As expected, Deutsche Telekom has announced its U.S. subsidiary T-Mobile will be carrying the iPhone in 2013. The telecommunications company tweeted the news on Thursday:
— Deutsche Telekom IR (@DT_IR) December 6, 2012
Merrill Lynch's Scott Craig accurately predicted the deal last week when he told investors "speculation is heightening" that Deutsche Telekom and Apple will enter into an agreement. The deal gives Apple access to 98% of the U.S. post-paid market, and analysts are predicting T-Mobile will sell around 4 million iPhones next year.
T-Mobile announced plans to roll out an "iPhone-compatible 4G network" in May. The carrier is working hard to make significant improvements to its network between 2013 and 2020 to accommodate the LTE device.
Jim Alling, COO of T-Mobile USA, said even though it has been estimated that a million T-Mobile customers are using unlocked iPhones on T-Mobile's network, not officially offering Apple devices has been costing the company users.