It’s a bit of an open secret that the next iPhone will see greatly expanded carrier support, in the US at least. Most recently, we’ve heard a rumor that we wouldn’t even need multiple models to handle the task, as we see now with separate GSM and CDMA iPhones, but would be getting an all-in-one CDMA/GSM world phone. Another rumor from earlier this summer had the next iPhone coming to both T-Mobile and Sprint the first (official) time for each. This afternoon, a new Wall Street Journal report revisits the idea of Sprint carrying the smartphone, claiming it will be selling the iPhone 5 starting in October.
This is just the latest of many recent rumors saying we’re looking at an October start to iPhone 5 sales, rather than sometime in September. We’re also told that Sprint would take the opportunity to also start selling the iPhone 4; we don’t know if that refers to the CDMA iPhone 4 that exists now on Verizon, or if we’re talking about the rumored iPhone 4 refresh, possibly with a plastic screen face and positioned at a budget price point.
There’s been no suggestion that we could see a WiMAX-equipped iPhone 5, but evidence continues to point to the possibility of an LTE-enabled model. Sprint’s been slow to get involved with LTE, and though it has plans to get a network up-and-running with LightSquared, it likely won’t be here during the iPhone 5’s commercial lifespan.
So far, Sprint has been locked-out of iPhone profits. As it struggles to compete against the larger carriers, sales from iPhones could really help out. The carrier even has the position of being the only one able to offer the iPhone with unlimited data. Let’s just hope its network is up to the influx of users.
Source: Wall Street Journal