T-Mobile Has More Chances of Getting LTE iPad than Sprint in Future

March 9, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

New Apple devices are hot cakes in the market. So the network that bags the first deal and gets them running will get the initial chunk of the new device’s market performance.

In the case of the newest iPad, Verizon and AT&T have clinched the deal, mainly with their LTE ability since LTE is one of the key features of the new iPad.

However, T-Mobile and Sprint has been left out in the cold and it is not sure when they will be blessed with the new device. Currently, both these carriers have no LTE ability but it is just a matter of time, since both of them are planning to roll it out within in a year period.

It seems that a historic situation related with Apple products and smaller networks will repeat here, but in an opposite way.

When Apple rolled out CDMA enabled devices last year, T-Mobile was the most disadvantaged network, with no iPhone supporting its HSPA in AWS spectrum.

But when the times have changed to LTE, the game will be just the opposite way around, it seems.

As per the present plans, Sprint, the major rival of T-Mobile will have the funkiest LTE set up since they are launching the network in the PCS spectrum which is usually meant for 2G and 3G networks.

It has also plans to tap into Clearwire’s TD-LTE network, which is also using a spectrum not yet supported by any devices from Apple or other smartphone makers.

So when T-Mobile is going to reconfigure its network this year to roll out its 4G network in the AWS spectrum, it is going to have competitive edge over Sprint to host the new iPad.

However, the chances of Sprint getting the 4G iPad depends Apple’s willingness to make a custom device to work on Sprint’s 4G spectrum. That is highly unlikely since Sprint is not one of the first two major networks in the country.

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