The upcoming iPhone5 in October might have a new twist to it. Sprint-Nextell might be joining the ranks as a phone carrier. This would be in addition to AT&T and Verizon to carrying the phone in the US.
I say “may” because it’s unconfirmed just yet. The Wall Street Journal reported that it will be happening. They got their information from “people familiar with the matter”. Yet, news leaks sometimes can be misleading.
Other iPhone5 Rumors
iPhone4 will get an 8GB model, replace 3GS as low-end device
dual-mode iPhone will let you switch from CDMA to GSM networks.
8 Megapixel camera, Front facing VGA camera with no light.
A5 processor running dual 1 GHz.
Thinner and lighter phone
Longer and wider screen – Same size phone
Turns into Bumble Bee, everyone’s favorite Transformer (OK, maybe not. But wouldn’t that be cool?)
LTE vs WiMax
If Sprint does get the iPhone5, we could see a full iPhone war come October. There is one problem to this – Sprint is primarily a WiMax 4G service and iPhone is rumored to be LTE.
Sprint had put in measures to try and buy out Clearwire and add LTE into their service. Even if that happens, Sprint will have to do some fast work to make the iPhone 4G usable in the US.
We then have to ask the question: is T-Mobile also getting the iPhone? Not to mention the underdog carriers (US Cellular is one of the top underdogs in the Midwest, an iPhone 5 would mean local competition, too).
How iPhone5 Could Affect Android
Android has done a good job in clouding the market. Whereas iPhone only has 1 model with 3 memory size options (16, 32, 64 GB) and 2 color options (Black or White), Android comes in many sizes and shapes. HTC, LG, Motorola (obviously) and Sony- Ericsson all make different types of Android smartphones.
Still, with an iPhone 5 in all four US carriers could put a new dent into Android sales. A lot of people may make the switch because it’s an iPhone.
Once again, this is a rumor, but if true, could give Apple a bigger market share. Sprint users might have a bad experience for the first year simply because the carrier has to adapt to the phone, instead of vise-versa. If it does happen, I might finally switch off to another carrier for the first time in 13 years…
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A few hours ago the news broke that AT&T has agreed to purchase rival mobile carrier T-Mobile for $39 billion. As that news sinks in the big question becomes – is it good for consumers? AT&T says that the U.S. wireless industry is “one of the most fiercely competitive in the world, and will remain so after this deal.”
I tend to feel otherwise. After all, has anyone noticed the pricing plans seem to be a bit similar? Has anyone noticed the ridiculous pricing of text messages? I am not accusing them of collusion, but if forced, I could make that argument.
So now, years after breakup of Ma Bell, the telco’s have moved another step closer to regaining that old “one company to rule them all” feel. AT&T, however, would like you to think otherwise. In their press release they lead one to beleive this is about infrastructure and moving their network closer to 4G. That makes sense because AT&T has gained a notoriously bad reputation in recent years due to connectivity issues, mainly with iPhone users.
So what does everyone think? Will this be good for consumers because it will bolster the under-powered AT&T network? Will it be bad for consumers because it takes away another option for those shopping for a wireless plan? I tend towards the latter, but if you feel differently then let us know in the comments.