Maybe it was all those iDont ads. According to Cult of Mac, the iPhone is coming to T-Mobile in the third quarter of this year, not Verizon Wireless. Apparently, AT&T’s exclusivity agreement is almost up, and Apple is warming up to the fourth largest carrier’s GSM network because it’s easier to jump to. Verizon’s CDMA technology would require a new chip and presumably a redesign of the device. Even if Apple went the LTE route with Verizon, the phone would need to be backward-compatible with its current EV-DO tech. That could be messy.
So how good are the chances that T-Mobile USA customers will soon be having FaceTime chats with AT&T subscribers? Pretty good, it seems. An anonymous “highly placed” source at the carrier says an Apple/T-Mo marriage is 80 percent likely.
If the rumors are true, what I’m most excited about is that the iPhone 4+ (I made that up) would most likely be one of the first smart phones on T-Mobile’s to tap into its rapidly expanding HSPA+ network. That would mean blazing 4G-like speeds in 100 major metro areas by the end of the year, which could put both AT&T and Verizon in a bad spot. Ma Bell would would have an ostensibly slower iPhone and Big Red wouldn’t have one at all.
Bad for them, but good for consumers we say. If these rumors of true, of course.