The rumor of the day is that the iPhone might be coming to T-Mobile, according to a “highly placed source” of Cult of Mac. While this rumor makes more sense to me than a Verizon iPhone, I still don’t believe the hype. To be honest with you, I think this was completely made up by Cult of Mac just so they can get other people (like me) to talk about them.
Talks between Apple and T-Mobile are at an advanced stage, our source says, and it’s 80 percent likely that the iPhone will be coming to T-Mobile in Q3.
Apple can’t make enough iPhone 4 for themselves but they’re going to give it to T-Mobile anyway? Nah!
If you read this blog on a regular basis, you know I don’t believe in the Verizon iPhone for one main reason. Verizon operates on the dying CDMA network, while pretty much the rest of the world, including AT&T and T-Mobile, operates on the GSM network. So technically, the iPhone could work on T-Mobile… except there are hardware issues…
Historically, the iPhone has never been compatible with T-Mobile’s 3G network which operates on the 1700/2100 MHz bands. While the iPhone 4 added the 2100 MHz band, it still lacks the 1700 MHz, which Cult of Mac claims Apple could have kept secret.
Yes, this rumor makes more sense to me than the crazy Verizon rumors but still, I do not think this is real. If anything, I predict the iPhone will come to T-Mobile in 2012, when the Apple/AT&T exclusivity agreement comes to an end. I doubt Apple would want to get into a lawyers fight with AT&T over the iPhone.
What do you think? Real rumor? Fake rumor?