While Apple’s iPhone 4S are selling like pancakes for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile is the only U.S. carrier that can’t sell iPhones. They are left with only Android, Windows, and Blackberry-based smartphones to market.
"T-Mobile believes the iPhone is a good device and we've expressed our interest to Apple to offer it to our customers. Ultimately, it is Apple's decision," stated Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president of marketing for T-Mobile USA. "The core issue remains that Apple has not developed a version of the iPhone with technology that works well on our fast 3G and 4G networks. The company believes a capable version of the iPhone for the 3G and 4G networks would offer an additional compelling option for our customers on a 4G network."
Even without a T-Mobile-specific version of the iPhone available for T-Mobile, that has not stopped more than 1 million T-Mobile USA subscribers from using unlocked iPhones on T-Mobile's network.
"However, the iPhone isn’t the only option to experience the benefit that smartphones offer," added Sherrard. "T-Mobile's 4G smartphones can compete with other smartphones in terms of functionality, speed, features offered, and overall experience–including the iPhone 4S."
T-Mobile does have an excellent selection of Android smartphones, perhaps the best of any U.S. wireless carrier. Some of the options include the HTC Amaze 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II, and HTC myTouch 4G Slide.
Sherrard is not above taking shots at the competition, either. "Reports abound of iPhones not operating well on some carrier networks, while our latest 4G smartphones offer many advantages versus the iPhone 4S." Sprint customers have complained that they are experiencing consistent slow wireless data speeds on their iPhone 4S devices.
There is no question that T-Mobile offers some amazingly fast 4G devices. The Amaze 4G and Galaxy S II can run on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network at the theoretical maximum of 42 Mbps. The iPhone 4S on Sprint and Verizon does not come remotely close, with an upper data limit of just 3.1 Mbps. Independent tests reveal consistent real-world speeds on these devices in the 10 Mbps to 12 Mbps range, which is blindingly fast for a smartphone. Experts say these Android phones can match the iPhone.
T-Mobile does not spare the competition at all. It boldly claims that its smartphones offer faster speeds, bigger screens, and more advanced cameras, and that its mobile network offers customers more compelling pricing and more choice.
"We firmly believe that T-Mobile's portfolio will give any iPhone version a run for its money. We offer the increased processing power and faster 4G speeds achieved by our fastest smartphones, the most advanced camera of any smartphone. With our portfolio of Android, Windows, and BlackBerry smartphones, fast 4G network, and competitively priced worry-free unlimited talk, text, and data plans, we believe it's a great time to be a T-Mobile customer," according to T-Mobile spokesperson.