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  • Why It Makes Sense for Apple to Give Sprint The iPhone 5 Before Year's End


    From a business standpoint it just makes sense. That's the logic behind Citadel Securities analyst Shing Yin's estimate that the next-gen iPhone will call Sprint home before the end of 2011. With AT&T and Verizon now sharing the carrier stage in the US, Apple is likely profoundly interested in expanding to the nation's third-largest wireless provider.

    Sprint, which - like Verizon - runs the CDMA network, can easily be added to Apple's domestic carrier list - a move that stands to benefit all parties (except, maybe, AT&T and Verizon). “We believe Sprint could capture more than its fair share of iPhone sales," Yin writes, "especially if it gets the new model at the same time as AT&T and Verizon.”

    The insightful Citadel Securities analyst believes the iPhone carrier expansion to Sprint is "increasingly likely," especially considering that with the inauguration of Verizon Communications tiered pricing for data tomorrow. "Sprint will be the sole remaining national carrier with an unlimited data plan offering, something desirable to Apple."

    All told, a Sprint iPhone “could be a relatively stronger seller than the Verizon iPhone,” Yin speculates. "With lower prices on plans, a Sprint iPhone could offer an attractive proposition for more price-conscious users (a demographic that we think is increasingly important to Apple following the rise of Android),” a report from Barron's noted.

    Source: Barron's
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Why It Makes Sense for Apple to Give Sprint The iPhone 5 Before Year's End started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. sucram6791's Avatar
      sucram6791 -
      of course they are going to bring an iphone to sprint! they have to if they want to catch up to google/android
    1. FunnySideUp's Avatar
      FunnySideUp -
      I have sprint so I would love to get the iPhone on the network! It's either that or some android phone, which i wouldn't mind, i'd just MUCH rather have an iPhone.
    1. ODB25's Avatar
      ODB25 -
      I will jump on the Sprint net so fast ATT wont know what hit em -- unless of course Sprint decides to have the same iPhone plans/rates that ATT has, then Sprint can suck it.

      ::fingers crossed::
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      What kind of 3G speed does Sprint have? Verizon "3G" never seems to get faster than 1 Mbps, and I like my AT&T 3-8 Mbps. My verizon friends are always poking at me, but it's kind of hard when my phone is always 3+ times faster.
      And I CAN occasionally make phone calls!!!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Would love to try Sprint because of their prices!
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Sprint are the WORST company to deal with for customer service, but I was pleased with the service as long as I didn't have a problem that needed me to call in for help. I came to ATT for the iPhone on iDay in 2007 after 8 years with sprint and only complaints about their horrible treatment of customers, but the phone service was good. If you have a problem with sprint you damn near have to sue them for a resolution.
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      yeah!! that will be day when Sprint decides to keep their unlimited data for the iphone. I call it the iphone curse. For some reason when a carrier offers the iphone, all unlimited data plans become null which I'm sure Sprint is no exception.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      would be a smart move to keep expanding and yea with unlimited data a lot of sprint users would probably snag up an iPhone. Wonder if the iPhone will be coming to Tmobile like the rumors were a few months ago
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I sure hope so! Competition! If they have an unlimited data plan i am absolutely jumping the Verzon ship. I need a whole new contract for the new iPhone anyway.

      Assuming the prices are reasonable, of course. I'm so poor I sweat just thinking about how I'm going to afford the new iPhone.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      I think they should wait until next year, the reason they should wait is next year the AT&T - T-Mobile will have begun so It leaves Sprint alone as the only carrier not carry the iPhone. Not mention it would be a better move since Sprint will be using Lightsquares LTE network for their 4g. So they can develop a phone that runs on a CDMA/LTE network that would work with Sprint/Verizon.

      The only way I see Sprint getting the iPhone this year is if they back of the Merger between Att & t-mobile.
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluemoldycheeze88 View Post
      So they can develop a phone that runs on a CDMA/LTE network that would work with Sprint/Verizon.
      It would probably be a CDMA/GSM/LTE phone, so they wouldn't have to tool up and make two separate handsets.