Is the iPhone Finally Headed to T-Mobile?
Merrill Lynch analyst Scott Craig thinks so. According to Fortune, Craig sent out a note to investors saying "speculation is heightening" about a pending deal between Deutsche Telecom and Apple to bring the iPhone to its U.S. subsidiary, T-Mobile.
This would be a huge win for T-Mobile, though Craig cautions "any financial impact would be limited" for Apple, which he estimates would move an additional 4 million units in 2013. If that's the case, it would only increase Apple's revenue by 1 percent and its earnings per share by 2 percent. Still, when you're talking about the kind of money Apple makes, a 1 percent bump is a lot of money.
As it currently stands, the only way to run an iPhone on T-Mobile's network is to grab an unlocked GSM handset (AT&T phones are compatible) and slide in the wireless carrier's SIM card.