Apple should buy T-Mobile USA

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wayneholbrook, Feb 23, 2012.

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If Apple had its own carrier would you leave your current provider?

  1. Yes

    46.0%
  2. No

    54.0%
  1. wayneholbrook, Feb 23, 2012
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    wayneholbrook macrumors regular

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    T-mobile USA just lost 802,000 customers is the 4th quarter last year. I know in the beginning stages of the 1st generation iPhone that Steve Jobs flirted with Apple having its own phone carrier here in the US. Is it just me or maybe this is perfect timing for Apple to purchase T-Mobile USA and have its own carrier with only one device for a smartphone and of curse the iPad. I think that would be brilliant!

    They could still have the iPhone available through Verizon, AT&T and Sprint but to have its own GSM carrier would be fantastic.
     
  2. d0vr macrumors 6502a

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    I thought Steve wanted his own telecommunications providers, but only for data? I thought he was hoping to release a device that only used voip for phone calls..

    If it were cheaper and used voip, maybe. But I don't think that was what the poll was about, so I say no (assuming I was in USA). There seems to be little point.
     
  3. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah and if that happened what would happen to all the Androids on T-Mobile? Ya can't have a cellular company that would offer only one phone - which is exactly what Apple would do.
     
  4. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    Why not?
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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  6. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    I think Apple should stick to the industries that it knows best (hardware engineering and software development) and leave the rest to the others.
     
  7. AlvinNguyen macrumors 6502a

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    agreed - why not? It's the only phone I use anyways.
     
  8. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    The 80s called. They want their joke back.
     
  9. sulpfiction macrumors 68030

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    Wait...I use an iPhone...So yes, I agree...As long as I am happy!
     
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Just like apple should have stayed out of the phone and music biz 10 years ago?
     
  11. Interstella5555, Feb 23, 2012
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    Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Imagine that your favourite corn chip manufacturer also owned the number one diarrhea medication.

    That'd be great cuz then they could put a little sample of the medication in each bag.

    Keep thinking.

    Except then they might be tempted to make the corn chips GIVE you...

    Vertical integration.


    There's a reason carriers can't manufacture phones, read up on it.
     
  12. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    What can I say.
    Im old:D
     
  13. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    Me too, that's why I remember it!!!
     
  14. daaneel macrumors regular

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    Why not? Because unless everyone wanted to dish out all the money for an iPhone plan, im pretty sure they would lose a ******** of money
     
  15. AlvinNguyen macrumors 6502a

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    Except the prices of all these carriers with iPhones is already ridiculous!
     
  16. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    It will never happen. Apple likes the fact that they can blame the carries for things and the carriers can blame Apple also. It's like Comcast making their own cable boxes, it will never happen. Comcast loves to blame issues on the box and Motorola (or Pace, or whoever).
     
  17. kevindosi macrumors regular

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    The 90s called. They want their joke back.
     
  18. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. What is it with all these posts that Apple should buy T-Mobile, a bank, etc.:rolleyes:
     
  19. iTunes-Luv macrumors member

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    +1
    The fact that you are good at something does not mean you will be successful when jumping to a new market. HP, RIM and a bunch of losers try to jump to tablet business and fail BIG. Apple may will be in the same boat if they purchase T-mobile. Also it will definitely hurt the relationships with other carriers.
     
  20. B777Forevar macrumors 6502a

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    Apple should just stick to making products thankyouverymuch.
     
  21. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    No, because Apple's success in those industries today is because they stuck with exactly what I said, hardware engineering and software development :confused: :)
     
  22. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Before their foray into music and phones, they only largely dealt in personal computing. That same logic could be said that they should have stuck with what they know, computers. What makes your statement any more correct?
     
  23. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Apple applied their expertise of hardware engineering and software development to the music and phone industries, which led to their success. The core unchanging element here is innovation in the two categories of hardware and software, we can see this as far back as the Apple II.
     
  24. UnixSaysGo macrumors newbie

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    Despite how popular the iPhone is; only one phone bringing you profit is highly impractical.
     
  25. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    Quite.

    There are so many issues that carriers have to deal with that are hard to resolve.

    If an area has poor coverage and the carrier can't get planning approval or there simply isn't enough spectrum to improve things, their reputation gets dragged down - Apple wouldn't want to put up with that sort of thing.
     

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