1. Another Carrier, Another OptionOne of the nice things about Apple bringing the iPhone to Verizon's network was that consumers and enterprise users would now have a choice of carrier. Now that Sprint might be joining the fray, they'll have yet another option. Why buy a device now when waiting a few months could bring more choices?
In the mobile market, consumers often look to Apple to set the benchmark by which all other devices and companies are judged. But in one key area -- carrier availability -- Apple has fallen short, causing those folks to look elsewhere for options. When the iPhone first launched, it was available only on AT&T's network. And over the next several years, Apple kept it that way, until earlier this year when it finally brought the device to Verizon Wireless' network. Now, the smartphone is rumored to be coming to Sprint when the iPhone 5 launches later this year, paving the way for U.S.-based customers to have yet another option available to them when deciding if they want Apple's smartphone or not. Now that the cat has been let out of the bag, perhaps it's time to think about why consumers should consider waiting to buy another smartphone until the Sprint-ready iPhone 5 is released. Sure, it might be a couple months, but rest assured, that the wait could pay off in a big way. Flip through the following slides to learn more:
This article was originally published on 2011-08-30
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