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Sprint plans special event, iPhone unlikely

updated 01:50 pm EST, Wed January 12, 2011

Sprint and T-Mobile both plan separate events

Sprint today sent out invitations to a special event. Its event is due in New York City on February 7 and will have both CEO Dan Hesse and illusionist David Blaine on hand. The event will show an "industry first" and that the "impossible is possible," its invitation reads.

What would appear at either event isn't certain. Android devices are a strong possibility, but it already used CES to introduce the Evo Shift 4G and has historically waited until the CTIA spring expo, this year due in March, for any more significant releases. A possibility includes its first second-generation webOS devices, such as the Pixi 2 or the Topaz tablet. HP was rumored to be using WiMAX exclusively for 4G on the Topaz, although the claim has been called into doubt after HP didn't show its new slate in public at CES.

Despite AT&T's exclusivity with the iPhone having been broken by Verizon in a non-exclusive deal, an iPhone isn't considered likely. Sprint has been evasive and has only alluded to being in talks with Apple.

Update: The earlier article claimed that a T-Mobile event was in the works based on sources; we contacted T-Mobile and it said there were no special events planned in the near future.

By Electronista Staff


  1. CarlRJ

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    Joined: Mar 2010


    Nice try

    Sprint & T-Mo: "No no, we've definitely got, uh, something really cool TOO, and if you come to OUR show, you'll get free food and booze and a magic show!"

    Likely to show the phone equivalents of spur-of-the-moment-forgotten-birthday-presents-purchased-at-gas-station-minimart-down-the-street.

  1. JeffHarris

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    Joined: Oct 1999


    T-Mobile? No Problem.

    While it's unlikely, if the iPhone comes to T-Mobile I'll get one! I've used them for years and have no desire to change providers. Even for an iPhone.

  1. WalterC

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    Joined: Jul 2008



    When the VZW iPhone was announced, it was stated that the CDMA phone was not contractually limited to Verizon. I hope that we'll have the option of Sprint and T-Mobile as providers. The 'competition' the Telcos so loudly extoll might then begin to exist.

  1. slapppy

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    Joined: Mar 2008


    For the first time ever

    New and renewing subscribers will get a box of Cheese. Yes, an industry first and what was thought to be impossible, is now possible. The bundle of Smartphone & Cheese is a brilliant move by both carriers.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    That's right

    What a bunch of egomaniacs. Anyone announces a 'special' event, it is either that there might be a deal with Apple for something, or that it is somehow in response to something related to Apple. It couldn't be that it's just a press event? It couldn't be that it has nothing at all to do with Apple or anything Apple is doing? Nope. Apparently Apple invented the press event and anyone who has one is trying to battle Apple!

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