Analyst: Sprint could get iPhone by end of 2011

AT&T had an exclusive on selling Apple's iPhone here in the US from its launch until earlier this year when Verizon finally got the rights to sell the popular smartphone as well. Now an analyst is predicting that Sprint could be the third US wireless carrier to sell its version of the iPhone and that it could happen by the end of 2011. According to a story in Barron's the analyst, Shing Yin of Citadel Securities, states, "we believe Sprint could capture more than its fair share of iPhone sales, especially if it gets the new model at the same time as AT&T and Verizon."

One of the reasons behind his prediction is Verizon's decision to ditch its unlimited data plan for new smartphone customers. Starting on Thursday, people who start a new smartphone contract with the company will have to pick from a number of data plans with a cap and deal with overage fees if that cap is exceeded. Current Verizon customers who already have an unlimited data plan will be able to keep that plan if they decided to upgrade to a new phone.

According to Yin, that means Sprint's current unlimited data plans might make it a good place for Apple to sell the iPhone. Yin believes that if Sprint does sell its own version of the iPhone it "could offer an attractive proposition for more price-conscious user." He adds that it "could be a relatively stronger seller than the Verizon iPhone." The next version of Apple's iPhone is predicted by many to become available in September.

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I really don't like this idea because Sprint is one of those "what the hell is that" kind of company. And to be honest you don't really see any Sprint ads anymore, so Sprint adding to Apple is sort of a bad idea because no one hardly uses Sprint anymore.

Huh? I know a few people with Sprint. If you have coverage in your area, Sprint is probably the cheapest on-contract cell provider. I've seen Sprint adverts lately too.

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I really don't like this idea because Sprint is one of those "what the hell is that" kind of company. And to be honest you don't really see any Sprint ads anymore, so Sprint adding to Apple is sort of a bad idea because no one hardly uses Sprint anymore.

Lack of knowledge at its best.

Personally I've known 9 people who have jumped the Verizon boat and joined with Sprint to take advantage of lower prices, decent reception, and most importantly a consistent bill. 7 of the 9 were constantly getting weird charges added to their bills and would have to dispute them. All have since changed over to Sprint and hopefully they get the same great service I've always gotten.

Sprint has been great so far and has been improving very well in the past few years. My parents even switch from Verizon to Sprint to enjoy a few calling & data perks for cheaper cost.

I had Sprint for over 12 years until I switched to AT&t to get the iPhone 3 years ago and I've regretted leaving Sprint ever since. While I'm now waiting for a Nokia Windows phone to hit the Sprint network, my wife will be very happy as well to go back to Sprint if the iPhone makes an appearance at Sprint.

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