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Sprint’s CFO Hints at Possible LTE iPhone on Sprint’s Network

Posted In News - By Mark Hearn On Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 4:43pm PST With 12 Comments

After being snubbed by Apple’s LTE friendly new iPad, some of you may be speculating that Sprint won’t be seeing Apple sixth-generation smartphone. But recent words from Sprint’s chief financial officer Joe Euteneuer suggests that Apple’s first LTE entrant in the smartphone arena will be making its way to the Now Network. During an investor conference, Euteneuer stated that like Sprint’s competitors, they’re not required to offer complete nationwide 4G LTE coverage to offer the next-generation of iPhone.

Though some have doubted that Sprint’s LTE network will be ready in time to support what would technically be the iPhone 6 (they better not call it 5!), it’s hard to believe that the company made such a hefty investment to receive any iPhone after its competitors. Not too long ago, Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse went on record saying “the marriage made in heaven is unlimited plus the iPhone.” Call us crazy, but this definitely sounds like Apple’s fruit phone will be playing a pivotal role in Sprint’s LTE game plan. We’re just wondering how many of Sprint’s LTE markets will be up and running by the time Tim Cook and the gang finally decide to bring their “magical” smartphone out of the network Dark Ages.


Source: Dow Jones (Nasdaq)

About - Mark is the founding father of SprintFeed. He is a nerd's nerd if ever such a thing existed. His love affair with the Now Network started with the release of the Treo 600 back in 2004 and has been going strong ever since. Highly opinionated and somewhat eccentric he shares his ramblings about his network of choice here at SprintFeed.

  • vrystaat

    I wonder if that $15+B Sprint paid Apple allows them some exclusivity when Apple’s LTE phone launches?

  • Tommy Thompson

    Well we know at least 10 will be up and running by June, I imagine by Fall there will be several more markets.

  • Jacob

    Praise the lawd, the next coming of the Jesus Phone is just around the corner.

  • Oversight68

    Highly doubtful. What Sprint is paying for the iPhone probably isn’t that out of line compared to what Verizon and AT&T are paying for the privilege. Just those two carriers are in a much better position financially.

  • eFunk25

    I would hope all phones will move to LTE. Do you think migrating the 4g LTE network will be faster than WiMAX 4g has been with Sprint.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IOEJM7H6PUAIJMTOZSGZ65VRWY Anton Frost

    Don’t get excited yet. There is no way to know for sure if Sprint will be offering the New iPhone when it is released, until the official announcement. Apple won’t confirm anything until then, and any of us who bought the iPhone 4 or 4S from Sprint, won’t be eligible for an upgrade until 2013. Hopefully Sprint will still be around at that time. The stock is only trading at $2.83 per share. The stock has been trading at under $3 since I joined Sprint in 2010.

  • Cocoman135

    finna be called da iphone 4gs!

  • Xavier Carryl

    Sprint is currently at $2.83. Last time S was under $3 was the week of October 30th and November 6th, 2009 according to Google Financial.

  • Michael Arya

    Sprint has said time and again that they will have 125 million POPS of 4G LTE before the end of the year. Apple has also indicated that it will be launching the next iteration of its iPhone (4GS) with a LTE radio in Q4 2012. Knowing this I am surprised why the electronic media continues to doubt Sprint’s scheduled deployment of 4G LTE. There shouldn’t be even an iota of doubt as to Sprint getting the next iteration of the iPhone on the same day as ATT & VZ. You don’t sign a $15.5 billion purchase agreement to take second tier to ATT or VZ.

  • adamsutherlin

    Don’t get a nexus s I have had 5 of them the ones they sent to ware from some else they clean it up and just gave me some ones junk.

  • Niki438

    iphone is OLD news. Hesse needs to stop spending all of Sprints cash on a phone they SHOULD have gotten 4 years earlier (AND giving himself raises) and get exclusivity on a Lumina 900 trype device. No, NOT the Motorola Razor! Sprints current lineup is apauling and I WILL be switching carriers to a network that offers somthing newer than a respin of a 4 year old Crapple phone.

  • Niki438

    What do you mean? I’ve been paying for a WiMAX network (and PHONE) for the past 2 1/2 years that I’ve never gotten to use even once since it didn’t come to my area ..BUT THE BILL SURE DID!!