T-Mobile to make its network “iPhone compatible” by the Fall

Posted on May 9 2012 - 12:07am by Mike Wewerka

Don’t let T-Mobile fool you with all their “we love Android more than anything” talk. The magenta carrier has wanted the iPhone on its network since AT&T lost its exclusivity agreement early last year. Apple has allowed not only Verizon and Sprint to carry the iPhone in the U.S., but also a handful of local carriers too. T-Mobile however has not been allowed to carry the iPhone, so they’ve decide that if Apple won’t bring the iPhone to them, the’ll bring their network to the iPhone.

When AT&T’s attempted acquisition of T-Mobile failed, AT&T had to fork over $4 billion in cash and spectrum. While the cash all went to T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, the spectrum on the other hand went to T-Mobile USA and it looks like they plan to use it to make their network, iPhone compatible. While their are currently over one million unlocked iPhones on T-Mobile’s network, they are confined to using EDGE or 2G data. With this improvement to their network, customers who bring their iPhones to T-Mobile will finally be able to experience 3G speeds.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that T-Mobile may be improving their network because they play to pony up the cash like Sprint, just to get the iPhone. These improvement will make sure T-Mobile’s network is all set to utilize the lastest iPhone. They are also planning to rollout their LTE network come 2013 and with Apple rumored to be equipping its next iPhone with LTE, it makes for a more convincing argument.