Now that AT&T’s exclusive hold on the iPhone in the U.S. is over, with Verizon announcing that it will start selling Apple’s device on Feb. 10, other carriers are ready as well.
Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA would like to offer the phone on its network, which uses the same sort of wireless technology as AT&T.
T-Mobile USA’s new chief executive already has a relationship with Apple. Philipp Humm previously led T-Mobile’s business in Germany, where he introduced the iPhone in 2007.
“We would be interested in offering the iPhone, but ultimately it is Apple’s decision,” a T-Mobile spokeswoman said.
I’ve asked an Apple representative whether the iPhone will come to T-Mobile and haven’t heard back yet.
My guess is Verizon has an arrangement with Apple giving it premium play until it begins offering the iPhone, after which we’ll hear about other carriers.
T-Mobile accepted this sort of second position during the Windows Phone 7 launch last fall. AT&T ponied up to be the official launch partner and not a lot was said about T-Mobile options until the AT&T launch event took place.