Do you forsee the iPhone on Sprint within a year or two?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kcjohn, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. kcjohn macrumors regular


    Oct 2, 2007
    Kansas City, Mo
    I've been with Sprint for 10 years and have always wanted an iPhone but didn't want to switch carriers. I enjoy all of Apple's products, especially the iPod brand. I don't want to switch, then in a year Sprint gets the iPhone. I know everyone's speculating on this but I'd like some opinions from those who know what they are talking about.
  2. MassiveAttack macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2010
    New York
    Sprint: Thumbs Down [​IMG]

    Sprint is the laughing stock of the cell phone industry.

    I know what I'm talking about. :rolleyes:
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    I'd say slim-to-none. They currently use CDMA, which the iPhone doesn't support. AT&T (and Verizon) are pursuing LTE, which I assume will be the next technology the iPhone supports. I believe Sprint is supporting WiMAX. My guess is that Sprint and the iPhone will continue to be incompatible during the 4th generation of cell phone technologies, which probably will last longer than a year or two (probably 10+).
  4. saxon48 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010
    Just from straight up news websites/forums browsing. I've been led to believe that the iPhone will come to Verizon before it does Sprint. But, of course, knowing when that may happen is like knowing where Jimmy Hoffa is buried. :p

    Get the HTC Evo to whet your appetite in the meanwhile.
  5. spades1412 macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
    Sorry, your not going to get that information from a message forum. Only Apple "knows what their talking about" when it comes to the iPhone moving to other carriers in the USA, and so far, they aren't talking about anything....
  6. HawaiiMacAddict macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2006
    On one of my Macs of course
    Aloha kcjohn,

    As you're probably already aware, Sprint has already chosed WiMAX for their 4G network. The rest of the world, meaning the rest of the carriers in the US (to the best of my knowledge), as well as the rest of the world, has already chosen LTE, or Long Term Evolution, for their upcoming 4G networks. In other words, LTE will shortly become the global standard for 4G cell networks. Unless Sprint changes to LTE, you will have to switch carriers to get an iPhone.

    As for the January Verizon iPhone rumors, those people are simply deluded, or listening to those people that so want one, they'll constantly repeat rumors with no legs in a vain attempt to "make it so". Apple will not release another iPhone in January, and most likely will not announce another iPhone then either. They've kept their product release cycle steady for the past three years, and a Verizon iPhone, while important to those who want it, is most certainly not enough to warrant a January announcement. On the flip side, why make a CDMA-specific iPhone for a company that is already working on LTE? In other words, why not wait until June 2011 or June 2012 to come out with the LTE version?
  7. Stein357 macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    Rip City
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    No. Although it's hard to say what's going to happen once AT&T's exclusivity is up.
  8. JediZenMaster Suspended


    Mar 28, 2010
    There is a chance that Clear which created the Wi-max 4G network that sprint uses could switch over to LTE sometime in 2012. If they do then we could see a iPhone on sprint.
  9. ipodlover77 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2009
    question is, can the iphone alone help sprint become successful.
  10. iWantiPhone macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
  11. JediZenMaster Suspended


    Mar 28, 2010
    In a way they are pretty successful they have great plans and loyal customers. And a good network in certain places. But the thing that ruined sprint was the nextel purchase. They should have never tried to run 2 Different networks using incompatible technologies.
  12. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009
    Sprint is a troubled company. They've been experiencing a mass exodus of subscribers for years. They have put up a good front, and borrowed a page out of Apple's creative spin control manual. Anyone who follows the cellular industry knows it's a house of cards. They are not the kind of company to build an iPhone for.*
  13. DiamondGCoupe macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2007
    Currently Sprint and Verizon both use CDMA - if a CDMA version of the iPhone is released then technically you could use the Verizon iPhone on long as your area is not upgraded to 4G yet?

    If you really want an iPhone than get a separate line with AT&T and forward your calls when you don't want to carry both.

    Personally I had Sprint for many many years before getting an iPhone in Nov. 2007 aways preferred the name/service/internet speeds but nothing compares to the iPhone and the App Store!
  14. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Not successfull at all.
    They are the number 1 carrier in losing customers each quarter.
    I dont see them regaining any lost business any time soon and highly doubt Apple would bother with them.
  15. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2009
    A) Most of you guys are using the term CDMA completely wrong
    B) It doesn't matter what technology Sprint uses, if Apple signs a deal with them, they'll have an iPhone
    C) I doubt Sprint will have an iPhone soon but who knows, maybe Apple will do it just to spite Verizon.
  16. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    its more likely to come to verizon, and MAYBE T-mobile?

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