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T-Mobile CEO Confirms iPhone Coming to Carrier

Despite it being the fourth largest cellphone carrier in the United States, T-Mobile has yet to offer its customers the iPhone.

However, T-Mobile customers won't be iDeprived for much longer. Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann was speaking the truth when he said that subsidiary T-Mobile would be carrying the iPhone some time in 2013.

T-Mobile CEO John Lugere gave a little bit of a more precise timeframe at CES Las Vegas, telling Reuters that it'll be carrying the iPhone in three or four months. This will be around the same time that T-Mobile will be doing completely away with cellphone subsidies, meaning customers will have to pay an upfront fee and monthly installments for their phones.

Sadly this will mean that by the time the smartphone launches on the carrier, T-Mobile customers wanting to snatch up a new iPhone will have to bear the brunt of the full cost of the phone.

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  • ivanto
    When will iphone come to wind mobile AWS spectrum?
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  • getochkn
    ivantoWhen will iphone come to wind mobile AWS spectrum?

    If it's coming to T-Mobile, it will available on Wind as they use the same bands. You can buy any new Tmobile phone and unlock it and use it on Wind.
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  • ivanto
    getochknIf it's coming to T-Mobile, it will available on Wind as they use the same bands. You can buy any new Tmobile phone and unlock it and use it on Wind.That's my plan, the moment I get an iphone on windmobile network, Rogers is getting "bye bye".
    That's my plan, the moment I get an iphone on windmobile network, Rogers is getting "bye bye".
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  • phych
    First, I hope the new T-Mobile plans undercuts current plans offered by competitors.

    Second, I hope the general public understands that paying full price for a phone will be cheaper than having a discounted price but getting locked into a 2 year plan.
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  • Marco925
    phychFirst, I hope the new T-Mobile plans undercuts current plans offered by competitors.Second, I hope the general public understands that paying full price for a phone will be cheaper than having a discounted price but getting locked into a 2 year plan.I doubt it. Most of the things that we come here to read aren't topics that the general public gets.

    We're "special" :P
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  • tramit
    phychFirst, I hope the new T-Mobile plans undercuts current plans offered by competitors.Second, I hope the general public understands that paying full price for a phone will be cheaper than having a discounted price but getting locked into a 2 year plan.
    Apparently they have that plan now. Called the Value plan. You are still stuck on contract to recieve the lower price even if you bring your own phone. That is unless you are talking about prepaid service?
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  • Caffeinecarl
    I've been unsubsidized for years on T-mobile and I love it. The last time I bought a phone, I walked in, handed the guy my money and walked out with a new phone. Paid full price, still on the same plan I've had for years, and saving my pennies. Same thing with the internet company and internet gateways. I buy my own and never have to rent.
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  • k7mm
    CaffeinecarlI've been unsubsidized for years on T-mobile and I love it. The last time I bought a phone, I walked in, handed the guy my money and walked out with a new phone.
    I am the same way, although I usually buy a new phone on ebay. I pay $45 a month for the same plan that is $65 on contract....the money I save in the long term is more the then with a subsidized phone+contact.

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  • k7mm
    CaffeinecarlI've been unsubsidized for years on T-mobile and I love it. The last time I bought a phone, I walked in, handed the guy my money and walked out with a new phone.
    I am the same way, although I usually buy a new phone on ebay. I pay $45 a month for the same plan that is $65 on contract....the money I save in the long term is more the then with a subsidized phone+contact.
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