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T-Mobile USA 'Not Going to Get the iPhone 5 This Year'


TmoNews reports that it has received an image of an internal news posting from T-Mobile USA sharing word from Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman that the carrier will not be offering the iPhone 5 this year. Brodman's comment apparently came as part of a September 15th company town hall meeting.
"Our business is working very hard to improve performance over the last couple of years and we've had some great success," said Brodman. New products and value plans are fueling customer response, he added, and Brodman expects the excitement to continue into the holiday season as T-Mobile introduces two new smartphones. Note: "We are not going to get the iPhone 5 this year," Brodman said.
Brodman's comment does not eliminate the possibility of T-Mobile offering the iPhone 5 at some point in the future, but it seems that the carrier will not be a launch partner for the device.

Several mainstream media reports have claimed that Sprint will become the third major U.S. carrier to offer the iPhone with the debut of the iPhone 5 next month, but the fate of the iPhone on T-Mobile USA has been less clear. Despite a few claims of a T-Mobile iPhone coming this year and evidence of prototypes for testing on the carrier's network, there had yet to be any solid reports of an launch from mainstream sources.

T-Mobile's status is of course complicated by AT&T's efforts to acquire the carrier, and effort that is being opposed by the U.S. government, Sprint, and a number of other groups.

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42 months ago
Sad news for me... :(

On the bright side, they are not officially getting the iPhone to subsidize but the phone could technically still support the T-mo 3G bands.

Nothing a Jailbreak & Unlock couldn't fix. ;)
Rating: 5 Votes
42 months ago
My heart just sank.
Rating: 5 Votes
42 months ago
Damn. GOD tell me this is not true. Apple, please make an annoucement on whatever is coming...
Rating: 4 Votes
42 months ago
Really wish it was coming to T-Mobile. I'll be purchasing my first smartphone this fall, but I refuse to switch to AT&T or Verizon.
Rating: 3 Votes
42 months ago
I'm just going to say it again... You people are insane...

I can't believe you guys are looking so deeply into this comment that you think he is saying that the phone coming out this year is a 4S and not a 5 or that the next gen iPhone isn't coming out this year...

Madness...

It is an internal letter and not a cold war coded message.

He means ONE thing and that's that T-Mobile isn't getting the iPhone this year.
Rating: 3 Votes
42 months ago
My stomach just dropped.... hopefully, 'We' is referring to T-Mobile only... :(
Rating: 2 Votes
42 months ago
Ugh. I just hope that the next story isn't about how we're not getting a redesigned iPhone.

So, if they're not getting an iPhone 5, could it mean they're getting the 4S?
Rating: 2 Votes
42 months ago
As long as AT&T/VZW doesn't make such a statement, we are good :)
Rating: 2 Votes
42 months ago
That T-Mobile chick in the pink dress is really, really hot...
Rating: 2 Votes
42 months ago
guess we'll need a jailbreak for iOS 5 sooner than we thought...
Rating: 2 Votes

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