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iPhones for All?

October 4, 2011 9:52:10.000

Sprint just got into the iPhone game:

For Sprint, the iPhone could be its savior, or its doom. The company has arranged to buy at least 30.5 million iPhones over the next four years, a deal worth around $20 billion today, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Here's where I'm confused though:

  • ATT "4G" is one variant of LTE
  • Verizon "4G" is another (not necessarily compatible with ATT) variant of LTE
  • Sprint "4G" is WiMax

Meanwhile, the 3G story is CDMA (Verizon, Sprint) and GSM (ATT). So... does Apple wait on 4G, or start slapping a huge number of radios in the phones (or have multiple SKUs, which they hate)? This doesn't give consumers as much choice as it sounds like, either - given the disparate networks in play, your phone is probably a brick if you decide to switch vendors....

posted by James Robertson

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