Last year many believed that T-Mobile would finally get the Apple iPhone, but it never happened. Subscribers of the Sprint network were happy though as they could access the handset for the first time. It is thought that the T-Mobile iPhone will come and the reasons why there is no device yet have been given by the carrier.
Back in October Andrew Sherrard of the carrier revealed that they had requested a device from Apple to work on their network. Now AppleInsider are reporting that T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm has said that frequency band incompatibility as the “key reason” why there is still no iPhone available on the carrier.
What will be good news for the carrier’s subscribers is that Humm believes the situation will change in time, and said that “chipsets are also evolving to be able to allow for more bands.” He added that the decision is an Apple one, and follows previous comments from Cole Brodman who said the company would “love to have” the iPhone.
Some users have been using unlocked iPhone’s on the T-Mobile network, and recently were able to take advantage of 3G data speeds from T-Mobile following a network adjustment. GSM iPhones that are unlocked can work on T-Mobile’s voice network, but can rarely make use of 3G.
T-Mobile is trying to recover after the failed AT&T takeover as it falls further behind its rivals. Humm also confirmed that there is no new AT&T deal in the offering, but did reveal the carrier has been boosted by the cash, spectrum and data-roaming agreement with AT&T.
It could fall behind even more as its biggest rivals move over to 4G LTE, and in the meantime T-Mobile is planning on focusing on its HSPA+ network. They are intending to move over to LTE but don’t feel there is any rush to do so.
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