This is interesting. Even though it claimed it couldn’t afford the iPhone due to Apple’s stringent terms of business and the billions required in upfront subsidy, Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile USA, the nation’s fourth-largest, has confirmed an agreement to start carrying some mobile products from Apple beginning with next year.

Though the carrier did not specifically confirm the long-expected iPhone distribution agreement, this development is the best indication yet that T-Mobile USA stands poised to finally land the iconic Apple smartphone and tablet on its network in 2013… 

Writing for AllThingsD, Ina Fried points us to a press release with Deutsche Telekom’s Rene Obermann announcing the Apple/T-Mobile partnership made to analysts earlier today.

“T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together next year,” Deutsche Telekom said in a press statement on Thursday.

A spokesperson additionally told The Loop that “additional details will be made available at a later date”.

T-Mobile USA offers some nice and free support to unlockers, it sells Nano SIMs and already hosts about 1.5 million unlocked iPhones. Additionally, the carrier’s been rolling out its iPhone-friendly HSPA+ network to more and more places in the United States.

Upgrading its towers to the 1900 MHz GSM band, the same radio frequency used by AT&T and compatible with existing iPhone models, benefits owners of unlocked iPhones who can at last enjoy 3G/4G download speeds on the T-Mobile network.

And as T-Mobile transitions to an iPhone-friendly service and begins a nationwide transition to LTE following last year’s failed acquisition by AT&T, only now does an Apple partnership make sense as the T-Mobile network is becoming fully compatible with Apple’s 3G/4G mobile devices.

Analyst were previously calling for a deal with Apple in 2013, with Merrill Lynch’s Scott Craig warning recently that “speculation is heightening” around Deutsche Telecom announcing the iPhone deal this week.

Is a T-Mobile iPhone really gonna become a reality in 2013?

And, can it change market dynamics concerning Android?

  • ic0dex

    IMO once T-Mobile improves their coverage Sprint will become the 4th largest network in the US.

    • Falk M.

      Spot on, also keep in mind that if T-Mobile gets enough relevance in the US market, I’m sure Deutsche Telekom will be confident enough to invest big time into them and make them go for way more.
      T-Mobile USA has once lost all hope of DTAG, but I’m sure that when they start fixing their spotty coverage a bit more and go stronger, there will be heaps of investments.

      Me as a Telekom subscriber here in Germany I can only hope that this might lead to better deals for me, too when roaming/calling abroad/etc.

  • It’s about time. So long AT&T.

    • not so fast….lol now that tmo has the iPhone and demand for their service increases they start raising plan rates ..lolo

      • Falk M.

        You must have missed the most recent news.
        Also, I think TMo knows their position in the US market, so they won’t get too crazy.
        They just lost half a million subscribers and I’m sure they are dying to get them back and steal some more from other carriers.

        If they are smart they also try to work out a deal with Google to sell the Nexus 4, too and advertise that it’s compatible with T-Mobile LTE as opposed to any other US network.
        They could have a field day running advertisements on that.

  • Finally, I’ve been a loyal T-Mobile customer for years now, I’ve been waiting for this since 2007.

  • cool

  • Virgin Mobile FTW!