T-Mobile's Chief Marketing Officer, Cole Brodman, confirmed on Monday that there won't be any iPhone 5 coming to the US network in 2011, a major setback that could cost T-Mobile dearly, especially if the planned merger with AT&T doesn't happen due to competition concerns.
All of T-Mobile's competitors, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, are selling or will sell the iPhone in 2011, leaving the Deutsche Telekom carrier with a massive competitive disadvantage.
Brodman told All Things Digital (opens in new tab), "the iPhone is a great device, we’d love to have it," before adding, “if we were to get an iPhone this year, nobody has told us".
Why Apple has kept T-Mobile out of the iPhone 5 action, we're not sure. Maybe it is linked to the fact that T-Mobile is currently in the process of being acquired by AT&T, or perhaps it's down to an unknown issue between the two parties (unlikely).
T-Mobile is likely to focus on BlackBerry, Android and Windows Phone 7 but won't get get any exclusive from the big phone manufacturers. Like its UK counterpart, T-Mobile US will try to cut prices and beat its rivals by offering cheaper contracts and unlimited data allowance (with fair usage policy).