apple…Who knows maybe that’s why Apple raised guidance and was a lot more confident than usual in the CC yesterday…

  10. For all you people who actually think this is gonna happen you’re wrong. There has been so many rumors of where iphone is going next that you cant know what to believe even if they have a made up statistic. So tmobile don’t get your hopes up.

  11. Coming to T-Mobile rumor… I guess it was bound to happen… that “Coming to Verizon” rumor was bound to loose it’s effectiveness after it had been surmised over and over and over and over and over and you get the point and over and over again!

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