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Sprint’s New iPhones To Boost LTE Speeds

Sprint’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be the carrier’s first iPhones with carrier-aggregation technology to accelerate peak 4G LTE download speeds to 125-135Mbps from 60Mbps in markets where the carrier operates 2.5GHz spectrum, Sprint announced.

Carrier aggregation isn’t available in earlier generation iPhones but is available in around 20 other Sprint phones.

Sprint’s 2.5GHz network is available in 90 of the top 100 markets, and in 80, the carrier has implemented two-channel carrier aggregation, the company said. The carrier also offers LTE on its 800MHz and 1.9GHz spectrum, reaching a total of 280 million people.

The new iPhones also support Sprint’s Wi-Fi calling, as do the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Consumers can use public Wi-Fi hot spots to place voice calls and send SMS messages.

In related Apple announcements, Sprint said:

–select Sprint stores have begun offering the Apple Watch.

–the new iPhones will be available like their predecessors through Sprint’s iPhone Forever leasing program.

Under the iPhone Forever leasing program, qualified customers at Sprint stores can get the iPhone 6s for as little as $15/month and iPhone 6s Plus for as little as $19/month with a trade-in. The trade-in price is a limited-time promotion through the end of the year.

Under the lease program, consumers can step up to a new iPhone every year during the lease term at no extra cost. Consumers who don’t trade in an existing smartphone can get iPhone 6s for $22/month and iPhone 6s Plus for $26/month.

Under the leasing program, consumers can continue leasing their unsubsidized iPhone on a month-to-month basis after the original lease expires, purchase the device, or return the device to lease or purchase a different device. Monthly payments are lower than under the carrier’s Easy Pay installment-payment plans, which pay off a phone after the term is up.

Sprint will also offer the phones with a two-year contract.