Best Buy leak hints to an iPhone 5 launch with Sprint in October; pre-orders soon to be available
Even though the leak mentions that pre-sales are expected to go live starting in the first week of October, BGR’s source mentions that Best Buy retail stores and Best Buy Mobile standalone stores might start accepting them as soon as this week in fact. Plus, the source goes on to say that the phone might actually arrive in the first week of October.
And for all of those Sprint customers waiting patiently regarding the handset, the leak shows that Sprint will be included in the mix as well. However, we’re also greeted with the notion that “Apple product introduction/launch dates are subject to change.”
T-Mobile will be included at this point. However, you can’t count it out just yet.
1. Gus (unregistered)
I hope that this leak is as accurate as the prior HTC Thunderbolt leak from Best Buy...
2. Sprint_Rep (unregistered)
Can't wait for all you Apple loving sheep to buy an iPhone. It will be good for my commission check!
3. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)
Amen to that! I always Love my commissions the quarter the new iphone is released!!
10. E.N. (Posts: 2294; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
And the Sprint customers are going to love their iPhone. It's a win-win. Capitalism at its best
4. Sprint_repp (unregistered)
Ahahaha seriously. iSheep, gotta love em, comission will be rollin in
7. BGR_REP (unregistered)
Depending on how your commission works. Apple screwed verizon reps with their payout. Every new iPhone 4 we sold paid us only 50 bucks towards our commission. We or I at least would talk customers out of the iPhone just so I can see some better pay. Any android phone paid at least 100 towards my commission.
Don't get me wrong, I sell wth integrity but when the isheep come by we ask them why they wanted it and they just say because "everyone" has one. What really kills me is when people answer with "I heard it's the best phone out there".
Also I'm sooo sick of these damn rumors, I've had people waiting on the iPhone 5 for the last 4 months!!!
8. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Thanks for sharing that information. That is a perfect example of "conflicts of interest."
If want to sell with "intregity" then kindly disclose your commission and tell the customers why you are steering them to phones where you can earn twice what you can get with th iPhone, respectively.
If you are ever confused about selling with integrity, talk a lawyer about your legal liabilities.
22. BGR_Rep (unregistered)
If they want the iPhone then I sell them the iPhone. If they say stuff like "I was thinking about the iPhone" or "how good is the iPhone" I tell them the pros and cons of both apple and android.
What it comes down to usually is the price and the internet connection. I can give them a 4G device for the same price as an iPhone.
They also have a trial period to see if that is the phone they really wanted. I always sell with Integrity, the last thing I want is for them to come back and not be happy with us. We ( or I ) give the customer what they want/need.
The iPhone is a huuuge waste of money. Higher insurance, locked price, larger deductible, technically we're not allowed to look at your phone if you have a problem because we're not "certified", we can't sell used iPhones. Nothing about Apple products are universal (unless you have mac products) and are usually more expensive.
37. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
@ BGR_Rep, you are confusing selling with integrity with selling with a conscience. If you sell with integrity, then that means you have disclosed your commissions in the positives and negatives.
Based on both your posts, it's clear you don't sell with intregrity, but you sell with a conscience.
28. Former VZW Employee (unregistered)
I guess that explains why a VZW store seller tried to get me on a smartphone after I told him I did not want or like one. I also told him about the high radiation levels on the phones - especially the Droid phones, and all he said was that you get more radiation standing in front of a microwave! Anything to get a dollar.
He also tried to act like my phone was not working when I needed a charger, but his was not working. I went to Sam's Club and bought a $10 charger there, and now my phone works again! VZW are cheats! I may give Sprint a try. I do not like smartphones and I do not want to pay for a data plan just because greedy companies want more money.
29. iami67 (unregistered)
Wow first off the last one about higher radiation in smart phone. where do you get your information. According to all the test and research we do as employees there is barely any radiation on any phones now a days. Radiation on a reg phone is like .000000000001 on a smart phone maybe its .00000000000012 so sure its more but truth is yes you get more radiation from eating food out of a microwave then you would ever get out of a phone. Do you know how a microwave works. The radiation it produces heats up the food. as far as verizon puttin people into a a droid over a iphone it isnt because we get paid more which we do but because we have less issue with the droids, they work better, and if there is a problem we can fix it in the store. apple being greedy wants u to go to a apple store whch there are barely any around and if u call them they want a credit card and charge ya 35 to here your question.
9. stealthd (Posts: 956; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
Good to know how little you think of your customers. No wonder people hate going to Sprint stores with your attitude. More money for Best Buy and Radioshack.
32. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
hell yeah man!!! i cannot wait to reap the benefits of this haha.
to clear confusion when selling a phone to someone i find it best to qualify the customer. if they are talking non stop about having an iphone and i have it for sale thats what they get, if that is the best for them. if i do not have that phone i will explain the benefits of why another device will be just as good if not better. qualifying a customer is vital to make sure the customer is happy, prevent returns, churn, provide a great customer experience ect...
now with the arrival of the iphone it makes it so that a stickler on a vzw or at&t family plan to switch and save money. objections overcome. lets make some money!
oh and btw i dont make more money for selling a certain kind of phone over another.
5. roscuthiii (Posts: 1801; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Why is it good news for Sprint customers? Will they like the higher priced plans and the removal of unlimited as an option that seems to accompany the iPhone where it goes?
It's good news for Sprint_Rep when the sheep come baaa-ing with their checkbooks open and willing to go all carte blanche for something shiny with a fruit logo on the back.
33. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
i really really really hope that we keep unlimited data...
11. IwillRobYourDeadBody (unregistered)
every salesman will steer you into buying something that gets them more money, it's a simple face and a way of life. If I could get your dumba$$ to buy garbage for 1000x the price of something decent I would do it and I would do it happily. Maybe as a consumer you could try not to be such a dumba$$ and do some research, know what you want, and go in there with a little knowledge. So yeah if I can cheat you out to make myself rich would I do it? Hell yeah!
12. Pete11261 (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
People like you is why our world is screwed up.
24. nastynaps (Posts: 93; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Mindless people who blindly follow trends also contribute to this screwed up world.
34. sweetlou (unregistered)
this is why i buy online. I research every major purchase so I dont have to deal with salespeople who think they know more than me. Some people dont have the time or motivation to do this, so I understand both sides, but brick and mortar stores, as well as salespeople are eventually going to go the way of the horse and buggy.
13. chezzitstealer (Posts: 17; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
ive wanted the galaxy S ll since it was announced and my bratty cousin that lives with me just found out about it and she wants it to. but my dad wont let two people in the family have the same phone and her upgrade is a week before mine. so im going to tell her about the iphone on sprint and i know she wont be able to resist the apple brand name so she can brag about having an iphone so i will get the galaxy s 2 AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH!
14. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Why can't 2 people in the family have the same phone? Doesn't make much sense.
27. derp (unregistered)
im sure she will be laughing her ass off when your phone starts malfunctioning within the first 30 days. its just typical android fashion.
15. jdmrice (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Agreed with sprint rep above. Hate the Iphone but whatever will make my check bigger if we get it
16. Marcus (unregistered)
If it does not have 4g then there is no purpose in buying it.
19. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)
NO NO NO!!! Not Sprint!!!! WHY DID THEY GIVE IN?!?!?! Thier goes my life falshing before my eyes!
20. Sprint111 (unregistered)
I'm confused, if you work for sprint it doesn't matter what you sell the commission is the same, what hurts us is returns/exchanges so as a CORPORATE employee at a CORP store we're trying to get customers into whats best for them... All these people must work for NON-CORP stores the ones that pass themselves off as Sprint to make a sale and then when they come back with issues tell them "I don't work for Sprint there down the street".
38. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
I work for a preferred retailer. and I hate returns and exchanges. my company pushes us to qualify the customer. I make no more or less money on the device, just the plan itself. most people get a data plan, just due to the any mobile anytime, however if some 80 year old lady comes in im not going to sell her a freakin iphone on a full data plan. people get what they need, not what makes us more money. people that have alternate motives only last a short time, or deserved to get the boot...
21. Pay Attention (unregistered)
Most Sprint markets aren't covered with 4G and they aren't lighting any new markets with their expected switch to LTE, so not having 4G shouldn't be a deal breaker. Sprint is still a year away from delivering a LTE network, let alone devices. Outside of Android Sprint hasn't faired well with their gamble on WiMax and now they are left to play catch-up to Verizon on LTE and I don't expect Verizon to allow them to freeload on their LTE network the way they did with 3G.
26. ibap (Posts: 696; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
I've always wondered about Sprint roaming on VZW. I'm sure it isn't free and that it contributes to VZW building their network out without having to support customers and devices. And in areas where they both have signal, they don't roam on VZW, so it remains to be seen how it plays out. I'm sure Sprint hasn't been in a position to hold a gun to VZW's head to have had the agreements they've had in the past. VZW must be doing this because it is to their advantage to do so, and that may remain the case, at least if/until they see Sprint as a real threat, which they don't currently.
39. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
when you see the new coverage initiative being rolled out you will see why nothing has been said about wimax expansion. I will tell you this however, it is insane. and coverage will be insane, as well as capacity, and indoor reception, and call quality....
31. hcbarclay (Posts: 62; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
Ok, lets clear all of this up. Dan Hesse said that the only thing that is going to continue to seperate Sprint from the competition is the fact that we are the only company to continue to provide UNLIMITED DATA on PDA's! Sprint ETF fees increased as did other companies when they picked up the "coveted iPhone", Sprint's upgrade fee has also increased...theses are all signs that they will more than likely be picking up the device in their lineup. The fact that this is America and Apple is an American company also tells me that Steve Jobs wants your money too! Now, T-Mobile has no real need to pick it up because of the merger and the GSM version of the iPhone can be jailbroken to work on their network. I predicted this would happen before the Holiday season and no one listened to me before. It will not push Sprint into the #2 carrier in the US but it will steal a lot of customers since they are the only company with UNL DATA. So, really who cares? The devices that Sprint currently carries does more than the iPhone from a hardware stand point(Motorola PHOTON and HTC EVO 3D) but iTunes and Apple's ability to market their product better than anyone else will always be a force to be wreckoned with. This really comes down to dollars and cents here and it only makes sense that Sprint will carry the iPhone and Sprint's customers will but it and people will switch to Sprint because of the UNL DATA.
36. Truly-unlimited-data (unregistered)
There is alot of concern that Sprint will go to tiered data, if it was to receive the iPhone, Sprint has done alot of work to ensure that it's customers are not subjected to having to pay for tiered data. This is because who really wants to worry about how much Kb's they are using, it can be a daunting task. With any and all smartphones with Sprint you will pay a $10.00 Premium Data charge to ensure that you are not subject to tiered data fees. This allows you to have full access to the web with no throttling or restrictions. Also you will not have to worry about capacity issues that many current Iphone users face today. Furthermore Sprint is working on Network Vision, this will revolutionize the way Sprints towers operate compared to the competition, it will combine all 3 of our current technologies, iDen, CDMA, and WiMax to allow the best possible penetration and saturation of any network. So no longer will you have to worry about if you have coverage for one, if Sprint has coverage there you will have the coverage you need and also will pave the way for LTE technologies in the future to turn on with just programming not actual hardware installation. So if you were considering of switching i say now is not the time Sprint has big things on the horizon and will remain a competitive force for those who do not just follow the masses because they do not want to feel left out but rather want to be innovative.
40. Rich45 (unregistered)
I am a Mobile Manager at Best Buy in Indiana and we have had no communication whatsoever about an iPhone 5. We did have a manager meeting a few weeks ago but it had nothing to do with new phones coming out. And so far, there has been no communication about an October 10th meeting. That document is definitely not Best Buy stationary and the wording does not make sense.