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T-Mobile USA Looking to Expand Apple Product Offerings Beyond the iPhone

Following his company's earnings release earlier today, T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere told AllThingsD that the carrier is looking forward to expanding its Apple product offerings beyond the iPhone. Back in April, T-Mobile became the last of the four major U.S. carrier to begin selling the iPhone.
Legere said it is a good sign that the iPhone is only a portion of the company’s sales growth, accounting for just 21 percent of smartphone sales last quarter.

“I think it’s a healthy percentage,” Legere said.

That said, Legere looks forward to more business with Apple, including carrying products beyond the iPhone.

“I think there’s a whole array of Apple products that we look forward to carrying,” Legere said. “We will expand what we offer from them.”
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The most obvious new Apple product for T-Mobile would be the iPad, with the other major U.S. carriers already selling and supporting cellular-capable models of the device with data plans. In order to provide official support for the iPad on T-Mobile, Apple would almost certainly have to at least tweak its existing hardware in order to support the AWS 1700/2100 MHz frequency bands used by T-Mobile, something the company did on the iPhone 5 when it launched on T-Mobile. But with an updated iPad expected to launch within the next few months, any frequency support changes would almost certainly just be folded into the new hardware.

T-Mobile may also find itself able to support new iPhone models if Apple launches both an iPhone 5S and a lower-cost "iPhone 5C" in the coming months. The carrier currently does offer the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, although official device availability is currently limited to areas where T-Mobile has been able to refarm its spectrum to offer 3G/4G coverage on frequencies supported by those devices. Apple would presumably build full support for T-Mobile's frequency bands into any new iPhone models it launches in the United States.

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16 months ago
T-Mobile has been very aggressive lately and it's been working for them.

I'm happy I made the switch from AT&T.

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MacBook Pro with 4G?


Rating: 8 Votes
16 months ago
T-Mobile Unlimited LTE iPad!
Rating: 4 Votes
16 months ago
Looking to switch from att too.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 months ago
Now give us access to the somewhat reasonable Business Line only international data roaming rates and I'll switch in a heartbeat.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 months ago
I just recently switched over to T-Mobile and have been very happy with my service (despite owning an iPhone 5 that was released prior to Apple's official partnership with T-Mobile). I am glad to hear they will continue their comity and hopefully I can refrain from ever going back to AT&T again.
Rating: 2 Votes
16 months ago

Legere is a breath of fresh air.
or a fart if your AT&T.

I like him, and really like t-mo. Hope they continue the strong insurgence.


Telcos all the same... Legere said this was his fault and will never happen again, BUT, the fact that it happened AT ALL, causes t-mo to be grouped with the whacko billings from Verizon or ATT. If not for media guy Jake Tapper at CNN... Do you think Legere would have heeded an e-mail from me and took action? We'll see... :rolleyes:


http://twitchy.com/2013/08/05/jake-tapper-alerts-t-mobile-ceo-to-problem-involving-wife-of-slain-soldier-action-taken/
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Rating: 2 Votes
16 months ago
Legere is a breath of fresh air.
or a fart if your AT&T.

I like him, and really like t-mo. Hope they continue the strong insurgence.
Rating: 2 Votes
16 months ago

Telcos all the same... Legere said this was his fault and will never happen again, BUT, the fact that it happened AT ALL, causes t-mo to be grouped with the whacko billings from Verizon or ATT. If not for media guy Jake Tapper at CNN... Do you think Legere would have heeded an e-mail from me and took action? We'll see... :rolleyes:


http://twitchy.com/2013/08/05/jake-tapper-alerts-t-mobile-ceo-to-problem-involving-wife-of-slain-soldier-action-taken/
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To be fair, there is another side of such gaffs. And that is: people lie.
Rating: 1 Votes
16 months ago
I know I read a lot of forum posts and articles about it before I switched, but even after reading a bunch, I still was nervous about it. Just chiming in, in case anyone else is out there considering switching.

I bought an unlocked iPhone 5 (T-Mobile version) at an Apple store and purchased the $30 month unlimited text/data, 100 minutes. I was paying $102/month for a grandfathered unlimited data plan at AT&T.


I live in Seattle and will be moving to San Diego. I feel both places get "4G" similar to the places I got 3G with AT&T. It's not bad in the more rural areas I've been in. Contrary to what people told me I got a fine signal all around Wenatchee, for example. LTE is in plenty of places too, but I don't use it much because of how it drains the battery.

100 minutes is not a lot, so beware. Google voice counts towards your minutes, but you can use an app like Talkatone or use FaceTime to other iPhones, and it will only use your data. Talkatone has a bit of interference or whatever that makes it a little unusable sometimes though.

I got tired of paying so much money for AT&T and because that's probably the most important thing to me right now, the T-Mo situation works great.
Rating: 1 Votes
16 months ago
What's the point of getting TMobile on an iPad? When you're traveling, you're actually going to want to be able to use data along major highways, etc, not be stuck in EDGE/GPRS hell, whereas VZW and AT&T have LTE up.
Rating: 1 Votes

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