Sprint intends to differentiate itself by retaining its unlimited data plan for the iPhone?

Sprint intends to differentiate itself by retaining its unlimited data plan for the iPhone?
Needless to say, the anticipation of Sprint gaining the beloved iPhone is growing with each passing day, but we can’t start jumping for joy until it’s official known that the next-generation iPhone is indeed coming to the Now Network.

Currently, Sprint is able to differentiate itself from the competition by offering truly unlimited data plans – whereas others tend to either charge overages or throttle speeds once a cap is broken. Well, according to Bloomberg’s sources  that claim to be “people familiar with the matter,” they say that Sprint will continue to retain its unlimited data plan structure for the iPhone. Naturally, it’s their specific way of drastically separating their business model from their rivals – and at the same time, they’re banking on nabbing some customers from the opposition.

Potentially regarded as proof of the inevitable arrival of the iPhone, Bloomberg’s sources go on to say that the carrier postponed the introduction of another 4G WiMAX smartphone in order to give way to the upcoming iPhone. However, it’s not clearly stated what device is being delayed or whether or not we’ll see a 4G enabled iPhone with the carrier.

Nevertheless, Sprint customers can sleep soundly knowing that they’ll be able to chomp down on as much data as their heart’s desire even when the iPhone lands. If it does pan out, would you consider overlooking AT&T and Verizon to side with Sprint’s offering instead?

source: Bloomberg via Mobileburn

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1. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Keep riding that horse as long as you can Sprint. It's a great marketing stand point. Obviously it won't last but that's not the point. Get the customers you need.I wouldn't look at Sprint on my side though because Sprint's coverage in my area is not great.

2. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

There is no way- NO WAY- Sprint will entice consumers to their iPhone over the better nationwide coverage of AT&T and Verizon unless they offer something in return. The 4G hook is good, but you just have to offer your unlimited plan. It is your biggest selling point over the other carriers.

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

sprint has the second largest network in the US behind VZW. ATTs network is no larger than Tmobile's... you just pay 60% more than tmo, you dont get 60% more. Pricing has nothing to do with service or quality. People just think it does. If you want coverage, you go VZW. If you want a blend of value and coverage (depending on where you live) you go Tmo or Sprint. If you wanna get ripped off.. you go for ATT.

59. christony1120

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

what are you talking about the list goes like this: Verizon Fastest Att Sprint T-mobile Slowest

63. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

You must be high. In terms of speed it's Verizon T-Mobile Sprint AT&T. It's a whole different story on coverage though.

64. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

That's complete horse sh*t!!! I have AT&T and get 9Mbps on 3G in my area with 3 bars of service. That's not slow by any means. Where I live, in NY, AT&T is the FASTEST, for data, in the 3G realm of any carrier. Of course 4G LTE blows that away and so does HSPA+. I believe there was articles on this very site that stated AT&T had the fastest data service of any 3G carrier but their voice connectivity was sub-par.

77. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Do you see how fast you can hit that cap with 9mbps?

79. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Forsaken. ATT's 3g isnt capable of 9mbps. HSDPA maxes out at 7.2. Their "4g" goes up to 12. My 4g tmobile tablet runs in the teens normally. Att "4g" goes up to 12 with a real life average of 4-8 Sprints wimax goes up to 12 """" 4-8 Tmobile goes up to 42 """""" 8-20 VZW goes up to the 40s """" 7-30 So unless 12 all of a sudden became a bigger number than 42, ATT is not faster than Tmo.

69. donpeppino9

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 24, 2010

no. you are dreaming. of course you're probably another ATT hater who loves their android on verizon. its not even complicated to figure out. just look at the coverage maps. in terms of coverage here is the order: Verizon ATT sprint tmobile if you look at sprint's coverage maps their home network is very small.. about the same size as tmobile's. they used to share 3g networks with other carriers such as verizon and alltell but those no longer exist. the current agreement is to share 2g networks only. the only other carrier they share 3g with is us cellular. ATT's 3g is by far bigger than sprint's now, as ATT has done some expansion in the last couple of years and sprint has contracted. and if you want to compare overall voice coverage i'd say both att and sprint have about equal coverage when you take into account all roaming agreements and 2g networks. In terms of 3g speeds... ATT Tmobile VZW Sprint * yes sprint's 3g is slowers than verizon's not cause of technology but due to quality of the network and lack of spectrum used by sprint Lets not count 4g cause 4g technology isn't fully established and is still in its very early stages. you can say ATT is behind but in just a couple months time they will have the fastest 4g lte along with vzw... some reports say even faster.

80. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

huh? what crack are you smoking service coverage VZW Sprint. roaming agreements count. we are talking about service here, not 4g data. Tmobile & ATT in a virtual tie. Tmobile covers 96% of americans. 4g network coverage Tmobile VZW Sprint ATT 4g network speed VZW Tmobile ... ... Sprint/ ATT tie

84. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Idk what these guys are smoking. Posting random stuff. However the bionic gets 20 mb real world while tmobile only does 10 according to tmobile speed test and phone arena speed test.That is the 42http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovxLdoUA2sI

86. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

biophone, the network was at 21mb/s when they did those tests, it didnt get clocked up to 42mb/s until late july. We've had this conversation before AND ive posted pics of my Tmo devices clocking much much higher. We also dont have a phone out that can do 42mb/s yet. Thats what the hercules is for (obviously its the only use for that thing since its not an exynos :( )

55. evo-ninja

Posts: 33; Member since: May 23, 2011

now at&t can not say they are the only one who can do data and talk at the same time with the iphone, been doing it for two years now on evo

70. donpeppino9

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 24, 2010

but only if you're in the very limited coverage area of wimax, which is a huge battery hog.. or of course wifi, which is also limited. not something worth bragging about.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I doubt that a Spring iPhone will have a WiMax radio. It will have the same 3G radio that the VZW iPhone will be equipped with. The angle for Sprint will be the unlimited data plan. Since Sprint has a roaming agreement with VZW, this could be great for consumers - unlimited data at a fixed monthly fee with the access provided by the roaming agreement with VZW. Could be a winner for Sprint.

73. IHatePhones

Posts: 99; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

Data roaming is not unlimited though. But I get your point.

4. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

it's those damn Android phones, they are data hogs. i think sprint should cap android data plans and make iphone plans unlmtd

5. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

LOL no more people own android phones, thats why more data is downloaded. Plus don't more people use the internet on their android device? See thats called using common sense you should get some.

8. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

Miz, if you want push notifications, you have to have a high data plan. iPhones still use push notifications too. But with the iPhone you can pick intervals to sync, instead of having autosync which is all of the time. So, they do use less, but its not that far stretched.

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

android phones have the ability to have either push or timed sync.. just like any other phone.. lol

67. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Think it's probably cause he's not world champion

47. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Wat the crappy u talking bout the_midget go choke on an iPhone


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

You do realize and I have said this to you BEFORE that AT&T stopped with unlimited data plans BEFORE a high end android phone was available on their carrier. They admitted that the Iphone and its users were using WAY too much data.

6. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

I think all smartphones are data hogs, thank God sprint is still keeping theirs unlimited. That's the only reason I am staying with Sprint. If they get rude of unlimited data, I'm going to AT&T. Will they pay the ETF if I switch to their carrier?

7. the miz sucks unregistered

people who have iphones dont even understand what 2 gigabytes of data means...

9. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

Are you retarded? Just because people want to own a good, stable phone, doesnt make them dumb. Im probably switching to the iPhone. Grow up.

12. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

People with Android phones are about as gullible as leading a fat kid into a store of candy.

18. danalmillan

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Miz you are Mr. Sunshine! You just seriously always have to criticize don't you??? I am no where close to being gullible and I love my android phone. Seriously Miz you either need to grow up or grow a brain...not sure which....

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

at least they know if their phone is "4G" or not.. lol..

10. danalmillan

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Sprint keeping unlimited data is a great position for them whether they get the iPhone or not. They do not throttle speeds or charge overages if you have one of their unlimited data plans. Sprint statrted charging the $10 premium data fee for all smart phone users just to be able to continue offering unlimited data because ALL smart phones are such data hogs. As for the iPhone I am not sure if I would switch if they get it or not because I have played with ones friends had and honestly was not at all impressed. That and they have gotten rid of theirs already where my Evo is still going strong!

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