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T-Mobile USA Now Supporting 1.9 Million iPhones, Adding 100,000 Per Month

Ahead of its previously announced plans to begin officially offering Apple mobile devices such as the iPhone sometime this year, T-Mobile USA has have already seen its customers bring 1.9 million iPhones onto the carrier's network. The number, which was noted by TmoNews, is growing by 100,000 devices per month.
With the numbers [T-Mobile CEO John] Legere mentioned, it’s easy to imagine that T-Mobile is eager to get their “Apple Product” deal rolled out as soon as possible. Legere further mentioned that the company currently serves 1.9 million iPhone devices and is adding 100k new devices every month. Mind you, it was back on December 6th that T-Mobile mentioned they were currently serving 1.7 million iPhone devices.
T-Mobile will be the last of the four major U.S. carriers to begin officially offering the iPhone, as it has been hampered by spectrum incompatibilities that prevented the iPhone and a number of other popular devices from running at the fastest data speeds on its network. But T-Mobile has been working hard to refarm its spectrum to move its high-speed HSPA+ network over to the 1900 MHz band that is supported by the iPhone, and the carrier has met its target of making its network iPhone-ready by the end of 2012.


T-Mobile has been stepping up its efforts to attract iPhone customers, launching a "Bring Your Own iPhone" campaign late last year. Mobile virtual network operator Solavei, which operates on T-Mobile's network, has also begun targeting iPhone users on the strength of T-Mobile's improved 4G coverage.

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24 months ago

I just dumped T-mobile the service with my wifes iPhone 4s was horrible. Heck even service with my Galaxy S2 was spotty at best. I live about 30 miles from downtown Dallas so I would think that it would be spot on. Oh well loving ATT so far.


I love AT&T too, but I do not love how they throttle unlimited plans when only a handful of people have them on AT&T. I also hate how AT&T throttles in call data speeds. Test it out; your speeds are always throttled during calls. T-Mobile is a GSM/HSPA carrer like AT&T and DOES NOT throttle during calls.

This would be near impossible on AT&T's network.

Rating: 6 Votes
24 months ago


*I suspect this decision was forced by AT&T during re-negotiations with Apple in order to keep an edge over other carriers with simultaneous voice+data. Not including the necessary radio frequency seemed another excuse akin to NFC, just more business.



You might be mistaken. Apple is noted for implementing designs that are best for their users. Making great products is in Apple's DNA - they don't know how to make anything that is not the best that could possibly be made.

Other companies use bean counters in the design process, but not Apple. They don't even take into consideration what the costs might be, but instead, they just make the best darn products that they know how.

Apple's success has been precisely because they DON'T care one whit about profitability. All they ever think about is making great products and how those products will help their customers to live better lives.
Rating: 4 Votes
24 months ago
As soon as I can get LTE service on T-mobile with an iPhone I'm there. I'm so sick of AT&Ts BS.
Rating: 3 Votes
24 months ago

You might be mistaken. Apple is noted for implementing designs that are best for their users. Making great products is in Apple's DNA - they don't know how to make anything that is not the best that could possibly be made.

Other companies use bean counters in the design process, but not Apple. They don't even take into consideration what the costs might be, but instead, they just make the best darn products that they know how.

Apple's success has been precisely because they DON'T care one whit about profitability. All they ever think about is making great products and how those products will help their customers to live better lives.


I assume this is sarcasm ;)
Rating: 3 Votes
24 months ago
I've always loved T-Mobile and their plans, but their entire 3G network is not very consistent. Even in strong AWS areas it would occasionally switch to Edge.
Rating: 2 Votes
24 months ago
I will probably do that too. I had T-Mobile for 9 years, used an iPhone on it until May 2011 when (after not having a contract for 7 of the 9 years) they wanted me to pay about $5/month LESS than the plan I was using with the iPhone, but wanted a 2 year contract. They wouldn't keep the old plan or even just let me switch. It was crazy so I went to the AT&T store over lunch with my unlocked phone and didn't need a contract there.

Hopefully T-Mobile will be more sane now, and provide good competition to the other 3.

As soon as I can get LTE service on T-mobile with an iPhone I'm there. I'm so sick of AT&Ts BS.

Rating: 2 Votes
24 months ago

As soon as I can get LTE service on T-mobile with an iPhone I'm there. I'm so sick of AT&Ts BS.


Where are you located? I know Las Vegas will have LTE in the next "two to three weeks."

Can't wait for it to hit Los Angeles.
Rating: 2 Votes
24 months ago

I love AT&T too, but I do not love how they throttle unlimited plans when only a handful of people have them on AT&T. I also hate how AT&T throttles in call data speeds. Test it out; your speeds are always throttled during calls. T-Mobile is a GSM/HSPA carrer like AT&T and DOES NOT throttle during calls.

This would be near impossible on AT&T's network.


Agreed. I was hoping to switch to Verizon with the 5, but for some reason* Apple did not include the radio chip for voice+data on Verizon's LTE network. As t-Mobile is the only other GSM carrier, I am strongly interested in the move. It can only improve with time.

*I suspect this decision was forced by AT&T during re-negotiations with Apple in order to keep an edge over other carriers with simultaneous voice+data. Not including the necessary radio frequency seemed another excuse akin to NFC, just more business.
Rating: 1 Votes
23 months ago

Ah, thank you. I swear, I can't keep up any more. So many names and so much tech changing almost daily, it's a full time job just to stay abreast of minor news. :)


Haha, yeah, totally understandable. The names are similar and they're both significant players competing in some of the same markets. It gets even more confusing when somebody mixes up Marvell's and Broadcom's products since they overlap even more.
Rating: 1 Votes
23 months ago

It's Qualcomm, not Broadcom.


Ah, thank you. I swear, I can't keep up any more. So many names and so much tech changing almost daily, it's a full time job just to stay abreast of minor news. :)
Rating: 1 Votes

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