Sprint has already inked a deal to offer the iPhone 5, Bloomberg says

Sprint has already inked a deal to offer the iPhone 5, Bloomberg says
Up until now, a Sprint iPhone 5 was nothing more than a rumor - the Wall Street Journal dug up some internal information about the phone coming to the third-largest carrier, but now Bloomberg says that it’s official and Sprint has already signed a deal to offer the iPhone 5, due in October.

The publication casually mentions the agreement as a done deal in an article centering around the AT&T and T-Mobile merger, and Sprint’s reaction to it:

"Sprint recently signed a deal to offer the iPhone 5, which is due in October. AT&T and Verizon already sell the popular phone."

Sprint has done a couple of things to make us thing that it's possible - it's increasing its early termination fee to $350, doubling its upgrade fee to $36 and some users have mentioned that their early upgrade options have been moved to a couple of months earlier.

Little is known about the actual iPhone 5, though, with rumors so different that they often contradict each other as some say the device will come with a bigger, 4”+ screen, while the rest claim that the device will come with a display sized closer to the one on the iPhone 4.

source: Bloomberg

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45 Comments

1. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

YAYYYYYYYY. F YOU ATT - I ghost

34. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea...IF this is true...smart business move by Sprint. For real its a smart business move for all the carriers to get the iPhone. When did making more money become bad?

35. mannyfs

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

it always has, its the reason for everything including violence

45. WookieeArmy

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

Off topic! I agree none the less tho!

36. dv unregistered

The argument can be made for this move not being a good business move. The cost to the carrier for subsidisation for the iPhone is a nightmare for carriers especially one that has a cash flow crisis like Sprint. The shared revenue of data that goes to the almighty Apple. That would be the small percentage Apple negotiates to get out of the monthly data fee that the iPhone requires. This move proved to be a monumental blunder for AT&T financials. The strenghth and position Verizon's leadership have were able to negotiate a much more favorable agreement from a financial standpoint. With Sprint they don't exactly negotiate from a power position so I can't imagine they are getting the better end of the stick. I would imagine they would want the draw and sheer subscriber numbers this may bring as well as possible pull through customers that don't cost them money to do business that might want one of the POS Android phones they hauk at Sprint stores that the sheeple love cuz they get their internet and Facebook but don't mind a unstable OS that randomly reboots!

43. matistight

Posts: 956; Member since: May 13, 2009

yeah, cause when it went to Verizon, SOOOOOOOO many people actually went to verizon iphone. just 3% is verizon....

37. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

LOL, why are you saying that - SPRINT customers are paying higher upgrade fees to get that phone, and at some point you know they will take away unlimited data for new activations....

2. boimarc22 unregistered

Well.....there goes Sprint's Unlimited data. data caps coming soon....#facepalm

4. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

The truth is, Android users use mobile internet WAY more than Apple users. One of the marketing report companies put out a report in the spring. Google it.

10. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

i agree so get in now so you can be Grandfathered in

3. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

It has to have 4G then right?

20. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Most reports say No on "True 4G" ie WiMax and LTE. It will be HSPA+(I call it 3.5G). However, there are reports of LTE test models and LTE being installed in some AT&T stores.

28. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Sprint doesn't use HSPA+, they use WiMax... ...but i really hope, for everyone's sake, that either the iPhone 4 or 5 has support for WiMax. I honestly don't know why anyone would buy a brand new, cutting edge device that didn't use some form of 4G. Considering the original Evo 4G (the first 4G phone) came out last year around the beginning of June, how could they not figure out a way to cram it in the iPhone? Love my Nexus, but from a selling perspective, if the iPhone is still stuck on 3G, there's absolutely no reason I'll recommend it

44. dj unregistered

iphone will sell millions without your recommendation or 4g. quit crying

5. jsjr76

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 28, 2010

Oh booo hoooo for data. Seriously guys, get a life. WHAT IN THE HELL are you doing that you're blowing through 2GB plus of data a month? USE WIFI! It's free and doesn't count against your data usage. I use wifi anywhere I can and use maybe, maybe 150MB a month. It amazes me how many people that have computers at home and work, wifi at both, and then somehow or another blow through their data every month. It isn't a buffet guys, so put the fat kid back.

6. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

I use wifi tether at work on my laptop because they won't let any home computers connect to it. I keep my TD Ameritrade stock app on all the time while I'm at work, so if anyone goes down, I'm ready. I'm sure other people have their reasons. 2GB is nothing if you're streaming a 720p video. And the Nexus Prime will have a 720p display, so I can see that 2GB cap being an issue by the end of this year for lots of people if not already. Stop being such a judgmental prick.

12. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

And i hear you too @NeXoS - because i kill data good thing im grandfathered.

11. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I see where you are coming from @jsjr76 dont cry about data but i do use too much data, well over 3gb.

17. Corgan Bruce III, Esquire unregistered

jsjr76, do you by any chance work at one of the big two? Because you sound like one of their reps, with your asstalk and whatnot. Sorry, sir, not everyone lives or works in downtown Chicago where the Libs give everyone free WiFi (and welfare checks to boot). Some of us live in places where WiFi is either not available or, like data plans for some cellular carriers, it is now capped. If I am being force-fed a smart phone, it best be unlimited data (for the phone, NOT for tethering). People do, like in my case, stream music or video over their phone. So, put the fat kid in your pipe and smoke him, good sir.

19. jsjr76

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 28, 2010

Actually I don't, Asstalk. And I'm sure as hell no liberal from Chicago. I'm actually a gun dealer in the south. And I may have been a little harsh so I retract a little. The point was is that while mobile accessibility is somewhat of a necessity now, people just spend toooo much damn time on their devices when they could just use a computer and internet that they are already paying for that has no data cap.. As for business purposes ( this is aimed at you and NeXos, the business that makes you rely on those damn things should frickin compensate for it or find another way so I totally support you on that. I will recommned a Sprint Overdrive if you has their so-called 4G service, its truly unlimited and non throttled (unlike the 5GB cap that they DON'T advertise as being so on 3G before throttling). But believe it or not, I hate these f'n carriers. Too busy trying to lock down exclusives, stonewall innovation, and kill competition only to enrich themselves and in turn screw the consumer. I wouldn't work for them if my life depended on it.

22. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Oh yeah it's wifi anywhere, then you might as well just bring a iPod Touch and use a flip phone without a color screen.

23. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Some people don't have Wifi where they live, ever think about that? I use a constant 3GB a month at sometimes month up to 10 but thats because I tether because like most American's I am cheap and would rather pay for my daughters diapers rather than internet.

30. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Maybe you own a 3G-only iPhone and don't do much with it, save for some Facebook and light browsing, but there are plenty of those who stream Pandora radio at work or stream movies while waiting in an airport...clearly you can't wrap your brain around it, but Sprint IS the only all-you-can-eat buffet left from the 4 major carriers. They offer unlimited data with no caps or throttling (at least for now) and those that wish to use 10GB of data are more than welcome to do so I'm guessing you were the fat kid that got beat up in the buffet line

38. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Dude, not everyone has access to wifi - we like using our phone, lol.

42. AnnDroid

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

What are you doing that you DON'T use more than 2GB monthly? And why would you fight having unlimited, uncapped data? Do you work for a cell company? I love the freedom of my current Sprint account. When I had AT&T I had to check daily what my data usage was and calculated if I could make it to the end of the month. WiFi isn't available in the car, or at many work places.

7. ageffner

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

I think this is a great move for Sprint for several reasons. 1. While I personally will have no interest in the iPhone (The little green robot works for me), It may attract more customers who are Apple zombies, and are attracted to Sprint's better plan rates, and reception in areas where AT&T / Verizon are weaker. 2. Data Caps..... Until I hear different, I wouldn't bank on Sprint capping just yet. This is one of the few differentiaitors that Sprint has going for it, and can help bring in new business. Sprint already has a decent amount of capacity, and I don't think they're reaching near capacity yet, plus Hesse's made a big selling point and bringing attention to Sprint NOT

13. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

great points

8. Herman unregistered

@jsjr76. If companies are advertising netflix and blockbuster one will feel tempted to watch. I am with verizon and now they have verizon video which will not work on wifi only 3g or 4g. What am I to do? If you watch part of a movie while at the mall or watch part of a football game while wifey or girlfriend is busy shopping at victoria's secret it will kill your 3gb in a heartbeat. You say you use wifi everywhere you go in a sense you are thinking that it's a buffet because you are doing what everyone else is doing just not using your data from your phone. Don't get me wrong I use wifi to watch football games on nfl app on verizon when I am out because sometimes the video is choppy. I am simply making an argument for the folks that use more than 2 gigabytes not for datahogs.

21. jsjr76

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 28, 2010

All due respect, but why in the hell would you watch a movie from Netflix (which requires a subscription) on a dinky ass screen instead of at home? DVD players are cheap (less expensive than your monthly bill). This is the whole point. People are using their phones (while paying for internet service) to do things that they could do unlimited and with no overages! Then they complain about it! If one doesn't have a pc at home and they want Netflix, get the DVD delivery. Granted, its insulting that the carriers are so blasted greedy that they entice you with these apps hoping like hell you'll screw yourself to their wall, wallet exposed. But users are choosing to use a service thats limited and costs waaaay too much. For NeXoS, their company is probably hiding from some damned attorney(s) that has it convinced that kiddie porn will be watched if they bring their home laptop to work to connect, and they simply don't give two craps if you have a huge bill (that they won't pay). Bottom line, these carriers have overloaded themselves and simply won't spend the money to where truly unlimited will ever be around again. They simply make too much on overages. Greed, Mr. Gecko, ain't always good.These companies have Americans by the balls, plain and simple.

39. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Home internet is no longer unlimited - UVERSE and COMCAST have caps at around 250GB - AT&T DSL at 150GB.

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