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Sprint intends to differentiate itself by retaining its unlimited data plan for the iPhone?

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Sprint intends to differentiate itself by retaining its unlimited data plan for the iPhone?
Needless to say, the anticipation of Sprint gaining the beloved iPhone is growing with each passing day, but we can’t start jumping for joy until it’s official known that the next-generation iPhone is indeed coming to the Now Network.

Currently, Sprint is able to differentiate itself from the competition by offering truly unlimited data plans – whereas others tend to either charge overages or throttle speeds once a cap is broken. Well, according to Bloomberg’s sources  that claim to be “people familiar with the matter,” they say that Sprint will continue to retain its unlimited data plan structure for the iPhone. Naturally, it’s their specific way of drastically separating their business model from their rivals – and at the same time, they’re banking on nabbing some customers from the opposition.

Potentially regarded as proof of the inevitable arrival of the iPhone, Bloomberg’s sources go on to say that the carrier postponed the introduction of another 4G WiMAX smartphone in order to give way to the upcoming iPhone. However, it’s not clearly stated what device is being delayed or whether or not we’ll see a 4G enabled iPhone with the carrier.

Nevertheless, Sprint customers can sleep soundly knowing that they’ll be able to chomp down on as much data as their heart’s desire even when the iPhone lands. If it does pan out, would you consider overlooking AT&T and Verizon to side with Sprint’s offering instead?

source: Bloomberg via Mobileburn

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posted on 09 Sep 2011, 11:10 3

1. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Keep riding that horse as long as you can Sprint. It's a great marketing stand point. Obviously it won't last but that's not the point. Get the customers you need.I wouldn't look at Sprint on my side though because Sprint's coverage in my area is not great.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 11:11 1

2. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


There is no way- NO WAY- Sprint will entice consumers to their iPhone over the better nationwide coverage of AT&T and Verizon unless they offer something in return. The 4G hook is good, but you just have to offer your unlimited plan. It is your biggest selling point over the other carriers.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 13:26 10

25. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


sprint has the second largest network in the US behind VZW. ATTs network is no larger than Tmobile's... you just pay 60% more than tmo, you dont get 60% more. Pricing has nothing to do with service or quality. People just think it does.

If you want coverage, you go VZW. If you want a blend of value and coverage (depending on where you live) you go Tmo or Sprint. If you wanna get ripped off.. you go for ATT.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 16:25 4

59. christony1120 (Posts: 65; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


what are you talking about the list goes like this:
Verizon Fastest
Att
Sprint
T-mobile Slowest

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 17:30 6

63. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


You must be high. In terms of speed it's
Verizon
T-Mobile
Sprint
AT&T.

It's a whole different story on coverage though.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 17:59

64. Forsaken77 (Posts: 542; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


That's complete horse sh*t!!! I have AT&T and get 9Mbps on 3G in my area with 3 bars of service. That's not slow by any means. Where I live, in NY, AT&T is the FASTEST, for data, in the 3G realm of any carrier. Of course 4G LTE blows that away and so does HSPA+. I believe there was articles on this very site that stated AT&T had the fastest data service of any 3G carrier but their voice connectivity was sub-par.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:05 2

77. ZayZay (Posts: 548; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Do you see how fast you can hit that cap with 9mbps?

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 16:06 1

79. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Forsaken.

ATT's 3g isnt capable of 9mbps. HSDPA maxes out at 7.2. Their "4g" goes up to 12. My 4g tmobile tablet runs in the teens normally.

Att "4g" goes up to 12 with a real life average of 4-8
Sprints wimax goes up to 12 """" 4-8
Tmobile goes up to 42 """""" 8-20
VZW goes up to the 40s """" 7-30

So unless 12 all of a sudden became a bigger number than 42, ATT is not faster than Tmo.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 20:35 1

69. donpeppino9 (Posts: 67; Member since: 24 Jan 2010)


no. you are dreaming. of course you're probably another ATT hater who loves their android on verizon. its not even complicated to figure out. just look at the coverage maps. in terms of coverage here is the order:

Verizon
ATT
sprint
tmobile

if you look at sprint's coverage maps their home network is very small.. about the same size as tmobile's. they used to share 3g networks with other carriers such as verizon and alltell but those no longer exist. the current agreement is to share 2g networks only. the only other carrier they share 3g with is us cellular.

ATT's 3g is by far bigger than sprint's now, as ATT has done some expansion in the last couple of years and sprint has contracted. and if you want to compare overall voice coverage i'd say both att and sprint have about equal coverage when you take into account all roaming agreements and 2g networks.

In terms of 3g speeds...

ATT
Tmobile
VZW
Sprint *

yes sprint's 3g is slowers than verizon's not cause of technology but due to quality of the network and lack of spectrum used by sprint

Lets not count 4g cause 4g technology isn't fully established and is still in its very early stages. you can say ATT is behind but in just a couple months time they will have the fastest 4g lte along with vzw... some reports say even faster.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 16:08

80. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


huh? what crack are you smoking

service coverage
VZW
Sprint. roaming agreements count. we are talking about service here, not 4g data.
Tmobile & ATT in a virtual tie. Tmobile covers 96% of americans.

4g network coverage
Tmobile
VZW
Sprint
ATT

4g network speed
VZW
Tmobile
...
...
Sprint/ ATT tie

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 21:31

84. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Idk what these guys are smoking. Posting random stuff.
However the bionic gets 20 mb real world while tmobile only does 10 according to tmobile speed test and phone arena speed test.That is the 42http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovxLdoUA2sI

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:03

86. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


biophone,
the network was at 21mb/s when they did those tests, it didnt get clocked up to 42mb/s until late july.

We've had this conversation before AND ive posted pics of my Tmo devices clocking much much higher.

We also dont have a phone out that can do 42mb/s yet. Thats what the hercules is for (obviously its the only use for that thing since its not an exynos :( )

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 15:49 2

55. evo-ninja (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 May 2011)


now at&t can not say they are the only one who can do data and talk at the same time with the iphone, been doing it for two years now on evo

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 20:38 1

70. donpeppino9 (Posts: 67; Member since: 24 Jan 2010)


but only if you're in the very limited coverage area of wimax, which is a huge battery hog.. or of course wifi, which is also limited.

not something worth bragging about.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 11:18 5

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5279; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I doubt that a Spring iPhone will have a WiMax radio. It will have the same 3G radio that the VZW iPhone will be equipped with. The angle for Sprint will be the unlimited data plan. Since Sprint has a roaming agreement with VZW, this could be great for consumers - unlimited data at a fixed monthly fee with the access provided by the roaming agreement with VZW. Could be a winner for Sprint.

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 01:29

73. IHatePhones (Posts: 99; Member since: 12 Aug 2009)


Data roaming is not unlimited though. But I get your point.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 11:25 7

4. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


it's those damn Android phones, they are data hogs. i think sprint should cap android data plans and make iphone plans unlmtd

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 11:27 6

5. Kjayhawk (Posts: 273; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


LOL no more people own android phones, thats why more data is downloaded. Plus don't more people use the internet on their android device? See thats called using common sense you should get some.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 11:40 2

8. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Miz, if you want push notifications, you have to have a high data plan. iPhones still use push notifications too. But with the iPhone you can pick intervals to sync, instead of having autosync which is all of the time. So, they do use less, but its not that far stretched.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 13:27 4

26. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


android phones have the ability to have either push or timed sync.. just like any other phone.. lol

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 19:10

67. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Think it's probably cause he's not world champion

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 15:14 2

47. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Wat the crappy u talking bout the_midget go choke on an iPhone

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 21:57 1

72. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2864; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


You do realize and I have said this to you BEFORE that AT&T stopped with unlimited data plans BEFORE a high end android phone was available on their carrier. They admitted that the Iphone and its users were using WAY too much data.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 11:32 3

6. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I think all smartphones are data hogs, thank God sprint is still keeping theirs unlimited. That's the only reason I am staying with Sprint. If they get rude of unlimited data, I'm going to AT&T. Will they pay the ETF if I switch to their carrier?

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 11:38 5

7. the miz sucks (unregistered)


people who have iphones dont even understand what 2 gigabytes of data means...

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 11:42 2

9. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Are you retarded? Just because people want to own a good, stable phone, doesnt make them dumb. Im probably switching to the iPhone. Grow up.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 11:54 4

12. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


People with Android phones are about as gullible as leading a fat kid into a store of candy.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 12:22 4

18. danalmillan (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Miz you are Mr. Sunshine! You just seriously always have to criticize don't you??? I am no where close to being gullible and I love my android phone. Seriously Miz you either need to grow up or grow a brain...not sure which....

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 13:28 5

27. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


at least they know if their phone is "4G" or not.. lol..

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 11:48 3

10. danalmillan (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Sprint keeping unlimited data is a great position for them whether they get the iPhone or not. They do not throttle speeds or charge overages if you have one of their unlimited data plans. Sprint statrted charging the $10 premium data fee for all smart phone users just to be able to continue offering unlimited data because ALL smart phones are such data hogs. As for the iPhone I am not sure if I would switch if they get it or not because I have played with ones friends had and honestly was not at all impressed. That and they have gotten rid of theirs already where my Evo is still going strong!

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 11:56 1

13. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I really need battery life and to sync my data. My Android phone lasts for 5 hours at stock. Its garbage and I think it looks ugly with sense. I personally loved the badges telling me how much of what I had new. And the notification system in iOS5 looks perfect. The betas look great and I'm impressed with the new specs on their phone. If it is a 4" screen, that would be amazing. I thought the 3.5" was small, but when I went to the apple store, I texted better on it than mmy Evo. So I'm really excited to see what they have to offer in a month. And I got my 2 year upgrade early lol.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 12:02 2

15. danalmillan (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


I usually can go about 10 hours on my Evo without a charge. I am surprised to hear that you only get 5. I just keep Bluetooth and GPS turned off when I am not using them and have no major issues otherwise.

I honestly have never been an Apple fan at all. I did kind of like the iPad but as for the phones I was not impressed. Maybe my opinion will change with the iPhone 5 but the iPhone 4 did not impress me at all!

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 18:01 2

65. cj (unregistered)


i totally agree with this comment sprint charge the $10 premium data fee for all smartphones before it was only for the 4g premium data (thanks to evo btw excellent phone) now for all but that adds up with all their customers cause it keeps the unlimited data plans alive and at first i did not want to see the iphone come to sprint but now it doesnt matter and with LTE on the way and sprint adjusting and upgrading their towers everyday i see them competing very well against verizon att and tmobile or att mobile whatever. every company has its pros and cons but i see sprint as the most balanced company among the 4 us carriers. love my evo 3d and android rocks and some please shut that miz kid the hell up. iphone fanboy. if you have nothing positive to say about ios other competitors then dont say nothing at all. android sells more than ios and i dont care they only got 4 phones not my problem that they are a closed operating system

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 18:03

66. cj (unregistered)


i totally agree with this comment sprint charge the $10 premium data fee for all smartphones before it was only for the 4g premium data (thanks to evo btw excellent phone) now for all but that adds up with all their customers cause it keeps the unlimited data plans alive and at first i did not want to see the iphone come to sprint but now it doesnt matter and with LTE on the way and sprint adjusting and upgrading their towers everyday i see them competing very well against verizon att and tmobile or att mobile whatever. every company has its pros and cons but i see sprint as the most balanced company among the 4 us carriers. love my evo 3d and android rocks and some please shut that miz kid the hell up. iphone fanboy. if you have nothing positive to say about ios other competitors then dont say nothing at all. android sells more than ios and i dont care they only got 4 phones not my problem that they are a closed operating system

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 11:52 4

11. trin (Posts: 88; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Verizon HAD unlimited data when the iPhone first arrived too. If Sprint does indeed pick up the iPhone expect tiered data to follow.

The thing is tho, I-device or not all cell companies recognize that data is the future. With smartphones being the device of choice for most, consumers have significantly reduced minute and text usage. There are free apps that support both. The only way companies see to retain their crazy ass revenue is to treat data like they used to treat minutes. Plain and simple.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 12:00

14. arvinsheet (unregistered)


Next gen iPhone release date is Nov. 7. Idk if verizon and at&t models will have 4G but Sprint model wouldnt have it. T-mobile wont be getting the iPhone. As for the unlimited data it will be kept for a long time. Sprint Network is also being upgraded to a multi-mode platform started last month and is estimated to complete around feb of next year. It is claimed to enhance the signal reception nationwide and reach more than 300 million people within the country.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 12:05

16. danalmillan (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


You must be a Sprint employee...you seem to know a lot about what they are doing. I hope the multi mode thing works as you said cause that would be awesome!

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 12:17

17. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


You sure it's November 7th? Everyone is saying early October?

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 12:35 2

19. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


That will be kool if it do my Sprint service is very good my photon has 4-5 bars everywhere i go

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 12:44

20. sprintsux (unregistered)


Sprint is the only company charges 10 extra dollars on 4G service. Do they mention it on their advertisement?

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 14:27 2

35. danalmillan (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


LOL Sprint charges $10 extra for smart phones as a whole to keep data truely unlimited. It did start on only 4G phones but it is on all smart phones now and has been I believe since January this year. $10 extra a month is a small price to pay for truely unlimited data IMO!

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 12:48 3

21. joey18 (Posts: 493; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


Sprint bad service

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 12:52 2

22. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


@ sprintsux - its not for 4G, its for premium data. And $10 for UNLIMITED data is better than $30 for capped data...

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 13:09

23. arvinsheet (unregistered)


It used to have a release data of around 2nd week of Oct. but because of some circumstances they had to delay it for a little. Sprint will also release an ICS phone a week after the iPhone release. I work for Sprint Customer Care. We we're actually instructed to say "No Comment" to any iPhone related queries. But hell us too can't wait for these phones to be released.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 13:48 1

29. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


hmmm how come we havnt heard that here in my dept? and you should not be disclosing that type of information specially if its internal.. If the iphone doesnt sell at sprint in NOV 7th you will look bad and also make sprint look bad since your representing them , for presenting falsen info...

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 14:32

37. arvinsheet (unregistered)


Idk why you we're not informed about it, yeah it's an internal info but who cares? Sprint iPhone will be released anyway one way or another. Sprint and Apple is just teasing the consumer and it's a marketing strategy. If you really work for Sprint and be updated about this in the next week I'll bet your ass to be nailed by a horse.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 16:23 1

58. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


If the iphone is released with sprint than so be it.. But we still dont know for sure so dont disclose information specially if you have no proof.. So what if thats their marketing strategy?? If you are working for that company you do not need to be disclosing specially if they specificly tell you no too...

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 16:11

81. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you do realize that reps from cell carriers are held liable for releasing internal memos. If you are typing any of this from a work computer, its keylogged and they may terminate you. Is spreading rumors really worth losing your job for? be smarter than that.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 14:31 2

36. danalmillan (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Arvin if you truely work for Sprint and are on here spreading these rumors that are not confirmed even telling us you have been told to say no comment, you are looking to get fired I would assume. Confidentiality is big in the markets and Galaxy-S said it perfect! Presenting false (or confidential) info can damage your reputation along with Sprint's. Hope you didn't want to keep your job long cause if they find out I am sure you won't have it long!

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 14:41

38. arvinsheet (unregistered)


You do realize that I have nothing to lose. And I'm not the only nor the 1st Sprint employee to Spread the good news. Look around buddy. This is the real deal.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 14:57 1

41. danalmillan (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


If you say so...I just hope you don't end up looking like a fool!

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 16:30 1

61. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


We have not received any info on this....buuuuut if it does end up coming to Sprint, were gonna be getting real busy in our dept, huh Galaxy-S?? Lmao

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 16:42 1

62. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


lol yea i bet we are i hope it comes with an extra antenna lmao!!!
hey job security!!

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 13:10

24. person287 (unregistered)


If anybody in the UK is looking at this and wanting unlimited data have a look at giffgaff athttps://giffgaff.com/orders/affiliate/ed33 . I know this is about Sprint in the US, but hopefully this will be useful to somebody :)

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 13:39

28. mmarob (unregistered)


Just tell me the Galaxy s2 epic 4g touch is not the wimax phone that is being delayed. They said they that a September 4g phone would be delayed. What other 4g phone beside the Galaxy s2 is coming out in september?

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 13:48

30. Stayfly2407 (unregistered)


Yea but AT&T still has the only iphone that allows you to talk and surf the web while in the network and also has the fastest 3G network. So even though Verizon has the iphone and sprint may get it with unlimited data you still can't talk & surf at the same time and the 3G on those other carriers are slow... I'd rather have that over unlimited data that's slow. Gotta look at all angles here.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 13:51 1

31. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Sprint is doing this to attract iphone users from at&t and Verizon. I'll definitely switch if this proves to be true.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 13:53

32. arvinsheet (unregistered)


Epic Touch 4G release date is Sept. 16. There ain't no wimax phone that's being delayed this month. Everyone is playing the waiting game right now.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 13:56

33. arvinsheet (unregistered)


In my understanding you can't talk and surf at the same time on ANY phones under a CDMA network and it's mostly available on GSM. I might be wrong though.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 14:14

34. Stayfly2407 (unregistered)


Yes that's true you can't with CDMA. And the differences with ATT and Tmobile is the talk and surf feature was built from the ground up with ATT and was not with tmobile. That's why on tmobile sometimes it works and sometimes it don't. With att it always works.

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