What is Sprint's iPhone Product Life when Sprint Goes LTE in 2013?

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  1. myPod macrumors member

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    Sprint just announced it's going LTE by 2013.....
    What does that mean for the Sprint iPhone's product life???
    It's currently a CDMA/GSM World Phone.....
    But it won't work in LTE right???

    Sounds like the Sprint iPhone might turn into a Sprint iPod in 2 years.

    Would anybody with this knowledge please address this issue??

    Thx
     
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Just because they go LTE doesnt mean they stop supporting their iPhones...
     
  3. myPod thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm not too worried about supporting the iPhone...
    I'm more curious about the Sprint Cellular network as a whole.

    If Sprint goes LTE, what happens to their SLOWER CDMA network?

    All of us early adopters of Sprint CDMA iPhones are doing so knowingly that Sprint will be switching to a faster LTE network in 2013 and we will be in possession of a slower CDMA device.

    (I guess we can switch to a GSM carrier when the time comes, right?)
     
  4. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    This is more of a concern for WiMax devices, which currently get "4G" speeds but will not any longer once WiMax is phased out (they will fall back to CDMA/EVDO speeds). The iPhone (on Sprint) is a CDMA-only (EVDO) device, so it does not take advantage of Sprint's current (WiMax) or future (LTE) 4G features. It is a 3G-only device, and Sprint's 3G network will coexist with LTE (as it does now with WiMax) for many years.
     
  5. TonyBaloney macrumors regular

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    Sprint won't discontinue its CDMA network for several years knowing full well that majority of customers will still be on it for some time. That being said, if you sign up for a contract today, it expires in 2013!! So you can get the new iPhone 7 LTE then.
     
  6. myPod thread starter macrumors member

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    Are you saying the Sprint iPhone is CDMA-only and cannot switch to GSM where they have HSPA+?? It is CDMA ONLY???

    I thought it was a CDMA/GSM "World Phone" device. :confused:
     
  7. i hate phones macrumors 6502a

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    it is, but its locked to your carrier... the phone itself would be capable if unlocked. not sure anyone really knows for sure but that's how its looking anyway.
     
  8. myPod thread starter macrumors member

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    That's what I'm thinking. In 2 years from now, I'll probably upgrade to the iP7 anyway.

    If CDMA might be phased out, the resale of the Sprint CDMA iPhone might not be as much as a GSM version. But C'est la Vie ;)
     
  9. CrAkD macrumors 68040

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    Att and Verizon both have lte networks....doesn't mean 3G won't work anymore. so I don't really see the point of this thread. Besides by 2013 I would almost guarantee that apple has an lte iPhone out.
     
  10. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    It can switch to HSPA+ on Sprint's worldwide roaming partners, but not in the USA. Sprint iPhone 4S devices are locked to Sprint's network (which doesn't and won't support HSPA+) within the USA.
     
  11. myPod thread starter macrumors member

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    I was expressing concerns for people who might hang on to their phones for more than a couple of years that they will still have support.

    Sprint made a big deal about their Road Map to LTE but made no mention of their existing CDMA network.

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    Just curious, but the reverse of that scenario, the AT&T iPhone 5....
    Is it switchable to Sprint CDMA and back to AT&T - or is it locked too??
     
  12. bidwalj macrumors 6502a

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    The CDMA network is going no where. They will be launching lte along with their current CDMA network. The CDMA network will still be used for voice as lte will only be for data. It's the same with Verizon and AT&T.
     
  13. mds macrumors 6502

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    It'll probably be the iPhone 5S. :)
     
  14. myPod thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, good to know. LTE only for data.

    Most of the time I use WiFi for data anyway. 3G data from my vehicle or walking around, but heavier usage when WiFi is available.

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    Thanks everybody!!
     

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