Sprint's current deal with Apple allows it to sell LTE enabled version of the Apple iPhone

Sprint's current deal with Apple allows it to sell LTE enabled version of the Apple iPhone
According to Dow Jones, Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer says that the carrier's current deal with Apple allows it to sell an LTE enabled version of the Apple iPhone whenever the Cupertino based tech giant starts producing such a version of its popular smartphone. Earlier this month, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse defended the carrier's decision to pay Apple $15 billion over 4 years for the privilege of selling the Apple iPhone to Sprint customers.

Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer

Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer

Sprint currently does not not offer LTE service but is expected to roll out the technology to 6 cities by the middle of this year. Initially, Sprint's LTE service will cover 100 million Americans and all major markets in the States should have service by this fall when the next-gen Apple iPhone is due. This is why Euteneuer says that if an Apple iPhone that supports LTE is launched, Sprint will not be at a disadvantage to AT&T and Verizon. The latter has the largest LTE footprint in the States while AT&T is just picking up momentum as it adds more cities to its LTE coverage. Originally, Sprint was counting on its deal with network wholesale provider LightSquared for much of its LTE network. But when the U.S. Government failed to green light LightSquared's system due to interference with GPS signals, Sprint bowed out of the contract.

While the Sprint exec  didn't say whether or not Apple does indeed have a 4G LTE version of the iPhone on the way this fall, with the new Apple iPad offering LTE connectivity for the first time ever in an Apple device, it is assumed that the next iteration of Apple's smartphone will offer it as well. According to sources for Apple Insider, the iPhone manufacturer is said to be looking at Qualcomm's "MDM9615" LTE chip for inclusion in the new Apple iPhone.

source: DowJones via AppleInsider

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12 Comments

1. NOKIA.8800.ARTE

Posts: 100; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

This changes everything.... The new iPHONE 5

2. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

changes your ass fandroid

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

How does it change his arse?? Will there be an app that allows one to stick the new iphone up one's arse?

10. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

I thought that app was already built in when you bought it, but iLemmings have enough things crammed up their ass. An app would just complicate things for them.

11. Baseballer

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

An iAss :p

7. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Lol I think for the next iPhone they should advertise a bigger screen by saying bigger and better then ever the new iPhone.

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Sooo...where LTE 4G is not available, then you would super slow CDMA 3G, right??? Yikes....better hope if you are a sprint customer that you have 4G LTE avail or will get it soon.

5. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Network vision is a coming....I get 1MB on 3G in some parts of NYC. LTE will cover most all major markets by years end and in NY possibly by June LTE will be up and running.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

That would be nice - I get 1MB on my slow CDMA 3G network with Verizon, but at least I have the 4G LTE RAZR and will someday enjoy faster speeds.

8. JC557

Posts: 1914; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

To be honest, when i switch to CDMA websites load pretty quickly and maps come up in a short time, even the points of interest. App updating is decent. Though, LTE is really fast and I do spend a couple of seconds less loading sites or downloading transit maps instantly. I could live with EVDO since I dont stream media unless at home, in which i can use wifi.

9. Rizzy4S

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

VERIZON 4G LTE

12. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I think iFans will lose interest with apple now thats its available on big 3. I remember people would be interested in them because it wasnt offered and they couldnt have it. Maybe theyll catch on and realize that its been the same UI since the the 3g. How boring. Its like getting the same phone over and over again.

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