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Is the Sprint iPhone coming this summer?

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Is the Sprint iPhone coming this summer?
Okay, it's just a rumor, but nevertheless a juicy one – a version of the iPhone running on Sprint's network is in advanced testing currently, sources have informed 9to5Mac. The handset resembles the iPhone 4 in terms of design, so there are some chances that it's the iPhone 4S with support for CDMA and GSM-based carriers, but none of this is confirmed yet. The publication factors in the fact that Apple has reportedly ordered cell towers compatible with Sprint's bands for their campus in late 2010 – a detail worth mentioning as Cupertino similarly tested the Verizon iPhone 4 on cell towers compatible with Big Red months prior to the release of the handset.

The Sprint iPhone is also said to be passing tests in Sprint's R&D department. Currently, engineers over at Sprint are looking at an iPhone with no WiMAX support, but the second iteration of the handset might bring 4G-connectivity as well. Looking at Apple's job postings last month also reaveals that Cupertino is trying to build up a cellular engineering team in Kansas City, accidentally matching the location of Sprint's headquarters.

So is Sprint's iPhone all set for release in the near future? Unfortunately, the same sources claim that the carrier is still in talks with Apple over including 4G radios, so it might turn out that you'll have to wait for a 4G iPhone next year. The nation's third-largest carrier has just recently confirmed its strong support for Android as nearly 70% of its smartphones run on Google's mobile OS, but a Sprint iPhone might change that at once. Bundled with its $69 all you can eat plan, this sounds like a great deal, don't you think? Feel free to share your opinion on the credibility of this rumor in the comments below!

source: 9to5Mac

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posted on 10 Jun 2011, 08:58 2

1. froyotlbw88 (unregistered)


FIRST

I have a source that confirmed Sprint and T-Mobile getting an iPhone 4S this summer or fall and iPhone 5 coming to AT&T and Verizon either late this year or early next year.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 11:16 7

9. SPRINT EMPLOYEE (unregistered)


...no you don't, or they are lying.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 13:16 10

18. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Please, God No! Keep that shit off our network!

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 16:23 3

26. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Please, God No! Keep that shit off our iPhones!


*Fixed

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 12:32

47. ZayZay (Posts: 560; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


I would have to agree. Overrated phone? I think so. This phone is for kids.

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 13:08

48. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


typical fandroid... what about all the people on sprint who want an iphone... u people are kinda selfish if u think android shud be the only thing on ur network... oh and it has been shown that android hogs more data... so idk why u wud bash iphone...

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 15:42

51. Scott_is_my_name (unregistered)


Please use proper English when posting a reply. Reading words like u, ur, wud, shud make the post sound like it's coming from an 11 year old girl. Try to spell the words out next time. Thanks.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 09:04 1

2. ThePhoneGuru (unregistered)


I could see Apple wanting to go in this direction. This would definitely address the Android based phones that Sprint offers.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 09:11 1

3. PhoneXpert (unregistered)


That source is no good. the iphone 5 is coming out next year for sure!

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 09:33 3

4. pattypatterson (Posts: 48; Member since: 28 May 2010)


clearly your not paying attention...the iphone they are talking about is not the iphone 5 but a reiteration of the iphone 4 whioch is why it will be called iphone 4S...hmm sounds familiar iphone 3G then iphone 3GS

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 13:42 3

21. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


hmmmmm familiar..

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 10:07 2

5. sprintdroid1010 (unregistered)


There isn't any iphone coming to sprint with in the next couple of months i work for sprint got to look at the line up might be here this 3 or 4qtr along with blackberry new devices. and when iphone comes to sprint that would be coo. but the EVO 3D is by far hands down a way better phone.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 23:04

37. MrFantasma (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


yeah i agree.. EVO 3D I Want you.. lol even tho right now I'm stuck on the crap network AT&T wait till my term is over and i'm jumping back... I hope the EVO Keeps its history of being the best phone for months lol... but at the rate this market is going its going to be kinda hard...

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 10:29 4

6. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Here we go with some iPhone coming to...rumors...lol if anything, no one thought it was going to Verizon too...look how that turned out.

And I mentioned this elsewhere, its in Sprints best interest to get it if they have the opportunity to. I know they are not in the business of turning down profits.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 10:49 3

7. Su-Rio (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 May 2011)


if this comes to sprint in sept. w/ a retina display, same camera or hgiher mp's, bigger display 3.7", dual core, and same desgin but w/out the antennagate issue... im getting it in nov.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 11:23 2

12. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


yeap i dont think that will happen anytime soon... maybe in nov of 2012???

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 16:24 1

27. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Yeah, we got it, you have special needs, now get back to answering your calls lol

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 11:35 2

13. Hello-dirt (Posts: 102; Member since: 02 May 2010)


Yes, I think if Sprint could get Apple to enlarge the screen to 3.7-4.0, they would have a huge hit in their line-up. Otherwise, it will be just another option that some will opt for because they are sheep.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 13:18 6

19. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


slight increase to size = huge hit

same size = sheep phone


do you realize how stupid you sound?

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 00:39 1

38. Hello-dirt (Posts: 102; Member since: 02 May 2010)


no, but thanks.

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 11:43

46. sscorp99 (Posts: 40; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


baaaaaaaaaa!

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 11:00 2

8. freemarketeer (Posts: 25; Member since: 05 Jun 2010)


The iPhone presents a bit of a paradox for Sprint as it would be certainly attractive to put on a $69 Unlimited Plan however they would face a severe profitability crunch at that price point given the iPhone's enormous subsidy and not to mention revenue sharing with Apple. This would in turn cause them to have to raise their prices thereby negating the only draw to purchasing it from them to begin with.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 11:18 2

10. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Apple doesn't do revenue sharing and hasn't for years

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 12:45 3

15. SPRINT EMPLOYEE (unregistered)


...just let him try and sound intelligent, it makes him feel better about himself

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 16:03

24. JupiterMoonbutt (unregistered)


Sprint's $69.99 ED450 requires $10 for smartphones so it would be $79.99. The profitability is only in question if the average IPhone4 user is a heavy data user.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 16:28

28. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


I'm sure they would have a data cap, like the other carriers, OR they will throttle like T-Mobile, lastly, they might just increase the price, however, I doubt that the ED450 would be allowed on the iPhone at least not for the $79 price

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 21:56

34. SprintSucker (unregistered)


Of course they would allow the iPhone on Everything Data 450. And with the current promotion its Everything Data 750. With the 10 Premium Data charge its a mere 79.99. With no limits or slowdowns sounds like a deal to me.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 22:38

35. AnotherSprintEmployee (unregistered)


With the 10$ Add on For Smartphones, and give the fact that high end android devices use as much, if not more data than the iPhone nd they do not throttle speed even if you use 10-15 gigs per month, having unlimited data on an iPhone would not be a problem for Sprint.

Plus, for every people that uses heavy heavy data (Over 5gb), there are thousands of people who do not even reach 1GB a month.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 22:39

36. AnotherSprintEmployee (unregistered)


With the 10$ Add on For Smartphones, and give the fact that high end android devices use as much, if not more data than the iPhone nd they do not throttle speed even if you use 10-15 gigs per month, having unlimited data on an iPhone would not be a problem for Sprint.

Plus, for every people that uses heavy heavy data (Over 5gb), there are thousands of people who do not even reach 1GB a month.

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 13:38

49. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


of course it not a problem for sprint....the problem for att and verzion is they have way too many data phones on there network

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 12:12 5

14. wak (unregistered)


I don't understand how these people who "work for Sprint" think they would actually know whether or not the iPhone was coming. In case you haven't noticed, Apple is um...kind of secretive? If it is coming (PLEASE BE TRUE!!!), then only those who absolutely need to know will know.

We will know in the next few months.....and somebody's going to be wrong!

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 16:04 2

25. JupiterMoonbutt (unregistered)


I work for Sprint and have no idea. Phones aren't announced to employees that early.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 13:03 3

16. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)


I've always said Apple was dumb limiting itself to AT&T for so long. If they had released on GSM as well as CDMA carriers in the USA then Android wouldn't be nearly as popular as it is now.

I prefer Android, but the iPhone is a great simple alternative for people who aren't technologically inclined. People who just want something that's pretty impossible to mess up or break on a software level & has a "pretty" screen.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 13:05 2

17. Phonecall01 (Posts: 136; Member since: 02 Apr 2009)


True. It would certainly be good thing for Sprint's customer to have the option. There's "a lot" of people who love Sprint but wanted an iphone so much, they left. But on the other hand, if you're a Tech person, the upcoming Android powerhouses is where you wanna be !!!

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 13:31 2

20. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh good Christ, not again. I thought we were done with this bullshit when the iphone came out on Verizon.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 15:48

22. SPRINT EMPLOYEE (unregistered)


lol...it'll never end my friend. After Sprint and Tmo finally get it the metroPCS rumors will start!

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 16:44

29. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


LOL!!!

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 15:52 1

23. This Guy (unregistered)


If you people thought that the iPhone 4 had problems with reception, good luck going to a network with shitty coverage....ENJOY!!!! :)

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 16:44

30. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Thats messed up....but funny...lol

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 17:09

31. no (unregistered)


cant get worse than at&t, so im pretty sure they are in the clear.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 09:47 2

39. donpeppino9 (Posts: 67; Member since: 24 Jan 2010)


i disagree. i've had sprint for 8 years and just switched to att. so far after using att for a couple weeks i can honestly say that att's reception is far better. especially indoors.

in fact, if you look at spint's 3g coverage, they've lost a lot of coverage as a result of the termination of roaming agreements with Alltel being that they are owned by Verizon now. So basically, if you're not on sprint's small network, you're gona be roaming on 2g coverage or sometimes no data at all and just voice/txt. sprint phones are programmed to avoid roaming as much as possible, you're phone will only roam if there is absolutely no sprint signal at all. theres a lot of areas within sprint's coverage area that provides crappy reception (indoors especially) where you're gona be tetering on sprint's 1 bar where you could have been on verizon's 5 bars... but theres nothing you can do about it as that is how sprint programs your phone. add on top of the 300 mb cap on roaming data, and that could be a serious issue for many customers who aren't in major metropolitan areas or travel alot. in those places your evo isn't anymore capable than your standard flip dumbphone.

So think twice next time, and give credit where credit is due. theres a reason why sprint's the cheapest. Nobody is gona pay a premium price for mediocre service. sprint only operates on 1900 mhz so indoor reception will never be good. and if you look at ATT's 3g coverage map, it is bigger than sprint's. ATT's 3g/4g foot print is expanding everyday. Sprint's is contracting... in fact they've recently gotten rid of 3g in ND, WY, and MT.

Bash ATT all you want but the truth is they provide better quality service. the only complaints about reception are from iphone users, and the iphone has been proven to have technological defects when it comes to signal reception. for the 3 weeks i've been with att i haven't dropped a single call on my blackberry. combined with the fact that their data downloads on their 3g networks is way faster than sprint's. even the EDGE data seems to work just as fast as sprint's evdo coverage. in fact, the other person in my family plan had faster data downloads on his iphone than he did with his evo on wimax in downtown chi town. you may disagree on paper, but this is real world application.

unless you've tried both networks yourself, dont claim something as truth unless you're absolutely sure. Just wait and see, the iphone coming to sprint may be the last straw that forces sprint to change their data plans to tiered packages, especially because verizon is doing it too starting this summer.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 19:08

32. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Is that the new Samsung Galaxy S II coming to Sprint? Suhweeeet!!

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 19:11

33. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


(Looking at Apple's job postings last month also reaveals that Cupertino is trying to build up a cellular engineering team in Kansas City, accidentally matching the location of Sprint's headquarters.) This was changed to California sorry.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 10:45

41. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)


As a sales consultant for Sprint, I'm indifferent on the iPhone coming to our network. I'd rather Sprint continue to offer the best of Android based phones, but you can't deny the market that want an iPhone just because it's the iPhone.

If people want to buy it, I'll sell it. You just won't see one in my pocket.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 17:46

42. Evo3DeezNutz (unregistered)


I probably wouldnt buy it either way, but If they release it without WiMax your looking at a huge miss.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 11:29

50. brighteyes266 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I personally think at&t has better service. I used to be with at&t for years and switched to sprint with our business and have noticed how horrible the service is indoors.I hardly ever have service inside and I have the samsung epic. I do love my phone, but I miss my iphone. Apple has much better apps. That is the only reason I want to get an iphone. Please sprint get the iphone, you would make alot of people happy. And as for the people that do not want the iphone, don't get it.

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