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.