This in indeed HUGE for T-Mobile users in US! Christmas might arrive early for T-Mobile US customers in 2011! Finally, Apple’s next generation iPhone 4 might be made available to T-Mobile. There are bells ringing around the web that T-Mobile in USA might be bestowed with iPhone 4 no later than the first half of 2011. If the rumors turns out to be legit then this would be the first time in US that iPhone will be made available across multiple carriers apart from AT&T. Of course! After the AT&T exclusivity ends.
But what about earlier rumors of iPhone 4 coming Verizon? Well, it’s not going to be Verizon. It’s going to be T-Mobile. According to Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu, T-Mobile has greater probability instead of Verizon wireless as its network wouldn’t require Apple to build a separate iPhone 4 to support it. Seems to be logical! Isn’t? He further quoted -
“Currently, T-Mobile’s 3G service (UMTS/HSPA) supports 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz frequencies while AT&T supports 850 MHz and 1900 MHz frequencies,” Wu wrote in a note to clients today. “Interestingly, both the new iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS support 3G at the 2100 MHz frequency and, from our understanding, the technical hurdle to support T-Mobile is minor compared to supporting CDMA technology at VZ and Sprint.”
“While the general consensus is around Verizon, which we believe will happen eventually, we continue to believe that T-Mobile is the most likely candidate,” Wu said.
Earlier, John Johnson, a Verizon Wireless spokesperson confirmed that there is no plan for Verizon to support the Apple mobile devices like iPhone 4 and iPad in the U.S. in a video interview with Beet.TV that took place at the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital conference.
For several years, AT&T’s growth has come primarily from the iPhone sales. According to Comscore statistical data AT&T has over 43% of all U.S. smart-phone customers, compared with 23% for Verizon. Most of the people in US switched their carrier just because of iPhone. In the fourth quarter of 2009 itself, the AT&T activated about 3.1 million new iPhones.
Verizon has over 93 million customers in US and making the iPhone 4 available through Verizon CDMA network could open up a significant new market for Apple helping Apple to nearly double the number of iPhone users in the U.S. There are rumors, that Apple’s next generation iPhone 4 will be made available to Sprint in addition to AT&T and Verizon carrier!
Statistically, Verizon is the largest U.S. wireless carrier, with 93 million subscribers and on the other hand T-Mobile has just 34 million. If Apple signs a deal with the Verizon then the iPhone 4 sales would increase exponentially (nearly doubled) and if iPhone 4 lands-up with T-Mobile, the iPhone 4 sales would increase by a little more than a third.
But what, if iPhone 4 comes to both T-Mobile and Sprint network? Says Wu: “It is notable that signing up both T-Mobile and Sprint would almost be the equivalent of signing VZ.” Ironically, Sprint’s network is CDMA as well and would require a customized iPhone 4, just like Verizon. So if Apple were to sign a deal with Sprint, it may as well sign one with Verizon as well.
Apple now wants to imitate Google strategy of rolling out its major smartphone across all major carriers and we think that Steve Jobs would announce the next iPhone 4 across major US carriers (Verizon/Sprint/AT&T/T-Mobile).
Well, rolling out iPhone 4 across major US carriers might play a pivotal role in increasing iPhone 4 sales exponentially. What do you think? Any thoughts?
Via – allthingsd