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Analyst claims iPhone 4S due with HSPA+ 3G, Sprint version

updated 02:45 pm EDT, Fri May 13, 2011

Analyst says iPhone 4S to have fast 3G, more CDMA

Jefferies analyst Peter Misek claimed in a research note Friday that claimed to know details of the next iPhone. Saying that the phone was now called the iPhone 4S, he referred to "industry checks" that supported what had been rumored so far but also mentioned HSPA+ 3G support on GSM networks, implying 21Mbps. He was also told network support would expand to carriers that had been actively seeking it, including Sprint's CDMA network, T-Mobile's uncommon HSPA+ bands, and China Mobile's unique TD-SCDMA.

Most else of what he mentioned was mentioned in the past, such as better cameras, the dual-core A5 processor, and a design that could be just a minor revision of the iPhone 4. Apple wanted to include an LTE chipset, according to Misek, but wasn't ready.

Analyst claims of inside knowledge are frequently mixed and can be inaccurate. Most of what was said in the Jefferies note, however, matches with more concrete claims. HSPA+ 3G is now a common feature on HTC and Samsung phones and was already coming to phones from RIM and others. An iPhone 4-like prototype was already seen (above) running on T-Mobile USA's 3G, and talk has repeatedly surfaced of a deal with China Mobile.

Sprint is less certain, but it's technically capable of using CDMA. The company has been elusive on the subject but has always alluded to there being talks. Verizon has emphasized that it doesn't have an exclusive and may have just had the advantage of an early deal. [via SAI]

By Electronista Staff


  1. bonaccij

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    Joined: Jun 2003


    It’s about time

    Now all of my T-Mobile iPhone-loving friends can have one that actually works! Glad to hear this. Now let’s see how much Android stays on top of the pack.

  1. chas_m



    Vindicated! (if true, that is)

    I've been saying for months that Apple won't call this summer/fall revision iPhone the iPhone 5, that it will be called the iPhone 4S or 4X or 4XL or some such marketing moniker. They invested a LOT into the iPhone 4's design, have proven it to be awesome and aren't going to get rid of it anytime soon.

    The REAL iPhone 5 will be a major new design and offer some form of LTE/4G support, and will be out NEXT summer.

  1. samirsshah

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    Joined: Oct 2010


    Yes to...

    iPhone 5 with Sprint and TD-SCDMA with China Mobile.

    (intuition???) Do not taint yourself with WIMAX and HSPA+ and a merging concern. Stick with LTE. HSPA+ is a like a butterfly that only lives for a day. WIMAX is better but still ephemeral.

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