One of the many mockup images of the iPhone 5 on the internet. (Photo : uber-posts.blogspot.com)
As Latinos Post reported yesterday, the highly anticipated iPhone 5 is expected to sell 250 million units upon its Sept. 21 release date, but don't expect it in T-Mobile stores. Apple is reported to confirm the date on Sept. 12.
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The latest iPhone is expected to cost up to $800 without the standard two-year contract, but it can go as low as $199 when signing a two-year contract with the three major phone carriers: AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.
It is clear that Apple thinks highly of AT&T as they released the original iPhone device back in June 2007. The anticipation was so big that off-duty police offers were hired to guard stores overnight and many stores reported stock shortages in less than one day. With that said, AT&T is expected to receive a large shipment of the iPhone 5 once the September date approaches.
Mobile users were furious that AT&T was the only carrier of the original iPhone, so Apple decided to expand to Verizon, starting with the iPhone 4 in 2011. Sprint began carrying iPhones in Oct. 2011 as has been offering discounts on the iPhone 4S ahead of the iPhone 5 release.
T-Mobile is the remaining large carrier to not sell the iPhone 5, and they point the blame to Apple.
"T-Mobile thinks the iPhone is a good device and we've expressed our interest to Apple to offer it to our customers. Ultimately, it is Apple's decision," said T-Mobile in a statement last year, which still bears true today.
According to T-Mobile, Apple has not developed a version that works on their 3G and 4G networks.
"We believe a capable version of the iPhone for our 3G and 4G networks would offer an additional compelling option for our customers on a fast 4G network."
In a recent statement, T-Mobile stated, "T-Mobile has no knowledge of Apple's product roadmap and our position on the iPhone has not changed.
The only luck T-Mobile customers have is if someone sells an unlocked iPhone 5. Unlocked iPhones is not an original idea. It has been done since the first iPhone in 2007 when it was exclusive to AT&T.
Unless T-Mobile and Apple reach an agreement and if you are a T-Mobile customer waiting for the iPhone 5, you'll have to switch carriers. If you're patient enough and seeking the illegal method, then T-Mobile customers may have to venture on the Web for an unlocked iPhone5.