iPhone 5 to Be Apple’s First World Phone, Will Sprint Carry It?
iPhone 5 Will Support both GSM and CDMA
Rumors of a both GSM and CDMA Apple smartphone have been around since 2009, but at that time, analysts believed that an iPhone carrying Qualcomm’s dual-carrier chip will not be available earlier than 2011. Well, it is 2011, and while we still don’t have any official specifications for the iPhone 5 yet, it seems that it will be a global phone.
According to a recent report, an app developer, who preferred not to give up the name of the app or his name, has proof that iPhone 5 will be a dual-mode world phone. The proof that was sent to one of the reporters at TechCrunch consists of a few application usage logs, which show that recently several people were testing the app using a single, new Apple gadget that certainly is a GSM-CDMA phone. The logs also show that the device that was used to register for the app was running on Apple’s upcoming iOS 5, and it used the 2 individual codes that identifying mobile networks: MNC (mobile network codes) and MCC (mobile county codes). MNC/MCC codes are the unique codes for Verizon and AT&T networks.
If indeed these recent statements are true, then iPhone 5 will be Apple’s first phone to support both GSM and CDMA. All iPhones were only GSM phones until February of 2011, when Apple released the iPhone 4 CDMA for Verizon. It is also believed that Apple will make the iPhone 4 available on Sprint this October. Sprint uses the same CDMA technology as Verizon.
Sprint to Offer the iPhone 5 in October
But the addition of the iPhone 4 smartphone is not the only surprise Sprint has in store for its customers. Apparently, the third largest carrier in the country is going to start offering the iPhone 5, as well. This surely will help Sprint to increase its number of contract clients. The carrier suffered a huge loss in its second quarter, when about 101,000 postpaid customers decided to switch to other companies. Sprint also lost $ 847 million during that quarter, and this loss was blamed on its major competitors, Verizon and AT&T, who both offer the iPhone.
The iPhone 5 is expected to arrive on Sprint, AT&T and Verizon in October, and the device is supposed to get an improved camera, but not a front facing LED flash. The fifth generation Apple smartphone, that may even be called iPhone 4S, will probably resemble the iPhone 4, but fans are hoping that it will be lighter and slimmer than its predecessor.
Neither Apple nor Sprint commented on the latest rumors, which claim that Sprint will start carrying the iPhone.