Reports say iPhone 5 will come to Sprint in October, cheaper iPhone 4 may be coming too
The latest rumors about Apple's upcoming release of the iPhone 5 have new details saying AT&T and Verizon will not be the only carriers with the popular smartphone. The Wall Street Journal cited people "familiar with the matter" in a story today that reports Sprint will join the iPhone party with the release of the iPhone 5 and also will carrier the iPhone 4. This will bring the iPhone to three of the four major cellular carriers and if AT&T's merge with T-Mobile is successful, Apple's iPhone likely will then be available on all the major carriers.
In additional iPhone 5 news, TechCrunch is reporting the iPhone 5 will be a dual-mode phone with both CDMA and GSM radios. Their source for this information is usage logs sent to them by an app developer. The logs show app use by an iPhone that is dual-mode. AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM while Verizon and Sprint use CDMA, so this would mean one iPhone 5 would cover them all. This probably means, however, that we will not see a 4G iPhone 5. I hope I'm wrong about that because if the iPhone 5 is not a 4G phone it will be a disappointment and may well be a deal-breaker for many.
And in the style of Apple Grand Poobah Steve Jobs, there's just one more thing. Yesterday Reuters reported that in addition to the iPhone 5 Apple is working on a refresh of the iPhone 4. This iPhone 4 is reported to be an 8GB model with a less-expensive design which hopefully will translate to a more affordable price for more people. Rumors of a plastic iPhone 4 and an "iPhone Mini" have been out there for awhile but this report seems a little more reputable. If Apple launches a $99 iPhone 4 it will be a smart move toward bolstering already explosive sales in the iTunes App Store. Just like movie theaters, Apple makes a lot of money on the popcorn and with more-affordable iPhones available their plan could be the ticket to even greater app dominance.