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  • Best Buy Employee "Confirms" iPhone Coming to Sprint



    A BestBuy employee is "confirming" that Sprint is about to carry the iPhone. And a formal announcement about the carrier welcoming the iPhone to its 4G network could come as early as next month's WWDC conference, which - as we learned today - will kick off June 7th with a keynote address from Apple CEO Steve Jobs. So will Jobs unveil the Sprint iPhone at the conference?

    According to coverage today from Redmond Pie, which amalgamates a variety of morsels of information from sources and leaks, the employee confirming the Sprint iPhone works at a Best Buy outlet in Pennsylvania, although a particular store was not cited as it would violate the company's "privacy policy." Nonetheless, the source claims that shelf displays will surface within a time-frame that appears to neatly coincide with the start of the WWDC.

    Historically, however, Best Buy employees are notoriously left in the dark regarding major announcements and product releases. Even ahead of the iPad's release, very few credible stories - or even leaks - were traced back to Best Buy and the store's myriad workers. Apple, however, does have a stellar relationship with Best Buy and, for this reason, it isn't altogether inconceivable that an employee could be privy to advanced information - either by accident or design.

    Without question, a 4G capable 4th generation iPhone would be a massively appealing reality for millions of current or potential smartphone buyers. But for the very reason that some say its simply "too good to be true," perhaps we will have to concur with that assessment until more concrete evidence of a Sprint iPhone surfaces in the days and weeks to come.

    Image via Redmond Pie
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Best Buy Employee "Confirms" iPhone Coming to Sprint started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 108 Comments
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      1. We are going to be kind to each other, stop the bickering.

      2. Sprint is CDMA.

      3. Infractions will follow any insults after this post.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Already infracted one....
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      I wouldn't believe anything a best buy employee says. This does seem to good to be true. I would love to be able to use an iPhone on Sprint because they have the best plans but it probably won't happen.
    1. ro0oney's Avatar
      ro0oney -
      like iphone going to verizon rumor?
    1. species8472_rules's Avatar
      species8472_rules -
      Regardless of being true or not, Verizon is a bad choice as they cannot handle voice and data at the same time. Unless this changes Sprint has always been the best candidate. Not to mention Verizon's 3G speeds are not great. Add iPhone to Verizon network and see if their network reliability holds up.. Well, WWDC is close and soon all rumors will mean nothing..
    1. mylonghornlife's Avatar
      mylonghornlife -
      Steve Jobs confirms iPhone HD will be offered exclusively through Boost Mobile.
    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      Just mailed
      Steve at [email protected]
      and he confirmed that the iPhone 4g will be available at ur nearest gas station and will run only on verizon exclusive phone booths he termed it as a revolution in connectivity as the iPhone will connected to te charger at all times due to an improved battery life FYI a viatnamese told me that the screens White too

      Jus kiddin don't get excited
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      Who cares what CDMA carrier the iPhone goes to. It will just get an unlock via Cydia and will be able to get used on any CDMA carrier.

      And from what I have heard "thetoothfairy" just starded a cell phone company an will exclusively be selling the new iPhone HD.
    1. shadow25's Avatar
      shadow25 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sandstorm77 View Post
      Who cares what CDMA carrier the iPhone goes to. It will just get an unlock via Cydia and will be able to get used on any CDMA carrier.

      And from what I have heard "thetoothfairy" just starded a cell phone company an will exclusively be selling the new iPhone HD.
      Do you know how CDMA phones work?

      You can't just install some software and its unlocked. Verizon and Sprint will ONLY add their own phones. When you try to activate a Verizon CDMA Phone on Sprint, Sprint will NOT activate the ESN because its not their phone!
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Sprints LTE network is so poor that you cannot consider it a network. It would be like with ATT customers: the vast majority only get Edge. The vast majority for Sprint only get CDMA. Sprint and Verizon have to move away from CDMA.
    1. quicknight's Avatar
      quicknight -
      Quote Originally Posted by shadow25 View Post
      Do you know how CDMA phones work?

      You can't just install some software and its unlocked. Verizon and Sprint will ONLY add their own phones. When you try to activate a Verizon CDMA Phone on Sprint, Sprint will NOT activate the ESN because its not their phone!
      This sounds like a good rationale for Sprint NOT getting the iPhone...
    1. steve1231's Avatar
      steve1231 -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      I don't kno...with the HTC evo kicking in...I doubt this is true
      thats exactly why apple would want to.
      its their only chance of competition, with sprint being the only network with 4G.
      Its about time that apple makes a 4G phone and with all these basically confirmed rumors going around about video chatting, i dont think it will be so smooth on a 3G network.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Why make a 4G capable phone without a 4G network?the U.S. is so far behind in technology due to it's sheer size. You can't just slap up 3 towers here and cover a whole country.
    1. EVILFRED's Avatar
      EVILFRED -
      In all reality I would prefer that all carriers have the iPhone so we can have choices. Although I don't think it's true that Sprint will be getting the iPhone.... At least not now.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Anyone shocked that it was Messaney that reported this one?
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Does anybody at all champion Sprint?
    1. b8ascrub's Avatar
      b8ascrub -
      Today 7/24/2010 I was at the sprint store in King Of Prussia Pa. My wife was complaining about her blackberry curve to the manager, she said she is ready to terminate sprint and switch to ATT for the iphone, suddenly the manager tells her to wait till November for the IPhone 4g coming to sprint. He said a corporate office bulletin was officially sent out!

      So yes, the word is spreading fast now! He also said Verizon is getting it as well.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Yet another store manager willing to lie to retain customers.
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      I couldn't agree with you more, Confucious... I grow weary with these stories of lowly peons that try to garner attention by supposedly having information that they're not even entitled to.
    1. Chuck1969's Avatar
      Chuck1969 -
      Quote Originally Posted by paganizonda83 View Post
      Anyone shocked that it was Messaney that reported this one?
      I've noticed he never responds to his threads. :/