Will $20B Apple Deal Net Sprint an iPhone 5 Exclusive?

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We know that a lot of rumors have been trying to nail-down the specifics of Apple’s next iPhone release plans, and it’s likely you’re starting to tire of them; after all, why keep speculating when we’ll find out for sure in a day’s time? There’s a point to be had there, but this newest rumor we’ve heard is just so specific, a bit ridiculous, and yet with some apparent backing to it, that we just have to share it with you. Supposedly, AT&T and Verizon will get the iPhone 4S, while Sprint has scored itself an iPhone 5 exclusive.

The rumor itself has been stewing for a little while now, but it hadn’t been widely disseminated for lack of any sort of confirmation. Then today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Sprint was making a deal with Apple that would have it commit to ordering 30.5 million iPhones over the next four years, worth somewhere in the range of $20 billion. With that kind of money on the table, the prospect of a Sprint exclusive sounds a whole lot more plausible.

As far as the hardware goes, the iPhone 4S Verizon and AT&T get would have a low-power A5 chip, higher-resolution cameras, and NFC. The iPhone 5, then, would be a WiMAX device with a faster A5 CPU, an upgrade to a four-inch display, double the RAM, and exclusive software like Assistant. Then, next year, Verizon and AT&T would get the iPhone 5 as an LTE model.

We’ve got to say, though the idea of a Sprint exclusive sounds like a bit of a stretch, there’s a lot here that would make sense fitting-in with some of the other rumors we’ve heard. Of course, there are plenty others it contradicts with, so we’ll just wait until tomorrow for the official word.

Source: BGR, The Wall Street Journal

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!