It looks like the iPhone will finally be coming to T-Mobile USA.
Deutsche Telekom, the German parent of the only major U.S. wireless carrier not to offer the iPhone, says it has a deal to begin selling Apple devices in the U.S. in 2013.
The news came with little fanfare, buried halfway through a news release on capital expenditure plans for the coming year, and occupied a single line: "T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together in 2013."
Precisely what Apple devices might go on sale isn't spelled out, but Apple currently offers just two that run on cellular networks: the 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 (US$12.7 billion) next year building out its network. It's an increase of ¬1.5 billion from this year and reflects additional investment in high-speed LTE wireless networks in the U.S. and Germany.
T-Mobile USA is currently in the process of acquiring smaller carrier Metro PCS.
A spokesman for T-Mobile USA declined to offer any additional information on deal.
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