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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142 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?

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142 months ago
T-Mobile Unlimited LTE iPad!
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142 months ago
Now give us access to the somewhat reasonable Business Line only international data roaming rates and I'll switch in a heartbeat.
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142 months ago
Looking to switch from att too.
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142 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:


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tigres Avatar
142 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.
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