We’ve heard some no-nonsense statements from T-Mobile execs that the carrier does not plan to offer the iPhone 5 this year. Then again, we’re far from convinced that we’re sure to get an iPhone 5 at all, and the carrier might have been wording that statement to leave open the possibility for an iPhone 4S arriving. A new find on another carrier’s website helps make the case that not only will there be an iPhone 5 coming out, but that it will support T-Mobile 3G/4G.
Earlier today, we mentioned some iPhone pages showing up over on Cincinnati Bell’s site. Cincinnati Bell is a smaller, regional carrier that uses the same 1700MHz AWS 3G band as T-Mobile. Smartphone fans poking around the company’s site found a pair of placeholder pages for both the iPhone 4S as well as the iPhone 5. The short spec listing for the latter claims it will have support for 4G connectivity. If that’s true, it means the hardware should have no problem operating on T-Mobile, either.
While intriguing, this raises plenty of questions, like why go to the trouble of making an iPhone 5 with a 1700 MHz radio if you’re not going to offer it on the country’s largest network supporting the band? The Cincinnati Bell iPhone 5 page was found on the site’s prepaid area, meaning it would be just that much easier for T-Mobile users to snag one from CB and bring it over to their carrier. While that would be great news for T-Mobile subscribers, it sounds like very odd strategy on Apple’s part, making us hesitant to accept this find at face value. The good news is that we should have all of the answers we’re looking for soon, with Apple’s iPhone event scheduled to take place tomorrow.