T-Mobile is the only major mobile carrier within the U.S. that still is not offering Apple’s iPhone. Now, the company’s CTO, Neville Ray, is stating the wireless carrier will offer compatible networks by the end of this year. Despite the fact that there are reportedly over a million T-Mobile subscribers using an unlocked iPhone on that network, they’re still limited to 2G speeds largely due to the iPhone incompatibility with the 1700/2100 MHz bands used by T-Mobile for its faster data networks. Philipp Humm, T-Mobile CEO, stated that frequency band incompatibility was the “key reason” that T-Mobiledoesn’t officially offer Apple’s iPhone to their customers.
During a dinner event on Monday, T-Mobile announced they will use 1900MHz spectrum for its upgraded HSPA+ 4G network that would allow owners of the iPhone to gain access to the faster 4G speeds.
“As part of the company’s network modernization effort, T-Mobile also plans to launch 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz band in a large number of markets by the end of the year,” the statement read. “Rolling out 4G HSPA+ services in the 1900 MHz band will also provide customers with the ability to use a broader range of devices, including the iPhone, on T-Mobile’s 4G network.”
All Things D noted that these spectrum to which T-mobile is referring is the spectrum gained from the breakup fee of the attempted merger between AT&T and T-Mobile in 2011.
While T-Mobile remains very positive about next generation of Apple’s iPhone being compatible with the carrier’s 1900MHzSpectrum, it’s too early to tell if the company has any future plans for acquiring the iPhone.