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New iPhone '4S' Rumor Puts it on T-Mobile, Sprint

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Apple's plans to expand to other networks for bigger iPhone sales.

The state of 4G wireless speeds in the U.S. is in a bit of disarray, and analysts are saying that Apple isn't about to take its next iPhone to the LTE territory. Instead, the next iPhone will still rely on 3G technology with HSPA+.

In face, analysts say that the next iPhone won't be a significant leap over the current fourth generation model, which could mean that it'll be called the iPhone 4S instead of the iPhone 5. The break in numbering convention could confuse some buyers, but Apple has gone the "S" suffix route before when going from the iPhone 3G to the 3GS.

“According to our industry checks, the device should be called iPhone 4S and include minor cosmetic changes, better cameras, A5 dual-core processor, and HSPA+ support,” Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek wrote in a research note.

Misek believes that Apple was testing a Qualcomm LTE chipset that it wanted to put in the next, but the chip “is currently not achieving yields sufficient for inclusion in the iPhone 5.”

Instead of hitting real LTE, the analyst's research points to Apple's continued venture onto  “industry checks indicate Apple will likely announce Sprint, T-Mobile, and China Mobile as new carriers.”

That's good news for people who aren't on Verizon or AT&T. We've already seen a prototype of the iPhone working on T-Mobile's AWS 1700 3G band. If the next iPhone does hit T-Mobile, it could mean great things for the new wireless entrants in Canada who are making use of the AWS spectrum.

Source: Forbes

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    macewrox , May 17, 2011 2:13 PM
    tldr: The 4S isn't much different from the 4 and it will be offered on T-Mobile and Sprint along with AT&T and Verizon.
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    dread_cthulhu , May 17, 2011 3:14 PM
    ^ Honestly???
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    anthonyla65 , May 17, 2011 3:17 PM
    iPhone 4GS, this changes everything again... and again... LOL
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    jimsocks , May 17, 2011 3:19 PM
    If it uses full size sim, I might get one. Microsim sucks
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    restatement3dofted , May 17, 2011 4:16 PM
    Ugh. So much for holding onto my 3Gs in hopes that the iPhone 5 would be on the horizon. Though, what I really wish is that I hadn't actually spent money on apps, so that I wouldn't feel like I'm chained to the damn iPhone.
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    milktea , May 17, 2011 4:44 PM
    Restatement3dOfTedUgh. So much for holding onto my 3Gs in hopes that the iPhone 5 would be on the horizon. Though, what I really wish is that I hadn't actually spent money on apps, so that I wouldn't feel like I'm chained to the damn iPhone.

    Continue on with the 4S, then you'll be trapped in the 'S' series line of users. :) 
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    ikefu , May 17, 2011 5:12 PM
    Restatement3dOfTedThough, what I really wish is that I hadn't actually spent money on apps, so that I wouldn't feel like I'm chained to the damn iPhone.


    Buy an iPod Touch. I travel for work a lot and I wouldn't trade my Black Berry as my main phone but I still get the benefit of apps for my touch. This way I don't drain my phone battery when I play games on the airplane.
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    noob2222 , May 17, 2011 5:12 PM
    Feel sorry for anyone on T-Mobile if AT&T buys it out. Hopefully the FCC kills the deal considering it would probably be cheaper than 39B for AT&T to just upgrade their own crappy network instead of bringing down another company.
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    dread_cthulhu , May 17, 2011 5:32 PM
    LOL, now my previous comment makes no sense! the irritating one above it is gone! lol

    However... Honestly, they just keep upgrading the same device. It'll be revolutionary when they add a real keyboard! lol
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    chickenhoagie , May 17, 2011 6:18 PM
    dread_cthulhuLOL, now my previous comment makes no sense! the irritating one above it is gone! lolHowever... Honestly, they just keep upgrading the same device. It'll be revolutionary when they add a real keyboard! lol

    Actually..I think using the touchscreen keyboard is easier than using a small, dinky little phone keyboard. I type pretty damn fast on the touchscreen as compared to tiny ass little buttons.

    but as far as this 4S crap goes..I think I might be skipping out on this next upgrade. no point in wasting money on an overkill processor. the 4 is plenty fast for me already.
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    masterofevil22 , May 17, 2011 6:25 PM
    "In the land of the blind the man with one is king"

    Kudos to apple for giving clueless wanna be techies walking sticks.

    Love my epic 4g. Love my windows 7. Love being able to use the hardware I buy the way I see fit and not being locked to a device by id and credit card if I choose not to be. Try doing that on your I anything..
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    masterofevil22 , May 17, 2011 6:43 PM
    *eye
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    masterofevil22 , May 17, 2011 6:46 PM
    Could also use "I" in this case..

    "In the land of the blind the man with one I is king"...lmao.

    Apple, "we make dumb people think they're smart". Hillarious.
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    lamorpa , May 17, 2011 7:04 PM
    masterofevil22"In the land of the blind the man with one is king"


    Where is this land 'blind the man'?

    In the land of the blind , the one-eyed man is king.

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    Tomtompiper , May 17, 2011 8:55 PM
    I used to come to Tomshardware to get the latest information on computing, but it has changed, it is now a site for promoting products. Where are the reviews on the latest tablets? where are the reviews on the latest smartphones? Their view of what constitutes a computer has narrowed to two areas, Games machines and Apple devices. I cannot say how sad it is to see the demise of a once great site. I will switch to OSNews and ENGadget for my info from now on.
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    Anonymous , May 18, 2011 12:32 AM
    will i be able to use it on mobilicity
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    eddieroolz , May 18, 2011 2:02 PM
    So we are seeing a trend; 3G -> 3GS, 4 -> 4S.

    But how about the US government do something about standardizing what people call "4G"?
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    restatement3dofted , May 18, 2011 7:27 PM
    eddieroolzSo we are seeing a trend; 3G -> 3GS, 4 -> 4S.But how about the US government do something about standardizing what people call "4G"?


    Why? Do some research - it only takes a minute or two to figure out whether or not a phone uses 4th generation hardware, regardless of whether or not it is labeled as "4G". Government regulation of something like that would just be a needless waste of tax dollars, at a time when that money could be used vastly more effectively elsewhere.
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    fir_ser , May 19, 2011 11:00 PM
    Restatement3dOfTedUgh. So much for holding onto my 3Gs in hopes that the iPhone 5 would be on the horizon. Though, what I really wish is that I hadn't actually spent money on apps, so that I wouldn't feel like I'm chained to the damn iPhone.

    Jailbreak it.
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    Anonymous , August 6, 2011 12:30 AM
    Its fake. That iPhone is simply an iPhone on T-Mobile's UK GSM network. www.tmobile.co.uk/iphone

    The background was more then likely made with photoshop.

    Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.
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