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Getting recently brought Verizon towards the iPhone table right after many years of AT&T a slave to alone in the US market, Apple will allow Sprint and T-Mobile as iPhone carriers. The iPhone will end up more ubiquitous in Asia too; China Mobile will be receiving the iPhone this September, while competitors China Telecom and China Unicom have expressed interest in bringing the iPhone to their respective networks.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Included in its escalating smartphone cold war with Google (whose Android operating system holds 36 percent from the smartphone market, compared to the 16.8 percent held by Apple's iOS), Apple continues to be up to a lot lately about the future iPhone front -- by using an eye towards increasing consumers' carrier options. Plans for potential iPhone features reportedly include: