T-Mobile to support the iPhone this year amidst $4B network upgrade

By on May 8, 2012, 9:30 AM

T-Mobile’s wireless network will be compatible with the iPhone later this year, despite the fact that the company is the only major US telecom that doesn’t sell Apple’s handset. The fourth largest wireless provider has hired Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks to build out a 4G LTE network valued at $4 billion.

The deal will see the two contractors install Release 10 capable hardware at all 37,000 T-Mobile cell towers which is said to increase signal quality and enhance overall performance. The move comes just a week after the company acquired the AWS spectrum licenses from AT&T as part of their breakup deal following an acquisition attempt that was ultimately shot down by regulators.

The new spectrum, combined with what T-Mobile already has, will allow the telecom to deploy LTE service in 75 percent of the top 25 markets.

In addition to the LTE rollout, T-Mobile will also see their 4G HSPA+ service expand in the 1900 MHz band in several markets this year. The company notes that early testing has shown up to a 33 percent increase in data speeds and better in-building coverage. The 1900 MHz range will also allow customers to use the iPhone on T-Mobile’s network.

The underlying question is when will T-Mobile finally ink a deal with Apple to carry the popular smartphone? A deal could already be brewing as evident by this build-out but that’s pure speculation at this point. Most suspect that Apple will release the next iPhone in Q4 like they did last year, so perhaps we will get an answer then.

The press release suggests that Release 10 hardware installation will begin in 2012 while LTE deployment won’t happen until sometime in 2013.




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Raswan Raswan said:

Whoever headed the move over at Tmobile and convinced ATT that the merger was a done deal did a brilliant job. Not only did they get a truckload of cash, but some sweet, sweet spectrum. Now they just need to stop catering to the 13 yo girls out there and get some decent handsets. Eight or ten years ago it might have been all about the service, plan prices, and fuzzy feelings you got that made you stay with a carrier. These days (unfortunately, in a lot of ways) it's about the hardware.

Chazz said:

ATT were the guys that thought this was a done deal and added those incentives to convince T Mobile to go ahead with it. So it's not that T mobile did a brilliant job, it's more so that ATT are **** ups.

Scshadow said:

Yet another LTE choice in the top 25 markets. I couldn't care less. I can't wait to ignore the forthcoming ads of a service I won't have in my area probably forever. Why upgrade rural area service when there is 5g to consider, then 6g then 7g.

Raswan Raswan said:

ATT were the guys that thought this was a done deal and added those incentives to convince T Mobile to go ahead with it. So it's not that T mobile did a brilliant job, it's more so that ATT are **** ups.

That's a pretty big fuckup indeed. Good for Tmobile, whether it was because they were super sneaky or equally overconfident.

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