iPhone 4G Coming To Sprint Next Month?
Several rumors in the past few weeks have pointed out to the possibility of the next generation iPhone to be available on Verizon from September this year.
However, if the latest rumors are to be believed, customers may not get a Verizon iPhone anytime soon but they also may not have to wait so long for AT&T's network exclusivity to end.
According to TheTechUpdate, Apple might launch the next generation iPhone on Sprint in June this summer. According to their source, who claims to be an employee at Best Buy, also notes that shelf display of the device could begin "within a week or two". The source claims:
"I work in an electronics store that has a mobile phone store within it. I can confirm that Sprint will be carrying the iPhone beginning in June. They’ve begun to grease the wheels for advertising. There is no news in regards to a Verizon version however."
TheTechUpdate has also posted screenshots of the email conversation they had with their source.
The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is just a couple of weeks away. The latest speculations provide an additional dimension to recent rumors that Apple may be announcing an end to AT&T's iPhone exclusivity with the launch of the fourth generation iPhone.
However, skeptics have questioned the credibility of these rumors considering that Apple's original agreement with AT&T was signed for a period of five years. The Best Buy employee claims that Apple may have cut short the duration of the agreement in exchange for AT&T's iPad deal that was announced earlier this year. MacRumors points out that Best Buy employees are not privy to insider information from Apple and hence may not carry enough credibility. Also, a rumored "shelf display" next week appears very unlikely considering that the next generation iPhone is at least two weeks away from launch.
Nevertheless, an iPhone on Sprint could be an exciting proposition for customers looking for an alternative to the congested AT&T network. It would also be interesting if you consider that HTC EVO 4G, which has generated a lot of interest, will be available on Sprint's 4G network from June 4.
Would you be willing to switch to Sprint if Apple's fourth generation is also available on it's 4G network or you'll stay with AT&T?