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Old Nov 29, 2012, 11:10 AM   #1
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'Speculation is Heightening' for Potential T-Mobile USA iPhone Announcement Next Week




Fortune reports on a new research note from Merrill Lynch analyst Scott Craig claiming that T-Mobile USA may be preparing to announce at its analysts day next week that it will begin offering the iPhone. The claim does not, however, appear to be based on any specific information, as Craig simply notes that "speculation is heightening" about such a move.
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Now Merrill Lynch's Scott Craig is out with a note reporting that "speculation is heightening" that Deutsche Telecom (DT) will announce a deal to bring the iPhone to its U.S. subsidiary at next week's analysts day (12/6-7).

It makes sense. The carrier recently beefed up its iPhone-compatible high-speed HSPA+ network in 10 metropolitan areas, allowing some of the 1.5 million T-Mobile customers already using unlocked iPhones to enjoy something better than GSM download speeds.
As T-Mobile has worked to refarm its spectrum to move its fastest data services over to iPhone-compatible frequencies, the carrier has started a "Bring Your Own iPhone" program to help users move their unlocked iPhones to the carrier.

T-Mobile previously stated that the spectrum refarming would make the carrier ready for the iPhone by the end of 2012, and has acknowledged on a number of occasions that its lack of the iPhone has cost it customers and revenue.

But while it seems clear that T-Mobile would like to carry the iPhone and has been reconfiguring its network to be able to support it, there has been essentially no direct evidence or sources claiming that the device will be coming to the fourth-largest carrier in the United States.

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Old Nov 29, 2012, 11:12 AM   #2
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FYI to Fortune- HSPA+ is GSM

literally, no. functionally, yes
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 11:13 AM   #3
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and i thought "speculation" already meant "potential"
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 11:15 AM   #4
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Can you get Tmobiles $30 plan on the iPhone 5?
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 11:18 AM   #5
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I really hope this is true. I held off getting the iPhone 5 because I'm sick of AT&T lying to me about what data coverage is available to me. They have claimed that I have HSPA+, and even LTE, where I live, but I still get only 3Mbps down on my 4S. I'm looking to jump, and if I can save money by going to T-Mo I will.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 11:19 AM   #6
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Anyone who continues to use T-Mobile in this day and age ASTOUNDS me. No LTE? That's just pathetic.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 11:27 AM   #7
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Anyone who continues to use T-Mobile in this day and age ASTOUNDS me. No LTE? That's just pathetic.
T-Mobile did buy MetroPCS for a reason....LTE
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 11:29 AM   #8
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Anyone who continues to use T-Mobile in this day and age ASTOUNDS me. No LTE? That's just pathetic.
42 mbps HSPA+ gets you honestly quite close to LTE speeds... Albeit with simultaneous voice and data of course.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 11:33 AM   #9
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Wait, would this make Apple release a new iPhone model specifically for T-Mobile to use the other GMS bands for it's 4G network, or would it just be the AT&T model and hope that you managed to live in a city with the refarmed spectrum.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 11:34 AM   #10
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42 mbps HSPA+ gets you honestly quite close to LTE speeds... Albeit with simultaneous voice and data of course.
LOL!!!! It's nowhere close to 42mbps, but nice try. And enjoy those 300-400ms pings, I'll continue to use my Verizon 4G LTE.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 11:34 AM   #11
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Anyone who continues to use T-Mobile in this day and age ASTOUNDS me. No LTE? That's just pathetic.
Really? T-Mobile has been great to me, and their coverage is everywhere I've ever needed it. They also are significantly cheaper for me than any of the other postpaid options. Why would I pay nearly twice as much to switch to AT&T for slightly faster speeds?

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Old Nov 29, 2012, 11:44 AM   #12
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Good grief. Some people are just... well I don't want to use an insulting term, so let's just say - quit assuming that your perspective is the only one that could possibly exist.

I've been using an old iPhone on T-Mobile, and it's working extremely well for me. I only pay $30/month for an unlimited data plan. I hardly ever make voice calls, so why should I pay 3x that just to use a smartphone? I'm currently seeing 3G about half the time, and the reallocation of spectrum is progressing rapidly in my area (western Washington state) - but even EDGE works adequately for most of what I want to do.

You're not gonna stream video on EDGE, but I've never had a desire to watch video on a tiny screen. I can, however, listen to a baseball broadcast just fine.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 12:59 PM   #13
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Anyone who continues to use T-Mobile in this day and age ASTOUNDS me. No LTE? That's just pathetic.
I have HSPA+. 21 download is plenty fast on my phone. 5 gig and free tethering for 30 bucks a month works for me!! Hotspot for my wifi only iPad.
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Anyone who continues to use T-Mobile in this day and age ASTOUNDS me. No LTE? That's just pathetic.
Uh-huh. Have fun supporting those two criminals, AT&T and Verizon, who participated in the NSA's warrantless wiretapping on American citizens, while T-Mobile is on record as saying they declined to participate.

Oh, and see my earlier post (with SpeedTest screenshot) about those "pathetic" T-Mobile speeds. I've been stuck with an iPad on AT&T's alleged "3G" and compare speed tests often. As usual, AT&T is a joke.

We're already getting speeds on 3G (because let's face it, EVERY carrier's so-called "4G" is really just 3G, or at best 3.5G) that are a stone's throw from your LTE speeds. When LTE-A rolls out on T-Mobile in a few months, let's see who's talking about "pathetic" speeds.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:20 PM   #15
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this is the T-MOBILE hate thread, too much ********ness from other people stuck with their contracts with other companies convincing themselves they've got the best solution at the best price... LOL
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:32 PM   #16
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Anyone who continues to use T-Mobile in this day and age ASTOUNDS me. No LTE? That's just pathetic.
Anyone who does NOT use T-Mobile in this day and age ASTOUNDS me....

I pay about 50% of what I used to pay per month for my two phones (iPhone 5 and Galaxy Nexus).

At least in LA, I also get speed of about 4-5mbs down and about 3mbps up, which is about what I used to get with AT&T and which is what most people with Verizon get around here.

And frankly, speeds much beyond that are sort of irrelevant, as one runs into the limits of the mobile browser/hardware.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 03:37 PM   #17
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Anyone who continues to use T-Mobile in this day and age ASTOUNDS me. No LTE? That's just pathetic.
I don't know. I'm sure they can still get things done with 25mbps down on HSPA+42. In reality it accomplishes pretty much any task at just about the same speed that LTE does unless you really think there are phone apps that require 50mbps to function. Pretty much the only task I can think of where that extra 25mbps would make a difference is when tethering to download torrents. But good luck with the capped data from AT&T/Verizon with that.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 03:52 PM   #18
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Anyone who continues to use T-Mobile in this day and age ASTOUNDS me. No LTE? That's just pathetic.
Except some of there HSPA+ speeds are better than LTE speeds in some areas...
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So-called "analysts."

One other thing to keep in mind: The source is a stupid Wall Street "analyst." Any time you see that word, run for the hills. These idiots know NOTHING; they basically sit around speculating or regurgitating rumors after every rumor site has reported them. These are the same people that "discovered" Apple circa 2004 or so and patted themselves on the back for their alleged foresight.

(If you can't tell, I really, really, REALLY hate bandwagon jumpers who not only didn't know about you last year, but actively talked trash about you. Ask any of these "analysts" about AAPL back in 1999 and compare their reaction to what they'll say now. Useless jackasses.)
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 04:41 PM   #20
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Anyone who continues to use T-Mobile in this day and age ASTOUNDS me. No LTE? That's just pathetic.
Don't know why people cry about LTE. Isn't 4G fast enough?
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 11:03 PM   #22
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I wish that all you people bragging about your $30 plan would just ****. You know they can end that at any time. You're not locked into it.

It's going to end eventually and you folks are just speeding it up. The more people that sign up and use a lot of data will force T-Mobile to make everyone choose a more costly plan.

So just shut up and enjoy your $30 plan and don't feel the need to brag about it on the internet. You are only hurting yourself in the long term.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 11:52 AM   #23
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I really hope this is true. I held off getting the iPhone 5 because I'm sick of AT&T lying to me about what data coverage is available to me. They have claimed that I have HSPA+, and even LTE, where I live, but I still get only 3Mbps down on my 4S. I'm looking to jump, and if I can save money by going to T-Mo I will.
I've gotten as high as 8.25Mbps down on a factory unlocked 4S on TMO in Hollywood, Florida.
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Great, because the iPhone needs another "Sprint"...
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Great, because the iPhone needs another "Sprint"...
Who are you to limit the choices consumers can make?
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