Even though a recent report indicated that T-Mobile USA will be offering the iPhone 5 when it debuts next month, it appears that’s not actually going to happen. An internal company document that has leaked out contains a flat denial.
The document quotes Cole Brodman, T-Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer, telling company employees “We are not going to get the iPhone this year.”
Until today, it was thought that Apple was going to allow all of the Big Four U.S. carriers to offer its very popular smartphone. Now it appears that it will just be three of them: AT&T and Verizon of course, but earlier reports say that Sprint is going to be added to the list.
Bad News for T-Mobile
Apple’s iPhone is one of the most popular handsets available, and not being able to offer it leaves a hole in T-Mobile product lineup. Over a million of this carrier’s subscribers use the iPhone, even though they had to buy the AT&T version and unlock it, and also accept that it doesn’t support T-Mobile’s 3G service.
Of course, T-Mobile is in an unusual situation. AT&T is attempting to acquire this company — if this deal goes through T-Mobile customers will be AT&T subscribers, at which point they will be able to purchase an iPhone. But this is by no means certain, as the U.S. government has moved to block this merger on the grounds that it would be anti-competitive.
According to an array of hints, leaks and speculation, the fifth-generation iPhone is going to have a slightly larger screen than the current version, though the resolution won’t change. This device will also supposedly be even thinner than its predecessor, and include an 8MP camera. It will debut running iOS 5 on a dual-core processor.