Sprint’s chief financial officer Joe Euteneuer recently made comments suggesting that it’s possible Sprint will offer a 4G LTE-enabled iPhone. The executive didn’t come right out and confirm Apple is working on such a device, but plenty of rumors have suggested that Apple will indeed offer a phone capable of running on faster networks. In fact, Verizon Wireless recently confirmed it will not launch any new devices this year unless they run on its 4G LTE network, which means if Apple does announce a phone this year, and we don’t see why it wouldn’t, it will offer 4G speeds on Verizon. But we digress.
Euteneuer made his comments during an investor conference, where he explained that Sprint, like Verizon and AT&T, doesn’t have to meet any 4G LTE coverage requirements, Dow Jones Newswires explained. That means that the carrier doesn’t necessarily have to cover the whole of the United States with 4G LTE in order to offer a next-generation iPhone. That’s good news, too, considering Sprint is only expected to cover four markets by the middle of this year. Verizon and AT&T, by contrast, offer dozens of LTE markets across the United States.
“If you make the assumption that they launch a device at a similar time that they did last year, you’re basically done with the major markets” that will be covered by Sprint’s 4G LTE network by that time, Euteneuer explained. “So I don’t think we are really disadvantaged at all.”
[via Dow Jones Newswires]