According to T-Mobile, they did not want the iPhone unless Apple makes one that works with its 3G network. If you're a T-Mobile customer, you'll know what I'm talking about.
See, T-Mobile's 3G network is not exactly compatible with other GSM networks because it runs on a different frequency. Without getting into the specifics, and the current GSM iPhone can work on T-Mobile's except the user will only be able to achieve 2G wireless speed.
However, about one million T-Mobile suffer through this the EDGE speed rather than switch over to AT&T. Perhaps, because of this fact, T-Mobile figures it stands a chance of going at it as the AT&T alternative and entice everyone else with non-iPhone offerings.
According to T-Mobile's senior vice-president of marketing, "T-Mobile thinks the iPhone is a good device and we’ve expressed our interest to Apple to offer it to our customers. Ultimately, it is Apple’s decision. The issue remains that Apple has not developed a version of the iPhone with technology that works on our fast 3G and 4G networks. We believe a capable version of the iPhone for our 3G and 4G networks would offer an additional compelling option for our customers on a fast 4G network."
What is boils down to is sour grapes. Now, if I were in his position and I have his job, I probably might try to offer some sort of truth about the importance of the iPhone and try to let people know that the reasons why the one million iPhone users would rather go with a slower Internet speed rather than go over to AT&T.
But it's too late obviously. T-Mobile is going down a slow spiral either as a part of AT&T's mobile empire or, if the merger doesn't go through, well, I hate to think what would happen.
I'm sad. Left T-Mobile after eight years for Verizon.
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