Apple iPhone 4S Coming to Sprint: Rumors

In addition to pushing out yet another generation of high-end Android smartphones, Sprint is apparently testing a version of Apple’s iPhone for its network. At least, that’s the rumor currently drifting around the Web, which has its genesis in a report on the Apple-centric blog 9to5Mac.
“The physical design of the device is akin to the iPhone 4 of today, so this might be the iPhone 4S device with support for all carriers that we have been dreaming up and hearing whispers about,” read the blog’s June 8 posting on the matter. “Apple is said to have ordered Sprint-compatible cell towers for use on their campus—for testing—in late 2010.”

The blog added that the Sprint iPhone in testing “does not feature support for 4G bands.”

AT&T and Verizon currently offer the iPhone in the United States. If AT&T succeeds in acquiring T-Mobile for $39 billion in cash and stock, it would make Sprint the only carrier in this country without Apple’s bestselling smartphone in its portfolio. Sprint has been arguing strenuously against AT&T’s plans.

“AT&T is simply seeking a government bailout for problems of its own making and expects the cost of the bailout to be shouldered by American consumers,” read a May statement by Vonya McCann, senior vice president of government affairs for Sprint. “Instead of paying Deutsche Telekom [owners of T-Mobile] $39 billion, AT&T could invest a fraction of that amount to expand its LTE deployment to nearly all Americans.” 

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