T-Mobile to get iPhone 5 as well, report says

After yesterday's report of Sprint planning to bring the iPhone to its network this fall, a new report says U.S. carrier T-Mobile plans on the same thing.

Apple's iPhone 4.
Apple's iPhone 4. Apple

Just a day after a high-profile report that Sprint would be getting Apple's next iPhone , a new report claims T-Mobile USA will be getting it as well.

Citing "a contact within T-Mobile," Apple tracking blog MacTrast says the U.S. carrier will be getting a version of the iPhone 5 that will run on the company's 3G network sometime in "early to mid-October."

The move would be especially notable given that AT&T plans to buy T-Mobile USA off Deutsche Telekom as part of a $39 billion deal announced in late March. While that deal continues to face scrutiny , the end game is one large network, and one single company. If yesterday's report by The Wall Street Journal of Sprint getting the iPhone 5 comes to fruition, that would put the iPhone on all of the major U.S. carriers well ahead of that combination.

AT&T and T-Mobile use the same wireless technology, GSM, but two use different frequencies for 3G, leaving a person with an AT&T iPhone only able to receive service at the slower 2G speeds. A version of the iPhone that worked with T-Mobile's 3G signal would solve that problem.

A report by TechCrunch earlier this week claimed the next iPhone would support both GSM and CDMA technologies, allowing a single phone to work with carriers on either technology, suggesting Apple is working to expand the device's connectivity options.

Representatives at both Apple and T-Mobile did not respond to requests for comment.

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MacTrast's report follows on the heels of one from Boy Genius Report in late-April claiming that T-Mobile USA was in the process of testing out iPhone 4 units on its 3G network, including a photo of the purported testing device. Going back a bit further, an incorrect report by the Cult of Mac in July of last year claimed T-Mobile USA would offer Apple's iPhone in the third quarter of 2010.

Of interest in this, is T-Mobile which started to sell Micro SIM cards last month. That's the same standard that's used in Apple's iPhone 4 and iPad devices. The company even positioned the cards as a way for iPhone or iPad users to hop onto its network.

Apple is expected to announce the next iPhone as soon as next month, with a release to follow in early October. More recent reports have also suggested that Apple plans to put out a lower cost version of the iPhone 4 to go alongside it.

Updated at 12:46 p.m. PT with information throughout, and once again at 2:34 p.m. PT to note a lack of comment from T-Mobile and Apple.

 

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