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T-Mobile: Apple's Decision When We Get the iPhone

In a statement released yesterday, Andrew Sherrard, T-Mobile USA's Senior Vice President of Marketing, blamed Apple for T-Mobile's lack of an official iPhone offering. He said the main issue remains Apple's unwillingness to build hardware compatible with T-Mobile 3G and 4G networks.
T-Mobile thinks the iPhone is a good device and we’ve expressed our interest to Apple to offer it to our customers. Ultimately, it is Apple’s decision. The issue remains that Apple has not developed a version of the iPhone with technology that works on our fast 3G and 4G networks. We believe a capable version of the iPhone for our 3G and 4G networks would offer an additional compelling option for our customers on a fast 4G network. However, the iPhone is not the only option to experience the benefit that smartphones offer.
Sherrard goes on to compare the iPhone to other smartphones that do support T-Mobile's network, saying that the phones are capable of faster speeds, have bigger screens, and a more advanced camera on one particular phone, the HTC Amaze 4G.

In a defense of T-Mobile that echoes an open letter to their customers last month, Sherrard said "we firmly believe that T-Mobile’s portfolio will give any iPhone a run for its money... With our portfolio of Android, Windows, and BlackBerry smartphones, fast 4G network, and competitively priced worry-free unlimited talk, text, and data plans, we believe it’s a great time to be a T-Mobile customer."

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Posted: 33 months ago
Day X: Check out the Android vs iPhone charts on our website!
Day X+1: OMG WE GOT IPHONES COME N GET EM
Rating: 14 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago

How can he say that Apple has not built an iPhone compatible with their network, but in a previous statement say that they have over a million iPhone's running on their network...


They're running on EDGE technology, not 3G or 4G standards.
Rating: 8 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago
He might say that T-Mobile's offerings will give iPhone a run for its money, but he can't really believe that. No phone will sell as much as the iPhone 4S, and everyone in their right mind knows that.
Rating: 8 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago
How can he say that Apple has not built an iPhone compatible with their network, but in a previous statement say that they have over a million iPhone's running on their network...
Rating: 7 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago
Everyone knows that T-Mobile U.S.A. is not long for this world. Even if the acquisition by AT&T falls through, T-Mobile will go bankrupt and be gobbled up by the remaining parties at firesale prices anyway. :eek: Hindsight is 20/20, but it really hedged its bets on the wrong frequency.
Rating: 7 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago
"T-Mobile thinks the iPhone is a good device"

Just like the rest of the world then.
Rating: 7 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago

yeah, but reception would still be better than ATT in and a mile around my house. a block of wood has better reception on T-Mobile than any phone on ATT here in Cambridge.:mad:


Doubtful. Wood is a notoriously poor conductor of electricity as it exhibits no regular lattice structure.
Rating: 6 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago


At the same time, Samsung doesn't seem to have trouble providing phones for T-Mobile. Apple is just being lazy.


Samsung has released over 20 Android handsets in the past year. That makes their offerings very diluted, cheap, and doesn't denote quality to consumers. Hence the resorting to cheesy names like the Fascinate, Devour, Instinct, Behold, Intensity, Exclaim, Rant, etc. Apple's not being lazy at all. They aren't cheapening their brand by making a lot of silly variations, and needlessly impacting their VERY well-run supply chain by catering to every subset of nearly-bankrupt carriers who bet on the wrong technology. ;)

So the iPhone is going to C Spire (or Cell C) ... whatever the heck it's called, but not T-Mobile? Wow.


C Spire runs on the right frequencies, and their roaming is handled by Verizon's network. :apple:
Rating: 5 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago
Sorry T-Mobile, I had stuck with you for the past 4+ years, enjoying your service all the while hoping you'd get your act together enough to land the iPhone by now.

But alas I just couldn't wait any longer, especially with the AT&T merger on the lurch. Ultimately I had to make a choice if I wanted to (finally!) get an iPhone in my hands, in a move that didn't require me to wait another 8-12 months on just a wing and a prayer, or one that found me back on AT&T's network. Luckily there are two more options now besides them and 2G/EDGE speeds won't suffice.

*sigh*

It was fun while it lasted T-Mobile, but I had to move on. Maybe in 2013 we can dance again, provided that you're even still around?
Rating: 5 Positives
Posted: 33 months ago

How can he say that Apple has not built an iPhone compatible with their network, but in a previous statement say that they have over a million iPhone's running on their network...


ya but i think they're all running on Edge speeds :eek:
Rating: 5 Positives

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