Rumor: T-Mobile may talk about iPhone compatible 1900MHz 3G network at WWDC

Well here is some interesting news following the discussions of T-Mobile being the only major US carrier not to carry the iPhone. A reader over at 9to5Mac told them that while walking by San Francisco’s Moscone West with his T-Mobile unlocked iPhone 4, he noted that his iPhone said “3G” (screenshot above). To those of you that don’t know, currently an iPhone unlocked on T-Mobile’s network will only get EDGE data. As he left the WWDC area, his phone dropped back down, losing the 3G signal. He then turned and walked by Moscone again, and had 3G when in the WWDC area, with it dropping to EDGE when he was a few hundred feet away. He has been by Moscone before, never seeing 3G though. It looks like T-Mobile may be getting it’s 1900Mhz network running with a MicroCell for Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, as all carriers should really.

This isn’t saying that T-Mobile will be part of WWDC events. But, T-Mobile does seem to be utilizing it’s soon-to-be rolled out 1900MHz network, so maybe it will be doing a demonstration of the iPhone on it’s 3G network. In March 2011, T-Mobile’s CTO said:

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.

Even though T-Mobile likes to bash the iPhone in ads, T-Mobile is happy about Apple’s decision to unlock iPhone that are out of contract:

Today we have more than one million unlocked iPhones running on our network. T-Mobile currently offers microSIMs for customers who already have a GSM phone they want to use on the T-Mobile network, including an iPhone. In order to set up an unlocked iPhone on T-Mobile’s network, customers simply need to purchase a microSIM card and select a T-Mobile Value plan that suits their needs. T-Mobile’s Value plans enable customers who bring their own smartphone, such as the iPhone, to save money. For example, T-Mobile’s Value family plan with unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited data with 2 GB of high-speed data is just $49.99 per line for two lines. In addition, we will continue to deliver more value to customers as we expand and modernize our 4G network. Beginning this year, we will introduce HSPA+ service in our 1900 MHz PCS spectrum. When we do, our 4G network will be compatible with a broader range of devices, including the iPhone.

If T-Mobile does come out and announce that they will support the iPhone, they will be the last piece of the carrier puzzle for the US, with all 4 then having the iPhone.

What do you think? Will T-Mobile come out and support the iPhone? Or is it just there for demonstration purposes? Let us know in comments.


Via: 9to5Mac

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  • MikeGooden

    I think the Iphone on Tmobile would be a really good look. They would be i think either the first or second carrier to carry Windows, Android, and Apple on their roster.

  • KyleFrost

     @MikeGooden As far as I know, all the other 3 major (Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon) have a Windows Phone, Android (multiple), and the iPhone. So T-Mobile is really missing this gap in their lineup.

  • ArkAngel_X

    So, I have a question then, for T-mo, for those of us that already have a plan and bought/plan to buy and iPhone, would we keep our plan and just have to pay for a microsim?
    Reason I ask is because I have a T-Mo monthly plan, not on contract, will T-Mo allow me to get a microsim and have an iPhone on my plan although I’m not a contract customer?

  • KyleFrost

     @ArkAngel_X I suppose it’s possible. I am not familiar with T-Mobile myself, but I don’t see why not.