Sprint is currently testing an iPhone version on its network and could become Apple’s third US carrier this autumn, a report (opens in new tab) citing Sprint sources suggests.
Speculation about a potential deal between Apple and Sprint has been swirling around for quite a while, but Sprint officials have preferred not to comment.
Sprint already has many 4G high-end Android smartphones in its portfolio, but the company could significantly increase its market share by adding the iPhone to its offerings.
The carrier has recently introduced two new Android phones manufactured by Motorola: the Photon 4G and the Triumph. The former is the first smartphone powered by a dual-core processor which Sprint has offered. The Photon brings a 4.3-inch display, an 8MP main camera and the Webtop app which will definitely appeal to many consumers.
Apple’s fifth-generation smartphone could be launched this autumn or even towards the end of the year. The iPhone 5 is expected to be powered by an A5 processor, bring better cameras and hopefully even NFC capabilities.
If the iPhone lands on Sprint, the carrier’s data charge could increase. Sprint customers currently pay $79.99 for unlimited voice, text and data plan out of which $10 represents the monthly data charge, but the iPhone 4S could push the total amount to $89.99, Computer World (opens in new tab) suggests.