T-Mobile still doesn’t sell the iPhone, but that doesn’t mean the carrier can’t try and bring iPhone owners to it. As part of the hefty $4 billion sum it received from AT&T, T-Mobile is preparing to free up 1900 MHz spectrum at the end of this year that would make Apple’s handset compatible with the carrier’s HSPA+ network. That means no more slow 2G speeds for the million or so iPhone users currently on T-Mobile.
At an event in New Orleans on Monday, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray declined to say whether the carrier would market to AT&T iPhone users specifically, but did admit that “it would make sense.”
However, it seems to us like T-Mobile isn’t shying away from courting iPhone owners one bit. In a press release from Tuesday, the carrier had this to say about its expanding network: “Rolling out 4G HSPA+ services in the 1900 MHz band will also provide customers with the ability to use a broader range of devices, including the iPhone, on T-Mobile’s 4G network,” the carrier said.
Despite being one of the more price-friendly carriers around, T-Mobile has struggled to cope with life without the iPhone. In fact, that carrier blamed its loss of subscribers on not carrying the device, so it makes sense T-Mobile would do everything it can to court out of contract iPhone owners. Heck, my first iPhone was unlocked on T-Mobile’s network, so there’s no doubt plenty of customers just waiting for the carrier to crank up better compatibility for Apple’s device.