T-Mobile iPhone 4 /5: Won’t Be Happening – At Least Not Yet

Yesterday we brought you the startling news that giant phone carrier AT&T is set to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for a staggering $39 billion. Of course all the usual regulatory procedures have to be met and so it’s anticipated it could take about a year for the deal to close. One question that many may now be asking though is, does this mean that the Apple iPhone will be coming to T-Mobile?

Well it seems that the answer is categorically NO, with T-Mobile seemingly anxious to make this a clear as can be by issuing the following statement: –

“T-Mobile USA remains an independent company. The acquisition is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. We do not offer the iPhone. We offer cutting edge devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and coming soon our new Sidekick 4G.”

We heard about this from Vlad Savov over on Engadget, sourced from a T-Mobile release answering questions about the acquisition. So if you’re a T-Mobile customer expecting to see the iPhone 4, or indeed iPhone 5, suddenly appear for your network, then you’re out of luck, for at least a year anyway. Service and billing will not be changing and devices on T-Mobile will operate in the same way so T-Mobile customers won’t be seeing any real changes immediately.


In our article about the acquisition (linked to at the top of the page) we asked if the expansion in coverage was worth the price of less competition in the market and over on Mashable there’s a poll in place asking if the AT&T deal with T-Mobile is going to be good for U.S. consumers so why not place your vote. At present the poll ‘No’ vote is at 60% so people are certainly uncertain.

We’re interested to hear what you think about the iPhone still not coming to T-Mobile, or any other thoughts you may have about the AT&T acquisition so please do send us your comments on this.