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Now that the iPhone is no longer an AT&T exclusive, when are other U.S. carriers like T-Mobile going to get to sell it?”Ask Apple” was the response from T-Mobile executives this morning at a media breakfast in New York.
Execs noted that the current iPhone does not support the radio band that T-Mobile uses for its wireless data network, but that wireless chipsets have “evolved” to support many more radio bands.
So there could be an easier opportunity for a handset maker like Apple to support T-Mobile’s unusual frequency in the future. Perhaps the iPhone 5? Or the 2012 iPhone?
As for T-Mobile’s instructions to “ask Apple,” we’ve done that, and will update if we hear back.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile is running TV commercials mocking the iPhone’s slow 3G network speed, including a new one making fun of Verizon, Apple’s new partner.
That may cause some grunts at Apple, but shouldn’t prevent Apple from working with T-Mobile in the future — don’t forget that Verizon used to make fun of the iPhone in TV ads, and that Apple and T-Mobile are partners in Europe.