As Fall 2011 approaches, the excitement surrounding the next generation iPhone escalates on a daily basis. What will it look like, what features will it come boasting and when it will finally be released? These are some of the questions that our readers regularly ask us. While we are yet to receive official word on that from Apple, this particular post right here will solidify something that we reported about the iPhone 5 earlier this year in May. Sprint Nextel subscribers get excited, the iPhone 5 is coming your way this October.
When this report came in, interestingly enough Sprint’s stock price went up by 10% obviously meaning that investors will be very, very happy once the carrier officially starts selling the next generation iPhone on their CDMA network. Since 2007, AT&T has had exclusivity for selling the iPhone locked to its carrier in the U.S.A. That changed earlier this year when Apple finally released the Verizon CDMA iPhone 4, and now it looks like they’re destined to take Sprint customers officially by storm after they release their next generation flagship smartphone.
Earlier this year in May, as we previously mentioned, we reported about the possibility of an iPhone 5 on Sprint as an Apple job opening for a Carrier Engineering team member in the Missouri area of Kansas City had opened up. This particular job posting explicitly pointed to the possibility that Apple was working with Sprint to get them on board the iPhone bandwagon. Sprint is the third largest carrier in the United States with over 52 million subscribers since the last estimate. Their CDMA network is one of the most reliable in the country and their consumers will definitely be excited once they start offering the next generation iPhone with all its goodness.
So if Sprint gets the iPhone 5, what about T-Mobile USA? We already know that AT&T has bought T-Mobile USA for $39 billion and while the latter has confirmed that T-Mobile USA won’t be getting an iPhone 4, we would place our bets on an iPhone that will run on all carriers in the US because supposedly the next generation iPhone will come bearing a Qualcomm chip that allows it to connect to GSM and CDMA networks simultaneously.
All of these questions will obviously be answered after Apple goes through with the formal iPhone 5 announcement scheduled, as per rumours, in October. Till then, we can just rely on rumours and see what industry sources have to say about Apple’s next iPhone and its potential partnerships.