Following the release of the new iPad and the hardware within it supporting 4G LTE cellular connections, it can only be inferred that the next generation iPhone will follow its footsteps with the faster cellular data technology. This comes with both good and bad news Ė the good news being that users can experience faster loading speeds, but unfortunately this can bring bad news too as it will give the user the incentive to over-use their data on a capped data plan much faster than they would be able to on a 3G cellular network.
Some more good news is Sprint CEO Dan Hesse openly stated to CNET that whether or not the next iPhone harbors 4G LTE cellular technology, Sprint will continue to offer their unlimited data plans:
Originally Posted by Dan Hesse
While everything about this sounds good on Sprintís behalf, itís also very important to remember how many people will be able to take advantage of Sprintís 4G LTE cellular technology Ė or should I say, won't be able to. Right now, they are only working on bringing customers in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, and San Antonio by mid-2012 as cited from Sprint's Web site. Compared to the rest of the United States, it is very obvious this will not cut the demand for 4G LTE cellular coverage.
While the next generation iPhone is not expected to launch until this fall, Sprint likely will not have extended their 4G LTE cellular coverage by the time it actually is launched, meaning most customers will still be stuck on unlimited 3G cellular services. For this reason, choosing which cellular carrier to go with will depend on the user's tastes for either speed or for unlimited data.
Are you one of the lucky ones living in an area where Sprint will offer unlimited data and 4G LTE cellular coverage?