When will T-Mobile get the iPhone?

March 20, 2011: 7:07 PM ET

It tells existing U.S. customers to hold tight. Offers them "cutting edge" Androids instead.

If the merger of AT&T (T) and T-Mobile USA (DT) announced Sunday wins regulatory approval -- still a big if --Apple (AAPL) may count itself one of the deal's beneficiaries. It will have expanded the addressable market for its mobile phones and tablets by nearly 34 million potential customers.

But with a merger this big, the wheels of government grind slowly, and it's too soon for T-Mobile's existing customers to join the iPhone and iPad queues. In a Q&A released Sunday afternoon, T-Mobile USA answers the question many are asking:

Is T-Mobile USA getting the iPhone?

T-Mobile USA remains an independent company. The acquisition is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. We do not offer the iPhone. We offer cutting edge devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and coming soon our new Sidekick 4G.

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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