Over the last few months there has been a lot of speculation that more carriers would be getting the iPhone 5. This has centered on Sprint but there have been rumors that T-Mobile may be getting a slice of the iPhone pie. Now we have news that the T-Mobile iPhone 5 release date is not likely to be this year.
An article on Electronista is reporting that Cole Brodman, T-Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer, was recently speaking at a town hall. He was quite specific when he stated “we are not going to get the iPhone 5 this year”. The carrier is going to get two yet to be named smartphones though in the meantime.
The carrier could also be hoping that AT&Ts proposed takeover still manages to get the green light. But the trouble is this is now in doubt after the US government and Sprint have objected to the deal going through.
If it does go through it would allow the two carriers to combine their frequency support, which in turn will mean that existing customers on T-Mobile would almost certainly get the iPhone. This is one of the reasons that Sprint has objected to the deal, as it would be more difficult for them to get iPhones.
There is the possibility though that Brodman made this statement to snuff out any staff leaks, and to keep interest in the many Android handsets the carrier currently offers. This mirrors to the situation that faced Verizon leading up to the launch of the iPhone 4 earlier this year, as customers would have waited for the device instead of getting a smartphone that works on the Android platform.
It is still thought by some tough the iPhone 5 will be hitting T-Mobile, but not until early next year. Will you be disappointed if the iPhone 5 doesn’t hit T-Mobile at launch?