Moving further and further away form the days of AT&T exclusivity in the United States, Apple is reportedly planning to bring its hugely popular iPhone to T-Mobile sometime next year.
If so, Apple’s next generation iPhone will be available all four top wireless carriers in the US: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
“T-Mobile USA Inc., the nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier,” Bloomberg reported Wednesday, “could use parent Deutsche Telekom AG’s sales agreement with Apple Inc. to sell the iPhone in 2013, Sanford C. Bernstein’s Craig Moffett said.”
“iPhone availability at T-Mobile USA would likely reduce contract losses at that company, and push Deutsche Telekom U.S. to a net revenue growth position much sooner than the market expects,” Moffett speculated.
T-Mobile lost a staggering 510,000 monthly subscribers in the first quarter of 2012 while AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless picked up a comparable number, partially on the strength of iPhone sales and the iDevice line’s popularity.
For now, Apple will not comment on the rumors.