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Sprint Could Sell 6 Million iPhone 5 Handsets In 2011

As the iPhone 5 launch date is approaching, we're seeing new reports, rumours and claims about how the smartphone will affect various carriers' position in the market. One of the much discussed carriers has been Sprint; the renowned Gene Munster analyst from Piper Jaffray says that Sprint could sell up to 6 million iPhone 5 units this year.

All the "iPhone 5 on Sprint" craziness started when the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple will offer the fifth version of its iPhone on Sprint, citing "people familiar with the matter".

"Sprint could add 6 [million] units to our [calendar year 2012] iPhone estimate, taking growth from 30 percent to 37 percent. We expect 11 percent of phones sold at Verizon will be iPhones ... if 11 percent of Sprint's phones sold in [calendar year 2012] were iPhones, that would add 6 [million] iPhones to our estimate," Gene Munster wrote in his research note.

Nomura Securities' analyst, Mike McCormack was more softly spoken, saying that the iPhone 5 will help Sprint rank well in the carrier wars, only if new clients arrive at "the expense of Verizon and AT&T". Even if we're not yet sure when the iPhone 5 will be released, we can say for sure that it will rekindle the war between carriers, while every one of them will try to impress customers and make them switch sides.