The iPhone sure knows how to stay in the news — an unnamed source at T-Mobile says that it's 80 percent likely that the iPhone will show up on T-Mobile's network this Fall. Previously, it was said that once the Apple-AT&T exclusivity contract ended (which has been rumored to end this year), Apple would take the iPhone on the road to Verizon. However, since Verizon uses CDMA chip-based handsets, and both T-Mobile and Apple use GSM, it seems that T-Mobile would be a better fit. Besides, Verizon is doing just fine on its own with all those popular Android smartphones!
Does this mean that if Apple leaves AT&T the iPhone would then be exclusive to T-Mobile? Find out when you read more.
It's unlikely. If overseas practices are any indication, when one exclusive contract ends, Apple generally then adds more carriers into the mix to give users more options. With T-Mobile being the fourth largest carrier in the nation with 33.7 million customers, Apple is sure to turn some of those users into iPhone converts. If this rumor is true, that leaves 59 percent of you without a Verizon-carried iPhone like you had hoped for.
I am tossing around one theory, though. Although the source article says that it's T-Mobile's parent company that's been putting the moves on Apple, could it be AT&T's influence that prevents Apple from taking the iPhone to Verizon? Until just recently, AT&T and Verizon's on-air battle has gotten quite heated, and it's widely known that these two companies are in direct competition as the number one and number two wireless carriers in the US. What do you think?