Update: Sprint To Get iPhone 5 In Exclusive $20 Billion Deal With Apple

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In what would be a huge coup for Now Network, BGR’s Johnathan Geller confirming and Wall Street Journal’s Marketplace Editor Dennis Berman, is reporting, that the iPhone 5 will be an exclusive deal with Sprint, for $20 billion worth of iPhones over the next four years.

Sprint’s iPhone 5 will be a 4G WiMAX based device, although we think that this will be a dual band with CDMA device as well. Verizon and AT&T are expected to get the iPhone 4S this quarter but expect both companies to have LTE versions of the iPhone 5 sometime next year.

BGR is reporting that Sprint’s iPhone 5 will have:

In this scenario, the iPhone 4S Apple will introduce tomorrow will feature the following:

  • A low voltage Apple A5 CPU (it won’t be the same as the iPad 2 chip, clock for clock).
  • Updated front and back camera sensors. FaceTime HD in the front, 8 megapixel 1080p HD video recording in the back.
  • Multiband 3G Qualcomm chipset — North American & International GSM/UMTS/HSPA bands for AT&T and Global carriers, North American CDMA & International GSM/UMTS/HSPA bands for Verizon and Sprint.
  • NFC support
  • Metal or “premium” plastic on the back case.
  • Faster CPU.
  • Larger 4-inch screen, similar to LG’s NOVA display but with a higher resolution.
  • 1GB of RAM.
  • Slightly larger design overall, but thinner and with a larger battery.
  • 32GB of storage.
  • iPhone 5 exclusive software and APIs (Assistant).
  • Dedicated Assistant button, possibly integrated with the new home button, “think gestures or a two-stage button like a camera shutter key).

Update:

MacDailyNews is reporting that they have the pricing for the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 with specs of each phone.

Apple’s iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5 specs and prices:

• iPhone 4, 8GB, A4, 512MB RAM, 5 MP main camera, black (GSM) – $0
• iPhone 4, 8GB, A4, 512MB RAM, 5 MP main camera, white (GSM) – $0
• iPhone 4, 8GB, A4, 512MB RAM, 5 MP main camera, black (CDMA) – $0
• iPhone 4, 8GB, A4, 512MB RAM, 5 MP main camera, white (CDMA) – $0

• iPhone 4S, 16GB, A5, 1GB RAM, 5 MP main camera, black (GSM/CDMA) – $99
• iPhone 4S, 16GB, A5, 1GB RAM, 5 MP main camera, white (GSM/CDMA) – $99
• iPhone 4S, 32GB, A5, 1GB RAM, 5 MP main camera, black (GSM/CDMA) – $199
• iPhone 4S, 32GB, A5, 1GB RAM, 5 MP main camera, white (GSM/CDMA) – $199

• iPhone 5, 16GB, A5, 1GB RAM, 8 MP main camera, (GSM/CDMA) – $199 (source unsure if this model will be offered at this price or at all)
• iPhone 5, 32GB, A5, 1GB RAM, 8 MP main camera, (GSM/CDMA) – $299
• iPhone 5, 64GB, A5, 1GB RAM, 8 MP main camera, (GSM/CDMA) – $399

[via BGR]
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Sprint: 4G hits Los Angeles on December 1st (other cities to follow soon?)

According to a Tweet on Twitter, Sprint is going to be lighting up the L.A., California scene with 4G on December 1st. In addition, I am able to personally confirm that Sprint is indeed testing 4G in Sacramento, California as well. From what I have been seeing on speed tests lately, Sprint has a huge advantage over Verizon at this point with it’s WiMax speedy service. So brace yourselves L.A., you are about to get some serious data speeds on your 4G enabled Epic or Evo handset.

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San Francisco now running blazing speeds with Sprint’s WiMAX

I saw a tweet last night that made me especially happy. My friend Myriam Joire a.k.a. tnkgrl from tnkgrl mobile, said Sprint lit up WiMAX in San Francisco and the speeds were insanely fast. My first thought, whoopee! Mobilize 2010 is right around the corner and what better place to test out Sprint’s new speeds than a mobile event. In Myriam’s post she states:

Epic 4G in Potrero Hill and are seeing between 5 and 7 (!) Mbps down and 1.2 Mbps up with 6 full bars of signal indoors. Even after moving 4 blocks away, download speeds stayed between 2 and 4 Mbps, with the signal dropping to 4 bars

Certainly good news to hear and I can’t wait to take this puppy for a test drive next week with the EVO and EPIC 4G devices from Sprint.

[via Engadget and twitter]

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Review: Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G in daily use

Sprint’s EVO 4G is the company’s first flagship Android 4G device. This is not the phone for those of you that are looking for a smaller device; you may just want to move along now. But for those of you ready to fork over your hard earned money for an Android handset, the EVO4G comes packed with pretty much everything imaginable: 1Ghz Qualcomm 8650 SnapDragon processor, 4.3″ LCD 480×800, 512MB RAM, 8 MP main camera capturing 720p video with another 1.3 MP front facing camera, 4G and 4G bands, FM Radio, TV out HDMI and a 1500mAh battery.  Arguably, we feel that this is still one of best phones on the market today; hence why Sprint can’t seem to keep them in stock. We tested this phone on a daily basis and I personally used it as my main line for an extensive period of time. Hit the break to read the entire review. Read more of this post

Samsung Epic 4G on sale today at Sprint and Amazon

Sprint’s second 4G device, the Samsung Epic has finally hit the store shelves today. The latest Android device from Sprint packing 3G/4G bands is on sale at the Sprint website for $249.99 for new customers or qualified upgrade customers on a two year, or if you wait until later today the hot device can be had for $199.99 over at Amazon. So what are you waiting for? You know you want this Epic device.

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Clearwire testing LTE in Arizona; Sprint to get a multi-mode WiMAX/LTE network?

Sprint’s WiMAX wireless broadband provider Clearwire is beginning to test different type LTE in Phoenix, Arizona. Starting this fall, Clearwire is testing a “multi-mode WiMAX/LTE network” which may prove to be an even faster LTE network that both AT&T and Verizon Wireless plan to roll out.

When the multi-mode testing commences in Phoenix, Clearwire is aligning itself with 4G chip manufacturer Beceem and other partners to figure out the best ways for end users’ mobile devices to take advantage of a mixed WiMAX/LTE network. Clearwires goal in all this is try and “future-proof” it’s network. Also, Clearwire and Sprint can conceivably provide faster data speeds than AT&T or Verizon, because Clearwire and Sprint only use an estimated 30% of the total spectrum licenses available to them in most markets.

[via Brighthand]

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Fall Sprint 4G device lineup; includes HP-Palm webOS 4″ 720p 4G handset and more Android flavors?

Since the acquisition of Palm, HP has been busy behind the scenes cutting staff at Palm and keeping absolute mum about the webOS handset platform. Although we have heard about the PalmPad which runs webOS, which is rumored have the ability to recognize a wacom pen while functioning as a capacitive touchscreen. But what about webOS on a handset carrier configuration? Does Sprint ring a bell? Read more of this post

Best Buy partners with Clearwire to provide 4G WiMax service; Google’s Android to lead sales efforts?

Best Buy announced today that it was partnering with Clearwire to provide 4G WiMax, next-generation data plans. Beginning sometime 2011,  Best Buy Connect will begin roll out of the said their newly announced WiMax service to it’s customers. Data plans and pricing has not been announced, but we hope to see them somewhere along the lines of their current plans.

Question is: Is Best Buy getting ready to announce a new partnership with a Google branded Android device? Best Buy Mobile Stand Alone Stores (SAS) may be gearing up to act as the “retailer” of choice for a new Google branded device and launching it’s own data-centric plan geared towards using Google Voice. Time will only tell but this seems to be an interesting proposition for both Best Buy and Google. Read more of this post

Sprint gets Samsung (Galaxy S) Epic 4G QWERTY device

Sprint didn’t waste any time getting another flagship phone into their 4G lineup.  Today Sprint announce the new Samsung Galaxy S series phone, called the Epic 4G. And let me tell you that this phone packs a wallop. The Epic 4G will come packed with a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird, 4″Super AMOLED, 5 MP  main camera with LED flash, a VGA front-facing cam for your video calls, 720p video, 802.11b/g/n WiFi with up to 5 mobile hotspot connections, 6-axis accelerometer preloaded with Asphalt 5 racing game, instant e-books from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Skiff and Kobo, 3.5mm jack,  up to 32 GB microSD, with DLNA support and a daily briefing widget, which offers instant access to weather, news, stocks, and the calendar and a feeds and updates widget, that lets users get updates from social networking sites instantly. As you can see, this is a serious power user phone with a ton of goodies. Hit the break for more. Read more of this post

Sprint roadmap shows 4G locations and Android phones

Looks like the party kicks off on July 11th at Sprint. A leaked roadmap shows us two new Android handsets. The Motorola i1, which we already reported it’s heading to Boost Mobile too and the Samsung Intercept M910, previously been called the Moment 2. The Samsung Intercept is an Android 2.1 handset, full QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Also in the shot is the release of more 4G cities. Why Visalia  and Merced, California were chosen to be among the first few cities for the Golden State, I have no clue whatsoever, as I seriously believe that not many EVO 4Gs were sold in either city. But the good news is that there are new cities released and from what we could gather of the screenshot, here is the list below:

  • Merced, California
  • Rochester, New York
  • Eugene, Oregon
  • Syracuse, New York
  • Tri-cities ares of Washington (Kennewick, Richland and Pasco)
  • Visalia, California
  • Yakima, Washington
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
[via BGR]

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