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T-Mobile has finally cut a deal with Apple

December 6, 2012: 1:05 PM ET

The U.S.'s fourth largest carrier gives Apple access to 33 million potential buyers

376509530796FORTUNE -- Talk about burying the lede!

Five paragraphs into a 770-word press release, at the end of a paragraph about infrastructure investments in Germany and the U.S., Deutsche Telekom (DT) confirmed Thursday what Merrill Lynch's Scott Craig correctly predicted last week:

"T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together in 2013"

The assumption is that those "products" are the iPhone and the iPad, but PCMag's Sascha Segan tweets that T-Mobile is talking about an as-yet-unannounced iPhone model. T-Mobile PR says only that additional details will be made available at a later date. Apple (AAPL) is only confirming that there is an agreement.

In a note to clients Thursday, RBC Capital's Amit Daryanani estimates that T-Mobile could sell as many as 4.8 million iPhones in the first year alone.

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