White iPhone Running on T-Mobile Spotted in the Wild
One of the more curious images to cross our desks surfaced over the weekend. It is an image of a white iPhone 4 running T-Mobile. As everyone already knows, the iPhone 4 was initially exclusive to AT&T, and earlier this year it became available on the Verizon network. The white iPhone 4 won’t be available until later this week. So all the scam alarms should be going off in your head.
But then there is the fact that unlocked iPhones exist, and can run on any GSM network, including T-Mobile’s network. But this doesn’t appear to be an unlocked version of the AT&T iPhone 4.
There are a couple of possible explanations for this. The most obvious one is that T-Mobile is indeed getting the iPhone, and this is simply a test model given out to developers to work out any bugs. It could be that T-Mobile isn’t getting the iPhone, but because of the impending merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, Apple is starting to figure out a way to make a device that plays nicely with both networks.
In either case, it is highly unlikely that this device, which looks exactly like the iPhone 4 is going to be the device that actually makes it to retail locations. If anything, Apple will roll out a T-Mobile device in September when the iPhone 5 is introduced.
Some are speculating that T-Mobile might get the iPhone 4 when the iPhone 5 comes out as a “bargain” alternative what will invariably be a more expensive incarnation of the popular phone. That seems unlikely though, as its hard to imagine that T-Mobile would intentionally push an obsolete phone just to have it.
Whatever the case may be, we’ll keep our eyes and ear open on this one and keep you informed as we find out more.