This holiday season, dreams, or at least rumors, really can come true. Last week’s rumblings of a deal between T-Mobile and Apple have been confirmed. A press release from Deutsche Telecom laying out the company’s financial plans through 2015 slipped in a line at the end announcing an agreement to sell Apple products.
The exact specifics of the deal have not been revealed, but the agreement almost certainly allows T-Mobile to offer the iPhone and iPad. These devices are already offered by AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, something that has been a sharp point of distinction for mobile customers. However, the products won’t come to market until next year, so don’t expect to find a T-Mobile iPhone under your tree this Christmas.
T-Mobile has long been interested in carrying the iPhone and already has over a million unlocked iPhones on its network. The carrier is in the process of upgrading its network to the iPhone supported 1900MHz frequencies and has plans to launch their LTE network next year. The company is also in the midst of acquiring MetroPCS to bolster its business. The Apple deal is definitely a welcome present for a company that has lagged behind the other major carriers and is now making efforts to catch up, but the question remains, is it too little, too late?