Sprint CEO Hesse confirms it will keep unlimited data on new Apple iPhone, even if it is LTE

Sprint CEO Hesse confirms it will keep unlimited data on new Apple iPhone, even if it is LTE
CNET had a chance to speak to Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and the executive said that the carrier would continue to offer unlimited data to purchasers of the next iteration of the Apple iPhone. Hesse said that will be the case even if the next iPhone offers LTE connectivity as many expect it to. Talking about offering unlimited data for the launch of the next generation of  Apple's iconic smartphone, Hesse said, "I'm not anticipating the unlimited plan would change by that point. That's our distinctive differentiator."

To show how powerful offering unlimited data on the Apple iPhone is, Sprint released its latest quarterly earnings report on Wednesday which showed that the carrier activated 1.5 million units of the iPhone in the three month period. Of that total, a whopping 44% came from new customers, a testimony to those Apple iPhone users swapping carriers to receive unlimited data on the device.

Hesse said that by offering unlimited data for the Apple iPhone, Sprint is getting people to sign up with the carrier whom normally might have selected AT&T or Verizon. The executive said that the combination of the handset and unlimited data is a perfect match. "Frankly, it's a marriage made in heaven," he said. "We're clearly attracting customers from our competitors."

While Sprint's CEO had no inside information on the release of the Apple iPhone, or at least, had no info that he was willing to divulge, he did say that he expects all carriers to get the same device at the same time. That means that if one carrier gets a version of the iPhone with LTE connectivity, all carriers will get the phone with the same feature.

source: CNET

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19 Comments

1. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Honestly I would rather have a throttled Verizon/AT&T iPhone than an unlimited Sprint iPhone

10. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It depends on the data plan you use. The plan I'm using right now is $130, which includes the first 2 lines, unlimited data and text, and 1500 minutes. The bargain, though, is that every line added afterwards is $20 for the same thing. Right now we have 5 phones on our with unlimited data for a total of $190 before tax and insurance. This is WAY less than similar plans from AT&T and Verizon. Nice phone screen, by the way, but I think I may have you beaten!

16. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Sprint and Tmobile definitely have At&t and Verizon beat on prices, i have to give it to you there. I know! our gorilla glass smart phones cant handle us!

13. CommentBoxEnforcer

Posts: 99; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Haha..u like f**k t-mobile

2. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

I'd rather tie two tin cans together with a piece of string than use a sprint iphone. or any iphone for that matter

15. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Why...?

3. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Yes unlimited data is a great thing, but is it really worth it if you only get roughly .2mbps? usually less.

17. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

If its LTE you can expect more then sufficient data speeds. Plus unlimited sounds great. Question is how big that map of LTE is.

4. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Did they ever fix the issue with the slow 3g speeds on the iPhone on Sprint? That has to be an embarrassment on Sprints end.

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

3G is slow on Sprint regardless. It's not just an iPhone thing. We trade speed for price.

7. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Lol yea we get a bad trade, but when I am in a wimax 4g area, I use it to the fullest. I get about 3-9mbs on 4g but only on the go, 3G with have to do while im at work :(

9. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'd much rather pay $20/month on my family plan for unlimited internet (plus 4G and insurance costs) and get slower downloads than pay $50+ on Verizon or AT&T.

12. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Haha so true, I have 1 extra line on my account and can't pick who I want to use it. Maybe I will do what everyone else does and just get a new phone with it and switch it to my main line haha

5. Kaze105

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

If only I didnt get 200kbps download on sprint compared to 6.5mbps download on AT&T, I would have switched to sprint. (or did they fix this to at least 1-2mbps? problem still occured when I tested and tried it during feburary this year)

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Then why bother charging a extra 10$ premium package for?

11. christony1120

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Whats the point of getting unlimited speeds when your hardly have coverage, signal strength, and crappy speeds. No duh you need unlimited because of all the waiting your doing while loading something. People say unlimited and crappy speeds are better but i honestly think it's one retarded idea to go for

14. Markizzle21

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Im not the biggest fan of sprint but the one thing I do have to say is if your lucky enough to live in a Wimax area or a good 3g speed of sprint you are good. Ive seen so many mixed signals from sprint literally. Where I live for a few months I had 2mbps download and over 1mb upload. Now its like .2mb download and .1mb upload. But to have LTE and if their footprint is true. Unlimited LTE will be beautiful but patience is the key factor. Its hard to deal with I know.

18. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

With only one Sprint tower in my entire area, I had to cross Sprint off the list of choices for my family when we were shopping around. I would have taken slower speeds to save money. No problem at all counting to 5 to get my web page instead of counting to 2. But, you do need actual reception......

19. Packer29

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

Hope you enjoy that unlimited 3g garbage unless you happen to be one of the lucky few who got wimaxx wich is a joke compared with Verizon Lte and even when Sprint gets lte it won't be has good has Verizon's!

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