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Deal allows T-Mobile to sell iPhone

By Associated Press

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NEW YORK » T-Mobile will likely start carrying the iPhone next year after its parent company, Deutsche Telekom, said it has reached a new deal with Apple.

T-Mobile USA had been the lone iPhone-less carrier among the four national wireless companies in the United States. Although it has been possible to use iPhones on T-Mobile networks, customers had to provide the phones themselves. The phones also work at much slower speeds, though T-Mobile has been reshuffling its network to match or exceed AT&T's data speeds.

The three larger carriers, AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp., already sell the iPhone, as do many smaller ones.

Deutsche Telekom AG said Thursday that T-Mobile will add Apple products to its portfolio in the coming year. Though it didn't mention the iPhone by name in its news release, that's the product it is most likely referring to. It's possible T-Mobile will also sell a cellular version of the iPad, as the three national carriers do.

Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison confirmed the agreement but would not comment further. In an email, T-Mobile also wouldn't mention the iPhone by name, saying only that more details will come "at a later date."

Having the iPhone would likely win T-Mobile more customers and help it keep up with rivals. But the upfront costs of carrying the device are high for phone companies. That's because carriers subsidize the iPhone when they sell it to customers, counting on making up the money in service fees over the life of a two-year contract.






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Nesmith wrote:
Sorry too late I switched to Vetizon after waiting many loyal years. Just got my first iPhone - 5!
on December 7,2012 | 01:36AM
peraltar wrote:
I also am switching to Verizon this xmas - way too late.
on December 7,2012 | 04:43AM
DaMenace168 wrote:
Regardless if T-Mobile is allowed to sell the iPhone, I will NOT go back to them. After 10 yrs with them, I went with AT&T. When Voicestream was bought-out by T-Mobile, the first few years was not too bad. But after they started to sell off some of their cell towers, the signal & reception got worse. Albeit, they do have the lowest priced phone plans, but you can only put up with dropped calls & slow data for only so long.
on December 7,2012 | 06:27AM
hikine wrote:
Saw the iPhone 5 and it's screen is small compared to the Samsung Galaxy SII/SIII. I would rather upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. I don't see anything special about the iPhone 5 to change my phone for.
on December 7,2012 | 11:43AM
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