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This article was published on September 20, 2011


T-Mobile CMO: “We’re not going to get the iPhone 5 this year”

T-Mobile CMO: “We’re not going to get the iPhone 5 this year”
Matthew Panzarino
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Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter. Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter.

At a town hall meeting for employees, Cole Brodman, the Chief Marketing Officer of T-Mobile, is quoted as saying that “we are not going to get the iPhone 5 this year,” reports TmoNews.

The quote is pictured in a screenshot of the document that the site has obtained, which attributes the quote to Brodman. This appears to dash hopes that the iPhone would be coming to T-Mobile along with fellow non-iPhone carrier Sprint when the new model releases later this year.

As TmoNews points out, there are a couple of ways to interpret this statement and the site holds out hopes that it may still get the iPhone on a delayed release schedule, perhaps some time early next year.

This is certainly a bummer for anyone on T-Mobile that has been looking forward to becoming an iPhone user in the coming months though. This also makes it look less likely that rumors of a launch briefing earlier this year are true.

T-Mobile’s 3G network, operates on the 1700 MHz spectrum, while AT&T, and the iPhone, runs the 1800 MHz spectrum. This prevents current unlocked iPhone 4 users from utilizing T-Mobile’s 3G speeds, limiting them to the 2G ‘EDGE’ network. This has not stopped several million users with jailbroken iPhones from using them on the T-Mobile network anyway. Hopefully they’ll have an official option soon.

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