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T-Mobile carrying 1m unlocked iPhones, working on micro SIMs

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.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2004


    I had one

    I had an unlocked iPhone 2g on t-mobile network - I really enjoyed it.

    In fact, if you are on prepaid, here's what you do - get a $100 card that is good for one year of activation. 1100 minutes. So not even 100 minutes per month.

    And for data - go with wi-fi only.

    I know, I know its not the true smartphone experience. But - it's most of it. And its $100 per year! woo!

    You get the phone for occasional calls, or even if you end up refilling for another $100 in a years time, no biggy.

    I ultimately signed a contract and now have an HTC Sensation - it's a nice dual core phone and I do appreciate the data plan.

    If tmobile had a discount for being "Edge" only, I might have considered the iPhone 4 - but I hate paying for 3g and only getting edge, as I would have to do if I wanted a data plan.

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  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009


    Familiar looking

    login screen.

    Looks like an Android knock-off.


    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. ojala

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2003



    One can always use an adapter to use the micro-SIM in a device that uses the standard size.

    We've cut all our SIM's to micro size but for the moment only the iPad 2 actually uses one. All the other devices (MiFi, USB dongle, Android phones) use standard size but we've got a micro-SIM with adapter inside.

    If one uses a cutter instead of scissors to do the job, the cut-out piece will also function as an adapter.

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