Apple’s iPhone accounted for 21 percent of smartphone sales on T-Mobile this last quarter—not the largest portion, but a healthy number that helped the carrier’s sales grow. To supplement that growth, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said he wants to expand the carrier’s relationship with Apple and carry more of its products. Legere stopped short of saying what products he’s referring to. Perhaps the upcoming iPhone 5C?
In all likelihood, Legere could simply mean Apple’s iPad, which is currently available through AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. It’s not a void as glaring as not having the iPhone, but it’s probably something Legere has discussed with Apple at length. The Cupertino company is expected to release a new iPad this fall with an iPad mini-like design, so maybe we’ll see an iteration specifically for T-Mobile frequency bands when that hits.
We also expect T-Mobile to start carrying the upcoming iPhone 5S (or iPhone 5G?) when that launches later this year as well; if the carrier does land an iPad and the iPhone 5S, it would suddenly have an entire lineup of Apple products—including the iPhone 4 and 4S in certain areas—thus fulfilling the T-Mobile/Apple prophecy. We’ll likely found out what Apple products Legere has had his eye on soon.