U.S. carrier T-Mobile may finally sign a deal with Apple to offer the iPhone to its 33.2 million subscribers, according to an analyst.
According to Morgan Stanley analyst Nick Delfas, T-Mobile could "announce official iPhone distribution in early 2013". While he didn't divulge further details, the deal would seemingly see another one to two million consumers purchasing the iPhone 5 during next year's first quarter.
T-Mobile is, of course, the only firm left out of the four major U.S. carriers without the ability to offer its subscribers the iPhone. It initially hinted at the possibility of selling the device back in May when it confirmed plans of investing $4 billion to expand its 4G LTE network.
Delfas suggests that even though T-Mobile not selling the iPhone won't have a considerable impact on iPhone shipments in next year's first quarter, a potential relationship between the carrier and Apple could lead to "another possible catalyst" towards increased sales of the device.
T-Mobile recently confirmed it would be merging with MetroPCS, who has itself been growing its LTE network.