You read the title right, and I wrote it right. With the iPhone and T-mobile US deal looking like it will never happen, the carrier has taken matters in to its own hands and has decided that – instead of waiting for the iPhone to be compatible with the 1700 bands – it should change its own bandwidths to match the Apple smartphone.
Tmo’s CTO announced yesterday that its 1900 spectrum should be ready by the end of this year. What that means – to the end user – is that the iPhone will be able to take advantage of Magenta’s 4G HSPA+ network speeds, finally. No more EDGE for the 1 million T-mobile subscribers with iPhones.
“A nice side benefit of the refarming effort is that our 4G network will be compatible with a broader range of devices, including the iPhone. The other important benefit of our network modernization effort is the coverage improvements it will deliver, especially when it comes to in-home coverage. As we refarm our 1900 spectrum, we will continue to fully support our customers with 2G devices.”
Of course, by then, Apple will have released a 6th generation iPhone with LTE capabilities. I guess it’s better late than never. As David over at our sister site, TmoNews states, it’s not at all an indication that the carrier will be launching the iPhone officially on its network. It just means that those who buy unlocked ones don’t have so long to wait until they can have faster internet speeds. With Apple having struck deals with virtually every other carrier in the States (including the smaller regional ones) I’d be surprised if it didn’t make it over to T-mobile at some point.