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No one ever really talks about this, but why was T-Mobile not considered for the iPhone, and why is it unlikely that the carrier will get Apple’s device in the future?
Well, if we look back at 2007 when the iPhone first came out, the choice was clear. Apple wanted a network with broad network coverage, that used GSM technology, and that was on the way to having a widespread 3G network. AT&T was the topic pick, who already had a 3G network in place that covered most major cities. T-Mobile, on the other hand, wasn’t even testing 3G in a limited capacity. While we’re on the topic, why was’t Sprint and Verizon considered to be a launch partner for the iPhone? Probably because their networks use CDMA which is more difficult to make phones for.
Even as we look into the future of the iPhone, it looks unlikely that T-Mobile will get the device. Rumors have it that the next stop for the iPhone will be Verizon. The reliability of Verizon’s network has far exceeded AT&T, especially when it comes to call quality in major cities like New York and San Fransisco. Also, Apple is probably concerned with which carrier is planning their 4G roll out (since, naturally, they’d like to create a 4G-capable iPhone at some point), and we know that both Verizon and AT&T are working on LTE. T-Mobile hasn’t made any remarks about this, as they’re still in the growth phase of their 3G network.
There aren’t many devices out there that provide the candybar-QWERTY form factor like a BlackBerry, but we’re keeping an eye on a leak for a Windows Mobile phone that just may bring this form factor, possibly to T-Mobile. It’s called the Trophy, and it has a full QWERTY keyboard with a VGA capacitive display. It’s not often that you get such a high resolution screen in combination with a keyboard and a sleek design. Our best guess is that the Trophy will land in the US in Q2, and whether it goes to T-Mobile or AT&T remains to be seen.