T-Mobile Says They Can’t Afford the iPhone

T-Mobile Says They Can’t Afford the iPhone

Perhaps it’s all that magenta lipstick for Carly, or maybe her motorcycle maintenance bills are running higher than T-Mobile expected, but company COO Jim Alling told Morgan Stanley’s Technology, Media & Telecoms Conference this week that his company cannot currently afford to carry the iPhone.

Cult of Mac quotes Alling as saying:

“Make no mistake about it: We would love to carry the iPhone. However, we want the economies to be right for us. We recognize that it has been a point of churn for us.”

Continuing, Alling said T-Mobile does not want to sign a deal similar to the one Sprint signed with its four year $15.5 billion deal with Apple. Sprint began selling the iPhone in late 2011, but claims that due to the high subsidies it must pay Apple, the iPhone won’t turn a profit for them until 2015.

T-Mobile is the only major carrier in the U.S. that doesn’t carry the iPhone, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be selling it any time soon.

I guess for short-term it looks like Carly will have to continue riding around the country on her little bike, ad-libbing her rhymes about 4G coverage. Hope she makes it to the 4G-Wonderland in time for the holidays this year…