Leap Wireless, Sprint to Offer Prepaid No-contract iPhone 4 and 4S
NEWS ANALYSIS: Recent developments and rumors suggest that the iPhone dam is about to burst, with the iPhone being available for virtually any carrier, anywhere. The question remains, though, is how soon will it include that long-time iPhone hold-out T-Mobile.Its taken nearly five years, but it looks like the iPhone will soon be running on nearly every segment of the U.S. wireless telephone network, including smaller regional carriers and prepaid cell phone services. It looks like even T-Mobile will soon be ready to carry the iPhone.
However, T-Mobile has already begun the process of re-farming its HSPA+ network so that its compatible with the iPhone and it has begun the process of implementing LTE on bands compatible with the iPhone. T-Mobile announced on May 7 that the company had selected vendors to build out its 4G network, including LTE. The company said in its statement that its nationwide LTE build out would be in place in 2013.While iPhones will work fine on T-Mobiles existing network, they wont work on the companys original HSPA+ bands, meaning that the one million or so iPhone users already on T-Mobile need to use the slower 3G EDGE protocol or the even slower GPRS protocol for data. The build out of the new HSPA+ network that will work with the iPhone is already underway and there are already pockets of connectivity for some iPhone users in some major cities.