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T-Mobile Joins iPhone 4 UK Networks

Gordon Kelly


T-Mobile Joins iPhone 4 UK Networks

We've already seen old Apple ally O2 along with more recent Cupertino fans Vodafone and Orange confirm the iPhone 4 on their networks, but now the gates are widening further.

Out of the blue T-Mobile has stepped forward to confirm it will also be selling the new iPhone from its official launch date on 24 June. Keeping things short and sweet, its official statement reads:

"T-Mobile UK will launch iPhone 4, the thinnest smartphone in the world with the highest resolution display ever built into a phone. Further information on launch timings, pricing and tariff plans will be revealed in due course."

On closer inspection we probably shouldn't be too surprised at this news. Orange bought T-Mobile UK last year which no doubt smoothed the process as well as its long term plan is to unite both networks under the Everything Everywhere umbrella tag.

Whether the news all four major UK networks now have the iPhone will weigh for or against the chances 3 may harbour of landing the handset remains to be seen. I suspect it won't want to be left out...


June 9, 2010, 4:15 am

It's good that people can attempt to choose the network that provides the best coverage in their area. But we've built up in our head that opening up to multiple carriers increases competition, and it's proven thus far to be a delusion, as they've all colluded with Apple to reach roughly the same extortionate handset prices both on contract and the particularly insane PAYG deals which still prices the old 3G at OVER THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY POUNDS!!. The only minimal competition we have seen is in iPad data plans, so what's the damn point?


June 9, 2010, 10:13 am

"Orange bought T-Mobile UK last year"

Erm...it's a 50/50 Joint Venture Gordon. Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom each own 50% of the new company.


June 9, 2010, 10:26 am

@Sunny - it is, but Orange coughed up the money to enable this.


June 9, 2010, 12:40 pm

Why is Apple never subject to any kind of interventions due to its ridiculously uncompetitive practices? They may have got away with it in the past due to their low market share, what is the excuse now?

An iPod requiring iTunes would be a good start, they have over 50% market share its a disgrace that they have not been challenged on this by regulators.


June 9, 2010, 12:51 pm

@GoldenGuy - Completely agree, i really hope the European Commission look into this.


June 9, 2010, 1:37 pm

I am sorry I think I am misreading this, did you say T-mobile?

My god I never thought the day when I would be able to upgrade to a decent phone.


June 9, 2010, 3:51 pm

@Gordon - Deutche Telekom contributed on T-Mobie's behalf...

To create the new joint venture, Deutsche Telekom would contribute T-Mobile UK on a cashfree, debt-free basis, including T-Mobile UK&#8217s 50 percent holding in its 3G network joint venture with Hutchison and gross tax losses carried forward of at least £1.5 billion. France Telecom would contribute the whole of Orange UK including £1.25 billion of intra-group net debt in order to equalize the value of the contributions to the joint venture. Immediately after closing Deutsche Telekom would grant a £625 million shareholder loan to the joint venture, which would be used to simultaneously reimburse £625 million to France Telecom. As a result, the joint venture would have indebtedness of £1.25 billion, represented by two shareholder loans of £625 million held by each of Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom.


June 9, 2010, 5:40 pm

@Sunny - agreeing to cover "gross tax losses carried forward of at least £1.5 billion" is coughing up the cash ;)


June 10, 2010, 12:43 am

TR could cover T-Mobiles part the money they must be making from this stupid MSI advert that is making the site look worse than it normally does today.


June 10, 2010, 3:24 pm

3's Now joined the party.



June 10, 2010, 4:30 pm

@LetsGo: yep, we know ;)


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