T-Mobile Still Considering a MetroPCS iPhone

Talks of launching a MetroPCS-branded iPhone have resurfaced one year after T-Mobile acquired the pre-paid carrier. Marketing Officer Mike Sievert told Re/code, that the company is very interested in bringing the iPhone to its customers.


Last summer, T-Mobile CEO John Legere told AllThingsD that a MetroPCS iPhone was not out of the question, but also not "imminent". T-Mobile is struggling on how to make Apple's handset "affordable enough for all of MetroPCS’s customers," according to Re/code. Pre-paid iPhones are not a new concept, the AT&T owned Cricket offers the 16GB iPhone 5s for $600, but that may be a stretch for some budget-minded MetroPCS customers.

T-Mobile Sold 500,000 iPhones in First Month

T-Mobile announced it has sold more than 500,000 iPhones since it began selling the device in April, but the carrier also reported a 7 percent decline in revenue, according to AllThingsD. However, CEO John Legere said changes like acquiring MetroPCS and ending phone subsidies are having a "positive impact" on the company.

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“Our first quarter operating metrics and financial results are showing positive impact from the changes we began making in the fourth quarter. CEO John Legere said in a statement. "Things only get more exciting from here, having brought T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS together to create the wireless industry’s value leader and premier challenger.”

MetroPCS iPhone Could Happen, But Don't Hold Your Breath

T-Mobile CEO John Legere told AllThingsD that a MetroPCS iPhone is possible, but not "imminent". T-Mobile acquired the carrier on Wednesday, and is already planning to launch MetroPCS-branded devices that also run on T-Mobile's network. Legere did not say what devices are in the works, but did say that an iPhone is not out of the question. When asked if an iPhone is coming to MetroPCS, Legere replied: "The answer to that is not ‘No'". Legere also said a MetroPCS iPhone would have to involve Apple, before noting he had already reached out to T-Mobile partners.

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T-Mobile's main focus is merging the two brands, and moving into new cities by offering MetroPCS handsets on the T-Mobile network.

“This is about customer migration, not network integration,” Legere said.

Legere told AllThingsD that T-Mobile is " working through a double-digit list of cities and plans to aggressively target new markets this year".

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