Are T-Mobile and Apple Finally Making it Official?
It looks like T-Mobile and Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone are finally making it official. Deutsche Telekom announced on Thursday that its U.S. subsidiary had entered into an agreement with Apple to bring common products to the market in 2013. While the announcement did not name either the iPhone or the iPad or offer many details, the two devices are the only cellular-capable products in Apple’s lineup.
Deutsche Telekom added that the deal would affect its free cash flow in the coming year.
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T-Mobile, the fourth largest carrier in the country, has seen a drop in subscriber numbers lately, blaming it on the absence of an Apple partnership. Rivals Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ), AT&T (NYSE:T), and Sprint (NYSE:S) all offer the iPhone. Still, more than 1.5 million of T-Mobile consumers use their unlocked iPhones on the company’s network, though not at the speeds offered by other carriers.
The availability of both the iPhone and the iPad may depend on how quickly T-Mobile is able to launch its 4G network. The carrier has begun widening its 4G HSPA+ network in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. Deutsch Telekom said that for 2013 the “focus in the U.S. is on building out the LTE network.”
T-Mobile is set to soon merge with MetroPCS (NYSE:PCS), the fifth-largest carrier in America.
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