It might seem hard to believe, but for the first few years of its release, the iPhone could only be had on one network: AT&T. This was due to AT&T’s exclusivity contract, which many called crazy initially because it bound the company to the virtually unknown iPhone, though in retrospect it was a very good move. Anyway, the contract finally ended and the iPhone 4 was released on Verizon. Soon the phone made its way to other carriers, too. However, one carrier has always been left out in the cold: T-Mobile. And now it’s looking like the new iPhone may be the first one to come to T-Mobile.
So what’s the basis for this rumor? Well, it’s the words of T-Mobile themselves. Today they made the announcement that their network would be ready for the iPhone 5. That means that they plan to make their network 4G LTE and thus capable of supporting the new iPhone, which is also expected to come with 4G LTE technology. AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are all able to support 4G LTE currently, though AT&T’s 4G LTE network is obviously limited at this point.
Now, it’s worth noting that T-Mobile only said that their LTE network would be “ready for the iPhone 5.” They did not specifically mention that the new iPhone would actually be coming to T-Mobile. It’s likely that they either don’t know for sure if the iPhone 5 will be coming to T-Mobile, or that they simply want to keep it under tight wraps.
Given the announcement, though, what are the possibilities? Well, the first is obviously that the new iPhone will be released on T-Mobile just as it will be on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. The second is that the phone will be made available through the Apple at a no-contract price of $599-$799 depending on the model…and that this will be compatible with T-Mobile. The third is that the new iPhone will need to be unlocked/jailbroken before it can be used on T-Mobile–just as previous GSM-model iPhones have been.
As always, once we know more, you’ll be the first to know so check back here often.