Sprint iPhone

We've heard quite a few iPhone 5 rumors over the past several months, but today a pair have emerged that are some of the biggest we've heard yet. From all indications, it looks like Sprint will finally be getting in on the iPhone fun tomorrow, joining AT&T and Verizon on the list of U.S. carriers that offer an iOS smartphone. What did Sprint have to do in order to secure an iPhone for its network? Oh, not much, just promise to purchase 30.5 million iPhones over the next four years. That's according to "people familiar with the matter" speaking with the Wall Street Journal, who claim that the deal will cost Sprint around $20 billion. The deal will reportedly end up losing money for Sprint until 2014 and was described as a "bet-the-company kind of thing" by one of the WSJ's sources.

Keeping up with the Sprint iPhone news, an "incredibly solid" source speaking to BGR has claimed that Sprint may be getting a nice Welcome to iPhone gift tomorrow in the form of an iPhone 5 exclusive. Not only that, but Sprint's iPhone 5 will feature WiMAX connectivity, says the source. As far as other specs go, BGR claims that the iPhone 5 will feature a 4-inch display, "faster CPU," 1GB RAM, 32GB storage, a dedicated Assistant button, and a "slightly larger design overall."

Meanwhile, the BGR tipster believes that AT&T and Verizon will be getting an iPhone 4S tomorrow, complete with an A5 processor, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture, updated front-facing camera, NFC support, and a "metal or 'premium' plastic" rear. What about a 4G-enabled iPhone 5 for Verizon and AT&T, you ask? BGR's source claims that Apple plans to release an LTE version of the iPhone 5 for AT&T and Verizon in the first quarter of next year.

So will Sprint really be exclusively launching a WiMAX-powered iPhone 5? It definitely is one of the craziest things I've heard, not only because Sprint is considerably smaller customer-wise than Verizon and AT&T, but also because many expect Sprint to move away from WiMAX and instead launch an LTE network. Certainly a WiMAX iPhone 5 would be cool to see, but why would people want it (and why would Sprint want to launch it) when a Sprint LTE network could be going live as soon as Q1 2012? Of course, with Sprint's $20 billion agreement that I mentioned earlier, the carrier may have wanted to blow out their iPhone launch in a big way, and perhaps Apple felt like obliging them. Just don't get your hopes up, alright Sprint folk?

As a quick reminder, Apple's "Let's Talk iPhone" event is scheduled to kick off tomorrow, October 4th, at 10 AM PT/1PM ET, and as usual we here at PhoneDog will be covering the news as it happens. It's shaping up to be a event tomorrow, so stay tuned!


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Jason Rogers
Jason Rogers yes
Jones Joseph
Jones Joseph t mobile i dont like
Xxile Phanthom
Xxile Phanthom T-mobile will have the I-phone after the at+t merger wouldn't you think!?!
Marrion Bell
Marrion Bell Yes !!!!! Tmobile better than at&t, and better service
Kevin Joel
Kevin Joel Not necessary, as it is crappy
Reid Harris
Reid Harris I think no, Apple should keep the iPhone on Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. #justsayin'
Kirk Oneil Delgado
Kirk Oneil Delgado @Kara agreed, i cant stand i-phone 1 bit,. its the most lamest and ugliest smartphone out there.. its just so dam boring when i 1st played with it 3 yrs ago, its good for taking FAKE retty picture for FB and thats all i eva use 1 for lol. What phone from sprint do you have??
Chad Allen
Chad Allen Bussiness wise of course they should get the iphone but im not sure how commited apple will be to making that happen when tmobiles future is up in the air!
Gordon Christie
Gordon Christie I think they should wait to see if sprint lose all the money they just spent ESP if its just another iPhone and not a brand new phone with extra wow factor like the galaxy s2 or the rhyme or note etc
Buyan Li
Buyan Li If T wanna survive then this is one way to do~better than nothing. But apple is never gonna be its CPR
Jose Sut
Jose Sut I think they should sell to any carrier in usa.
Tarek Chowdhury
Tarek Chowdhury Agree with Ivan.. Sprint 4G is not guaranteed every where and why pay $10 extra for Wimax which slower than T-Mobile's HSPA+ .. Sprint coverage is not good and customer service is horrible. At least T-Mobile solved the coverage problem with free wifi calling, so you can take 500 min plan and still make unlimited calls. Though, I like my sensation far more than iphone, but T-Mo should get iphone for millions of apple fans..
Ivan Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez After sprint promised 20 billion to Apple they are screwed! How the hell can you promise 20 billion first Nextel now Apple Sprint keeps making fucked up deals...Thank god they couldn't afford to dance with T-Mobile, Sprint has shitty C.S service and their 4g has a 10.00 surcharge and it isnt guranteed in your area no Thanks.F Sprit
Vlad Valentine McBride
Vlad Valentine McBride IPhone sucks if only people realize that
Fernando Arias
Fernando Arias No!!!
Kara Paar
Kara Paar The iPhone would be a discrace to Sprint. I would hate to be on a carrier that sells that evil device.
Raquel Mejia
Raquel Mejia Omg wtf that phone isn't that serious get off Apple's cork
Philip Weißner
Philip Weißner Ans android sucks to cause it only load the APsin the background ans after a while your phone slow down and stop working...
Philip Weißner
Philip Weißner Only a ittle question...why do all think iphones are the ultimate phone?? Please look at a Windowsphone 7 device they are all better and not so expensive...why doesn't anybody der that??
Fritz Leipold
Fritz Leipold Why bother? Overpriced, over-hyped. But bring on the Androids!
Benny Archambault
Benny Archambault Iphone sucks
Patty Harrington
Patty Harrington Yes, every company needs to invest in an iphone.
Philip Weißner
Philip Weißner Cause if you buy a phone directly you will have spend not so much money as if you spend with an contract...(don't really know if it's the right word... :D )
John Ong
John Ong It makes sense to have the iPhone on tmobile since Apple already makes a GSM phone. They would just need to put in a different radio for tmobiles hspa plus. This way if att takes over, instant lte iPhone!
Randoll Suarez
Randoll Suarez I think so...
Philip Weißner
Philip Weißner @ Phil ans no android Jeeps a Windowsphone 7.5 I don't exactly know what's the Download ans upload Speed from t-mobile...but in Germany the speak Quality is Very well...so if someone realy needs to spend so much money for a phone...why don't you buy your phone and put a card in it from the network you want...
Tom Allen III
Tom Allen III Yes they should!
Chris Brigolin
Chris Brigolin I like how this article has nothing to do with T-Mobile...
Henry Murillo
Henry Murillo I want it! Have sensation 4g but much rather have iPhone :D
Christian Sotelo
Christian Sotelo Oh wow
Ryan DeClue
Ryan DeClue Sprint will instantly dominate the market tomorrow, and rightly so.
Christian Sotelo
Christian Sotelo @phillip true that ? no iPhone keep android ?
Micah Watkins
Micah Watkins Customers should have the choice of choosing their mobile platform.
Micah Watkins
Micah Watkins Yes T-Mobile should get the iPhone.
Gordon Simon
Gordon Simon No
Raj Chandekar
Raj Chandekar When is t-mobile gonna come india?... :'(
Luciano Ace Escobedo
Luciano Ace Escobedo I'm gna start a company called pear and invent the uphone....WATCH ME
Luis Lopez
Luis Lopez T-Mobile customers deserve the iPhone too. If Verizon got it, then I don't why T-Mobile can't. Although T-Mobile does bash the iPhone quite a lot, so maybe Apple is getting back at them by not letting them get their iconic phone lol.
Phillip Dill
Phillip Dill No iphones suck...tmobile have better phones they are called androids
Andrew Mendez
Andrew Mendez Yes.
Joshua Avila
Joshua Avila They should, yet they won't.
Detrick Douglas
Detrick Douglas Not the five maybe the iPhone 4
Raymond Sosmoove Samuel
Raymond Sosmoove Samuel Its cool I guess but people aren't going to have the greatest experience with due to their poor speeds
Terri Mcinnes
Terri Mcinnes Yes.
Christian Sotelo
Christian Sotelo HTC is not good at all
Luis Lopez
Luis Lopez @Braulio Bunay, I concur! My HTC Sensation 4G's days are numbered lol.
Christian Sotelo
Christian Sotelo Okay. I wish I had house internet
LizandJason Box
LizandJason Box Yes they should. Maybe not IPHONE 5 but some version would be nice.
Javier Figueroa
Javier Figueroa of course t-mobile should
Luis Lopez
Luis Lopez @Christian Sotelo, Yes, for me that's a deal breaker, but it may not matter to someone else. I have 5GB of data for my HTC Sensation 4G and I'm doing fine with just with 5GB of data. Again, it all comes down someone's needs. I'm barely home so Wi-Fi isn't a big deal to me, plus I got Wi-Fi at my office.
Nick Valastro Jaquins
Nick Valastro Jaquins No
Joshua Taylor
Joshua Taylor no
Lionel Labaina Rodriguez
Lionel Labaina Rodriguez Yup they should
Christian Sotelo
Christian Sotelo @George get the 5GB plan it the 10 GB plan
Aaron Cullen Starr
Aaron Cullen Starr T-mobile might as well get the iPhone. Since it has over a million subs, Plus it would take some work n stressful waiting for a unlock out of the question. So every one would win
Christian Sotelo
Christian Sotelo @ryan sorry but I'm not a fan of sprint
Joe Czo
Joe Czo No
George Bumgardner
George Bumgardner My data is fine past 2g...
Wesley Adam Spears
Wesley Adam Spears Yea I guess, but they still suck in coverage.. Hate them.
Braulio Bunay
Braulio Bunay Everyone should have an iphone
Luis Lopez
Luis Lopez Plus they'll sell an unlocked iPhone 4S/5 just like the iPhone 4 and those can be used with T-Mobile, so no big deal.
Christian Sotelo
Christian Sotelo @Luigi true that this is why I got T-Mobile because I can talk and go on the web at the same time
Kevin Pizana
Kevin Pizana I can wait to see all the iphones from the NOW network flashed to criKet....
Reese Woodson
Reese Woodson T-Mobile sucks here in L.A., but I think every carrier should have a chance at the iPhone.
Paulette Garcia
Paulette Garcia If I wanted an I phone I would have gone with ATT
Luis Lopez
Luis Lopez Yes to T-Mobile and no to Sprint, as the matter of fact NO CDMA carrier deserves the iPhone. The iPhone was originally a GSM phone and last time I checked T-Mobile was and still is a GSM carrier. However everybody has their personal preferences, but for my money no voice and data at the same time is a deal breaker. Finally we all know that Sprint will eventually end their unlimited data packages sometime.
Ryan Daniel Cooper
Ryan Daniel Cooper @Christian I have Sprint and home internet + WiFi, unlimited on both sprint and home internet, don't need to worry about throttling. :)
Javier Figueroa
Javier Figueroa still t-mobile should get a chance to try out iphones
Paulette Garcia
Paulette Garcia No!!
Elis Diaz
Elis Diaz I hate exclusive deals, they should all have everything.
Christian Sotelo
Christian Sotelo I have T-Mobile and I don't have. Home internet and T-Mobile this not have unlimited data because at&t did contracts them and verizon
Jeffrey Hobbs
Jeffrey Hobbs LOL I wish my home internet got 200mb per second
Jay Williams
Jay Williams hell yes! iwant onebad
Ryan Daniel Cooper
Ryan Daniel Cooper @Jay that's with the Mobile Hotspot on phones. Sprint Mobile Phone data still stays unlimited.
Jay Lopez
Jay Lopez @Ryan that's going to change after the 6th their data will be capped at 5gbs then you'll be charge 5cents per MB, its not about deserving its can a carrier commit to purchasing apples desired amount of iphones within a see timeline.
Branden Khalili
Branden Khalili NO
Chris Eng
Chris Eng Tmobile throttles after 2 gigs. But it's worth it because their data is actually usable... Sprint averages like 200mb/second download at the moment. Lol. I get 6 megs on my sensation. Besides, if you use more than 2 gigs on the road, that's just ridiculous.
Christian Sotelo
Christian Sotelo No iPhone suck
Justin Alan Smith
Justin Alan Smith What's T-Mobile?
Matthew Dyer
Matthew Dyer How could T-Mobile get the I-Phone if they merge with AT&T to me it makes no sense and I'm glad my contract ends before they fully merge!!!!! lol
Lauren Campbell
Lauren Campbell Depends on what happens with the AT&T buyout.
Stephen Navarro
Stephen Navarro yes, because the iPhone paired with T-Mobile's extremely affordable plans would make the company last much longer. I'm not sure why a company like Sprint is getting the iPhone.
Javier Figueroa
Javier Figueroa Of course t-mobile should get Iphone 5 everyone else gets it so why cant T-mobile?
Ryan Daniel Cooper
Ryan Daniel Cooper Yes I have, I use it, but not everyone that has T-Mobile has wifi in their home do they?
Jesus Martinez
Jesus Martinez Yes!! And Ryan...havnt you ever heard of Wifi????
Ryan Daniel Cooper
Ryan Daniel Cooper No, T-mobile is trash and they throttle data after a certain amount. Sprint still remains unlimited. They deserve the iPhone.
Eden Miyagi
Eden Miyagi YES!!!

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