If you weren’t aware, the one reason why T-Mobile doesn’t yet have the iPhone is thanks to T-Mobiles incompatible 3G network, which runs on a spectrum the iPhone doesn’t support. Currently there is an estimated 1 million users on T-Mobile using the iPhone, and those with data packages are running on 2G speeds. But we’ve received word from Neville Ray, the Chief Technology Officer at T-Mobile, that their 4G network will support the next iPhone.
In Nevilles blog-post he explained the expansion of T-Mobiles LTE network and talked briefly about the iPhone. But we found it interesting that T-Mobile is taking a bold move and spending 4 billion on expanding their 4G services in 2013. Although they are currently the largest 4G network, they plan to rapidly expand by adding 4G coverage to 75 percent of the top 25 markets in the United States. Since the next generation iPhone is expected to have 4G LTE it would be smart for Apple to expand iPhone sales to T-Mobile, being they are one of the largest cellular services in the US.
Will refarming make your network compatible with the iPhone? And will you stop offering 2G services?
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.
Get ready T-Mobile users! You may soon have the iPhones in your list of upgrade options.