A Sprint iPhone could sell 6 million units next year, says analyst

A Sprint iPhone could sell 6 million units next year, says analyst
Extrapolating from Verizon's 11% iPhone penetration since the iPhone 4 appeared in its portfolio, Gene Muster from Piper Jaffray concludes that the rumored appearance of the next iPhone on Sprint in October could net Cupertino 6 million units sold in 2012.

Granted, Verizon was all about Android until recently, and Sprint not so much, although it does carry the latest and greatest handsets with the green robot, so the number might be even larger than this 6 million iPhones prediction.

Using this working number, though, the analyst also calculated that the iPhone appearance on Sprint's network would boost Apple's growth from 30 to 37%. Sprint was having issues this last quarter with customer churn and a wider loss, so the iPhone arrival might be just what the doctor ordered to keep subscribers happy.

via AppleInsider



1. ChiquiKon

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

A lot happening on Sprint for the next Q..... Without underestimating the iPhone, I'm not too sure that Sprint customers, different from Verizon' s customers, have been waiting "desperately" for it to come to the "Now Network" and with other phones on the way..... This is going to be an interesting Q.

15. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

If iPhone comes to Sprint, it will break records and probably be their best selling phone. Let's not pretend that that won't happen.

19. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Let's pretend you aren't a fanboy for a second. Verizon's version of the iDiotPhone sold so well because of the long awaited hype of it coming to another carrier. But Sprint has a larger and more high tech Android variety than Verizon. Don't count on such a big splash at Sprint. Also look at the customer base, less Sprint users than at Verizon smaller numbers overall to tempt with the poisened Apple.

25. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

this are the so high tech android variety.. LG revolution..?next.. Droid Charge, Droid 3, Droid X2, how are all those phone selling... put al those together and maybe they will rival the iphone 5... put the Bionic and the SGII, and we have a fight.. but as for NOW.. is better to just shhhhhh for your own good.. mister

28. ChiquiKon

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

Oh God... gallitoking you just got confused? What darth8ball said was : "But Sprint has a larger and more high tech Android variety than Verizon" , and you just mention Verizon' s phones??!!!! There u go, another one judging numbers comparing one phone -the iPhone- to a whole OS- Adroid-......

29. ChiquiKon

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

Well, I' ll go back to u to tell u how many of my friends and co-workers ditched iPhone for an SII... hope to see u around to let u know ;)

2. Moo unregistered

When I owned the iPhone. I thought it was also ridiculous that it was only on At and t. Apple lost out offering it on other carriers. Finally they come out with it on Verizion but you can not surf and be on the phone at the same time because of the there cell phone technology. A cousin of mine that has a blackberry would of considered an iPhone on Verizon but now is considering an android device. I am only on AT and T still because of a discount i get without it. I would of gone to Tmobile or Sprint awhile ago. That alliance with AT and T and Apple to only sell it through them at first opened it more for Android. Thanks Apple and A T and T. Hugs his Nexus S

6. spanky

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

Just so you know Sprint does offer pretty substantial employee discounts for where you work... on top of their already low pricing... and unlimited data..

16. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

yeah sprint employee discounts is 27% and att is 19% I have worked for both of them.

18. IHatePhones

Posts: 99; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

My friend works for Sprint and gets a 100% discount for his service.... Did you work for coporate or 3rd party Sprint?

21. spanky

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

27% is for working at JP morgan/Chase bank. not sprint employee discount haha FRAUD

22. twinaudi

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 24, 2011

yea buddyyyy!!!

8. ChiquiKon

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

I never thought about it but yeah, it seems that the exclusivity on At&T at the begging opened the door for Android to expand on other carriers.

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The iPhone will sell any where it gets goes to. Sprint has been a PRO Android carrier. I think that when people try the iPhone they WILL see the differences & will go back to Android. I have extensive time with an iPhone 4 & I truly feel limited with it. I can do so much more with an Android device that it would be a deal breaker if I had to go back to the iPhone’s limitedness. People who are on Sprint are more into technology & know the difference between Android & iOS. It should be very interesting, how the addition of the iPhone to the NOW network plays out. I think for the iPhone to make a huge splash it needs to be WiMAX 4G. I don't think it will do well if it's only 3G. Lets see if it's 4G or not. Sprint has probably the most knowledgeable people when it comes to Android. I can bet my paycheck that no one on Sprint will tell you that their 3G phone is 4G like some customers do on other carriers! (**cough** Verizon & AT&T customers! **cough**) lol :-)

5. sniperace

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

Super I'm with you on that one. Customization is everything and thats what android gives. I need a phone with 20hrs of talk time or a removable battery. I had the Iphone but can't go back after using android. Samsung Galaxy SII here I come!

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

With Android people take customization for granted. If someone goes to an iPhone after Android, they will notice that there is NO customization. To me customization is key, I love that I can make my phone be whatever I like it to be. I would get sick if I had iOS for 2 years straight. It would be like you are locked in a panic room for 2 years! I literally would go crazy! I can jailbreak the iPhone to customize it but then I might as well just have an Android phone then. You can customize an Android phone & never root it. Then I can take it further if I decide to root it. I hear ya loud & clear sniperace! Customization is where it’s at. It’s like having a new phone whenever I want!

13. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Let's not turn this into a Android vs iPhone conversation. Like I've said before, many people have ditched Android and not gone back. Even some smartphone reviewers on popular tech sites have left Android. I really don't know who you're trying to convince. If you like Android, good for you. But some people actually like having great applications over moving backgrounds and 30 choices for a clock/weather icon.

14. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

And in addition, don't be fooled by these percentages about how Android is soaring and increasing by 61% or whatever. I think Android users are getting a little big-headed and they're thinking that Android is doing very well because people no longer have an interest in other OSes. But that's wrong. Android basically has no new competition right now. The Pre is dead, Windows Mobile is not capturing many consumers, and the iPhone 4 will soon by 1.5 years old.

20. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

E.N. my strength is math so let's break things down to the simple common denominator. Android is an open system, open means choice, freedom. Americans have been fighting for these freedoms for over 230 years. iOS is a closed system, closed means controlled, limitations. Move to Cuba, or N. Korea for a couple of years and tell me then which is better. Choice = Freedom Control = Dictatorship SImple

26. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

jajaja dude stick to math .. not history.. jajajajja

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

E.N., I am sorry but every great app that is on iOS is also on Android. Android has great apps, I have 2 32GB micro SD cards full of them. So your great application argument is debunked. I like Android because I don't have to be stuck with an OS. I would puke if all I had was iOS forever! With Android I can customize the look, feel, & operation of an OS without rooting. With Apple you only get one OS & that is it. I also have the ability to root my phone to whatever I want & have even more options. I can even overclock my phone if I like. There is STILL so much more you can do with the phone & all my apps STILL work great. I am not making this an Android vs. Apple thing, I am just stating the TRUTH. It’s funny you know people who left Android & never went back. Well I know people who left Apple & feel liberated, I also know people who got an iPhone 4 & have admitted that they should have stuck with Android, because there is more to a phone than just looks. These people value freedom & functionality, something that Apple hasn’t evolved in it’s iOS. Basically it’s the SAME iOS from the original iPhone back in 2007.

4. Moo unregistered

My favorite line lately is "My iphone 4 is 4g! isnt it?" I just sold my old iphone 3g's for 40% more than what I paid for them. Do not miss them at all. Thanks i$heep...

9. Moo unregistered

I did my time with ios. Its a waste of time.

10. andro unregistered

Are there 6 million idiots out there,hmmm guess there might be! Even so idiot or not many will be pr brainwashed into but the next iphone anyhow. Alot of those sale will be from current isheep updated from 'older' iphones to available of the universe changing updates the iphone 5 is providing with a 8 mp camera and 0.5 inch larger screen

11. andro unregistered

An APPLE can be rotten and have worms inside......6 million isheep will still buy it anyhow

12. Bigandtall2 unregistered

I have my Sprint iPhone. Motorola Photon 4G. Totally satisfied.

23. twinaudi

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 24, 2011

sprint will take over with there great plans

24. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

i agree the photon is monster F*ck a iphone

30. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I never believe these analyst and their predictions. Look at Verizon they didn't sell that many Iphones as AT&T did.

31. Kekussss unregistered


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