In a new interview with AllThingsD, T-Mobile CEO Phillip Humm said the biggest reason his company didn’t have the iPhone was simply because it didn’t support the type of network T-Mobile deploys.
He told the website that should change in the future and that it’s up to Apple to put the iPhone on his network.
“The key reason we didn’t have the iPhone in the past is we are on different band than globally the market was,” Humm said. “That is something which will change over time. Chipsets are also evolving to be able to allow for more bands.”
So what does T-Mobile do now?
Humm said he planned to keep up with the value plans the company started last year and keep T-Mobile as a cheaper alternative to its rivals. Meanwhile, he acknowledges T-Mobile needs to sort out its plans for 4G LTE. Currently, Verizon and AT&T have deployed the faster 4G networks. Sprint plans to launch its 4G LTE network this summer.
Humm also noted T-Mobile will focus on its current network, which features a speedier version of 3G called HSPA+. In some cases it can deliver speeds like others’ true 4G networks. And Humm said while 4G LTE is good for network congestion, his company doesn’t view that as much of an issue at present.
“We’re not against LTE,” Humm said. “We will over time evolve to LTE. We just don’t see a need to move there very fast.”