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MetroPCS Wants to Sell the iPhone, Says T-Mobile Exec

by Jacob Kleinman | May 2, 2014May 2, 2014 9:30 am PST

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MetroPCS currently offers Android and Windows Phone devices on prepaid plans, and it looks like the T-Mobile-owned company could start selling the iPhone as well. In an interview with Re/code, T-Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert said the carrier is “very interested” in offering Apple smartphones through MetroPCS, adding, “We think the Metro PCS customer would be [interested] as well.”

T-Mobile didn’t offer an Apple smartphone until the iPhone 5, but the carrier recently noted that the phone has sold like “gangbusters” ever since it was launched. If MetroPCS can offer the iPhone on its budget-friendly contracts it could see similar success. The one issue could be the iPhone’s high price, which MetroPCS likely won’t be able to subsidize.

T-Mobile recently announced plans to shutter MetroPCS stores in several cities while switching its network from CDMA to GSM and LTE, while also harvesting some of the carrier’s spectrum to boost its own signal. Introducing a cheaper iPhone on the prepaid carrier could certainly bring more customer’s over to T-Mobile’s network, though it’s unclear how soon MetroPCS could start offering Apple smartphones.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...