AT&T’s exclusive relationship with Apple to supply iPhone in U.S. is coming to an end later this year. We have heard rumors before that Verizon iPhone may launch in the early part of next year but it looks rather unlikely as Verizon support CDMA phones and Apple would have to make hardware changes to bring iPhone to Verizon. Cult of Mac has reported that iPhone may com to T-Mobile in the U.S. during the third quarter of this year as AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity with Apple will finish at that time.
Talks between Apple and T-Mobile are at an advanced stage, our source says, and it’s 80 percent likely that the iPhone will be coming to T-Mobile in Q3. The source works at T-Mobile but asked not to be quoted directly and to remain anonymous because they aren’t authorized to talk to the press.
The report further mentions that it is still unclear whether the hardware of the current iPhone is compatible with T-Mobile’s 3G network. Although the 3G network of T-Mobile uses the same UMTS system as the iPhone and its partner carriers as it operates on 1700.2100 MHz band, it does not support iPhone 4 officially.
Some months ago, possibilities of Verizon were looking a lot higher for getting iPhone 4 as many rumors mentioned that they will get the iPhone in the early part of next year. But now many experts are saying that the chances of T-Mobile getting iPhone are lot brighter than Verizon.