Printed from http://www.electronista.com

T-Mobile chief marketer: no iPhone 5 this year

updated 10:40 am EDT, Tue September 20, 2011

T-Mobile CMO rules out iPhone 5 in 2011

T-Mobile's Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman has dampened hopes for a T-Mobile native iPhone 5. Speaking at a town hall whose summary was spread to T-Mobile staff, he made explicit that "we are not going to get the iPhone 5 this year." Two new, unnamed smartphones would try to take its place in the TmoNews copy of the note.

Although T-Mobile has been seen on iPhone prototypes this year, talk of a launch on the fourth-largest US carrier has gone quiet. Most attention has shifted to a Sprint release and suggests that Apple is only interested in adding one more carrier in 2011.

While 3G frequency support is a factor, T-Mobile may also be banking on a currently in doubt acquisition by AT&T to solve its iPhone problem. The deal would see the two combine their frequency support and make iPhone support a given for existing T-Mobile subscribers. Other carriers, including Sprint, have objected to the merger as AT&T's sudden majority would make it much harder for them to get iPhones.

A small possibility exists that Brodman's statement, which is unusually singled out for a direct quote, might be an attempt to curb staff leaks or tamp down expectations to keep Android sales going until T-Mobile is ready. Verizon was reluctant to admit a deal in public even just a few months away as it anticipated a sales drop as customers waited in fall 2010 for the iPhone instead of buying an Android device already on the shelves. Some speculation has put T-Mobile's availability in early 2012, once Apple has cleared initial iPhone 5 demand.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

ActvContent Sync Smartband

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features fo ...

RocketStor 6324L Thunderbolt 2 eSATA bridge

Like it or not, the shift to Thunderbolt is underway. The connection is extremely flexible, allowing for video and data to co-habitate ...

Patriot Stellar Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 drive

A vast selection of USB memory sticks means that consumers can often find exactly the size drive they need in a configuration that can ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News