I suspect Apple won’t be adding T-Mobile to its list of supported U.S. carriers when it unveils a new phone next week, because that would make the timing of a recent blog post from the company’s Chief Marketing Officer truly bizarre.
Writing to customers on T-Mobile’s blog, CMO Cole Brodman explained that more than a million iPhone users currently use unlocked phones on T-Mobile (undoubtedly a mix of jailbroken devices and phones sold unlocked by Apple).
“Please know that we think the iPhone is a great device and Apple knows that we’d like to add it to our line-up,” said Brodman, who added that T-Mobile wants to offer customers “a no-compromise iPhone experience on our network.”
Brodman then used the opportunity to promote the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone, the newest Android model available on the T-Mobile network, and one that Brodman says rivals or beats any other smartphone out there, “including the iPhone.”
T-Mobile wants to merge with AT&T, but it’s being contested in court by the Department of Justice and seven states which argue that such a merger would unfairly reduce competition in the U.S. cell phone marketplace.