Sprint to bet the farm on a $20 billion Apple deal over the next 4 years, iPhone 5 exclusivity in tow?
15. Kjayhawk (Posts: 292; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
If sprint did manage to pull off this deal DAMN!!!! thats exactly what sprint needs, the iPhone.
I really want this to be true! I'm leaving sprint, for Verizon. But it would be very cool to see sprint have an exclusive to the iPhone and see Verizon have the Nexus Prime! See them go head to head... Of course the iPhone would obliterate the Nexus Prime. But still it would be cool to see.
I guess we will figure out tomorrow what happens.
21. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)
"Of course the iPhone would obliterate the Nexus Prime."
Are you stupid? Barely anything is changing on the iPhone 5. It will look just like all of the other iPhone models. :)
28. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)
Dude look at the 4 iPhone models they have released. The ui looks the same. The screen is so damn small. They upped the speed a little in each one, but that is it.
For someone to say it will obliterate the Prime (which isn't even out yet), is stupid. I think you are asking the wrong person how they know anything.
I give it a speed improvement, but that is all. Maybe a little better battery. It is so damn boring. But everyone has a different opinion and I respect that. People just sound stupid.
37. thethingis (unregistered)
The thing is.. it WILL obliterate the PRIME in sale. I hate to say it, being a huge Android fan, but it's true.
Apple marketing will make this thing sell, sell, and sell.. just the fact that it's a new model will have people screaming for one. That's how apple has consumers thinking right now.
There are those of us that follow this stuff and see the PRIME as a better phone (subjective), but the vast majority of the consumers have sold into the fact that the iPhone is the holy grail of phones. period.
For me.. I'm waiting and almost 100% locked in on the PRIME. I can't wait to get it!
57. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)
Yeah man, I'm excited for you to get ICS. That is going to be amazing. I bought the GSII, and I am still amazed at how fast and smooth it is. I can't wait to get it ported over to my phone. I have the honeycomb lockscreen and I am in love with it lol.
No doubt in my mind, Google will bring the asskicking with ICS.
69. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
no phone will come close or match the iphones in sale...apple have too much fans and have great marketing...but hey like you im waiting on the prime but till then im more than happy with my gs2 and iphone 4 combo....more sales does not mean better...
67. Kjayhawk (Posts: 292; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
Who ever thinks the prime will out sell the iPhone is f**king stupid. And to think it will come even close is just as stupid
72. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)
The thing is, is that people were waiting for an amazing android phone. The galaxy S II did just that. There are very few (patient) people that are waiting for it. I couldn't bare my Evolution any longer, and my phone is all rooted for ICS to get ported over.
Even then, I might keep this phone the way it is. It is just the fact I have options, not just waiting for Apple to release the new updates. And that is is all IOS 5 is. Call it innovative etc, but Apple will never leave what they have accomplished behind. I think they can do better honestly.
29. Laron (unregistered)
You have to realize, the average consumer or Apple fan doesn't care if the phone changes much. It's kind of like cars. Most cars keep the same body and shape for two to three, sometimes even four years, but the only thing they change are the tailights, headlight, grill, etc. Consumers want the newest, it's just the way it is and that is while some people might not like Apple or even despise them, their marketing strategy is second to none. I'm sure the Nexus Prime and Iphone 5 (if really released) will be great devices, but yes this is why it would be very easy for the Iphone 5 to obliterate the Nexus Prime in terms of sales.
31. Laron (unregistered)
I apologize for the errors in this, I didn't read it over.
33. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)
Yeah, maybe sales. Nobody can keep saving up money to buy a 600.00 phone every single month (Android). There are already awesome phones that Android has released already. The GSII has hit a record in Europe.
People are obviously not going to look up specs and give a squirt of piss with the iPhone. They look at it and think it is the greatest thing on the earth. My opinion, it is not. But that is just me.
Benchmarks have shown otherwise, SALES in the smartphone industry has shown that Google is wiping their floor with Apple. Maybe not on individual phones, but from a global perspective, they are kicking their ass.
39. Laron (unregistered)
This is true, in terms of worldwide sales. Google wants Android to reach all corners of the world, I believe I read that in an article. I prefer Android myself, but have no problem with Apple, if someone gave me one for my birthday or as a Christmas present I wouldn't ditch it for an Android, they're both great phones. I just like Google's vision, but I don't get attached, it's just a piece of technology lol.
73. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)
Lol it is hard not to get attached, especially when there is SO MUCH you can do on here. I don't use my laptop unless I absolutely have to. I download music, YouTube, pictures, facebook, tethering, I can't even put it all on here.
I do wish Android implemented the IOS notifications. Like screen on for messages/email, and the pop down box that shows the message when you are in an app. That I like about IOS. I have my GSII rigged to turn on and hitting search opens my messages, but I wish it was like IOS 5.
Other than that, IOS 5 is ehh.
32. Android4life (unregistered)
I don't understand why you would leave Sprint for expensive plans at Verizon. I dumped Verizon for Sprint, saving money and my service is stellar. Have fun getting ripped off.
40. Allday28 (Posts: 275; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
Whens the last time sprint has upgraded there wimax footprint?!! Ill gladly pay the extra 10 dollars a month on verizon for such a better roll out of LTE anyday. Sprint is garbage!!
52. TOdoubleD (Posts: 114; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)
Why would Sprint spend another dollar on Wimax expansion when they're switching to LTE at the beginning of 2012? What's funny about people like you is you think that just because a carrier doesn't work well for you, that it's garbage everywhere. It's the same dumb s**t on this site all the time. My carrier is better than yours and my phone is better than your phone. Good grief.
42. Chakra (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)
Congrats to you. Mabye sprint coverage isn't so stellar to him.
70. superguy (Posts: 272; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Better coverage, speed, and reliability come as reasons.
YMMV depending on where you live. But cost isn't the only consideration for a lot of people. You get what you pay for.
2. BrockSamson (unregistered)
I will laugh so hard if this is true :)
3. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Wow, disappointingly this ties the rumors together. Being an AT&T customer, I would be pretty angry knowing that I still have 1yr left on my 2yr agreement, and I can only "early upgrade" to an iPhone 4S, while Sprint customers get a better update with the 5. Granted, Sprint customers have been "angry" this whole time being without the iPhone until now. What a change in tides this would be!
13. Kjayhawk (Posts: 292; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
if anything it might come to sprint first, like the galaxy s2, but a sprint exclusive i doubt that. I'm leaving sprint today actually and returning to verizon. I would doubt it will be a sprint exclusive but thats just me. It would be pretty funny if this was true.
4. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)
How about the fact that every other customer needs an Airave to get any type of connection?? Their coverage sucks and thats why theyre in the hole....the iPhone wont help much
8. Who Said No (unregistered)
Did coverage sucks??? It all despends on were your at. I have the iphone 4 with AT&T and my service sucks. When I had sprint I had no Drop calls, I had no problem picking up signal
64. Phonecall01 (unregistered)
you need to do some research...
5. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
Why do I not believe that BGR report? Lets see, Sprint is dropping WiMax (which hasn't been expanded upon in a LONG time) for LTE. Why would Apple make their next iPhone exclusive on a network smaller than Verizon and AT&T? That's just utter foolishness.
14. Afterkick (unregistered)
20 billion dollars? Thats a lot of money my friend
46. Afterkick (unregistered)
Haha great point! I think its a great thing for sprint though, it'll get people I believe, just how many is the question. And is it enough to get people over with their spotty home network? We'll see what happens I guess, It'll be interesting at least.
6. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
F....ing retarded. I assume they might lose some potential business if this is true. It seems like a b.s. Story really, kinda abandoning iPhone fans that are on att and Verizon that were waiting on the I phone five that already had the iPhone four for a year and a half to just get pretty much the same phone. I sure hope this is not true.
7. Srinivas Korapati (unregistered)
No wonder why Verizon went on Samsung side in patent case between Apple and Samsung.
9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4628; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Wow like I have always said Sprint wants to win. I love Android & I love the fact that Sprint wants to do everything it can to say competitive. If Sprint makes a lot of money from this & gains a lot of customers then maybe Sprint can keep the unlimited plans hopefully forever. To me that is the MOST important thing. I am for Sprint making a lot of money even if they need the iPhone 5 to do it. Their plans are great & their customer service is wonderful. I love Sprint as a carrier & I love the direction they are going. This is an impressive move. Let's see if this will actually happen. Tomorrow we will find out if the Sprint iPhone 5 will be the only iPhone with 4G in the U.S.
66. NONBIASEDOPINION (unregistered)
If they get more customers, they will drop the unlimited option because there will be more customers eating up service. That's the main reason why carriers limit or slow data. Too many people using too much data ruins it for everyone.
10. Allday28 (Posts: 275; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
This would be a huge mistake on apple and sprints side!! They would piss off way to many iphone fans. This could really be the death of sprint with suge a huge deal like this if it doesnt work out right..
17. DJLegacy2kALLDAY (unregistered)
It can only help sprint, wtf are you talking about? iPhone customers are worthless and will go ANYWHERE the iPhone is. They will buy a 4s even though its a cheaper version of the 4 they already have. They dont care because they are pathetic and just want Apples nuts.
They will all run to Sprint too for unlimited data
20. Allday28 (Posts: 275; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
Yeah but sprints network is horrible and pathetic and its only gonna get worse if this happens. Sprint is so desperate for customers right now in case the att and tmobile deal goes through that dan hesse would probably sale his soul to the devil. This is alot of money for a company the size of sprint to invest into, and if doesnt work out they are gonna be screwed!! But thats ok with me cause all I really care about is the Vigor, Razr and Prime coming. Those are the three im gonna be choosing from..
38. DJLegacy2kALLDAY (unregistered)
But if sprint locks MILLIONS of people into the iPhone for 2 years, as long as they fix those network issues within 2 years people will stay for exclusives...same thing when the iphone launched on att...especially if sprint keeps unlimited data for a few years.
43. Allday28 (Posts: 275; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
Yeah and att is still having problems with there network to this day cause of that. Sprint fixing there network in a couple years i doubt it when att couldnt even do it with alot more money than sprint has. Plus sprint is gonna be switching to LTE so there goes more money down the drain.. Its all coming to being desperate..
54. TOdoubleD (Posts: 114; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)
Sprint has already begun network improvements through network vision. The more customers they add, the more money they make, the faster the network vision project is completed. I think some of you guys are going to be shocked at where Sprint is a year from now. And it's not in a bad way.
59. Allday28 (Posts: 275; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
Did you not read the article buddy?? There gonna be losing money for the first three years because of this!!
56. WhoWeTalkinBout (unregistered)
Yeah, ATT is still having problems with their network because building up and improving on their network is not really that high up on their list of things to do. ATT would rather gobble up T-Mo for 40 billion dollars then invest just a tenth of that into their current infrastructure and improve their towers. That is the difference between ATT and Sprint.
11. snowgator (Posts: 3346; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Ain't buying it. Period, end of story. Maybe there is a period where Sprint get's to sell the iPhone 5 before Verizon and AT&T. But only Sprint? Not until we hear it from Apple and Sprint.
12. Heatfan316 (Posts: 497; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
WSJ is usually a legit source, when nobody believed the iphone4 would launch on Verizon, they predicted it, so I don't know what to believe about this rumor, we shall see tomorrow.
16. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)
wow holy sh*t im happy because im a sprint customer and im glad to see the iphone finally here. I may not like the phone but i have to be real and know that it will sell. old boy danny pulled one of his ass lol
18. squallz506 (unregistered)
i cant see sprint getting the 5 while everyone else has the 4S. i could see sprint getting a wimax iphone while at&t gets an hspa+ and verizon is stuck with EVDO. im not a big fan of ios or the iphone, but i think sprint having the fastest 4g iphone (if at&t gets an hspa+ that is) during the winter shopping season and tax refund month could give them a huge boost in subscribers. lets not forget that thousands of people are getting their first smartphones everyday. im on VM and hope this doesnt effect my download rate (~900kbp/s) or plan pricing ($25/mo).
23. Laron (unregistered)
So... What I get out of this article is that Sprint is trying to pull an AT&T move, like when AT&T was the only carrier that offered the original Iphone. I hope that this move works for Sprint, and I hope with the incoming money that Sprint hopes to get from this move, they invest in their network to keep data unlimited.
44. Allday28 (Posts: 275; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
Thats a problem cause they will be actually be losing money for the first three years or so.
24. baldilocks73 (unregistered)
This will never happen... sorry.
30. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)
I dont belive this at all.....phone scoop already posted this and it said nothing of a sprint only i5!
34. Androidguy (Posts: 7; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
Since the new iphone is starting to look pretty intersting to me i may by one just to have but my original plan was to buy one and sell it on ebay..hmm..i guess ill buy one and sell the other on ebay and in case i hate the other iphone too, ill sell that one also! problem solved :). probably gonna by a droid razor or vigor wit the money anyway lol.
35. bubba78 (Posts: 55; Member since: 23 May 2011)
The article on PA says Sprint will buy 30.5 million iPhones over the next 2 years, but the actual Wall Street Journal article says 4 years.
49. corporateJP (Posts: 2324; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
That makes somewhat more sense, but is still crazy unattainable in my mind for a carrier like Sprint.
36. Veritech (unregistered)
Ironically, this makes a lot of sense. If you look at Apple product design and implementation trends. They've always been focusing on a thin and sleek look combined with state of the art technology. The downside with LTE is the chipsets are way too big to make a compact phone. For example, take a look at the Droid Charge, HTC Thunderbolt, and Droid Bionic. The LTE chipset made these phones huge and they cost more when compared to an hspa+ or a WiMax chipset. Think about it, it will only take apple a short time for them to have a second gen LTE chipset ready to go for iPhone 5s. Which would probably launch in June with even better specs. Most customer would be willing to wait 8 months to get the better LTE Version; I know I would. If Sprint thinks Launching the 32gb iPhone 5 will save them they're completely wrong. Why would anyone go to Sprint for the higher spec iPhone 5 (which, will probably cost $299.99 with 2 year discount)? When you can go to att or Verizon and get the iPhone 4s for $199.99 or just wait. Sprint just gave apple a lot of money and dug their own grave.
41. sid8911 (Posts: 54; Member since: 29 May 2010)
i remember the idea that , iphone wasnt gonna be on every carrier