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Forbes: Apple Analyst Says No LTE in iPhone 5; To Add Sprint, T-Mobile

May 16, 2011

Forbes magazine from Friday quotes an industry analyst who reports that Apple will add Sprint and T-Mobile as iPhone carriers:  “… industry checks indicate Apple will likely announce Sprint, T-Mobile, and China Mobile as new carriers.”

No surprise – is there any doubt Apple is now wishing they had shared the iPhone with ALL carriers from the beginning?  Regardless, it’s still 6 months away from hitting the lesser 2 of the big 4:  “Apple will announce distribution deals with Sprint and T-Mobile in time for the holidays.”  By then Android should have a stranglehold on the market …

Also significant from the article is that “demand for the iPhone is ‘flat’ as ‘strength from the white iPhone 4 release and launches on new carriers such as SK Telekom are offset by slowing at AT&T and Vodafone.’”  That’s another indication the Android platform is in the driver’s seat.

Regarding super-duper surfing satisfaction via “4G” or “LTE” data access, Forbes said the analyst “says the Qualcomm LTE chipset Apple would have used ‘is currently not achieving yields sufficient for inclusion in the iPhone 5.’  He says Apple had hoped to have the LTE chipsets ready, but was planning a version without LTE called iPhone 4S.”

With Lightyear’s new Sprint device agreement, it will be fun to see how long it takes Sprint to make the iPhone available to LightYear.
JC


http://blogs.forbes.com/ericsavitz/2011/05/13/apple-analyst-says-no-lte-in-iphone-5-to-add-sprint-t-mobile/

Apple: Analyst Says No LTE in iPhone 5; To Add Sprint, T-Mobile
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