Something inevitable that is still present today is the great influence that operators have when choosing a new phone. Apple has managed more than well to start with an exclusive operator, but the market sector that can be reached depends on making deals with more phone companies. Verizon was a good boost, and now it seems that Apple wants to go even further by marketing its next iPhone with Sprint .
Sprint would need the CDMA version of the iPhone, although if the rumors describing a universal iPhone 5 are true that’s not going to be a problem. It would be the third operator to sell the iPhone in the United States, opening the doors of the iPhone to 52 million potential customers . It is said soon, but it would be another push to have more market share nationally. Presumably Apple can announce the deal with Sprint as soon as it reveals its next iPhone, possibly within a few weeks.
In Spain, the iPhone is now officially sold to three operators, not counting MVNOs such as Simyo or Pepephone that take advantage of the sale of the free iPhone to send MicroSIMs to their users at much lower rates than those offered by Movistar, Orange or Vodafone. Fortunately we have a fairly ideal market with many possibilities of getting an iPhone. In the United States, the news of a third operator will be well received: more competition, which will force us to offer better prices.