Yet another blow to AT&T while also hurting Verizon, is the iPhone crossing over to T-mobile before other carriers. Granted, the hardware is very similar to AT&T’s hardware, and only a slight frequency change must be made. But yeah. Verizon? So sorry.
It looks like it will all take place in the third quarter of this year… which is sooner than you think.
However, he notion that Apple would strike a deal with T-Mobile before Verizon goes against the popular idea that the Cupertino-based company is working to get its combination iPod and smartphone on the largest network in the U.S. Verizon’s subscriber base includes 92.8 million customers, while T-Mobile’s customer base numbers 33.7 million.
Bringing the iPhone to T-Mobile in the U.S. could potentially be an easier technical move for Apple. T-Mobile uses wireless technology that’s already at least partially compatible with the iPhone, where Verizon’s CDMA technology would require a redesigned model. Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile’s parent company) CEO Rene Obermann added some fuel to the rumor that T-Mobile will end AT&T’s exclusive iPhone deal. “T-Mobile USA is hoping to start selling the popular smartphone later this year or next year,” he said.