Sprint nabs the Apple iPhone 4S, with unlimited data still tacked on?
Saving it for nearly the end, Apple mentioned that this world phone is going to be sold by Sprint – the carrier that’s been making the headlines of late about possibly landing some kind of exclusive. Even though there was no mention of a WiMAX equipped iPhone or an iPhone 5, we’re sure that Sprint customers are still cheering to the good news that the beloved smartphone is making its way to the carrier. And it's also good to know that not only the 4S, but the iPhone 4 8GB will also be available with the country's third-largest carrier.
However, things will surely start heating up now that customers have more options in terms of who to go with when purchasing the iPhone 4S. Granted that there isn’t any “4G” moniker attached to the iPhone 4S, one will really need to look at the deciding factors that would make Sprint a slightly more appealing option. In fact, it begs the question whether or not Sprint will retain its current truly unlimited data plan offering with the iPhone 4S.
To tell you the truth, it’d be difficult to see them change their stance on that one, especially when they spent a good amount of money in advertising their prowess in unlimited data plans. And in a world where belts are being squeezed all the time, it’s always refreshing to know that Sprint continues to give its customers the flexibility of chomping down on as much data as their hearts desire – compared to the throttled speeds and overage charges that its rivals smack customers with once they’ve reached their allotment.
Currently, there is no concrete confirmation regarding the data plan for the iPhone 4S, but we’re crossing our fingers that it stays firmly to what it has in place right now. We’ve reached out to Sprint regarding the matter, so we’ll update this article once we find out.
We just heard back from Sprint, but unfortunately, they're not yet ready to provide details regarding the data plan for the iPhone 4S. Thankfully, details are sure to come out in the very near future about it – especially when launch day is already getting close!
1. tlang1064 (Posts: 47; Member since: 21 Feb 2010)
I hope it stays unlimited...I just might consider the iPhone 4s if so. We don't get 4g in Memphis TN yet anyway.
3. monstermash123 (unregistered)
If Sprint wants to distinguish itself and REALLY steal customers, they will keep the unlimited plan and advertise the hell out of that point AND brag about an unlimited hotspot feature.
4. ZayZay (Posts: 530; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
Their hotspot is no longer unlimited. Only the use on the phone. It's 5GB hotspot now.
5. Laron (unregistered)
And..... That sucks that there is now a cap. Atleast the phone plans still offer unlimited data, but Sprint Customers that have a corp ID still will get the unlimited mobile hotspot feature. I work for Sprint btw.
6. iphone..really? (unregistered)
The only reason the iphone is probably still going to sell is because of its introduction to Sprint. Period. The phone is a big dissapointment. All my customers (I work for Verizon) walk into my store saying "I want the iphone." and when I ask them why an iphone and not an Android they ALWAYS say I DONT KNOW ISNT THE IPHONE BETTER? Nope! Apple is barely releasing a product that can match up to MOST androids. dual core, 1 GHZ processor, 8 MP camera. there are way better phones out there that have more features like lets say.....LTE, expandable memory, more free apps. No wifi required for video chatting.
7. ecml490 (unregistered)
I think Sprint should've of put a hold on the iPhone, for this year at least. They should focus on fixing their data issues before having the iPhone on their network. I currently own the Epic Touch 4G and getting on average 0.30-0.70Mbps download and 0.00-0.25Mbps uploads speeds (3G Speeds) and that's pretty sad. I understand when they air their commercial about them not slowing you down if you reach a certain limit, because you're already going slow from the start. And when the iPhone comes to their network I'm sure my data speeds are going to get a lot worse than it already is. So Sprint needs to beef up their network pretty soon!
8. i know (unregistered)
The truth is that sprint will not be able to keep unlimited data. The thing about the iPhone is that it is so easy to use (basic), that you find a lot of basic phone users switching to it. Carriers spend such a premium in the iPhone(600 plus), that's its even hard to make money back on the data plans. How can a company that's been bleeding customers and loosing money from the Nextel and wimax deal expect to support unlimited data with limited funds and bandwidth? And then they just spent 20 bill on the iPhone deal. Att and Verizon both moved to tiered due to data strain and they both have more money to invest than sprint. The unlimited data is just a marketing ploy to draw in new subscribers. Don't expect it to last. Unlimited data is done.
12. WhoWeTalkinBout (unregistered)
I love how all these *experts* keep saying that Sprint unlimited data is going away. Its still here, I also love how they think that the addition of the iPhone means that data is going to be used infinitely more than it is now. Truth of the matter is Android users use far more data than iPhone users. We will see how well your predictions pan out Mr. "I know", I am not putting too much faith in your fear mongering though.
9. droidziphonezs (unregistered)
Anyone knows if nexus is coming to sprint or only verizon?
15. ecml490 (unregistered)
I think it will go as it usually does.... It will stick with one carrier for a certain period then it will go to another carrier later on... But not sure which carrier it will go to but likely Verizon first since there's more evidence saying so...
10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5173; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Att and Verizon got rid od unlimited data. And i just lost mine on Att. Hopefully Sprint will keep their unlimited data data pman oe theyll loose lost of conaumers. And i blame the iphone on Att for loss on my unlimited data.
13. WhoWeTalkinBout (unregistered)
If you already had unlimited data then you were grandfathered in. If you lost your unlimited data that means you made changes to your account and then were not allowed to go back. Oh and for Christ's sake please try and not have a seizure next time you are posting on a comment board.
17. box (unregistered)
Or they had non-smartphone unlimited data, but your statement is accurate. Enabling the hotspot feature causes the unlimited data to be lost
11. pena411 (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
Its nice that sprint is getting the iphone 4S. From what i here they weill be changing there Plans. roumors says they will follow at&t and verizon data cap. No wonder sprint is in 3rd place. they are just followers not leaders.
20. Uninformed (unregistered)
Followers? As a former employee and loyal fan, you obviously don't know much about firsts. First to 4G, albeit WiMax and not as capable as LTE, but beat eveyone else by 2 years. First to offer AnyMobile, Anytime calling. First to offer mobile-mobile calling, first to offer NIGHT and weekends (yeah, I just went back to 1998). Check with the FCC and see who owns the most bandwith out there. Once they can off load the Nextel network, that additional spectrum will be available for 3G/4G. Just in case you can't see where I'm going, more spectrum = unlimited data.
14. WhoWeTalkinBout (unregistered)
Oh and where did you hear that? You and old Hesse play a round of golf down at the country club? No, no you did not and you have no idea what Sprint is doing with their data plans but thanks for playing.
16. Teehee (unregistered)
The Sprint 3G that i use in my market is pretty much untapped, its download and upload speeds are relatively quick. However, I do recall reading an article about Sprint "testing" for the iPhone, and while this so-called "testing" was happening my data speeds started to slow, 4G data was still decent but i could tell that it wasn't its usual self. And with the other bit about them doing whatever they are doing to their network on October 7th, I think they might have had plans already in the workings to beef up their 3G for the iPhone. I'm not too bugged about the situation i'm sure they have seen the mistakes made by At&t and Verizon's Iphones.
18. snowgator (Posts: 3015; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Guess Sprint's LTE/Clearwire/Lightsquared/infrastructure/finance/iPhone/drop iDen/more towers plans are pretty important. All of them are vital to them going from being a distant third to being a serious threat to AT&T and Verizon. If they stumble in any of these plans over the next couple years, it will be very hard to recover.
19. packer242 (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Remember ramors that u start yourself don't count as a ramor mill ok; that that's out of the way; speaking on Sprint not being leaders on things; let me just bring u up 2 speed on some info. u may not b aware of; 1) Network, Sprint was the first major carrier n the US to launch an all digital network from the ground up, not A&TT, Not Verizon because there was no Verizon, Not T-Mobile; 2) Sprint was the first major carrier n the US 2 launch mobile 2 mobile, Not the other carriers; 3) Sprint was the first major carrier n the US 2 have 3G phones running on there network; 4) Sprint was the first major carrier n the US 2 launch push 2 talk on there 3G CDMA network; 5) Sprint was the first major carrier n the US 2 launch, maintain, market & sale 4G services 2 customers; 6) Sprint was the first major carrier n the US 2 launch & market truly unlimited plans 4 voice, data, & text 4 under $70. Now, 4 a company that isn't a leader just a follwer, they sure lead n a lot of things. I'm just saying;
22. Perry83 (unregistered)
I agree with packer242, Sprint has been a leader in the industry and started many trends (Evo 4G, Mobile Hotspot, etc...) and was one of the founding members in OHA (open handset alliance), which resulted in Google's Android OS. They have many changes ahead and, as a long time sprint customer, Im excited for Network Vision and am waiting to hear what they announce on Oct 7th.
23. G (unregistered)
Androids are cheap phones with high return/exchange rates. And glitchy as hell. Get the iphone its reliable ,consistent and easy to use and ios 5 will be amazing. Verizon refuses to push iphone. Theyre all crazy............