Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile USA’s parent company) announced that the fourth largest US carrier “has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together next year.” And although iPhones and iPads haven’t been specifically mentioned, it’s almost certain that both will be included in T-Mobile’s 2013 device line-up.
The iPhone has been an AT&T-exclusive handset in the US since its initial launch (2007), and until 2011, when the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S were released by Verizon and Sprint. And now, finally, T-Mobile will join the party. Unfortunately for T-Mo customers, at the moment there are absolutely no other details on the deal with Apple.
It remains to be seen if T-Mobile can wait until Apple introduces its seventh generation iPhone (possibly called iPhone 5S), or if it’s going to start selling the current iPhone 5 and 4S models before that. If it waits until the iPhone 5S comes out, it means customers will still not be able to buy any T-Mobile iPhone in the first half of 2013 (since the new handset can’t really come earlier than June).
A couple of weeks ago, Apple started selling unlocked iPhone 5 units in the US. These, of course, can be used on T-Mobile’s network. But prices start at $649 (16GB), so customers still want subsidized iPhones. Well, they’ll get them. Next year.