The big news from T-Mobile USA today: It’s planning to roll out its own LTE network starting next year.
The big question remains: Can T-Mobile USA land the iPhone?
“There is nothing new to report on the iPhone at this point in time,” said T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm, answering questions from reporters on a conference call a few minutes ago. “It’s a good device, and we’ve always said we’d like to have it at the right terms.”
However, he added, “We are really focusing right now on Android and on Windows Phones, and are really making sure that we become the destination for customers who seek Androids and Windows devices.”
Earlier this morning, Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA laid out its strategy for reviving its business following the disintegration of its proposed acquisition by AT&T last year.
The company says it will invest $4 billion to roll out an LTE network, in part by using wireless spectrum to be received from AT&T as part of the deal. T-Mobile currently operates an HSPA+ network, which is branded as a 4G service. LTE offers the potential of faster speeds.
T-Mobile USA says it will also try to beef up its sales to businesses and cement its position as a low-cost “challenger” brand.
Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA’s parent company, said this morning that the iPhone 4S launch and resulting customer losses “had a direct impact” on T-Mobile USA’s revenue, which fell 3.3 percent to $20.6 billion for the year.
Here are slides from the company’s presentation detailing the plans to upgrade its network and relaunch its brand.