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T-Mobile to Get Apple Products in 2013

Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has just revealed that T-Mobile US Inc. will officially get Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) products for the first time in 2013.

BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk spotted that the German parent company buried the news in a release Thursday morning. It didn't reveal exactly what Apple products T-Mobile will get.

"T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together in 2013," the operator tersely said.

T-Mobile users have been unofficially using iPhones on the operator's network for a while now. Apple doesn't currently support T-Mobile's AWS (1700/2100MHz) spectrum, but the operator has been re-farming its 1900MHz 2G for HSPA+, which Apple does support.

Why this matters
T-Mobile is the last of the big four carriers to get the official Apple stamp of approval. The operator could potentially even get a 4G LTE iPhone as it starts to deploy that technology in 2013.

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