Is the Sprint iPhone coming this summer?

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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46 Comments

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.

9. SPRINT EMPLOYEE unregistered

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

18. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

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

26. AppleFanboy

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

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

47. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

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

48. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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...

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.

2. ThePhoneGuru unregistered

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

3. PhoneXpert unregistered

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

4. pattypatterson

Posts: 48; Member since: May 28, 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

21. spanky

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

hmmmmm familiar..

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.

37. MrFantasma

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 06, 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...

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

7. Su-Rio

Posts: 51; Member since: May 05, 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.

12. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

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

27. AppleFanboy

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

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

13. Hello-dirt

Posts: 102; Member since: May 02, 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.

19. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

slight increase to size = huge hit same size = sheep phone do you realize how stupid you sound?

38. Hello-dirt

Posts: 102; Member since: May 02, 2010

no, but thanks.

46. sscorp99

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

baaaaaaaaaa!

8. freemarketeer

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 05, 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.

10. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

15. SPRINT EMPLOYEE unregistered

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

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.

28. AppleFanboy

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 07, 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

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.

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.

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.

49. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 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

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