T-Mobile Home to More than 1 Million iPhones
It wasn’t long ago that Apple started to sell unlocked iPhones in their stores directly to customers. It seemed somewhat strange as there are only two GSM carriers in the US, T-Mobile and AT&T. AT&T already has the iPhone, and the unlocked version Apple is selling would only work on T-Mobile’s prepaid network. But obviously there was a demand for it, otherwise Apple wouldn’t have bothered.
Yesterday we found out just how huge of a demand there is. Before the Pepcom event, a T-Mobile spokesman announced that there are currently more than 1 million iPhones that call the T-Mobile network home. Considering that T-Mobile only has about 35 million total subscribers, that is a relatively huge chunk. Further break that down to the number of smartphone users, and you can further speculate that about 1 in 15 smartphones on the T-Mobile network are iPhones.
The spokesman went on to say that the majority of the unlocked iPhones are pre iPhone 4 models, but that still is extremely impressive.
Rumors have been swirling that Apple could be releasing a quad band iPhone as early as September that would work on any of the 4 major networks. T-Mobile’s spokesman had no comment regarding that rumor. Industry insiders are speculating that the rumored device would be dubbed the iPhone 4S, and would essentially just be a slightly tweaked version of the current iPhone.
T-Mobile is also the target of a merger with AT&T. Many speculate that T-Mobile would become the bargain branch of AT&T, and would start selling older versions of the iPhone on their network at cheaper prices.
No matter what the case turns out to be, it appears as though the iPhone has landed in a big way on the T-Mobile network. Even if it did have to sneak in through the back door to get there.