Analyst believes that the Sprint iPhone will become a reality before Christmas

Analyst believes that the Sprint iPhone will become a reality before Christmas
The times are indeed changing, especially when the smartphone landscape has changed dramatically over the course of the last few years, but through it all, the iPhone is still one of those devices that stir up plenty of attention.

Now that Verizon is switching over to a tiered system with its data plans, it’s being claimed by Citadel Securities analyst Shing Yin that Apple is looking to land a deal to bring the iPhone to Sprint since they currently hold highly coveted unlimited data plans that Apple prefers with the iPhone. In fact, Yin writes that the timing for the iPhone’s arrival isn’t going to be based on exclusives with AT&T and Verizon, but rather, he believes that the two would be unlikely to attempt delaying its introduction for legal reasons.

Moreover, Yin claims that Sprint would like to have the iPhone on board with its lineup before Christmas – to take advantage of the holiday rush of course. Considering that it’s a logical request on Sprint’s part, Yin goes on to say that “we see little reason for Apple to hold back." Without question, Sprint takes an aggressive approach when it comes to its service plans, and if they are able to land even the next-generation iPhone, it’ll undoubtedly prove to be a draw.

At this point, it’s almost unfathomable to not accept the inevitable reality, but it’s still too early for Sprint customers to start celebrating. Regardless, the next few months should indeed be interesting in Apple land as we wait for any official word regarding the next iPhone.

Thanks Damien!

via Barron’s & MacRumors

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20 Comments

1. iosmaster

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

apple winning =D

2. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

That's a good deal. Best phone with a cheap unlimited plan. Especially now that VZW and AT&T no longer have unlimited and T-mobile has "unlimited" that's capped at the same mark that VZW and AT&T are capped at. This will give Sprint a serious advantage.

11. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

everyone is grandfathered into unlimited if they dont have a smartphone yet you should be limited

3. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Is the profile of the typical iPhone customer the same as the typical Sprint customer? I think not. Don't get me wrong, I think that there would be increased volume of subscribers for Sprint if this happens, but not as many as for verizon since the average Sprint customer is more concerned with value and tech whereas the average iPhone customer is more concerned with cache and coolness. Plus, many of the Customers waiting for an iPhone got one when it became available for Verizon. I think that the I have talked myself out of worrying about the added traffic on Sprint's network for these reasons so I see it as all positive for Sprint...

5. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I think when it happens, Apple is going to sell a bunch of phones regardless. I don't think the profile of the typical sprint customer matters at all. Sprint sold a lot of Palm Pres because it was supposed to be an alternative to the iPhone, or as people tried to label it...the iPhone killer. Anyway, it looks like a good move for Apple but my question is what kind of radio will they put in it. The 3G and WiMax speeds on Sprint are horrible (at least in the places I've seen). So maybe they shoul wait for an LTE radio. Idk.

8. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

I agree that Apple will sell a bunch of phone regardless, I just do not want Sprint to get hit with too much traffic since I think they have been making all the right moves and they are my carrier of choice.Overall I think it would be great for Sprint to get teh iPHone even if I would never buy it...

9. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I hear ya! The iPhone seems to be the kiss of death to unlimited data plans for some reason. Hopefully LTE can help with some of that traffic.

12. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Yeah, It would make sense to put a WiMax radio in to deal with added bandwith or LTE if Sprint and Lightsquared could even be ready by then, but what chipset would they use? There have been no rumors as a result of new chipset orders or new suppliers with Apple Contracts other than the fallout with Samsung, and Apple has a deathlock on advancement of the phone. They never allow the phone to develop in leaps and bounds, only incremental improvements so they can incrementally bleed thier followers to death. iPad 2+?!? Give me a break! Anyway, if it does arrive in this timeframe, my guess is it would most likley be just 3G like the existing iPhones of today...

13. Gcombs unregistered

It would be nice if Apple sells the iPhone on all carriers. If sprint gets it this year it will have just a 3G radio. A 4G iPhone wont be out til 2012. Hopefully all carriers will get it. That would be insane to see people lining up at their respective carriers and Apple stores for a 4G LTE, WiMax, Hspa+ iPhone and I can see the news covering this all over. lol

19. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

While its a given that 3G speeds with sprint are indeed horrible, maybe around 200-500 kb/s or possibly worse, theres absolutely nothing wrong with WiMax speeds. Any iPhone user would LOVE to have 4-8 Mb/s AND unlimited data, and those are realistic numbers... Is it LTE fast? No, but it sure is better than 3G and its here NOW in many cities You really believe they should WAIT for LTE radios and be stuck with under a half a megabit or bandwidth? C'mon now

4. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Apple is too late. The All mighty Motorola Photon 4G(The Bionics twin) is on its way and so is sprints version of the SGSII. Also who wants to buy an IPhone 4 when the 4s or 5 is coming out around the corner?

6. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Just for the record the top five smartphones ever sold: 1.iPhone 4 2.iPhone 3gs 3.iPhone 3g 4.Nokia 5800 Xpress Music 5.Blackberry Pearl I'm not a fanboy but I think it's funny when people say "My phone is way better than the iPhone and it sells more than it too" actually no smartphone has. Those people must be counting up all Android sales which would include hundreds possibly into the thousands of android phones ever made.

10. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Its safe to say that the iPhone will be the best selling device for a little while longer, but I don't think that makes it the best smartphone. After all, Motorola sold a ton of RZR (razors) even while Nokia was putting out way better devices. The best phone is based on what people like. If I like WebOS, I'll most likely express that no matter what phone sells better. And that's how it should be, everyone should love the phone they will have for the next year or two. But you're right. Most people usually refer to the OS when talking about smartphones, so yes they are counting the "thousands" of Android devices made. But that's the way it's been for a while now.

15. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

You took the words out my mouth. Its like the Play station 3

17. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Sorry stupid comment cut off >.< i ment to say its like the Sony PS3 < Nintendo Wii Situation again. Wii may have sold more Units but the PS3 has way better specs.

14. damienh28

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 23, 2010

Thanks Damien, No Problem lol

20. iosmaster

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

iPhone 5 will beat all records again with a global starT launch of 25 million handsets BUAHAHAHAHAHA

21. iosmaster

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

REMEMBER APPLE HAS BEEN WORKING WITH CHINAS CARRIERS BUAHAHAHAHA

22. Uzzelien

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

The problem is that people have said Sprint will get it for awhile now and it hasn't. They shouldn't say anything till it hits the FCC like it's going have to do.

23. Ghostingly unregistered

Is this part of the reason there is no iPhone 5 as of yet? Is Apple waiting on/negotiating with Sprint? I'd rather wait (probably in vain) for a Pre 3.

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