According to analyst Chris Larsen, Sprint and T-Mobile customers may not have to wait much longer for the full iPhone experience.

Chris Larsen is the latest to weigh in on the potential for carriers besides AT&T and Verizon Wireless to be part of the next iPhone experience. Citadel analyst Shing Yin announced just last week he believed Apple would begin selling a Sprint iPhone before the first quarter of 2011.

“While we remain uncertain regarding the next-generation iPhone’s specs and features, we believe the most noteworthy change could be the device’s ability to run on more networks, specifically Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S,” Larsen said in a research note released earlier today.

A move to both Sprint and T-Mobile would significantly expand Apple’s reach, critical at a time when Android smartphones have begun to take over the mobile market. Adding Sprint and T-Mobile would increase Apple’s potential market by at least 30 percent, Larsen concluded.

The next iPhone is expected to be a universal device, according to Verizon CFO Fran Shammo. Larsen agreed, adding that there are few technical hurdles to ensure the phone is compatible with every network.

  1. ill believe it when i see it, i highly doubt tmobile will ever see any iphone working on 3g network, that would be great though, since all people ever do is unlock them for 2g speeds, we need a iphone badly i phone should be available as a universal phone to all carriers.

  2. When the new iphone comes out I will be greatly disappointed if they don’t support 4g or hspa +!!!

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