Though the rumors have been floating around the blogosphere, we finally have confirmation today that T-Mobile USA will soon begin selling Apple products. The iPhone will obviously be the main attraction, and T-Mobile has been waiting for it for a long time.
Apple and AT&T originally had an exclusivity deal, where the iPhone could only be sold and used on their network (unless of course, you unlock your phone). However, as of January 2011, almost two years ago, the iPhone was available on Verizon as well. The iPhone was also introduced more recently to Sprint, leaving three carriers as authorized retailers for the iPhone.
Today, however, T-Mobile released a press statement revealing that they will in fact be offering iPhones, as well as other products:
In addition, T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together in 2013.
This move will make customers who have stuck with T-Mobile contracts very happy, since it means that they will be able to get an iPhone (although who still wants an iPhone that hasn’t already switched from T-Mobile?). But overall, this is best for T-Mobile themselves, since it means that customers will no longer be scared away by the fact that they are the last major US carrier not to offer the iPhone.
The Group’s free cash flow is expected to decrease to around EUR 5 billion in 2013 (scheduled figure for 2012: around EUR 6 billion), primarily as a result of the increased capital expenditure and the systematic implementation of the Challenger strategy in the U.S. market, including the agreement with Apple.