Rumor: Sprint and T-Mobile to Get iPhone?

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A recent research note from Jeffries & Co. analyst Peter Misek last week stated that Apple's next-gen iPhone will be available on both Sprint and T-Mobile by the 2011 holiday shopping season. Misek also writes that the next-gen smartphone will be called the iPhone 4S, perhaps indicating that the next iPhone upgrade won't be as big of a leap as the one from the 3GS to the iPhone 4 model.

Echoing other speculative reports about the next iteration of the iPhone, Misek writes that the iPhone 4S will come with Apple's A5 dual core processor, an upgraded camera (rumored to be 8 megapixels), and HSPA+ support. As you're probably all aware by now, the next iPhone won't be introduced this Summer but rather this Fall at the earliest. More specifically, the latest rumors are pointing to a late September launch.

But back to the rumored addition of two new carriers.

While Misek has a sometimes spotty track record with respect to Apple rumors, the notion of the iPhone landing on Sprint gained credence yesterday in the face of a new job posting from Apple seeking out a carrier engineer in Kansas City, Missouri.

Member of the Carrier Engineering team that supports taking products through technical approval at the carriers. A Carrier Engineer team is responsible for day-to-day technical interactions with the one or more carriers to track down issues reported by the carrier, assist the carrier with testing they might be conducting and working with program management, software development and test teams to get products approved by the carriers.

This is particularly revealing because Kansas City, Missouri is remarkably close to Overland Park, Kansas where Sprint operates out of. Furthermore, the job listing explicitly states that job duties entail taking a device through a carrier's approval process. With AT&T and Verizon already on board, this is as strong of evidence as we've seen to date for a Sprint iPhone.

Oddly enough, the aforementioned job listing was updated yesterday with the pertinent location changed from Kansas City to Santa Clara Valley. Was it a typo/mistake, or is Apple trying to play coy?

Either way, it's only in Apple's interest to make the iPhone as available a device as possible. With Android devices available on every single carrier in the US, it's about time Apple did the same.

via Stop it, AT&T

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