Will T-Mobile Get The New iPhone Today?

For nearly five years, rumors have lingered that T-Mobile will “soon” carry Apple’s revolutionary iPhone on it’s expanding wireless network.

Today, as Apple prepares to unveil it’s new iPhone 5 at a media event in San Francisco, rumors have surfaced once more that T-Mobile is getting ready to finally welcome the iPhone to its network.

According to Gigoam, beginning today, the operator will begin carrying the iPhone 4S in its stores — “not to sell it, but to demo how the device works over its network.”

T-Mobile will have a “material” HSPA+ footprint in its iPhone-friendly PCS band by the end of the year. That means there will no longer be any technical barriers to supporting the iPhone as a full-fledged broadband device, a fact T-Mo is already starting to capitalize on.

The report specifically refers to a conversation with T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray, who supposedly confirmed that in areas where it’s turned up HSPA+ in the PCS band, “there’s no longer any technological barrier preventing the iPhone from meeting its full potential on T-Mobile’s network.”

MMW will bring you up-to-the-minute coverage of Apple’s iPhone announcement later today as it happens.