updated 09:45 pm EDT, Wed June 22, 2011
T-Mobile talks unlocked iPhone counts
T-Mobile on Wednesday night revealed that there were more than one million unlocked iPhones on its network. Most were iPhone 3GS or earlier models due to the regular SIM card slots. Some had cut up their T-Mobile SIMs to fit in the iPhone 4's micro SIM slot, 9to5 learned, even knowing that they couldn't go back without getting a replacement card.
&TA representative for the network admitted that the company was working on its own micro SIMs but couldn't say when they would be released. Apple is so far the only major phone and tablet maker to use the standard.
The company also had "nothing to announce" on a T-Mobile native iPhone.
No plans are definite, but leaks have shown signs of Apple testing a T-Mobile iPhone. Verizon has also gone on record as saying the next iPhone was dual-mode and has fuelled beliefs it could be a true universal phone with support for all North American carriers as well as more of the world than what Apple already covers.
The million-unit mark is a lifetime amount but hints at pent-up demand at T-Mobile. Most smartphones on the provider are Android models, but it has continued to bleed hundreds of thousands of customers each quarter. At one point this fall, it blamed the lack of the iPhone for losses as customers were still defecting in large numbers to AT to get Apple's hardware. When Verizon added the iPhone, the device automatically became its most popular phone and outsold the next-best Android phone by a wide margin.