T-Mobile Stoked with First Day iPhone 5 Sales, Now Eyes Dish Network Deal

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News Posted: Sat, Apr 13 2013 11:46 AM
It's been a long and often times tumultuous road to the iPhone for T-Mobile, the fourth largest carrier in the U.S. that was nearly absorbed by AT&T a little over a year ago. T-Mobile yesterday starting selling iPhone 5 devices, and in doing so, it became the last of the major wireless carriers to offer Apple's smartphone. Was it a success? How many handsets did it sell?

The answer to the first question is "yes," as evidenced by the lines extending out and wrapping around several T-Mobile retail store locations. According to T-Mobile's chief of marketing, Mike Sievert, this was a common occurrence at practically all of its 3,000 locations coast-to-coast.

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As for how that translated into sales, well, what's the numerical value for "gangbusters?"

"Today has been gangbusters for T-Mobile," Sievert said in a statement, according to AllThingsD. "We experienced lines out the door this morning at nearly all of our almost 3,000 stores nationwide."

In separate news, while this is going on, Dish Network is reportedly trying to put together a deal with Deutsche Telekom that would merge the satellite provider with T-Mobile, according to Bloomberg. The deal would allow subscribers to bundle wireless service with satellite TV.

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As the story goes, Dish made the bid after Deutsche Telekom sweetened an offer for MetroPCS. Duetsche Telecom is said to be interested in a Dish deal, but it wants to both complete the MetroPCS merger first and verify that a separate deal with Sprint Nextel is off the table.
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SmogHog replied on Sat, Apr 13 2013 11:17 PM

There's all sorts of ways to spin numbers to make anyone look better or worse.

Here in the Land Of The Morning Calm Apple iPhone sales have dropped 33.3% from last year.

Although Apple is still the number one foreign smart phone manufacturer operating in Korea compared to Motorola, Sony, HTC, Nokia, and Blackberry, which each having <1% market share, Apple is feeling the pressure from domestic manufacturers like Samsung, LG, and Pantech. Since 2010, Samsung's market share has risen to a commanding 65% while the two other Korean manufacters, Pantech and LG, have each grown to 15%. During this same period, Apple's market share has dropped from 23.2% down to 3.2%.

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Clixxer replied on Sat, Apr 13 2013 11:37 PM

I wonder why Dish Network wants T-mobile? For the spectrum, to branch out? Makes no sense to me. I understand every company wants to grow and diversity but this would be an odd marriage. As for the iPhone sells. We will see 6 months to a year down the line how well this works. If T-mobile can steal customers from other companies than good for them but I still do not see this bringing in that many new customers when T-mobile is behind everyone else is data speed. 

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Apr 14 2013 11:26 AM

"Apple's market share has dropped from 23.2% down to 3.2%" ref:SmogHog

That pretty much tells a good part of the story. If you arrive late for the train you generally miss said train!

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