Apple and T Mobile: When word of T-Mobile and MetroPCS finally joining forces came about, many people, including us, began to wonder what this meant to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and its popular iPhone.
Since T-Mobile currently offers the Apple iPhone to customers, it is only natural to assume that the nine million subscribers joining the fray will have access to the same devices. That being said, there are reasons to believe that this may not necessarily be the case.
As excited as CEO John Legere may be about the deal, he has gone a long way in pointing out that this does not necessarily mean that the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone is going to become available to MetroPCS subscribers.
Despite the fact that the two brands are going to be one integrated company from here on out, there is some confusion as to why MetroPCS subscribers would be held away from the iPhone.
When asked about whether or not the device would come to MetroPCS, here is what Legere told AllThingsD in a recent interview
“The answer to that is not ‘No,’”
“It’s not imminent; I think that’s safe to say.”
As you can see, Legere is anything but confident that the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone will be made available to MetroPCS subscribers in the near future. It is a definite possibility, but by saying it is “not imminent” people will definitely begin to consider what the future holds.
When discussing this point, it is important to consider one thing: the company, after its merger, is not the only one with a say as to which devices are available.
Don’t you think Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has a little bit of a say in whether or not its phone is made available to this subscriber base?
In the interview, Legere added “it’s also something that involves Apple and that “we’ve started those dialogues with our partners.”
If what he is saying is true, the two companies are in discussions and it is safe to assume that things are moving forward at a reasonable pace. The last thing T-Mobile will want to do is alienate its new customers, forcing them away from the company because they don’t have access to the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone.
When T-Mobile and MetroPCS first began discussions, John Legere had a lot to say. If you want to learn more about his initial thoughts, watch the video on the next page: