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iPhone "definitely" coming to T-Mobile US, G2 pricing leaked

updated 05:55 pm EDT, Wed September 1, 2010

T-Mo iPhone seen for early 2011 as G2 gets price

Persistent talk of an iPhone for T-Mobile USA gained a minor assist with a rumor this morning. An unnamed Examiner contact said that there had been "problems with the carrier" but that there would now "definitely" be a version for the second-largest American GSM carrier. The unconfirmed tip had the iPhone reaching the network early in 2011.

Such rumors can be inaccurate, and the new mention contradicts a claim the T-Mobile version might be available in the fall. However, it would line up with a Verizon-capable iPhone in January and implies that Apple might make the iPhone available on all US carriers the moment its exclusivity with AT&T ends in 2010. Apple may be keen to release the iPhone on as many US carriers as possible since it knows it may neuter Android sales simply by making the iPhone an option for those who can't justify the cost or want to avoid AT&T at all costs.

A T-Mobile USA iPhone would be relatively simple to create as it would need a readily available chipset that supports the 1,700MHz and 2,100MHz frequencies T-Mobile uses for its American 3G.

In the nearer term, a leak from the provider's internal system today has revealed what's likely to be the final pricing for the T-Mobile G2. The new Android reference device is expected by TmoNews to cost the industry standard $200 with a contract and rebate but will be relatively inexpensive off-contract, at $500. Release info still hasn't been confirmed, but it may ship on September 29.

The G2 won't be as powerful as the Nexus One, with a slightly slower processor, but it will be the first phone to ship with a completely reference version of Android 2.2 and may support features normally banned by carriers, such as no-cost 3G tethering and sharing. Its centerpiece will be 14.4Mbps HSPA+ 3G; a five-megapixel camera and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard are its other major defining traits.





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  1. MyRightEye

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    Joined: Apr 2008

    +1

    2007 + 5 years does not equal

    2010.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +1

    It must be true!

    There's an unconfirmed tip reported by an unnamed contributor. What more proof do people need?????

  1. jpellino

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    +4

    more proof?

    I'm waiting for Ballmer to issue a statement claiming its insignificant and poses no threat to Microsoft and anyway they're making a brown one too. Seems to be the acid test for any Apple product.

  1. jpellino

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    -5

    ditch the GSM's...

    ...RF interference (um, do you have an ATT phone or are you actually radioactive?) and pay my early termination fee (there is a precedent for this with one of those carriers, right?) and I'll finally bite on an iPhone.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Joined: Sep 2010

    -3

    comment title

    I hope it does. Despite T-Mobile's absolutely horribly small coverage area, they have amazing prices and no contract/credit check requirements, unlike AT&T. I've been using unlocked iPhones on T-Mobile for almost a year now and I love them, even though I constantly loose signal. The major issue with T-Mobile and the iPhone now is their 3G network. T-Mobile uses a proprietary 1700MHz 3G network so only specially made phones get 3G on T-Mobile (all other phones, including all iPhone, are limited to EDGE speed). On top of that, you need to jailbreak your iPhone after every firmware update in order to retain the unlock, which is also required to use T-Mobile. Though for me, I would have to jailbreak anyway since I not only need the unlock but also the Safari user agent fix (makes Safari on the iPhone show REAL web pages, not the c*** mobile versions of sites) both exclusive to jailbroken devices, though HOPEFULLY Apple will implement a user agent fix in one of the new firmwares coming out soon, this is like a required fix. I cant believe Apple hasn't put it in yet, even Android has it!

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    +1

    If true about the G2, thats good news

    T-mobile does cost less than the other carriers, and that is important since all the carriers are so freakin' high here compared to Europe! We are getting soaked on the price.

    I use T-mobile, I like paying a bit less than I'd pay on the other 3 carriers.

    Unfortunatley my phones are Blackberry and Nokia. I've used Android and iPhone extensively for testing and writing apps, but they aren't my personal phones....so I know they are great, but I suffer with my blackberry.

    Android really is a sweet platform - people really do want Android phones, Apple isn't going to overrun Android just by having more carriers - oh don't get me wrong, they need to be on all 4 carriers - like yesterday - and that will help them increase sales, but it won't be enough, to overtake Android.

    Android's advantage comes from all those manufacturers hitting every price point, and every feature - so that if you want a 5" phone - no problem (heck even the upcoming 7" tablets can be used as phone!). Want a tiny phone? Also no problem. Want an AMOLED screen? Want a keyboard? Frankly whatever it is you prefer - someone made an android phone for that. Apple can't compete - they'd be so afraid they would be cannibalizing sales.

    Well thats the great thing about competition - maybe somebodies sales are cannibalized, but the consumer wins, thanks to so many choices and highly competitive prices.

  1. Foxypaco

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    Joined: Apr 2010

    0

    Atleast...

    T-Mobile gets reception in my condo where AT&T doesn't. (I'm Verizon, still keeping my fingers crossed for a Verizon iPhone.)

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