2011: The Year the iPhone Hits All Major Carriers?

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The iPhone is not doing poorly by any means. It’s one of the most highly-regarded handsets of all time, and it has been instrumental in the increased popularity of smartphones as mainstream devices.

However, iOS must be feeling a bit of pressure from mobile OS maker Google. The Android operating system is extremely popular and available across various devices and networks. Some scream “fragmentation” and while that’s true, the fact remains that there are more Android handsets out there than there are iPhones.

Going to Sprint and T-Mobile?

These are just rumors and reports for now, but sources have said that the iPhone will soon be available on both Sprint and T-Mobile. This will be just in time for the release of the iPhone 5, which is planned for mid-October, according to those same reports. The first one came from the Wall Street Journal saying that the iPhone 5 will be available from Sprint. Also interesting is that they plan on selling the iPhone 4 around the same time. We can guess that this may be the rumored 8GB model designed to be  the more budget-friendly iPhone.


Dual-mode iPhone?

We’ve heard the rumors many times. Apple may be planning to go with that dual-band GSM/CDMA Qualcomm chip found in the Verizon iPhone 4. This would make it easy for one handset to be used across multiple carriers rather than add more and more SKUs to the lineup.


Worry For Other Manufacturers?

The iPhone 5 is likely to sell like hotcakes over the next several months. This may catch some other smartphone manufacturers off-guard at first. Until now (if the reports are in fact true) some of them haven’t had to compete with Apple’s handset. If the Apple’s phone joins the ranks of Sprint and T-Mobile it will be a whole new game for smartphone makers. Some will play the spec game and hope to surpass the iPhone in terms of features. Truth be told, some do as far as raw power or network connectivity (4G phones), but what matters in the end is how well it can be used. We have an Evo and an iPhone at home and while the Evo is no doubt an awesome phone, 4G sucks the life out of the battery in almost no time at all. It’s also a fairly big handset.

What matters most in the end is the user experience. If the iPhone can continue to remain solid on that front, they should be able to do well across all networks. We will just have to wait and see.

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