T-Mobile Added to Sprint iPhone Rumors
There seems to be one common thread running through all the Apple analyst reports coming out this year; if Apple wants to compete with the growth of the Android Market, it’s going to need to expand its accessibility.
Some analyst believe that Apple will release the iPhone 5, iPad HD and/or a mid-ranged device aimed at the pre-paid mobile phone market. The basic belief goes: the iPhone 5 will follow Apple tradition, the iPad HD will not render the iPad 2 obsolete, and a mid-ranged cheaper device, possibly the iPhone 4S or free iPhone 3GS, will help attract budget-minded customers to Apple.
Other analysts believe Apple will offer the iPhone on more carriers by the end of this year. Last week, Shing Yin of Citadel Securities said an Apple/Sprint phone will most likely launch before the holidays. On Tuesday, Piper Jaffray analyst Chris Larsen released a report saying T-Mobile will also be added to the roster of iPhone carriers.
“While we remain uncertain regarding the next-generation iPhone’s specs and features, we believe the most noteworthy change could be the device’s ability to run on more networks, specifically Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S.”
Larsen added that all four national carriers carrying the iPhone would increase Apple’s market share by 30 percent. With the mobile phone market being overrun by Android Devices, the days of Apple exclusivity seems to be coming to an end. However, this is not the first time that we’ve heard that the iPhone is coming to T-Mobile or Sprint.