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Murmurs persist of iPhone for Sprint

updated 10:10 pm EDT, Sun May 23, 2010

CDMA iPhone may get two carriers

Low-key but persistent rumors have surfaced in recent days that suggest the CDMA iPhone may also reach Sprint. More than one source, usually working for Sprint, has pointed to the third-place carrier also getting the Apple device sometime in or near September. The few rumors surrounding production have usually corroborated this timeframe and imply the Sprint and Verizon versions would be ready at the same time.

While far from confirmed, a multi-carrier CDMA strategy would make fiscal sense for Apple to maximize its production. Verizon is the largest US cellular carrier at 92.8 million users and is an even larger target than AT&T, but Sprint even with ongoing defections still has 48.1 million customers and would help fill in coverage with cities and areas that Verizon may not serve. It would also prevent the range-topping Evo 4G from getting too much traction at Sprint and making Android the carrier's preferred platform.

Other carriers are also a possibility but would more likely include those abroad: China Telecom, KDDI in Japan and SK Telecom in Korea could all use a CDMA version of the iPhone.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. applebook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

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    Brust has already said that the was not aware of an iPhone contract. I doubt that these speculators know more than Sprint's CEO! A Verizon iPhone is more likely for 2010. Maybe in 2011-2012 the iPhone will launch on every major network.

  1. DeepDish

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    as long as Apple is in control

    I don't care which carriers get the iPhone. All of them would be better.

    Let them compete on price and coverage.

    What I do care about is Apple being in complete control and all carriers having the same services.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Data and voice sumultaneously

    If the rumors of CDMA being upgraded to handle voice and data simultaneously are true, then your wish could come true DeepDish. I've been an AT&T customer since the analog Cellular One days, and they do seem to be getting better in coverage.

    But AT&T has been a boat anchor to iPhone in many ways. One of the most glaring is the lack of tethering. iPhone 3.0 has had it since last year. AT&T simply won't allow it to happen. I think they must have said "Steve, you can either have iPhone tethering or iPad 3G support with no contracts."

    Competition from other networks will force AT&T to improve their coverage and services. Just to keep customers from bailing en masse.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

    AT&T bailout

    AT&T will increase their contract termination fee starting June 1. Something is fishy going on.... probably to discourage customers from defecting AT&T to Verizon's "iPhone to be".

  1. dmcnickle

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    A Sprint iPhone would be awesome. We moved to an area that does not have AT&T and have to give up our iPhones. The only carrier here is Sprint. Also, Sprint's CEO is not going to say there may be an iPhone this fall when they are trying to promote the HTC EVO 4G phone that is to be released on June 4th.

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