T-Mobile Hoping To Offer the iPhone this Year

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Thanks to an exclusive contract with Apple, AT&T has been the only wireless carrier in the U.S. allowed to offer the extremely popular iPhone. T-Mobile USA is hoping to change that by the end of this year, though.

T-Mobile USA is one of the top four carriers in this country, but it has been stuck in fourth place for a very long time, and is losing subscribers to its larger competitors, not gaining on them.

This company is owned by Deutsche Telekom, whose CEO René Obermann said in an interview recently that he hopes to turn T-Mobile USA around by forging an agreement with Apple that will end AT&T’s exclusive rights to the iPhone and bring this smartphone to a second U.S. carrier.

Apple iPhone 3G SIf this plan comes to fruition, it won’t be soon. Obermann is hoping for a T-Mobile iPhone in late 2010 or early 2011.

Maybe Not Just T-Mobile
AT&T has been the exclusive U.S. provider of the iPhone for almost three years now, but there have been persistent but unconfirmed reports that this agreement is coming to an end in the coming months.

Numerous rumors have indicated that Verizon Wireless and Apple are in talks, but Sprint and T-Mobile regularly come up as well.

Looking for Alternatives
Although the iPhone is undoubtedly popular it doesn’t dominate smartphone sales, and all the wireless carriers have been exploring other options, most notably Google’s Android OS.

Like the iPhone, Android is a consumer-friendly operating system with a large selection of third-party applications for users to choose from.

T-Mobile has been particularly interested in this OS,  and offers more Android-based smartphones than any of its rivals.

Source: FT.com

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