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Proposed merger doesn’t mean a T-Mobile iPhone quite yet

Sorry, T-Mobile iPhone hopefuls. Even though AT&T and T-Mobile have announced plans to merge, T-Mobile makes it sound like the iPhone isn’t coming to the network any time soon.

In its Q&A page about the merger, the company said: “T-Mobile USA remains an independent company. The acquisition is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. We do not offer the iPhone.”

It then went on to tout its own “cutting edge devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and coming soon our new Sidekick 4G.”

The Q&A also answers other burning questions T-Mobile customers are likely to have about the proposed merger, assuring customers that nothing about their billing, rates or service would change. The company said it will also honor all contracted plans entered into before the ownership switch.

On T-Mobile’s forums, several customers weighed in on the merger, worrying about the impact it would have on T-Mobile’s customers. Many of those posting on the forums said they are former AT&T customers who changed mobile companies because of AT&T’s customer service issues and high rates. Several customers said that, if the deal goes through, they will leave T-Mobile for another company.

The forums also offered a bright spot or two for Sprint, which is facing the prospect of being the smallest major mobile company in the country and has strongly objected to the proposed merger.

One user wrote: “I'm switching to Sprint next month when my contract ends. AT&T is the worst!!!”

Any former AT&T customers on T-Mobile who want to weigh in on this deal? Let us know in the comments.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.


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