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Sprint elusive on iPhone, wants it in the 'right conditions'

updated 07:40 pm EST, Tue December 7, 2010

Sprint CEO shy on iPhone at event

Sprint leader Dan Hesse during his interview at D: Dive Into Mobile admitted that he would like the iPhone. He maintained an unusually elusive stance on whether or not there were any plans on Tuesday, saying that he "can't say" if there were plans. However, a follow-up question revealed that he liked the idea and was complimentary to Apple.

"Under the right conditions, yes, I would [like the iPhone]," he said. "It's a wonderful phone."

Most expect Verizon to be the main target of any CDMA iPhone, but there would be no technical limitation. One unverified analyst claim has hinted that Verizon might try to deny Sprint and T-Mobile their own deals by paying for a semi-exclusive.

Hesse added that the decision to jump to WiMAX early, rather than wait for LTE, may have been prompted by the iPhone. The CEO refrained from explicitly stating the reasons but implied that the leap was made both to be first with 4G but also to counter Apple's early success with the iPhone and give users a reason to choose Sprint instead. "We thought [WiMAX] was ready now," he said.

The strategy has been successful for Sprint in the short term, as phones like the HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G were hot enough to reverse years of decline. Apple has sent signals lately that it's unhappy with Android getting safe havens in the US and has been rumored to negotiate CDMA deals partly to dampen Google's impact.



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  1. facebook_Justin

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    The "right conditions", as in an iPhone that is monopolized and impossible to unlock or use in 99% of the world's countries? That's the only "right conditions" Sprint will accept, and Apple happens to be a caring company, not a CDMA monopoly supporter. Why don't you go make up some more lies about your network Sprint. Go say you have a 5G network now, or a 6G network. I don't care if it's a 200G network, if it doesn't use SIM cards and is locked in the way all non-GSM standards are, it's as useless as a 0G network. Luckily for Earth, WiMax (which is based on CDMA) is a complete flop and no one except Sprint uses it. It's got less usage then regular CDMA. It will fail and hopefully Sprint will entirely depend on it, leading them to fail too.

  1. chas_m

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    *snort*

    "One unverified analyst claim has hinted that Verizon might try to deny Sprint and T-Mobile their own deals by paying for a semi-exclusive"

    One unverified analyst really doesn't understand much about the way Apple works. AT&T didn't BRIBE Apple to get that original exclusive: they were the ONLY cell company that didn't *turn Apple down,* and the exclusivity was their reward.

    No cell phone company is going to be able to BRIBE Apple into an exclusive; they will do that deal if they want to for some other reason, but no cell phone company has enough spare money to interest AAPL, the kings of cash, into doing something they don't really want to do.

  1. wrenchy

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    Any condition


    is the right condition for Android. It's the most flexible, most configurable system on the planet. That's why it is going to WIN.

    Need a phone that works on an obscure system that services a couple of thousand people on some remote island??

    NO PROBLEM. Android will save the day. Just make the phone and customize it with The Little Green Robot.

    DDrrrrroiiid!

  1. afriedma

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    Count Me In

    I will buy an iPhone on the day that it starts working on the Sprint network. After suffering through years of bad connections and worse customer service from AT&T and Verizon, I am happiest with Sprint. Their plans are less costly, they have reasonable customer service, and I get better reception where I live.

  1. testudo

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    Re: *snort*

    No cell phone company is going to be able to BRIBE Apple into an exclusive; they will do that deal if they want to for some other reason, but no cell phone company has enough spare money to interest AAPL, the kings of cash, into doing something they don't really want to do.

    Um, no one used the word "bribe" except you. They said 'paying for semi-exclusive'. That's not bribery or anything else.

    Why would Apple do that? I don't know. Maybe they'd look at the deal and go "Well, we could offer it on four networks, or we could keep ATT, add Verizon, get extra money from Verizon to keep the others out, and still make the same amount on the sales. Thus, more money for us!"

  1. testudo

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    @Justin

    The "right conditions", as in an iPhone that is monopolized and impossible to unlock or use in 99% of the world's countries?

    No, maybe something like "Not required to pay $400 up-front subsidized fee for each phone".

    Apple happens to be a caring company, not a CDMA monopoly supporter.

    What the h*** are you talking about? Apple's no more caring than any other company. It's their job to make money. If Apple 'cared' so much about you and your telecommunications lock-ins, they wouldn't have let ATT force them to lock down their phones to their network, now would they? Nor would they not allow ATT to not unlock them when your contract is up.

    And yet, even though Apple's got a 600-pound gorilla to swing, they still let ATT do these things. Why? Don't tell me "They got a contract", because Apple could renegotiate out of that in no time flat. Nope. Best I can tell, they just don't care that much about it.

    So iPhone users are locked into ATT, and yet it's Verizon and Sprint who are evil. Right...

    if it doesn't use SIM cards and is locked in the way all non-GSM standards are, it's as useless as a 0G network.

    Except, as shown with the iPhone, a SIM card means absolutely nothing in terms of being 'unlocked'. You're still locked into ATT. Oh, but that's a good lock-in, because it's a SIM card, right!

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