Sprint might only be getting an iPhone 4 next month?
Specifically, a Sprint sales associate mentioned that the carrier has started to brief employees on an impending iPhone 4 launch, which is positioned to happen sometime in October. Fortunately, it looks like it’ll be compatible with Sprint’s current data plan that tags a mandatory $10 data smartphone premium to your account.
Additionally, the Sprint employee says that Sprint will be carrying a 4G enabled iPad of some sort, but there were no specifics regarding pricing and launch dates. However, it’s worth mentioning that Sprint currently offers 4G access for the iPad thank to its mix of 4G mobile hotspot devices.
If the information provided by the employee comes out to be true, it means that Sprint won’t be getting the iPhone 5 until later on in 2012, which can obviously hurt its chances of staying competitive against its rivals. And of course, consumers will probably be on the lookout for the most up-to-date version of the iPhone.
If there’s one glimmering light of hope, it’s suggested that Sprint’s training materials featuring the iPhone 4 could simply be some sort of ploy to prevent leaking features of the next-gen iPhone model. Still, it’s probably best to be reserved at this point until solid evidence comes to surface.
1. dude (unregistered)
stupid.. why sell an iphone4 when the iphone5 is coming soon?
2. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i doubt that if they were really selling just an iphone4, it wouldnt be the current one, but the remade "iphone4s" that was rumored for Tmo and Sprint a few months back. Who knows. No point in getting up and arms one way or the other until an official announcement is made. No "sprint rep" knows anything more than anyone on this site.
55. pattypatterson (Posts: 48; Member since: 28 May 2010)
This whole thing is bogus...if you were working as a salesman at a sprint store and someone came in who wanted sprint but wanted to wait for the iphone 5 what would they tell them if they wanted to close the deal that day besides no comment??? they would tell them sprint isnt getting the iphone 5 so the customer purchases something else
39. stealthd (Posts: 750; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
The iPhone 4 is still a good phone, not everyone wants to buy the latest, most powerful thing out there.
Now if they priced it at $200 on contract, that would be pretty dumb.
54. dkpitman (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
I bet this is just a marketing strategy from Apple. They've already had all of their competitors release their "flagship" phones on/or around the perspective dates that were "leaked" for Apple's over the last few months. Maybe they're trying to see what other companies are going to release phones with Sprint to figure out how to market the Iphone 5 better? I feel like this is a lot like "Wag the Dog" just without the war.
"B3 bomber? I don't know anything about a B3 bomber."
3. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
dang. that will be hilarious if it happends. It will be a major Sprint FAIL.
8. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Yea that would pretty much finish them off and put them out of business
17. traccer055 (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Sep 2009)
yes because they are dying now. sprint is fine without the iphone. all the iphone would've done is allowed a lot more under privileged people to get one.
20. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
so.. wait.. you have been touting the iphone4 as the savior of the cell word for quite a while.. so why then if sprint only gets an unaltered iphone4, will it sink them? Is it THAT BAD of a phone that its going to kill a network!?! lol. Theyve survived with no iphones for 4 iterations now. Somehow i think they will be ok.. lol
38. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Sprint has been losing money for a while now and they lose customers every quarter. If they don't get the iPhone 5 they will lose even more customers. Plus AT&T and VZW are competing with them in price now with their prepaid plans. Sprint could be done real soon. The iPhone 5 would be a savior for them.
43. Kjayhawk (Posts: 266; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
I would think that a lot of people that wanted the iphone would have left sprint and gone to AT&T or verizon. Still no doubt it would get them more customers. But Sprint is starting to do better.
56. DownSouthLivin (unregistered)
Those prepaid plans you speak of offered by AT&T and Verizon only allow certain feature phones to be used with those plans. I guess if you're someone who doesn't mind not having the latest and greatest Android offering or one of the iPhones then that is a decent plan. Although both Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile offer better plans and phones. For the record you are like the 150,001 person to say that Sprint is all but dead and yet they keep coming back for more. Maybe you guys will be right one of these times.
46. wumberpeb (Posts: 380; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
Sprint actually gains customers, Nextel keeps losing them...eventually Nextel will shrivel and die, hopefully sooner rather than later. The CDMA-based push-to-talk that's meant to entice Nextel business customers to move to Sprint is about a full year late...
...by the way, if the iPhone 5 is rumored to be receiving the iPad2 proc, will it have the same GPU or just a variant? I'd never realized it until yesterday when I was reading the SGS2 review on Anandtech that the iPad GPU was roughly twice as powerful as the new Mali-400 in the SGS2. While its overkill for a smartphone, what are the odds of something even remotely close to the tablet GPU showing up in the new iDevice? My guess is Apple could get some serious mileage out of a GPU with nearly 10GB/s of memory bandwidth
58. reginald.valme (unregistered)
Why would you say that,Sprint is one of the leading phone companys out there so this might turn out to be a success!!
44. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Not really considering the iPhone 5 is better than 99% of the Crapdroid phones on the market.
Seriously, most of the Android phones are like poop thrown out to customers like chimpanzees.
45. wumberpeb (Posts: 380; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
You're an idiot...
...and you talk about poop quite a bit
51. networkdood (Posts: 4749; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Aren't most iphone customers just like chimps or lemmings??
57. DownSouthLivin (unregistered)
Swing and a miss. Keep trying though, I have a feeling that one of your posts are eventually going to be funny or witty. Not yet, but hang in there.
4. BarneyDroid (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)
I think that this is due to the unstability of the LTE network coming to Sprint. It looks as if Apple is building the iPhone 5 around LTE and they already committed to Sprint. No LTE=No iPhone 5. So the next logical step would be to build an iPhone 4s with WIMAX capabilites.
5. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 373; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
Sprint 3rd best phone company, Wat a joke, keep trying to stop that merger of ATT and T-Mobile cause if it happens get ready to.close shop,
6. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Apple wants to press pause on patent suits, calls Motorola a lame duck.
What a tongue twister by rotten Apple, Samsung should calls Apple a lame duck.
9. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
What does this have to do with anything?
7. E.N. (Posts: 2216; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Although I doubt it, I hope they this is true. It would mean more iPhone 5s for AT&T and Verizon
10. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)
I just wait to see what happens nobody knows for sure.hey as a sprint customer im glad that the phone is coming it will be a big boost for us.
11. Cree (unregistered)
This story is garbage. They will be getting the iP5. Again this article is written to give Apple more momentum towards their launch date and bigger anticipation and speculation for more carriers rather than AT&T and Verizon getting their exclusive deal. They will also announce that they will have Flash available for all iOS devices.
My belief is that the iP5 will be launched on Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T, while the iP4 will become priced at $99 on all carriers as well as their entry level phone. T-Mobile could be the odd one out, but they may get the iP5 as well.
Why would Sprint want to carry a year and half old phone? Doesn't make sense.
40. bsweetftbll (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
IOS will never have flash, i would bet an iPhone on it
12. RWS74 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)
This is real disappointing, who would even consider buying last year's device when AT&T and Verizon are getting the 5. SMH!!!/:(
18. traccer055 (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Sep 2009)
someone who cant afford Verizon and At&t plans
13. jroc74 (Posts: 3455; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Even if it is the iPhone 4, it going to Verizon taught us there are folks that still want it. Especially if folks like Sprint's network and plans, it might have record sales on Sprint too.
14. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)
There is no way in hell that a carrier would offer a year and a half phone to keep their business alive, the iP5 has to be coming in
15. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Yea if the next iPhone is a minor upgrade you could just get the 4 and with iOS 5 with would be almost as good for a cheaper price. I can't wait for iOS 5. I'll most likely get the new iPhone too, but depending I could possibly hold off until next year and see what's out and hopefully iPhone will have an LTE model by then.
16. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)
I changed my comment at the last second Taco lol. Dude that would be such a huge fail on Sprint it would not even be funny. Why would you want to keep a business alive with a phone that is that old? I know it sells like crazy, but you would bring in SO MUCH MORE REVENUE with the OS. Honestly lol.
19. traccer055 (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Sep 2009)
Because a lot of non techies wouldn't care. Do you really think that many 30+ people really care as long as it plays all the apps that are out there.
Just remember right now there are people still buying iphone even though any person with half a brain can do any basic research and know the iphone 5 is coming out in a few weeks
26. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)
No, I would still care. Nobody wants something outdated. That's like saying I want a flip phone when iOS5 is out lol. The new phones incorporate new technology, with faster processors and better displays, etc. People should be better informed about phones. Not just buy something old and buggy, if there is any problems.
21. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
if they are selling it for 100 bucks or less, it will sell quite well regardless of the version. people will be happy to just have the choice where they didnt before.
25. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)
Yeah, but what happens if people get the iPhone 4 with Sprint, then they see a TV ad saying IOS 5 is out for another carrier? People will get pissed, rerun the phone, and switch carriers. Its that simple lol. Unless they don't care. Then everyone is happy. But I'm positive, on my behalf, I would switch for the iPhone 5. The notification system is 10 times better than any other phone IMO. Especially with the new hardware. According to the rumors, that is lol.
28. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)
I know you can, but wouldn't you want a bigger screen to run it? Or a beastly A5 processor that can give you better battery life? It isn't just about IOS 5, Its what the operating system comes on, too. The iPhone 4 does have a great design, but it only gets better as the phones come out. I haven't seen them downgrade yet, and I don't plan on seeing 250+ new features implemented on a 3.5" screen the way it has been. But that is my input.
32. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
ios5 will end up on the iphone4, so thats not a concern. As far as the rest, the iphone5 isnt a huge leap forward so i doubt most will know enough of a difference to care other than the obvious bigger camera and ever so slightly bigger screen.
35. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)
Yeah I would be coming from an Evo, so from my perspective, bigger than a 3.5" is a big thing for me lol.
22. HYST1 (unregistered)
Wtf is Traccer005 talkin ppl can't afford at&t or VZW first of all at&t sucks bad signal and has a cap on data and so does Verizon so goes to show how much u knoe...sprint all da way
34. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
if att service sucks so bad and sprint does not, why does sprint lose more customers per month then any other company? hmmmmmmmmm......
59. tiberius183 (unregistered)
A variety of factors.
1. Cheaper ETF (at least before 9/9)
2. Cheaper plans bring certain..."undesireables" who feel like they're entitled and like to hustle the company, and if they don't get their way, they throw a tantrum and leave.
3. The vast majority of the customers lost are iDEN (Nextel, to the not-phone-saavy), Sprint's deliberately letting the Nextel side die off since its more trouble than its worth. If I remember correctly, years ago a Sprint exec even said the acquisition of the iDEN network was a big mistake.
23. superguy (Posts: 259; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Somehow, people will find a way to blame this on AT&T.
24. biophone (Posts: 1877; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
At&t sells the 3gs still for a lower price. So maybe sprint will get a iphone 4 sell it for 50 dollars along with the cheap plans. That would combat android in the cheap smartphone specturm.
29. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2800; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
lol just call it the iphone 5, nobody will notice the difference anyway.
30. zippy7 (unregistered)
This is just another rumor, Sprint would pass on the IPHONE altogether if they could not launch with the latest model! I do agree with the article that this is just some sort of ploy to prevent leaking features of the next-gen iPhone model.
36. SprintUser123 (unregistered)
1st of all, everyone should be a little skeptical of this story considering 1 thing. The only source of this whole story is "A Sprint Sales Associate"...1...
Are you kidding me? we are supposed to take the word of 1 sales guy about what they are doing? Everyone has their own theories about the launch. I for one wouldn't believe anything that is said about the iPhone until it comes out by either Apple or Sprint themselves.
1 Sprint associate...wow...way to do a fact check...wish I could write a paper for college using just 1 source...
37. dj (unregistered)
this is sprint we re talking about... they are busy adding a keyboard or a 5 inch screen and coming up with a retarded name
41. parkwaydr (Posts: 571; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
just like sprint to pick up an outdated phone, but hey! at least its not another kyocera!!!
47. Phonecall01 (Posts: 88; Member since: 02 Apr 2009)
Now here's the thing: if Sprint only gets the iPhone 4 and it happens to be the only iphone version with 4G connectivity, that's still an advantage over iphone 5. Not to mention unlimited data.
49. paxmoooos (unregistered)
52. none ya (unregistered)
If that's true, then this is why Sprint is not #1. Epic fail
53. dkpitman (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
If this is true, then Microsoft needs to drop something like the Samsung Focus Flash into Sprint stores before October 15th. Bring specs and marketing that can capitalize and compete with the disappointment of the Iphone 4 in place of the 5. If not, I'll probably hold out for the 5.
60. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)
I don't know about the iPhone 4 but I talked to a Sprint rep at our local store. The guy said they can't say they're taking pre orders till it's announced and he expects that in the next couple weeks.