No T-Mobile iPhone 5 in 2011, But What About the iPhone 4?

Did T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman deliver devastating news about the rumored T-Mobile iPhone, or did he just state something we kind of already knew? Brodman told T-Mobile employees “we are not going to get the iPhone 5 this year,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean T-Mobile customers who were dreaming of an iPhone are out of luck. A Sprint employee basically told TUAW the same thing a week ago. The sales associate said that Sprint would be carrying the iPhone 4 in October, not the iPhone 5. I originally thought he was wrong, but now I’m beginning to wonder.

There was a rumor on Monday that Apple was experiencing production problems with the iPhone 5, which could cause shortages of the device in 2011. If true, maybe Apple is worried that they won’t have enough iPhones to spread around to all four carriers next month, and they are limiting Sprint and T-Mobile to just the iPhone 4. Brodman said no iPhone 5 “this year,” but he didn’t say no iPhone at all. It may be wishful thinking, but I wouldn’t count T-Mobile totally out until we get an official announcement from Apple.

However, if I were a T-Mobile customer who was hoping for an iPhone this year, I might start considering switching to one of the other 3 major U.S. carriers.