There have long been rumors from anonymous tipsters about the iPhone going here, or pundits guessing it could go there. This time, though, there’s actually a source. And it’s no less than Deutsche Telekom’s chief, Rene Obermann.
In an interview, Oberman mentioned a little something about T-mobile USA trying to land a deal with Apple to nab the iPhone for later this year or 2011. The exec wouldn’t get into any specifics though, and Cupertino, of course, was mum on the whole topic.
Not that there aren’t already scores of people using jailbroken and unlocked handsets on Tmo anyway, but this is good news for users who were looking for a more sanctioned way of toting the small “i.” And, may I add, the version of the device Magenta would be getting at that time would be the mythical “iPhone 4G.”
If you were crossing your fingers for a Verizon hook-up, this wouldn’t necessarily negate the possibility of Big Red getting it; the trouble of reworking the GSM handset for CDMA or LTE might do that. (That is, if Apple & VZW are even willing to put the tension and drama of the Droid-iPhone ad war behind them.) But who knows? There have been some pretty weird bedfellows in the mobile tech world lately, so there’s no telling how that could shake out.
iPhone fans, buckle up (haters too): Rumors always heat up around spring, and it’s only March now. This is already looking like it’ll be one heck of a season for gossip.
So if those crazy kids — Tmo and Apple — finally get official, how many of you are finally snagging the iPhone? Weigh in.