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Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 01/13/2011

Now that there's a Verizon iPhone, is Sprint next?

By Hayley Tsukayama

Just when you thought you were safe from iPhone hype, Sprint has announced it has big news to tell the world in a Feb. 7 press conference hosted by chief executive Dan Hesse in New York.

The announcement sparked rumors all over the Internet: Could it be....?

Sprint and Verizon do run on the same type of network -- CDMA (that's code division multiple access). And Apple did not enter an exclusivity agreement with Verizon for the smartphone.

On the other hand, Faster Forward's Rob Pegoraro has thrown cold water on the suspicion, saying the announcement is more likely to involve a webOS device, the PlayBook or a WP7 phone.

Still, it's fun to speculate about what Sprint's major announcement might be -- and why magician David Blaine is going to be there.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 13, 2011; 10:38 AM ET
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Apple doesn’t need the marginal additional revenue that a Sprint iPhone would generate since they have Verizon. And I don’t think Sprint would want to dilute its concentration on Android and webOS devices. Unless they would free a CDMA iPhone from the carrier lockdown features for which Verizon is justifiably infamous. How long did it take to enable tethering, for instance, although the iPhone had that capacity since 3G?

Posted by: 54Stratocaster | January 13, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Industry First

You left out a very important part of the announcement, that they're once again introducing an industry-first. So, no, that won't be an iPhone, not even a 4G version, unless ... it's a 4.3-in 4G iPhone, that may qualify as an industry first, but there've been absolutely no leaks or hints at that so no. But most informed speculators are citing a glasses-less 3D display technology for mobiles (cell, tablet, both). That could explain the magician-angle too.

Posted by: Eludium-Q36 | January 14, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Remember: Industry First

"On the other hand, Faster Forward's Rob Pegoraro ... saying the announcement is more likely to involve a webOS device, the PlayBook or a WP7 phone."

Again, it has to be an industry first, so only a WebOS from Palm would qualify there. The BB Playbook has already been announced and WP7 cells are already in the hands of 5 or 6 people, so that's not it either. Think 3D.

Posted by: Eludium-Q36 | January 14, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

HP is hosting a big Web OS event on Feb. 9 so I doubt they would let Sprint beat them with any big debuts 2 days before.
I own a Sprint Palm Pre and want a new Web OS phone but I don't see it happening until the 9th.
It will probably be an Android tablet or 4G phone.

Posted by: patchss | January 14, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I just want the "iPhone on xxx" rumors to stop.

Posted by: slackermom | January 15, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

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