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T-Mobile's Brodman claims no iPhone 5 this year

Pundits seem certain that Apple's iPhone 5 - or, at the very least, a redesigned iPhone 4S - will be released before the end of the year, but T-Mobile's chief marketing officer Cole Brodman has claimed otherwise.

In a meeting at the company's US Field Service Centre earlier this month, Brodman claimed that his company would be introducing two new smartphones before the start of the lucrative US holiday season - but that the iPhone 5 wouldn't be one of them.

Although unconfirmed by T-Mobile, a leaked page from the employee-only intranet obtained by company watcher TmoNews makes the claim that Brodman categorically dismissed the chances of a pre-2012 iPhone 5 launch on his company's network.

Brodman's comment to the T-Mobile staff at the meeting certainly doesn't leave much room for interpretation: "We are not going to get the iPhone 5 this year," Brodman is reported as saying by the T-Mobile intranet site.

It's worth pointing out that Brodman's comment doesn't preclude the launch of the iPhone 5 on an alternative network: Apple has, with previous models, partnered with networks like AT&T in a timed-exclusive deal, giving them early access to the device before rolling it out to other networks.

Brodman also doesn't address the growing rumours of an impending iPhone 4S design, a slimmer version of Apple's popular iPhone 4 which includes new hardware but that isn't strictly speaking an 'iPhone 5.'

While Apple is keeping quiet on the matter, as per usual, an announcement is expected in the coming weeks that should help clarify Brodman's statement.