T-Mobile has revealed that it’s signed a deal with Apple, making it likely that the company will start offering the iPhone and iPad next year.
In a sentence hidden away in a financial news release from parent company Deutsche Telekom, it says: “T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together in 2013.”
T-Mobile’s refusing to give any more details, but there have been signs for some time that the company was hoping to do a deal. It’s investing billions in making its 3G network compatible with the iPhone, and is promising an LTE network using the same band as AT&T’s next year.
It’s also been trying to seduce customers that have unlocked iPhones, and is developing its own iPhone apps to allow users to check their account status, view their bill, check their voicemail and watch streaming video content.
T-Mobile is the only one of the major US carriers that still doesn’t offer the iPad and iPhone, although it reckons it has well over a million unlocked iPhones using its network.
It won’t neccessarily get both at the same time, though: Sprint had the iPhone for quite a while before it was able to add the iPad mini and iPad 4 to its line-up.
And the current state of the company’s networks could also be a source of delay. T-Mobile’s still in the trial stages with its LTE network, and its iPhone-compatible 3G network only covers 15 cities.