Verizon iPhone? Check. Sprint and T-Mobile iPhone? Maybe.
A Sprint or T-Mobile iPhone could be closer than you think.
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Both might be closer than you think. As Neil Hughes of Apple Insider notes this afternoon, Apple exec Tim Cook has said that his company's deal with Verizon is "multi-year" and "non-exclusive," which effectively leaves the door open for other carriers to hop on the iPhone bandwagon, including T-Mobile and Sprint.
The details break down like this: Sprint, like Verizon, is a CDMA carrier, meaning that it would be relatively easy for Sprint to crank out its own iPhone 4, providing it could strike a deal with Apple. (And this is a big "if" – think about how long it took Verizon to get the iPhone.) A T-Mobile iPhone, on the other hand, would be a trickier proposition.
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"T-Mobile's US network relies on different frequencies in the AWS 3G spectrum, supporting the 1700MHz and 2100MHz bands, while AT&T supports 850MHz and 1900MHz," Hughes writes. "The current iPhone hardware does not support the 1700MHz frequency, meaning a modification of the hardware would be necessary." But what are mere modifications in the face of the most-hyped smartphone in the history of mankind?
A quick recap, in case you missed the big announcement: On Tuesday, Verizon confirmed that it would sell a CDMA-capable edition of the iPhone. (Until now, the iPhone belonged exclusively to AT&T, for better or for worse.) The release date is Feb. 10, but current Verizon customers can pre-order the phone as early as February 3. Price tags range from $199 for the 16GB model to $299 for 32GB – basically in line with AT&T prices.