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T-Mobile CEO John Legere

T-Mobile made quite a few big announcements at its CES 2013 event last night, including a no-contract Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan, but one item that didn't get a mention was the carrier's new Apple partnership. The good news is that T-Mobile CEO John Legere did decide to touch on the deal a bit with an interview with Reuters, telling the publication that he expects T-Mobile to begin offering the iPhone "in three to four months as opposed to six to nine months." Legere also expects to ditch subsidies and go all Value plans in that same timeframe.

T-Mobile originally announced its agreement with Apple a little over a month ago, saying that the two companies plan to team up to "bring products to market together in 2013." The magenta operator is currently the only major U.S. carrier that doesn't officially offer the iPhone, but it has made a push to get unlocked iPhone owners onto its network, and it currently serves around 1.9 million Apple smartphones. Considering all of that, it'll be interesting to see how many iPhones T-Mobile can sell once it does begin officially selling the device.

Legere also touched a bit on the possibility of T-Mobile merging with more carriers after its MetroPCS deal is done. The CEO said that he would "obviously" consider partnering with Dish, which is hoping to build out its own wireless network and is interested in getting a partner to help with that process. Another operator that T-Mo would be interested in combining with is Leap Wireless, which owns Cricket Wireless, with Legere describing Leap as "one of those things that makes extreme sense for us to look at." T-Mobile and MetroPCS are currently working to gain regulatory approval for their merger, which is expected to close in the first half of 2013.

Via Reuters


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Anonymous No I don't think so. Maybe back in 2009 but getting one now just seems plain dumb.
Felix Tran Maybe, if it's not like 600 dollars..... and btw, Kevin KPfivesev Peeler, YOU are the dumbass here.
Jim Parker Oh, hell no! Neva Eva! IPhone bad product.... T-Mobile bad service!
Andre Anknown don't like iphone
Antoni Johansson More interested on the new sony experia Z. 5.0 inch screen with the best sharing capabilities. Expansion card 32gb.. and the list of awesome new features go on....
Joshua Rodriguez Becker Yeah Kevin, because WP Is so fucking fun. *sarc* WP is fucking garbage and lacks many features and apps that iOS and Android have.
Kevin Joel More WP, less iturds.
Brendon Bowers They havent even announced if t mobile will sell the I phone 5... theyve only stated theyll be selling apple products .. I'm going to laugh when they start carrying only iphone 4 and I pad 2s lol
Kevin KPfivesev Peeler eff t-moble who ever get/got t-moble is dumb as hell
Lorne Shaggy Sloan An eye what?
David DiPilla I was always an iphone still am 2 years ago android was crappy slow and laggy that time the iphone ruled now android is a lot better now I still love the iphone and had the 3g and 4 and iphone 5 I won the note 2 last month I love it does so much more then the iphone but it still depends what you like hey apple might make a come back who knows
Andre Roberts so let me get this right in 3 or 4 months they will start selling a phone at FULL PRICE, when its about to be replaced with a newer version in a couple more months...SMDH....
Ed Seitzinger Lol why, I'll take my sgsII over any apple pos.
Andrew Johnson hey gibby maybe it is the new iphone
Andrew Johnson ill be switching from att when they get it.. all 5 lines..
Angel Ortiz Nope just got my note 2 and I love it
Dee Nazario There's no point of getting an iPhone anymore. But I wouldn't be surprised since some people had invested a lot in iOS and owns other Apple products.
Brenda Needham Riley I left T-mobile last month after 11 years, because they didn't have the iPhone!
Miguel Sahagun Lol Apple forced to play Androids game.. a smaller ipad, larger(longer) screen iphone 5, multiple carriers
Tyler Hell In three to four months they should of had it yesterday!
Gibby Garcia in 3-4 months the iPhone 5 will be old news when the new iPhone is announced so that is not a good deal....
Mark Hennessey in a word: hell no.
Chris King nope my G1 still blows it away
JerryandAudrey Smith No. I don't want to be told what I can do with my phone.
Guillermo Lene Nope Im fine with my samsung galaxy s3 with MetroPCS unlimited everything for $50 a month...
David Buenano Hell no!
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Ugh I'm tired of the Android vs iPhone arguments.. why can't people just buy the phone they want & let it go already.
Larry Ayonn My wife has expressed interest in the iPhone. I'm sticking with Android though.
Roy Groh No...
Reese Woodson I traded my Galaxy S3 for an iPhone 5, and I regret it. The iPhone 5 is no where near the best phone. This is coming from an iPhone 5 owner........
Anthony Davis I'm leaving T-Mobile and gong to straight talk unltd talk text and 4G data for 45/ month on my brand new HTC One X+ saving a lot of dolla lol
Susan Hugus Nope, Note II is one great phone!
Roberto Baños Lozano maybe 4 my kid!!!!
Felix Tran Maybe. I wanna try iOS. Been with Android for too long.
Augustine Tino Melecio The iphone is too small. I have a Galaxy S III with AT&T but wish I had got a Windows phone like I had before on my HD7. Windows mobile os is so bad ass.
Michelle Beier Osborne Possibly, depending on what model is offered and what the speeds will be.
Randy B Hoopes Would love to and get away from overpriced @verizon
Noel Easer Ellerbe And now that google maps with turn by turn navigation is available for iOS, there's nothing holding ME back from switching to an iPhone!
Noel Easer Ellerbe Yesssssss! I can't wait for the iPhone! I've had an android phone since day one and I love them, however, I would really like my phone to be in sync with all my other devices, seamlessly.. Apple has mastered that..
Marti Ruiz stay with nexus 4 until galaxy s4. and who the hell is iphone?
Javier Sanchez Ojeda Five years ago I probably could have but not Now,l'm very happy with the note 2 there's No comparisson the best phone out there For now
Kaizer Joelle .. After all the AT&T bashing. Now they succumbed. Ironic
Abram Wenevermet Dennis I'd switch 2 teen mobile if they had a lot of towers here.. even though their service is still faster than sprints.
Alfred Johns IV lol AND DO WHAT WITH MY GALAXY S 3? No thanks.
Anthony Evans Jr once Tmobile goes LTE in my area I may have to take a hard look at them
Steve Bachman No to the phone, no to the carrier!
Brian M McCoy iCrack is for people that don't know when a good phone is. Go Android if you know what a good phone is.
Donald Hixson It's possible. Though it's not like it matters. I'm stuck with this company anyway, I mean for real who wants to pay a $400 desposit for Verizon? That said, I love my HTC One S, but I also love iOS. They just need to stop putting out year behind specs on the iPhones. I don't see how T-Mobile got it with as bad as their coverage is.
Skully Jareet I have galaxy 3 best phone out love sprint
Marcus Bröker IPhone 5 is the best phone out! Said no one ever.
Daniel McCarthy Don't see a point when they have the best Android lineup in the USA. Want to get screwed by Apple and carriers? Go to AT&T and Verizon.
Marek Kora The same, got note 2 .. nothing can compare, yet
Danny Chavez Nope, im on that Note 2. Iphone 5 is crap.
Anthony Evans Jr nope I like good phones




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