At our Mobilize conference on Monday, the two U.S. carriers who don’t currently offer the iPhone — Sprint and T-Mobile — were asked whether they’d be offering the iPhone 5. And they gave very different answers. Looking at those answers, it’s fairly easy to surmise which is and isn’t going to be carrying the iPhone refresh, which is expected to arrive in the next month.
T-Mobile USA Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman, talking with Om Malik about the iPhone, said, “We’d love to have the iPhone whenever Apple makes that available.” He also said, “the ball is in Apple’s court” and his company is “waiting for that phone call.”
Translation: No, T-Mobile is not going to be carrying the next iPhone, which is likely to be announced in a few weeks.
Compare that to what Sprint said. Stacey Higginbotham asked Stephen Bye, Sprint’s CTO, the same question. His response? “I’m not in a position to comment on that.”
That’s definitely not a “no.” He’s certainly in a position to know the answer, so his choice to go with a “no comment” is either meant to keep up the mystery, or avoid getting into trouble with Apple before the big reveal. It’s also very similar to what Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse did last week at another conference, when he refused to deny reports that his company would be offering the iPhone very soon.