The company is the last of the Big Four U.S. carrier to announce plans around LTE, and while it has been questioned before whether or not T-Mobile USA would be able to amass enough spectrum to offer the service, the spectrum acquired from AT&T after the failed acquisition is in play here. The company said it will use a combination of that former AT&T spectrum, an addition $1.4 billion in additional infrastructure investments, and "refarmed frequencies" for its LTE service.
Still, the company is the only of the Big Four carries sans an iPhone, and that is hurting its sales. In Q4 2011 alone, T-Mobile USA lost 802,000 contract customers, and saw revenue drop 3.3 percent, to $20.6 billion.
T-Mobile USA said, “For T-Mobile USA, the past year was characterized by significant challenges, particularly in the fourth quarter, following the market launch of the new Apple iPhone model by the three major national competitors in October."
The lost deal meant that DT received a $3 billion payout from AT&T, the aforementioned spectrum, and roaming agreement. Still, as T-Mobile continues to hemorrhage, not just bleed, subscribers, its survival remains in question.
One definite key to recovery: get the iPhone. Even a small regional carrier named C-Spire has managed to land the most popular single smartphone in the world, and that has to grate on T-Mobile USA's nerves.