Verizon this... Verizon that... How about Sprint?

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  1. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

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    If Apple is actually considering making a CDMA phone, wouldnt Sprint be another obvious market? They have a great data network and they roam on Verizon towers due to their contract for free roaming on Altel towers. Plus their plans are FAR more affordable etc...

    Anyone else hoping for this?
     
  2. Rooskibar03 macrumors 65816

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    Lets see.

    Verizon is the largest mobile carrier with what 40-50% of the market.

    Sprint is what, 3-5% of the market?

    Yeah, that makes perfect business sense.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I had Sprint for several years before I got my iPhone
    Their customer service was so-so, but their coverage in my area was poor
    And I have had very spotty results with a Sprint Overdrive Mobile Hotspot

    I have had no issue with AT&T at all, and I am happy with them
    Every user has their own opinions based on experience, coverage in their area, etc.
     
  4. Chunkycat macrumors 6502

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    Definitely not.
     
  5. RuggedPro macrumors regular

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    I think sprint is a bigger reality than some admit. Verizon is pretty far up Google's ass at the moment. Sprint has been pretty quiet about the whole thing. Verizon CEO said "no immediate plans to carry apple products" etc. etc.

    All speculation but as a very recent former Sprint customer: I had great coverage, great executive customer care and great prices. I only left after many many years because I really wanted an iphone and my wife's sprint phone broke.
     
  6. Zcott macrumors 68020

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    14% of the worldwide market is CDMA so that means that Apple are building a phone that doesn't work for 86% of the world's networks. It's also exceptionally unpopular in Europe.

    Why would they bother?
     
  7. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I agree, people are leaving Sprint left and right. Why would anyone want Sprint?
    If all I cared was price I'd go with metro pcs or boost.
     
  8. hcho3 macrumors 68030

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    No. Because Sprint Service is not as good as Verizon on where I live. Also, AT&T almost stands close to sprint. Their 4G coverage is the worst yet. So, no.
    Stay with AT&T.
     
  9. RedburnIV macrumors regular

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    I have to agree with some of the other posts. Sprint is just an awful provider. So far, I'm very happy to be rid of sprint and very satisfied with AT&T.
     
  10. kre62 macrumors 68000

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    How come no one these days knows how to spell the word quiet?
     
  11. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    What orifice did you pull those numbers out of?
     

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  12. amazingdm macrumors 6502

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    I can't stand sprint after walking into their store and saying I'm just looking but being pestered no less than 4 times anyway
     
  13. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Sprint seems to manage to get the first shot at some new phones... thinking Pre, Pixi, EVO, Epic, etc... so it would not be surprising if Apple opened up to them as well.

    Sprint's rep around people I know, has gone up in the past year or so, due to price, coverage, 4G, and better customer service.

    An iPhone on Sprint's all-you-can-eat package would be pretty tempting.
     
  14. powerbuddy macrumors 6502

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    And Tracfone runs on T-mobile so add that 5% to T-Mo's market share.
     
  15. crazytiger86 macrumors 6502

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    ...and I guess it made "perfect business sense" for Verizon to turn away the iPhone when it was first offered..?

    "Business sense" is relative. Its about which carrier can offer the best terms to the other party.
     
  16. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

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    I switched from Sprint. I HATED IT. It sucks. Their 3G is slower than EDGE.
     
  17. deannnnn macrumors 68000

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  18. Irish Rose macrumors 65816

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    Unfortunately, yes they do. :D
     
  19. RuggedPro macrumors regular

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    My mistake. I'm normally a stickler for grammar and spelling as I like to point out other people's faults as well. :cool:
     
  20. ohaithar macrumors 6502a

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    I may sound stupid, but what's tracfone?
     
  21. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Prepaid phones usually sold at walmart.
     
  22. jrodsep macrumors 6502

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    Actually the best bet for Apple is to have unlocked iPhones...no carrier exclusives. Imagine Apple having iPhones on AT&T, T-Mob, Verizon and Sprint. They would pretty much dominate all of those carriers phone sales.
     
  23. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Only if it was that simple.
    They would have to put like 3 different unlocked versions that even though unlocked they won't work with every US carrier.
     
  24. jrodsep macrumors 6502

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    Actually they could make one GSM version that supported both AT&T/T-Mob bands, One with Verizon bands and one with Sprints bands. Just enough to cover the major networks. I think this has been done with other phones like the RAZR and BB Pearl/Curve.
     
  25. sinsin07 macrumors 68030

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    12.1%? Not enough to matter. You should know something is wrong when you see the CEO on TV every night begging for customers. Sprint along with the nearly invisible Palm/HP Pre are comatose. If not for Android coming along, they'd probably be weighing chapter 11 or 13 scenarios. LOL
     

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