Over a million iPhones in use on the T-Mobile network

Summary:How popular is the iPhone? Popular enough that over a million T-Mobile customers are actively using them on a network that doesn't officially support them.

How popular is the iPhone? Popular enough that over a million T-Mobile customers have taken unlocked iPhones, trimmed the T-Mobile SIM card to fit the phone in the case of iPhone 4s, and are actively using them on a network that doesn't support them. That is nothing short of amazing, and proves how popular the iPhone is compared to other smartphones.

These unlocked iPhones don't get 3G or 4G data speeds because the radios in the phones do not work on the T-Mobile network, which makes this even more amazing. Apparently these iPhone owners get what they need from the phones without support from the carrier. While you can argue that a few T-Mobile customers might do this not knowing what they are getting into, it's hard to believe that over a million folks did this without thinking things through.

While T-Mobile doesn't handle the iPhone currently, maybe that will change if the AT&T merger gets approved. Imagine what these customers will think if the phones work on the network as designed.

Image credit: Flickr user bfishadow

Topics: iPhone, Hardware, Mobility, Networking, Smartphones

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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