Sprint might only be getting an iPhone 4 next month?

Sprint might only be getting an iPhone 4 next month?
Sprint customers will surely find themselves at a standstill after the latest rumor suggests that the number three carrier in the country will only be offering the iPhone 4 come this October. So far, we’ve been enthralled and teased by the notion of seeing the next-generation iPhone coming to Sprint – even with the possibility of it offering 4G WiMAX connectivity.

Specifically, a Sprint sales associate mentioned that the carrier has started to brief employees on an impending iPhone 4 launch, which is positioned to happen sometime in October. Fortunately, it looks like it’ll be compatible with Sprint’s current data plan that tags a mandatory $10 data smartphone premium to your account.

Additionally, the Sprint employee says that Sprint will be carrying a 4G enabled iPad of some sort, but there were no specifics regarding pricing and launch dates. However, it’s worth mentioning that Sprint currently offers 4G access for the iPad thank to its mix of 4G mobile hotspot devices.

If the information provided by the employee comes out to be true, it means that Sprint won’t be getting the iPhone 5 until later on in 2012, which can obviously hurt its chances of staying competitive against its rivals. And of course, consumers will probably be on the lookout for the most up-to-date version of the iPhone.

If there’s one glimmering light of hope, it’s suggested that Sprint’s training materials featuring the iPhone 4 could simply be some sort of ploy to prevent leaking features of the next-gen iPhone model. Still, it’s probably best to be reserved at this point until solid evidence comes to surface.

source: TUAW

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1. dude unregistered

stupid.. why sell an iphone4 when the iphone5 is coming soon?

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i doubt that if they were really selling just an iphone4, it wouldnt be the current one, but the remade "iphone4s" that was rumored for Tmo and Sprint a few months back. Who knows. No point in getting up and arms one way or the other until an official announcement is made. No "sprint rep" knows anything more than anyone on this site.

55. pattypatterson

Posts: 48; Member since: May 28, 2010

This whole thing is bogus...if you were working as a salesman at a sprint store and someone came in who wanted sprint but wanted to wait for the iphone 5 what would they tell them if they wanted to close the deal that day besides no comment??? they would tell them sprint isnt getting the iphone 5 so the customer purchases something else

39. stealthd unregistered

The iPhone 4 is still a good phone, not everyone wants to buy the latest, most powerful thing out there. Now if they priced it at $200 on contract, that would be pretty dumb.

54. dkpitman

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

I bet this is just a marketing strategy from Apple. They've already had all of their competitors release their "flagship" phones on/or around the perspective dates that were "leaked" for Apple's over the last few months. Maybe they're trying to see what other companies are going to release phones with Sprint to figure out how to market the Iphone 5 better? I feel like this is a lot like "Wag the Dog" just without the war. "B3 bomber? I don't know anything about a B3 bomber."

3. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

dang. that will be hilarious if it happends. It will be a major Sprint FAIL.

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Yea that would pretty much finish them off and put them out of business

17. traccer055

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 04, 2009

yes because they are dying now. sprint is fine without the iphone. all the iphone would've done is allowed a lot more under privileged people to get one.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so.. wait.. you have been touting the iphone4 as the savior of the cell word for quite a while.. so why then if sprint only gets an unaltered iphone4, will it sink them? Is it THAT BAD of a phone that its going to kill a network!?! lol. Theyve survived with no iphones for 4 iterations now. Somehow i think they will be ok.. lol

38. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Sprint has been losing money for a while now and they lose customers every quarter. If they don't get the iPhone 5 they will lose even more customers. Plus AT&T and VZW are competing with them in price now with their prepaid plans. Sprint could be done real soon. The iPhone 5 would be a savior for them.

43. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

I would think that a lot of people that wanted the iphone would have left sprint and gone to AT&T or verizon. Still no doubt it would get them more customers. But Sprint is starting to do better.

56. DownSouthLivin unregistered

Those prepaid plans you speak of offered by AT&T and Verizon only allow certain feature phones to be used with those plans. I guess if you're someone who doesn't mind not having the latest and greatest Android offering or one of the iPhones then that is a decent plan. Although both Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile offer better plans and phones. For the record you are like the 150,001 person to say that Sprint is all but dead and yet they keep coming back for more. Maybe you guys will be right one of these times.

46. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Sprint actually gains customers, Nextel keeps losing them...eventually Nextel will shrivel and die, hopefully sooner rather than later. The CDMA-based push-to-talk that's meant to entice Nextel business customers to move to Sprint is about a full year late... ...by the way, if the iPhone 5 is rumored to be receiving the iPad2 proc, will it have the same GPU or just a variant? I'd never realized it until yesterday when I was reading the SGS2 review on Anandtech that the iPad GPU was roughly twice as powerful as the new Mali-400 in the SGS2. While its overkill for a smartphone, what are the odds of something even remotely close to the tablet GPU showing up in the new iDevice? My guess is Apple could get some serious mileage out of a GPU with nearly 10GB/s of memory bandwidth

58. reginald.valme unregistered

Why would you say that,Sprint is one of the leading phone companys out there so this might turn out to be a success!!

44. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Not really considering the iPhone 5 is better than 99% of the Crapdroid phones on the market. Seriously, most of the Android phones are like poop thrown out to customers like chimpanzees.

45. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

You're an idiot... ...and you talk about poop quite a bit

48. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Because you're full of it?

51. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Aren't most iphone customers just like chimps or lemmings??

57. DownSouthLivin unregistered

Swing and a miss. Keep trying though, I have a feeling that one of your posts are eventually going to be funny or witty. Not yet, but hang in there.

4. BarneyDroid

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

I think that this is due to the unstability of the LTE network coming to Sprint. It looks as if Apple is building the iPhone 5 around LTE and they already committed to Sprint. No LTE=No iPhone 5. So the next logical step would be to build an iPhone 4s with WIMAX capabilites.

5. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Sprint 3rd best phone company, Wat a joke, keep trying to stop that merger of ATT and T-Mobile cause if it happens get ready to.close shop,

6. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Apple wants to press pause on patent suits, calls Motorola a lame duck. What a tongue twister by rotten Apple, Samsung should calls Apple a lame duck.

9. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

What does this have to do with anything?

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

kinda have to agree with taco.. lol

7. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Although I doubt it, I hope they this is true. It would mean more iPhone 5s for AT&T and Verizon

10. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

I just wait to see what happens nobody knows for sure.hey as a sprint customer im glad that the phone is coming it will be a big boost for us.

11. Cree unregistered

This story is garbage. They will be getting the iP5. Again this article is written to give Apple more momentum towards their launch date and bigger anticipation and speculation for more carriers rather than AT&T and Verizon getting their exclusive deal. They will also announce that they will have Flash available for all iOS devices. My belief is that the iP5 will be launched on Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T, while the iP4 will become priced at $99 on all carriers as well as their entry level phone. T-Mobile could be the odd one out, but they may get the iP5 as well. Why would Sprint want to carry a year and half old phone? Doesn't make sense. Cree

40. bsweetftbll

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

IOS will never have flash, i would bet an iPhone on it

12. RWS74

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

This is real disappointing, who would even consider buying last year's device when AT&T and Verizon are getting the 5. SMH!!!/:(

18. traccer055

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 04, 2009

someone who cant afford Verizon and At&t plans

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