Despite T-Mobile USA’s claims that the mobile operator would not get the iPhone for now, it would appear that Apple has been secretly working on an iPhone 4 compatible with T-Mobile’s 3G network. The news came from BGR, which managed to capture a slew of picture of the unreleased device. The phone looks exactly like the at&t and Verizon iPhone 4s, but the unusual apps that can be seen on the screen, as well as the markings on the back faceplate clearly show that the device is a testing unit. Interestingly enough, T-Mobile conveniently restated its position with regards to the iPhone. When at&t announced the T-Mobile acquisition, T-Mobile stated that the iPhone was not on the mobile operator’s roadmap:
Is T-Mobile USA getting the iPhone? T-Mobile USA remains an independent company. The acquisition is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. We do not offer the iPhone. We offer cutting edge devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and coming soon our new Sidekick 4G.Earlier this week, the statement changed to this:
Is T-Mobile USA getting the iPhone? T-Mobile USA remains an independent company, as the acquisition is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. We’ll continue to offer cutting-edge 4G devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, as well as the new Sidekick 4G, the T-Mobile G2x and the G-Slate tablet coming later this spring.Despite T-Mobile’s ‘anti-iPhone’ ad campaign, behind the scene, the company has been trying to convince Apple to bring to iPhone to its network for years. But between the at&t iPhone exclusivity, and the fact that the iPhone was never built to support all the frequency bands used by T-Mobile in the U.S., negotiations never went anywhere. While the device may never be released, the acquisition of T-mobile by at&t most likely pushed Apple to reconsider the launch of a T-Mobile iPhone.