During Apples WWDC event the photo bellow was shown for a brief moment and on it we see many new features for iOS 8 that Apple didn’t talk much about or didn’t talk about at all during the event. One of those features includes WiFi calling, and T-Mobile has now confirmed in an announcement that it will enable the feature for iPhone users on its network when iOS 8 is relesed later this year.
T-Mobile’s American branch would really like to scoop up a few iPhone owners, and we’re getting a better sense of just how far it’s willing to go to lure refuseniks who’d otherwise go to AT&T. A product matrix leaked to TmoNews both shows the US carrier’s specially branded nano-SIM cards and suggests they’ll be available in October.
T-Mobile has been absent from Apple’s official list of carrier partners for the iPhone in the U.S., even as its competitors like Verizon, Sprint and other regional carriers caught on with AT&T, and started offering the iPhone in the past couple of years.
AT&T has announced that it will throttle unlimited data plan customers starting in October.
Like other wireless companies, we’re taking steps to manage exploding demand for mobile data. Many experts agree the country is facing a serious wireless spectrum crunch. We’re responding on many levels, including investing billions in our wireless network this year and working to acquire additional network capacity. We’re also taking additional, more immediate measures to help address network congestion.
AT&T’s Randall Stephenson said that acquiring T-Mobile will boost network capacity and improve service for devices such as iPhone.
When AT&T announced that it will be acquiring T-Mobile USA, we had also mentioned that the acquisition should help in AT&T and T-Mobile to improve the voice quality thanks to the increased cell tower density and broader network infrastructure.
We hear so many iPhone-Verizon-tomorrow-OMG rumors that our nation’s brave also-ran carriers hardly get a word in edgewise. While Sprint remains a total longshot, T-Mobile USA is an interesting proposition for the mere fact that it’s a GSM network, though its 1700 / 2100 3G network remains ostensibly incompatible with the iPhone 4’s existing radio. According to Cult of Mac, a “highly placed source” at T-Mobile let it slip that they’ve got an 80 percent chance of getting the iPhone in Q3. Now, that’s an oddly specific number, and we have no idea what it’s contingent on, or how much exactly this source knows. Basically, we don’t know a lot here. Of course, the biggest evidence of this possible T-Mobile coup remains the statement from Deutsche Telekom’s CEO in March, saying that the USA branch is hoping to get the iPhone later this year. We really don’t know who or what to believe, but we do know one thing: if Apple decides to sell a T-Mobile USA iPhone, there’s an 80+ percent chance it will tell everybody.
The United Kingdom will be one of the select markets where Apple’s new iPhone 4 shall be launching on June 24. The launch will also bring the iPhone to two new carriers – T-Mobile UK and 3 UK.
These carriers will join O2, Orange, Vodafone and Tesco to bring Apple’s new iPhone to users in UK.
While the addition of the two new carriers is good news for iPhone users, these subscribers may however have to forego their existing unlimited data plans soon. O2 has announced their latest tariffs that has replaced the existing unlimited data plan with a tiered usage-driven pricing structure.
We don’t like to stir up the nearly constant barrage of “so-and-so is getting the iPhone” rumors unless we’ve got a great reason to do so — and we’d argue that a Financial Times report involving statements from Deutsche Telekom’s CEO qualifies. The British rag was chatting up DT’s boss over the prospects of its American unit — T-Mobile USA — and stressed the company’s long-term commitment to turning around T-Mobile’s fortunes in the face of recent spinoff rumors, saying that it’s all about rapidly building out a speedy 3G network as part of an effort this year “to lay the foundation for future growth.”
Here’s where it gets juicy: referring to the iPhone, the report goes on to say that “T-Mobile USA is hoping to start selling the popular smartphone later this year or next year” while focusing on Android in the meantime, as if Android is merely a stopgap measure to make it through to the singular device that can save America’s number four carrier from going down the tubes. It’s not clear whether FT got the chief exec making a statement to that effect on the record or it’s merely gleaning this knowledge from other rumors, but the only way this would be able to happen is if the next iPhone were to come in an AWS-compatible version — and that seems unlikely considering that AWS coverage represents a trivially small fraction of 3G subscribers around the world. Of course, wireless CEOs of all walks of life regularly make statements saying they’d be more than happy to carry the iPhone if the opportunity presented itself, so this could be little more than off-the-cuff blather anyway.