T-Mobile USA, the last major American carrier without an Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) product available for its customers, announced that it has entered into a partnership with Apple to begin selling Apple products to its customers in 2013 announced by the German parent company of T-Mobile - Deutsche Telecom.
Precisely what Apple devices might go on sale isn't spelled out, but Apple offers just two that run on cellular networks- iPhone and iPad.
The deal comes as T-Mobile is preparing to launch a wireless network based on the high-speed LTE technology in 2013. Its current network is based on the slower HSPA+ standard.
T-Mobile USA has lost out on the iPhone, which continues to be the most popular handset in the U.S. It has attempted to court subscribers of rival AT&T with lower rates, but the impact of such a promotion could never match selling the phone itself.
Deutsche Telekom said it plans to spend 9.8 billion euros ($12.7 billion) next year building out its network. It's an increase of 1.5 billion euros from this year and reflects additional investment in high-speed LTE wireless networks in the U.S. and Germany.
T-Mobile USA is in the process of acquiring smaller carrier Metro PCS.
David Henderson, a spokesman for T-Mobile USA, said that additional details “would be made available at a later date.”