Apple’s revolutionary iPhone coming next to T-Mobile USA?

“Now that AT&T’s exclusive hold on the iPhone in the U.S. is over, with Verizon announcing that it will start selling Apple’s device on Feb. 10, other carriers are ready as well,” Brier Dudley reports for The Seattle Times.

“Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA would like to offer the phone on its network, which uses the same sort of wireless technology as AT&T,” Dudley reports. “‘We would be interested in offering the iPhone, but ultimately it is Apple’s decision,’ a T-Mobile spokeswoman said.”

Dudley writes, “My guess is Verizon has an arrangement with Apple giving it premium play until it begins offering the iPhone, after which we’ll hear about other carriers.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As our own SteveJack explained well over a year ago on December 23, 2009: iPhone isn’t the Mac, so stop comparing them. To draw an analogy between the Mac and iPhone platforms simply highlights… ignorance of the vast differences between the two business situations. Look at the iPod, not the Mac, to see how this will play out.

Google Android offers the same messy, inconsistent Windows PC “experience,” but without any cost savings, real or perceived. Windows only thrived back in the mid-90s because PCs (and Macs) were so expensive; the upfront cost advantage roped in a lot of people, who were, frankly, ignorant followers who did what their similarly-ignorant co-workers and friends told them to do. Microsoft still coasts along on that momentum today.

I’d call any Android device the “Poor Man’s iPhone,” but you have to spend just as much, if not more, to partake in an increasingly fragmented and inferior platform. There’s no real reason to choose Android, people settle for Android. “I’d have bought an iPhone if Verizon offered them.” Just look what’s happening in any country where iPhone is offered on multiple carriers. It’s a bloodbath.

Apple offers consistency to developers of both software and hardware. Just look at the vibrant third-party accessories market for iPhone vs. the Zune-like handful of oddball items for Android. If you make a case or a vehicle mount, does it pay to make 44 different Android accessories whose total addressable audience numbers under 1 million each, or to make one or two for what’s [well over] 100 million iPhone/iPod touch devices? As Apple’s iPhone expands onto more and more carriers, Android’s only real selling point (“I’m stuck on Verizon or some other carrier that doesn’t offer the iPhone”) evaporates.

22 Comments

  1. I hope T-Mobile and anything else in the USA and elsewhere get the iPhone. At 60% to 80% adoption everywhere. Apple features become the standard. Example: FaceTime

    The only thing slowing Apple down is manufacturing. If they make them, they will sell it! No Zune like inventory here with iPhone and other iOS devices.

  2. The tide is turning. Met my boss from years back at a trade show last week, the guy who inflicted Dell crapslab hell on me for 15 years. Also the guy who laughed at me when I bought Apple stock at 18 two splits ago. He was packing a MacBook Pro and told me he was switching to iPhone as soon as it came to Verizon. When these guys are switching Ballsmear needs to be thinking about when to turn out the lights.

  3. Sorry but I do pay less for my t-mobile mytouch with unlimited 4g and it has hotspot for free. My iphone on AT&T cost a lot more and gave me less as far as phone reception, internet speed and hotspot.

    Apps? Turn on hotspot and use my ipad. This way I don’t have to pay for the slower 3g for my ipad only. I save even more money!

  4. With iPhone now on the two largest carriers, plus the prospect of more in the future, the iPod effect will become more pronounced. That is to say, the non-Apple phone makers will be squeezed into a corner, fighting each other over diminishing leftover scraps.

  5. Makes eminent sense. Isn’t iPhone offered on T-Mobile in Europe? Same GSM. Entirely doable.

    I see AAPL is up yet more today. (Oh, why didn’t I buy more when it was cheaper?) If it wasn’t already clear, it is now. We’re well past the tipping point.

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