Sprint and T-Mobile to get Apple iPhone 5 says report

Sprint and T-Mobile to get Apple iPhone 5 says report
While rumors about the Apple iPhone 5 continue to swirl, Piper Jaffray analyst Chris Larsen that the most "noteworthy" change coming for the Apple iPhone 5 is the addition of T-Mobile and Sprint as carriers in the U.S. that will be offering the handset. Larsen told clients that it would only make sense, since Apple's current handset contains chips allowing it to work on both AT&T's GSM network and Verizon's CDMA pipelines, that the company include all the bands necessary to make the phone work for Sprint's CDMA network and T-Mobile's GSM network.

This information dovetails perfectly with a report from Jeffries and Co. analyst Peter Misek back in May, that said that an Apple iPhone 4S would be introduced this September with only minor changes to the current model, and would be offered by Sprint and T-Mobile along with AT&T and Verizon. Another analyst, Citadel's Shing Yin, said last week that by the end of the year, Sprint will be selling the Apple iPhone. Larsen says that Sprint would be the big winner if this pans out, because T-Mobile customers would have had access to the iPhone due to the carrier's pending merger with AT&T.

According to ChipHazard, the latest iteration of the Apple iPhone is currently being field tested on AT&T's network for signal reception and connectivity. The information came from a source inside AT&T and once the prototype passes the tests, it will be given to the contract manufacturers to start production of the phone. ArtoftheiPhone says that pre-production models are given to the networks to test two weeks before launch. Verizon was given the Apple iPhone 4 two weeks before Big Red rolled out the unit. Employees were given a 12 number pin that had to be punched into the prototype every 12 hours or else the phone would shut down.

If there is one common element running through these reports, it is an August/September introduction of the next Apple iPhone. Whether or not the next version of the phone will run on 2, 3 or 4 major U.S. carriers and has a major re-design or just small cosmetic changes, we should know definitively in the next 8 to 10 weeks. As usual in the months before the introduction of the latest handset from Apple, the rumor mill is running non-stop.

source: CNET via PCMag

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2. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

I don't have a problem with this I just don't see it happening.

5. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

many other people including professionals "do" see it happening. Apple has been testing an AWS version of the iPhone 4 on T-Mobile's network for past year. It's the next logical step and if Apple wants to stay anywhere near the top of sales they'll have to offer it to the most amount of people as Possible as they keep losing ground as it stands. I like Android but I do seeing this happening, they have no choice really but to.

3. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I hope they do. Then some folks can stop saying "wait til it go to more carriers...Android is gonna suffer". Record sales? Its a given. Another choice for a decent phone? Sure. What I want to stop is some ppl thinking....... if you dont have an iPhone.....you dont have an iPhone. Stop it. Everyone that wants the iPhone at this time already have it. Those that want it and didnt wanna leave their carriers will get it either by switching carriers or if it comes to their carrier. But please stop it with the iPhone is the best...everything else sucks. As crazy as it sound....some ppl actually dont want it.

4. Jugga1680 unregistered

If Sprint gets the iPhone with its true unlimited data (no throttling speeds like tmo) It'll truly be sweeeet I believe Sprint is finally gonna b good in a few years

6. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

not if the Att T-Mobile merger goes into effect, Sprint will be in a terrible position and in a WAYY distant 3rd.

24. Wrong unregistered

Being 3rd or whatever doesn't matter at all. Sprint will grow A LOT from that cluster f of a merger. att and vzw will only have customers to lose at that point. There is so much room for so many carriers, people want more choices.

7. Jugga1680 unregistered

The merger goes thru n it'll sux for awhile Just like when ATT n Alltel merged In the small markets They'll give u a free phone n when u want to upgrade oh guess Wat Your gonna have to switch to an ATT plan N while this is goin on lightsquared will b rolling out their service hopefully But time will tell

22. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

*Verizon and Alltel

41. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Alltel had GSM networks that were sold off to AT&T as part of the FCC approval. As an example Alltel was GSM in North Dakota.

8. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

more money for me, i hope sprint gets it

29. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

hm well lets put it this way, just like the heat, android has a few good phones, (i mean players if u dont understand that) and the rest suck... and they dont win the whole thing.. heat sucks buddy...

44. rican

Posts: 132; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

that was the worst analogy ive ever heard

19. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Ah yes, Sprint and T-Mob gets the best phone ever released.

31. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Best in what regard? Sure the iPhone is stable, quick, silky smooth, and extremely simple in format. If that's what you like, then the iPhone probably is the best phone for YOU. But what about the people that want their phone to be optimized for how they use it? The iPhone is most definitely NOT the best phone for those people. Just because you don't personally like/use certain features that Android offers, it doesn't make those features any less valid. It's like if i were to go out and bash a Prius because it isn't "as good" as my Camaro. They're 2 completely different cars for 2 completely different types of drivers. iOS and Android are the same. They're made for different types of phone users, but they both excel at what they're made for.

38. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

It's not that stable. Read apps comments in the crApp Store. Lots of complaints about games crashing. My gf's Smurfs game even caused her iPhone to reboot! WTF? That's never happened on an Android.

42. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

That's the developers problem...that's why the developer has to release an update through the app store to fix it. That's has nothing to do with the iPhone's stability.

45. stealthd unregistered

Well let's see, the App Store is full of apps that aren't available on the Market that let you do a lot of things that you just can't do on Android. But go on, keep telling yourself Flash and Widgets add so much functionality they somehow magically beat out an entire thriving software ecosystem.

33. Jugga1680

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

* Verizon had to sell the smaller markets Of alltel due to monopolies in markets like North Dakota where all we had was altell Sprint n Verizon

40. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Hm I didn't know that. Ignore my previous comment then xP

34. Oliver unregistered

Sprint might just have to snap up some of these small companies holding out, waiting to blow up. Hmmmm?

35. Cornerstar31 unregistered

@twenti7 even in customizing and modding, the iPhone is the best. It is called a jailbreak. If u install a jailbreak u can also install widgets, overclock your processor through SSH. Setup the UI of your phone. Block calls from people you don't want to answer. Send fake emails. Change your screen animations, and many more features. It beats the hell out of my colleague's SamSuck Galaxy S with Cyanogen mod.

39. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

But you see, you had to jailbreak your iPhone to be able to do that. My EVO was able to do all of those things out of the box, and I'll be able to do even more if I ever decide to root it.

43. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I love the iPhone but you're just going overboard...all that customization causes you're phone to suffer a performance hit such as your phone over heating and some lag. That's all third party though and Apple doesn't see those features as their features just because some developer came up with it on the Cydia store and it works. Just stick to stock and wait until your phone no longer receives updates before doing that because cydia sometimes crashes and can become unusable so you would have to restore and erase everything.

36. Scribed3d

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 08, 2010

There is a rumor that a trusted source has reportedly uncovered a possible move made by Apple in their unannounced iPhone and iPad platforms that may contain changes which will probably be launched during a hypothesized time-frame.

37. pocholo

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

i talked to a verizon employee nd he sid it ws a complete redesign from what hi sboss told him..

46. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Of course it's going to be on Sprint also. Sprint is testing their version of the Iphone. Now APPLE is very afraid of the Galaxy S II and more powerful Android phones coming later this year. Still hate their law suit but they HAVE NO CHOICE but to put it on all carrier which doesn't surprise me

47. petejab unregistered

i work for sprint and the phone is coming out prolly in november. so plan on seeing it happen... ; )

48. juslovinlife unregistered

Oh, yea the IPhone on Sprint conversation lives on...hopefully, Sprint does get the IPhone but if they don't I'm sticking with them because I love my EVoo!!I have been with Sprint for years and they have been good to me. The service is great and I don't have hidden charges...SPRINT you do have loyal customers regardless of the IPhone

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