A source at T-Mobile USA has leaked word that his company could start offering the very popular Apple iPhone 4 in the next few months, which would be a tremendous coup for the fourth largest U.S. carrier.
T-Mobile is supposedly in negotiations with Apple, and a high-level but anonymous source at the carrier says be believes there is an 80% chance that these will lead to the iPhone being released by T-Mobile before the end of September.
Change Is Coming
Before the launch of the very first iPhone, an agreement was forged that made AT&T the sole U.S. provider for the iPhone. However, persistent leaks and rumors have indicated that this is coming to an end.
Verizon is the carrier these reports indicate is most likely to get a version of the device, but all the U.S. carriers have made it clear they’d be happy to offer Apple’s very popular smartphone.
T-Mobile USA has been stuck in fourth place in the carrier market for a very long time, and is losing subscribers to its larger competitors, not gaining on them. Adding the iPhone, especially if it can do so before Verizon, could help reverse this trend.
The current iPhone has been designed to run on GSM networks, so adding support for T-Mobile’s Wireless Network would be a relatively minor task. Apple is supposedly working on a separate version for CDMA networks like Verizon and Sprint — a version that Verizon will supposedly introduce in January.
Overview of the Apple iPhone 4
Apple’s fourth-generation smartphone is a significant upgrade from the previous one, starting with its 3.5-inch, 640 x 960 touchscreen, a much higher resolution than any iPhone has offered before.
It has a new slimmer design and runs iOS 4.0, the latest version of Apple’s operating system, on a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor.
The iPhone 4 comes in two configurations: a version with 16 GB of storage costs $200 and one with 32 GB goes for $300. These prices are for new AT&T customers willing to sign up for a two-year contract, or current customers who qualify for a subsidy. Current customers who don’t qualify will have to pay $200 more.
The iPhone 4 has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with a flash, as well as support for recording 720p video at 30 frames per second. In addition, it includes a small front-facing camera for video chatting with an app called FaceTime.
This smartphone has 3G wireless networking, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.