Sprint lawsuit mildly hints the carrier will indeed get the iPhone

Sprint lawsuit mildly hints the carrier will indeed get the iPhone
Sprint has joined the US Department of Justice in suing AT&T over its planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, but it seems that there’s more than just the lawsuit detailed there as the carrier has chosen very interesting wording, dug up by Thisismynext, when arguing that it’s the scale that gave AT&T and later Verizon a decisive competitive advantage with the iPhone, while Sprint has suggestedly been neglected because of the very same lack of scale. Here’s what the filing reads:

“In early 2011, Apple then gave Verizon a time-to-market advantage for the iPhone, most likely because Verizon had the largest subscriber base in the United States. Sprint has had to compete without access to the iPhone for nearly five years.”

The time to market advantage Sprint is talking about only makes sense if either Sprint, T-Mobile or both are getting the iPhone in the future, otherwise it wouldn’t be any real advantage at all. Sure, this doesn’t explicitly confirm anything, but combined with the handful of reports and the downright confirmation of a signed Sprint-Apple deal for the iPhone by Bloomberg, gives us more confidence about a Sprint-based phone made by Apple. Cupertino is expected to roll out the next-gen iPhone in October, and finally give us some clarity. Honestly, we won’t miss those endless rumors at all.

source: Thisismynext

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14 Comments

1. steven252000

Posts: 64; Member since: Feb 10, 2010

Hmm....pretty sure they are suing AT&T not Apple........but as sue happy as everyone is maybe it's both ;>)

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they arent suing apple. they are using the iphone as an example of supersized carrier exclusivity periods because of their size over the competition. Basically he's arguing if sprint were as big as ATT/VZW then VZW wouldnt have gotten an exclusive time window on the iphone4. And to that I say... people chose to go to VZW/ATT. If you couldnt compel them to move to sprint, thats not anti competitive measures, thats bad reputation and advertising. Sprint's rates are cheaper and the network has pretty good coverage over all. Its notorious anti-customer service antics did more to keep sprint down over time than lack of an iphone, so I dont think the arguement has merrit for the anti merger suite.

9. pattypatterson

Posts: 48; Member since: May 28, 2010

this is craziness...not one person in their right mind would ever go to att because they have great coverage. It was for 1 reason and 1 reason only....people leaving for vzw is a different story they are clearly the best carrier for coverage and have by far the best brand for wireless carriers...seriously what does att have to offer if you took away the iphone? data caps, poor service, and expensive plans.

10. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

I agree..

11. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

I agree with remix.... actually att does have better coverage then sprint i mean really... second no one even knew that the iphone was going to be as a great device you cant blame att because they got it first...second att plans are almost the same as any other company sprint has raised ther prices and the will throttle their service or cap thier data if they ever get as many smart phone users as att and verizion.

14. pattypatterson

Posts: 48; Member since: May 28, 2010

no one is blaming att for carrying the iphone first my point was that remix said people came to att for reasons besides getting the iphone which is ludicrous and also take a look at every sample done in the last couple years for call quality and service its always vzw sprint 1 and 2 and tmobile and att flip flop back and fourth between 3rd and 4th example consumer reports and every tech magazine out there and att customers are always the least satisfied...the only good thing about gsm is there 3g speeds which are definitely faster then cdma which is a non issue with widespread lte right around the corner...as for plans att 39.99 base 450 min 20 for text and 25 for 2gb of data!!! or pay 79.99 for truly unlimited data

15. MachineGunKelly unregistered

I have worked for both ATT and Sprint Customer Care and Technical Support. I can tell you with no bias that Sprint has far better coverage than ATT. 30% of the calls I get at ATT are coverage/reception related.

2. jtype unregistered

how is this any different from when sprint bought nextel? there was talk for a while about sprint purchasing tmobile before att. so its ok only if sprint is the company doing the buying? when att or verizon does it they are stifling competition. instead of competing, they decide to sue their way out of last place. congrats sprint!

3. jtype unregistered

or maybe its because everything sprint invests in turns to crap. nextel, wimax/clear, and soon lightsquared. loss leader of the wireless industry for a reason

12. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

I thought i was the only that noticed that!

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I wonder how any Sprint customers are holding off upgrading (or moving to VZW) to see what develops regarding Sprint getting an iPhone?

7. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

I pretty much gave up on waiting for a decent WP7 to Sprint, so it is a battle of the GSII and the iPhone 5 for me. Kind of right in the middle of which one to get. ;)

6. dsayegh unregistered

I still remember the days when Sprint had the leading edge phones, and verizon was somewhat behind the times, where it seemed all there phones ran the same software -all well before the iphone. I don'y know the exact numbers,but If Sprint was to buyT-mobile I think the remaining three carriers would have been a little more balanced. as for AT&T, I think it's exclusive offering of the iphone made it what it is today, I personnally did not get the iphone because it was on At&t.

8. M0nkeyBr

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

im confused in 5 years

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