updated 09:20 am EDT, Tue March 20, 2012
Sprint LTE WP8, iPhone Total Equipment Protecion
Some of Sprint's wider-ranging plans were outlined in a pair of leaks early in the week. Following earlier rumors, SprintFeed heard that the carrier would return to Windows Phone with an LTE-based model using a modern, dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960. Past rumors had attached Nokia to the project, but that wasn't certain to the more recent tipsters.
The hardware still faced months of testing and might not be available until the fall. Given the timing and the dual-core support, it would most likely use Windows Phone 8, or Apollo. The OS is expected to be the first significant rethinking of Windows Phone since it appeared in 2010 and could bring some platform compatibility with Windows 8 on the desktop, new interface elements to match, and support for higher-resolution screens.
In the nearer term, tips to the same site had Sprint "in the process" of adapting its Total Equipment Protection coverage to the iPhone. It would serve as an alternative to AppleCare+ and cover not just flaws and accidental damage but lost and stolen devices.
Timing wasn't clear, nor whether TEP would vary from the $8 monthly fee Sprint asks for its usual devices.