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Will T-Mobile Finally Get the iPhone?

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which technology editor/analyst Andrew Tonner and technology analyst Evan Niu discuss topics across the investing world.

Since AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile has fallen through, the carrier has inadvertently given T-Mobile the possibility of getting the iPhone soon. T-Mobile received some valuable spectrum as part of the breakup fee, which future iPhones should be compatible with. The ball is now in Apple's court on whether it will let T-Mobile in on the action.

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  • Report this Comment On January 18, 2012, at 10:15 PM, Aryabod wrote:

    T-Mobile's problem is that they have no 4G hence even if they get the iPhone it will be a 3G version, while ATT, VZ and Sprint sell Apple's next iteration with LTE come this October.

    So the next question begs on whether it is worth paying the subsidy to Apple when you don't have a 4G LTE network?

    The only solution that I can see T Mobile has is to syndicate with Clearwire's TD LTE buildout and partner up with Sprint since Lightsquared seems to be a long shot at best. All other options in the near term are just not feasible.

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