updated 02:55 pm EDT, Tue October 4, 2011
iPhone 4S official for Sprint
Apple as part of the iPhone 4S release confirmed the poorly kept secret that it would release the iPhone on Sprint for the first time. It will take advantage of the iPhone 4S' dual-mode CDMA and GSM to hop online, although Sprint hasn't said if its version will roam on GSM. The design will be the exact same model as for AT&T and Verizon owners.
Pricing should stay the same as well, at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB. Pre-orders start at the same October 7 date and will see it go on sale October 14.
The official news doesn't confirm Sprint's $20 billion deal but does support it. Sprint has regularly said the lack of an iPhone has been the top reason customers leave and has used it as pretext for the disadvantages it might have from the AT&T merger.
For Google, the move poses added trouble. The company started swinging most of its Android focus to Sprint shortly after the Verizon launch with devices such as the Nexus S 4G and the introduction of Google Wallet going exclusively to that carrier. T-Mobile is now the only major, national US carrier without an iPhone and doesn't expect to get one this year.