Sprint 4G rollout Impressive. A 2010 play for iPhone 4G/iTablet?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TapHappy, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. TapHappy macrumors regular

    May 21, 2009
    I'm here in Atlanta where Sprint's 4G is available. I've used it and it is lightening FAST. Their rollout in 2009 was:

    Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Dallas; Fort Worth,Texas; Honolulu; Las Vegas; Philadelphia; and Seattle. Portland, Ore.,

    2010 targets are Boston; Houston; New York; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C.

    If Apple begins to offer CDMA based iPhones/iTablets, Sprint is more likely to snag the deal than Verizon.

    iPhone 4G on a 4G network would be STUNNING!
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Sprint's using WiMax for their 4G, right? AFAIK, nobody else is using that technology. AT&T and Verizon are going to use LTE for their 4G networks.
  3. TapHappy thread starter macrumors regular

    May 21, 2009
    Yeah I guess the point is WiMax gonna be in 15-20 markets. Where is LTE?
  4. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Verizon has plans for 25-30 markets in 2010, so I guess it's coming.

    If Apple hasn't shown any interest in making a CDMA iPhone for Sprint/Verizon, I guess I just really don't see them making a WiMax iPhone for just Sprint.

    I think everyone's expecting the 4G iPhone to be LTE and work on both Verizon and AT&T's upcoming 4G LTE networks.

    But who the heck knows. Apple does weird crap all of the time. :)
  5. TapHappy thread starter macrumors regular

    May 21, 2009
  6. IronLogik macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2009
    no one knows until they announce it. no sense speculating on it.
  7. Maclver macrumors 68020


    Nov 23, 2008
    36°07′53″N 95°56′14″W
    im sorry but is this really yet another iPhone 4G wish or speculation thread?
  8. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I don't know that this move would place Sprint over Verizon. Verizon shot themselves in the foot with the recent advertising, in which even Apple responded. The simple fact is that Verizon has the largest network and consistently gets the highest grades, this would seem like a much more logical choice if Apple decides to go CDMA in the U.S. I still believe that if the iPhone does go CDMA, which I don't really see happening next year, it will go to Verizon - only because of the two aforementioned facts.
  9. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
    I believe so, since here in Portland, ads for Clear WiMax and Sprint 4G started showing up at similar times.
    Doing some looking around, it appears Sprint owns 51% of Clear.;)
  10. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    With a nicer name.
  11. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Can't see Apple creating for anything other than LTE when it comes to 4G. It's going to be the global standard.
  12. TapHappy thread starter macrumors regular

    May 21, 2009
    So LTE works on GSM and CDMA networks?
  13. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    It's a totally different system from either of those, but it's designed so it can coexist with older networks if carrier and radio support is added.

    Assuming your device has the necessary older radios, it should be able to handoff from LTE back to CDMA or GSM networks ... similar to the way that current GSM phones can switch from their 3G WCDMA radio to their older 2G TDMA radio.
  14. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    Forget it, the big carriers are going to use LTE (and than I'm talking about the rest of the world, not just the USA).
  15. thelatinist macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    No way Apple is going to tie itself to the Betamax of 4G standards, not when the rest of the world will be on LTE in a couple of years. Everything Apple has so far done with the iPhone has been toward world-wide penetration with a single device. I think it's a wise move and I don't think it's likely to change. They might build a dual-standard 3G iPhone (CDMA2000 & WCDMA), but I wouldn't expect it to support WiMax.
  16. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    Isn't AT&T's most issues for 3G with San Fran and NY? Wonder how many people would go with a Mifi or equivalent and move to VoIP once their contracts run out?
  17. army91c macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    huhuhuuuhhuhuhuhuuu you said penetration huhuhhuhuhu.....
  18. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Im sure Apple would be interested in a dieing network like Sprint and their WiMax technology thats not used or is going to be used anywhere else in the world.

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