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T-Mobile: iPhone Isn’t Coming To Our Network Anytime Soon

AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile might have you hopeful that the iPhone will be coming to T-Mobile customers soon. T-Mobile themselves want to set you right on the matter, though:
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.
In other words, don’t expect T-Mobile to get the iPhone until at least 2012, and even then, T-Mobile stores won’t suddenly become AT&T stores: T-Mobile will work as an independent company within AT&T, and have their own handsets. If the iPhone comes to T-Mobile, it won’t just roll out automatically to customers by dint of AT&T being the parent company.
On an ancillary note, check out this quote on the rationale of T-Mobile’s decision to be acquired by AT&T:
Bringing together these two world-class businesses will create significant benefits for customers. The merger will ensure the deployment of a robust 4G LTE network to 95% of the U.S. population, something neither company would achieve on its own.
This is interesting. It’s T-Mobile and AT&T admitting that their current “4G” offerings are nothing of the sort. While both T-Mobile and AT&T are calling their HSPA+ service “4G” when it’s really just faster 3G, and far inferior to the likes of Sprint’s WiMax or Verizon’s LTE. In fact, AT&T’s 4G smartphones are actually slower at data transfer than the iPhone 4, which is a decidedly 3G handset!
T-Mobile and AT&T seem to both be admitting that unless they work together, they simply don’t have any hope of catching up with Verizon’s LTE deployment. Together, though, they can blanket most of the country in GSM LTE in a shorter period of time. If there’s any bright side to any of this, it’s that at least T-Mobile and AT&T will both stop lying to customers about what 4G means.