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Prototype iPhone on T-Mobile US?

Jonathan Geller of BGR scored a look at an internal Apple iPhone prototype, N94, running on T-Mobile's AWS 3G bands.

We have verified that the phone itself is running a test version of Apple’s iOS, much like the one we saw in those videos from Vietnam, and it includes internal Apple test apps like Radar and Apple’s employee directory app. [...] Combined with the fact that it wouldn’t make sense to release an iPhone 4 on T-Mobile at this point in time, we’d wager that Apple is just testing the new T-Mobile-friendly radio with its current iPhone 4 hardware, possibly in preparation for integration in a future device.

The AT&T/GSM iPhone 4 was N90, the Verizon iPhone 4 was N92. With [AT&T attempting to merge with T-Mobile and transition the T-Mobile spectrum to LTE, who know what this was, is, or will be. Several Canadian carriers, like Wind, Dave, and Videotron use the same AWS spectrum as T-Mobile but are a relatively tiny target market.

Either way, it's interesting to see more prototypes leaking, and to catch a glimpse at what Apple's working on inside the vaults of Cupertino.

Anyone holding out hope for that T-Mobile iPhone anyway?

[BGR]

Rene Ritchie
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

34 Comments
  • It's both white and AWS? a double unicorn!
  • Double Unicorn!!! Promote that man!!!
    Seriously though, this would be an absolute killer product if it came with support for T-Mobile 3G! I would be all over this, day one, bought unlocked to use on WIND Mobile up in Canada!!
  • AT&T is steadily becoming the powerhouse. They already own a ton of 1700mhz spectrum, that they've been sitting on. Interesting to see them backfill with all of this spectrum.
  • They are just making sure it will work on all of the new spectrum AT&T will be getting when they close the deal and buy out tmobile.
  • I'm on t-mobile right now...my iPhone has been jail broken and unlocked. ive had no complaints about the service. although I am contemplating switchingnto Verizon once my contract is up.
  • make no sense??
  • He is without 3G speed so it makes some sense.
  • your still running edge
  • On contract on t-mobile with iPhone? Why?
  • I would have been all over this, were I not locked into a two year contract with AT&T... T-Mo had great service in my area, but I decided I couldn't wait any longer and just pulled the trigger. Quite happe with my AT&T model, actualy.
  • I would have been all over this, were I not locked into a two year contract with AT&T... T-Mo had great service in my area, but I decided I couldn't wait any longer and just pulled the trigger. Quite happy with my AT&T model, actualy.
  • True PentaBand 3G testing Maybe
  • Im still waiting on the iBrain… i’m getting really tired of my own brain… i wonder if it will be on verizon or AT&T
  • It'll be on AT&T first for five years, then Verizon will get the iBrain.
  • So we'll all be brainless morons for five years because we have no service?
  • I know this is off topic but ... Seeing all these white iPhone pics just makes me even more sad. I want one dammit!
  • You are not alone... It kind of makes me sad to see all the white iPhones.
  • Not too much longer. Hang in there. We'll have the white one soon!
  • I would love to see T-Mobile carry the iPhone.
    First, I've been with T-Mobile from when it was Omnipoint...around 1996 or so. In that time, I've never had any major problems, and only a couple of minor ones.
    Second, after having a few Blackberry's for about six years, I switched to a MyTouch4g last November. When it has an HSPA+ signal (which I get most times) the phone is blazing fast on the web. However, at work (a school) where you need to enter a proxy URL to access the wifi network, HTC saw fit to leave that out.
    Third, earlier this week, my iPad2 arrived. It is as amazing as everyone is led to believe. It has made me understand why Apple "fanboys" are, well, Apple fanboys.
    Fourth, for the iPhone to really work with T-Mobile, they need to make sure it can access the HSPA+ signals and use those speeds.
    Finally, I'll be on line, day one, to get one. But in black please, I really don't like the white iPhone or iPad.
  • you can have one when at&t gets control but not until then
  • Thats interesting I would like to see it go to T Mobile. I guess it matters if they get bought by at&t.
  • Sure it's not Germany's Tmobile? The phone number does have the +1 country code in front of it to call back to US.
  • All of my phone numbers are prefixed with a +1, just because I like them that way.
    Try dialing that from your iPhone, and you'll see it works.
  • my verizon iphone works awesome with jailbreak so smooth and fast
  • and your warranty no longer exists
  • with a simple click of the restore button his warranty is also restored
  • +1
  • +1
  • and why do we care?
  • Because this could tell tales of a future carrier. And may be important for those few waiting for a T-Mobile iPhone in the US
  • My iPhone 4 is on T-mobile (uk). I could make that lock screen wallpaper too, and pass it off as a "prototype" :D
  • BMP get some vag some time it will make you feel better about life. Fat ass
  • nice post.
    step by step guide to jailbreak your iphone visit
    http://www.xionsms.com/2011/04/jailbreak-iphone-4-and-iphone-3gs-using.html
  • If T-Mobile was planning to get the iPhone for some time now, why sell out to AT&T?