T-Mobile USA is damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. A Merrill Lynch analyst said yesterday that T-Mobile may be getting Apple’s iPhone next week, which could be very good news for the struggling wireless carrier. But it will only be good news if T-Mobile’s network is ready for massive iPhone sales, and if T-Mobile doesn’t sign the same horrible financial deal as Sprint.
Lots of people are already using iPhones on T-Mobile’s network, and more will come this week because of two things: Apple just started officially selling unlocked iPhone 5s, and T-Mobile has begun converting cities over to iPhone-compatible 1900Mhz 3G. Since the iPhone 5 supports T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42, T-Mobile users in 15 cities will be able to get LTE-like speeds with their super-cheap Value Plans and Monthly 4G plans. That’s great for T-Mobile, it’s great for iPhone users, and it’s great for America.
Adults are not the only people afflicted with iPhone fever.
Forty percent of U.S. teenagers now own an iPhone, according to a new survey by investment banking firm Piper Jaffray Cos..