New iPhone Could Come to Mobilicity, Wind
Rumours abound that the new iPhone 5 (or 4S, depending on who you listen to) will have a unified baseband which will work on Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks in the US.
I try to stay away from regurgitating rumours, but this has interesting implications for Canada. Sprint runs a WiMax 4G network which has very little implication for Canadian carriers, but the fact that the new iPhone may be able to run on T-Mobile’s “4G” (I say that because it is in fact HSPA+ and not true 4G/LTE) network could mean big things for Canadians.
T-Mobile runs on the same AWS band that new entrants Wind Mobile and Mobilicity run on – whatever phones work with T-Mobile’s high-speed network should also work with Wind and Mobilicity. The new entrants haven’t had much trouble growing their subscriber base, but there are still potential customers waiting in the wings because they want the iPhone.
One only needs to look south of the border to see how big a boost an AWS iPhone will be for Wind and Mobilicity. When the CDMA iPhone 4 finally came to Verizon, it was the most successful phone launch in Verizon history.