Just because AT&T will acquire T-Mobile does not mean that the network’s subscribers will be able to get their hands on the iPhone. News reports revealed that T-Mobile subscribers will have to wait another one year to get their hands on Apple iPhone.
So what is the reason? Well, AT&T will have to get federal approval first. On March 20, 2011, news of AT&T acquiring T-Mobile for $39 billion in the cash-and-stock deal came up. With this acquisition, AT&T would become the largest network carrier in the U.S in terms of subscriber base.
After the news came out, one of the T-Mobile subscribers asked if they would get the iPhone which is currently available on AT&T and Verizon. The answer goes like this:
"T-Mobile USA remains an independent company,……The acquisition is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. We do not offer the iPhone. We offer cutting edge devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and coming soon our new Sidekick 4G."
Another major reason for the iPhone launch delay for T-Mobile subscribers is that
T-Mobile has a different wireless network that is not compatible with the 3G radio of AT&T’s GSM network.