T-Mobile: Apple's Decision When We Get the iPhone

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    In a statement released yesterday, Andrew Sherrard, T-Mobile USA's Senior Vice President of Marketing, blamed Apple for T-Mobile's lack of an official iPhone offering. He said the main issue remains Apple's unwillingness to build hardware compatible with T-Mobile 3G and 4G networks.
    Sherrard goes on to compare the iPhone to other smartphones that do support T-Mobile's network, saying that the phones are capable of faster speeds, have bigger screens, and a more advanced camera on one particular phone, the HTC Amaze 4G.

    In a defense of T-Mobile that echoes an open letter to their customers last month, Sherrard said "we firmly believe that T-Mobile's portfolio will give any iPhone a run for its money... With our portfolio of Android, Windows, and BlackBerry smartphones, fast 4G network, and competitively priced worry-free unlimited talk, text, and data plans, we believe it's a great time to be a T-Mobile customer."

    Article Link: T-Mobile: Apple's Decision When We Get the iPhone
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2008
    He might say that T-Mobile's offerings will give iPhone a run for its money, but he can't really believe that. No phone will sell as much as the iPhone 4S, and everyone in their right mind knows that.
  3. macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2007
  4. macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    How can he say that Apple has not built an iPhone compatible with their network, but in a previous statement say that they have over a million iPhone's running on their network...
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    Day X: Check out the Android vs iPhone charts on our website!
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Mike Oxard

    Oct 22, 2009
    "T-Mobile thinks the iPhone is a good device"

    Just like the rest of the world then.
  7. macrumors regular


    Mar 7, 2007
    Most likely the iPhone 4S could be made to support T-Mobile with nothing more than a Firmware/Modem update -- e.g. a software change.

    The reason I say so is because the iPhone 4S's carrier support is based on a digital signal processor, and it really shouldn't be more than a matter of firmware/software to instruct the DSP to use T-Mobile's required 1700 MHz frequency. (The 2100 MHz frequency is already there).
  8. macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2009
    Everyone knows that T-Mobile U.S.A. is not long for this world. Even if the acquisition by AT&T falls through, T-Mobile will go bankrupt and be gobbled up by the remaining parties at firesale prices anyway. :eek: Hindsight is 20/20, but it really hedged its bets on the wrong frequency.
  9. macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2007
    Las Vegas
    ya but i think they're all running on Edge speeds :eek:
  10. macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2011
    Boston, MA
    They're running on EDGE technology, not 3G or 4G standards.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    The iPhone's running on T-Mobile's network are folks willing to run EDGE (2G) data so they can use in iPhone with T-Mobile. Many second-hand US iPhones end up being sold to T-Mobile customers. The problem is that the iPhone will only support EDGE/2G on that network.

    Now try to think of this from Apple's perspective.... AT&T is acquiring T-Mobile and they have stated they would have to replace customer's phones to handle the change in network frequencies. Does Apple really want to do the engineering to handle the T-Mobile frequencies and change their production line to produce another model if that frequency range is likely to go away if the merger goes through? Mind you, the merger is looking less likely now than it was when such a proposal / decision was being made, but if Apple's goal has been to produce a single iPhone for all carriers with the iPhone 4S, then having a T-Mobile-specific phone did not make sense.
  12. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    The Qualcomm chip in the CDMA iphone 4 and all iPhone 4S has AWS capability. Apple has not enabled it. I would say that presumably they have no plans to offer it in the face of a potential merger between the two.
  13. Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
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    Exactly! WTH are all of those unlocked iPhones doing on TMobile if the iPhone is so "incompatible"

    Edit: n/m... As others have pointed out, it only runs at edge speeds.
  14. macrumors 68020


    Sep 24, 2008
    Blazer town!
    t-moible gotta wait till the iPhone 5

    once qualcomm adds all the frequency to the Chip

    It is not really waiting for Apple, waiting for technology to available for all the frequency in one chip.

    not sure how the 4G differs on all the four


    and still the merger is pending and no clear path ...


    are you sure about it? do not look at the iPhone 4S specs say so, there are some underlying technology difference between them - if i understood
  15. macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    And not doing so could land them in some legal trouble with the DOJ. I would not be surprised if it is looking into to see if they did not turn it on to help force the merger threw.
  16. macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
    If it doesn't run iOS5, it's a lesser phone. I'll keep my 4S with HSPA+ on AT&T, and I'll be just fine.
  17. macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ
    We can at least put to rest the theory that AT&T, by pulling the strings over at T-Mobile, have effectively said no to Apple on the iPhone.
  18. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    Maybe because T-Mobile will not agree to buy a minimum number of iPhones like Verizon and Sprint did. You will never see a T-Mobile iPhone until T_Mobile agrees to guarantee some money (which they will not since T-Mobile USA wants to be sold).
  19. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    The specs aren't going to advertise it because apple has no intention of running on those frequencies.



    AWS is UMTS 1700
  20. macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ
    Good find Jenkins, wish the AWS bands could activated by jailbreaking or something!
  21. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    Most likely disabled in the radio firmware plus the hardware lacks antennas tuned for that frequency, so even if the firmware was the only thing standing in your way, reception would be sub-optimal.
  22. macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    yeah, but reception would still be better than ATT in and a mile around my house. a block of wood has better reception on T-Mobile than any phone on ATT here in Cambridge.:mad:
  23. macrumors 65816

    May 30, 2007

    While I think this different frequency game in the US is kept up mostly to prevent users from being able to jump easily between carriers, T-Mobiles frequency is weird, indeed.

    At the same time, Samsung doesn't seem to have trouble providing phones for T-Mobile. Apple is just being lazy.

    For what it's worth, T-Mobile has be best rates (way better than AT&T, in my experience -- I was with AT&T for about 7 years) and it actually has better coverage than AT&T in West Side of LA. T-Mobile data speeds are also significantly better than AT&T.

    I hope the merger is stopped -- the US badly needs some real competition, and T-Mobile is the only GSM alternative to AT&T.
  24. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    So the iPhone is going to C Spire (or Cell C) ... whatever the heck it's called, but not T-Mobile? Wow.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Samsung has released over 20 Android handsets in the past year. That makes their offerings very diluted, cheap, and doesn't denote quality to consumers. Hence the resorting to cheesy names like the Fascinate, Devour, Instinct, Behold, Intensity, Exclaim, Rant, etc. Apple's not being lazy at all. They aren't cheapening their brand by making a lot of silly variations, and needlessly impacting their VERY well-run supply chain by catering to every subset of nearly-bankrupt carriers who bet on the wrong technology. ;)

    C Spire runs on the right frequencies, and their roaming is handled by Verizon's network. :apple:

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