This is annoying.
T-Mobile: iPhone-related defections ‘an area of concern’
T-Mobile: iPhone-related defections ‘an area of concern’:
Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA boosted its profits and added to its customer base in the third quarter, but the company this morning warned of future repercussions from its status as the only major U.S. wireless carrier not offering Apple’s iPhone.
I was one of those defections. My contract expired the same day the iPhone 4S was first available for customers (Friday October 14, 2011). On the next Tuesday (Late late Monday night) I ordered a 4S via the Apple website and Friday morning about 10 AM FedEx delivered it. There were claims that devices would be shipping in 1 to 2 weeks. The one I ordered was built, packed, shipped and delivered halfway around the world in something like eighty hours give or take three.
If T-Mobile was in the running to get the iPhone I might have waited a few more months. There was a report that a high up at T-Mobile said that the iPhone would not be coming to T-Mobile anytime soon. That statement was essentially the nail in the coffin for staying with them.
The T-Mobile Response to The iPhone 4s
As T-Mobile is the only one of the big four carriers in the U.S. not able to offer the iPhone, they have to fight aggressively to keep customers from defecting. Although, if that merger with AT&T goes through, subscriber losses may not be as big of a deal. Not sure if the deal has a floor on the number of subscribers T-Mobile needs to have for the deal to occur at the valuation (price) agreed to.