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Leak: iPhone 5 coming to Sprint in mid-October launch

updated 04:05 pm EDT, Tue August 23, 2011

Big rumor has iPhone reaching Sprint after all

Apple's plans to bring the iPhone to Sprint are accurate, sources gave out Tuesday. The iPhone 5 is now set to reach the third-largest US carrier at the same time as it does AT&T and Verizon, in mid-October. The WSJ sources didn't confirm T-Mobile, although a prototype has been seen.

Officially, Sprint has dodged the question but has always used the same remarks that "you'll have to ask Apple" that Verizon used when it had a certain deal and was just trying to protect sales until launch day. Apple recently recruited for a carrier engineer near Sprint's Kansas City headquarters that removed all doubt it was at least planning for a Sprint release.

Sprint won't be as vital to Apple as Verizon was earlier this year, at 52 million cellphone users versus 106 million at the bigger provider. Apple is nonetheless likely to want Sprint to keep reversing the trend towards Android in the US. HTC's Evo 4G was almost single-handedly responsible for saving Sprint from years of declining subscriber numbers, and the carrier has increasingly been seen as a hub for the platform through phones like the Evo 3D.

Google itself may have also felt that the Verizon iPhone meant an end to a safe haven for Android, where it didn't have to compete on equal terms. Observers have noted that much of Google's attention has suddenly swung to Sprint in just the past few months. It released the Nexus S 4G before AT&T and has been giving Sprint all the special access it normally reserved for T-Mobile, including Google Voice integration and the Google Wallet trial.

Rival phone makers, particularly Motorola, have lately had justification for concern. Despite their age, the iPhone 4 and 3GS are still the leading smartphones in the US and, on Verizon, have eliminated Motorola's one-time dominance. An iPhone 5 is expected to spark more interest as Verizon customers holding off until a new iPhone can finally jump in.

by MacNN Staff



  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nowhere to hide in the US

    You can run, Android, but you can't hide. I guess there's still T-Mobile to run to. Until AT&T finishes the acquisition.

    And there's zero "Android tablet" market to fall back on. Good luck with your Motoroogle Xoom 2.0. TouchPad is going to be a hard act to follow in more ways than one.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Joined: Aug 2011


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    I got two sentences for Sprint: Nobody cares 'bout your fake 4G cause the rest of the worlds on GSM. Get with the day ditch the CDMA cause the rest of the worlds on GSM.

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