T-Mobile’s distinction of being the only big carrier in the U.S. without an iPhone may finally get rectified. According to a Bloomberg report, Deutsche Telekom’s current sales agreement with Apple might be parlayed by T-Mobile USA to sell the iPhone as early 2013. Customers may actually want to stay with the carrier when the next iPhone hits.
Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Craig Moffet believes it’s “increasingly likely” an agreement will be made in time for next year. The sooner the better, as T-Mobile lost 510,000 monthly subscribers in Q1 alone, while AT&T and Verizon added nearly 700,000 between the two.
“iPhone availability at T-Mobile USA would likely reduce contract losses at that company, and push Deutsche Telekom U.S. to a net revenue growth position much sooner than the market expects,” Moffett said.
T-Mobile has been open about its desire to acquire the iPhone, even going so far as refarming its network to appeal to owners with unlocked devices. With such regional carriers like Leap Wireless, C spire and Virgin Mobile all snatching up the iPhone as an option, T-Mobile is in a pretty dubious club without the device. Though, it’s sounding more likely that it’ll soon renounce its membership.