Apple looking to hire carrier engineer in Sprint’s backyard

Mon, May 16, 2011

News, Rumors

By John Hiesler:

Stop it, AT&T points us to an interesting job listing from Apple looking for a carrier engineer in Kansas City, Missouri. Now Kansas City is certainly an odd choice for Apple to do some hiring, until, of course, you realize that it’s mighty close to Overland Park, Kansas where Sprint is based out of.

The job description reads:

Member of the Carrier Engineering team that supports taking products through technical approval at the carriers. A Carrier Engineer team is responsible for day-to-day technical interactions with the one or more carriers to track down issues reported by the carrier, assist the carrier with testing they might be conducting and working with program management, software development and test teams to get products approved by the carriers.

While the iPhone remained an AT&T exclusive, there was a big push to get Apple’s fabled smartphone onto Verizon. All the while, Sprint customers were left out in the cold.

But might that be changing soon?

The above job posting is especially interesting in light of a research note from analyst Peter Misek last week who stated that the next-gen iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 4S, will be available on both Sprint and T-Mobile in time for the 2011 holiday shopping season. Moreover, the actual job duties of the position suggest that Apple might have a new (or old) product it wants to get up and running on a presumably new network.

Interestingly enough, the location on the aforementioned job listing has since been changed from KC to Santa Clara Valley, CA. Stop it, AT&T, however, was able to grab a screenshot which you can check out here.


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