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T-Mobile won't be getting the iPhone 5 this year

It sure sounds like T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman wants the iPhone, but don’t look for the wireless operator to start carrying the gadget anytime soon. In a note to customers this week, Brodman identified with those T-Mobile customers who’ve expressed disappointment that the company doesn’t have the iPhone in its arsenal of smartphones.

“To these customers, first, thank you for your business.  Please know that we think the iPhone is a great device and Apple knows that we’d like to add it to our line-up,” he wrote. “Today, there are over a million T-Mobile customers using unlocked iPhones on our network. We are interested in offering all of our customers a no-compromise iPhone experience on our network.”

The message then took an unusual turn, with Brodman touting the superiority of some of the company’s recently launched Android devices.

“Android has evolved quickly from geek to chic,” wrote Brodman. “In many ways, Android is rivaling and even outpacing the iPhone, including consumer adoption, market share and capabilities like support for faster 4G networks.”

T-Mobile is likely to be the only major carrier in the U.S. without an iPhone this holiday season, and the Bellevue carrier is doing its best to make the case that its phones are cheaper and faster. [Previously on GeekWire: T-Mobile pits two speedy new smartphones against iPhone]


Can T-Mobile make it as the only carrier without the iPhone?

As we just pointed out in the previous post, sales of Android have been on the rise in recent months, but that could change quickly as soon as Apple unveils its iPhone 5. (Slated for October 4th).

It sure seems like Brodman and the rest of the crew at T-Mobile would prefer to have both the iPhone and Android.

Unfortunately for T-Mobile customers, it appears that they will be stuck with Android in the coming months.

Previously on GeekWire: HTC boss on Windows Phone 7, patent wars and why iPhones aren’t cool anymore

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