Sprint iPhone Likely Before Christmas -- Analyst

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This will help Apple’s fight against Android in the U.S.According to Citidel analyst TK, Sprint is likely to start carrying the iPhone this year.

Via Barron’s:

Citadel Securities analyst Shing Yin this morning writes that it is increasingly likely that there will be an iPhone from Apple (AAPL) for Sprint-Nextel (S), especially considering that with the inauguration of Verizon Communications (VZ) tiered pricing for data tomorrow, Sprint will be the sole remaining national carrier with an unlimited data plan offering, something desirable to Apple, he believes.

Timing may not depend on exclusives with Verizon and AT&T (T), writes Yin, as he thinks both carriers are unlikely to try and delay a Sprint introduction of an iPhone for legal reasons. Sprint would want the phone before Christmas, and “we see little reason for Apple to hold back.”

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