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T-Mobile US Supremo Confirms Lack Of iPhone 5 For 2011

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).

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.