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  • Apple Leaves Door Wide Open for Sprint, T-Mobile iPhone


    As covered in Paul's report this morning on Verizon's iPhone announcement, Lowell MacAdam, President and Chief Operating Officer of Verizon, began his presentation by telling the audience comprised mostly of tech reporters that "if the press writes something long enough and hard enough, it eventually becomes true." After three years of incessant Verizon iPhone reports, a reality has been made of one of mobile's longest-running rumors.

    And just as quickly another rumor has set the blogosphere buzzing.

    The latest speculation, of course, contends that Apple has left the door wide open for the iPhone to debut next on the Sprint network. During the Verizon presentation Tuesday morning at Rose Hall inside New York City's Lincoln Center, Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook stated that his company's agreement with Verizon for the CDMA iPhone is "non-exclusive." Given that reality, Apple could easily bring its hugely popular touchscreen smartphone to Sprint's CDMA network. What's more, the non-exclusive proclamation made by Cook means that a future GSM iPhone could come to T-Mobile.

    Although it took three years for Apple to expand its carrier relationships in the US, most Wall Street business and tech analysts don't believe it will take as long for Apple to initiate the next round of carrier expansions. Although Verizon will likely get the lion-share of fresh iPhone attention during the next six months, many believe that within one year, Apple will have also debuted a fourth and fifth generation iPhone on Sprint and/or T-Mobile.

    PC World
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Leaves Door Wide Open for Sprint, T-Mobile iPhone started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 53 Comments
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I use voice and data all the time. Its like going back to edge.
    1. ADF's Avatar
      ADF -
      You have got to be crazy to think that Tmo won't get the iPhone later this year. They're already iPhones on their network, jailbroken, but on their network none the less.

      Also, thanks for the reporting Messany.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      ^lol, an edit is in order for that post. Read it again.

      Much better
    1. dotFIVE's Avatar
      dotFIVE -
      That'll be awesome. The Jesus phone finally available to the masses... and we'll be able to shop for our carriers and not be tied down to an exclusive one.

      No longer having to worry about unlocks and upgrading basebands? I'll take that...
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Signed up on AT&T iPhone 4 for 1 week so far and glad I no longer need to unlock my iPhone. I am glad verizon will sell the iPhone 4 cuz now people have a choice.
    1. discostar's Avatar
      discostar -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtyDiddler View Post
      That is if there is anyone even left on T-Mobile after all of this...
      T-Mobile is still one of the cheapest carriers in town. I never left and don't plan too. The Verizon version of the iPhone has limitations. That T-Mobile/AT&T users don't.
    1. Gyngabread Man's Avatar
      Gyngabread Man -
      Yay now it will be sprint AND t-mobile that means double the messany
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mookest View Post
      Sweet, Now everyone who hates AT&T get off the network and go congest up Verizon and soon to be sprint and T. Get ready to hear the complains of Verizon network dropping calls and getting bad service.

      Fans of AT&T get ready for a congestion free network.
      +1, can not wait.
    1. rickinsav's Avatar
      rickinsav -
      Quote Originally Posted by auh View Post
      The only reason I'm going to be leaving ATT is because of how expensive it is! Other wise I've been fairly pleased with my service!
      If you think you will save money by switching to Verizon, think again. Their plans are more expensive as are their data packages. be warned.

      Save money with either carrier - check out Line2 by TOKTUMI.COM
      AT&T also has A-List, in case they didn't tell you either.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by discostar View Post
      T-Mobile is still one of the cheapest carriers in town. I never left and don't plan too. The Verizon version of the iPhone has limitations. That T-Mobile/AT&T users don't.
      Uh, what? No 3G on TMO with the iPhone is a prety HUGE limitation IMO. I'm not sure you can surf the web and talk on Edge, but if you can, why the hell would you want to?

      Quote Originally Posted by rickinsav View Post
      If you think you will save money by switching to Verizon, think again. Their plans are more expensive as are their data packages. be warned.

      Save money with either carrier - check out Line2 by TOKTUMI.COM
      AT&T also has A-List, in case they didn't tell you either.
      Depends on what you consider savings. If you go over your 2GB a month (which is what ATT nows offers as their cap), Verizon could be cheaper, assuming they don't change their data packages from what they currently offer on other smartphones. Also, their unlimited minutes package pricing is the same as that of ATT. It all depends on what you are using. Base prices, I agree, are more expensive on Verizon.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by bilallucky View Post
      Messany can't write Verizon rumors, he will be writing Spring and T-Mobile rumors.
      Do you people even read the thread before you post the same thing 100 times? Trust me I started the Messany hate movement, but you don't see me posting if someone else has already bitched him out for another rumor. Stop. You're worse than he is.

      I'm surprised only a few posters here pointed this out.. THE PHONE SUPPORTS CDMA NOW. I don't know frequency spectrum specifics about the carriers, but I do know that VZ and Sprint both roam on each others' towers freely per an agreement.. so that means this phone can definitely be unlocked to Sprint, and probably any other CDMA carrier. I'm curious if this phone will even ship locked.

      Now that 4.3 is in beta, 'Devs looking into CDMA unlock' would be far bigger "news" than this, Messany.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      Do you people even read the thread before you post the same thing 100 times? Trust me I started the Messany hate movement, but you don't see me posting if someone else has already bitched him out for another rumor. Stop. You're worse than he is.

      I'm surprised only a few posters here pointed this out.. THE PHONE SUPPORTS CDMA NOW. I don't know frequency spectrum specifics about the carriers, but I do know that VZ and Sprint both roam on each others' towers freely per an agreement.. so that means this phone can definitely be unlocked to Sprint, and probably any other CDMA carrier. I'm curious if this phone will even ship locked.

      Now that 4.3 is in beta, 'Devs looking into CDMA unlock' would be far bigger "news" than this, Messany.
      But as many threads have stated Sprint has to allow the ESN onto their network. It is not an unlock like GSM and you pop in a sim. The company has to manually put it into their system and Sprint has not been giving on putting non-Sprint phones onto their network.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      But as many threads have stated Sprint has to allow the ESN onto their network. It is not an unlock like GSM and you pop in a sim. The company has to manually put it into their system and Sprint has not been giving on putting non-Sprint phones onto their network.
      A good point, but hacking the baseband to allow changing of the ESN would allow us to change it to a valid one on Sprint's network. Technically not an unlock, but may be feasible.