New rumor claims Sprint to get iPhone 5 in mid-October

The US's third largest wireless carrier, Sprint, may finally allow its customers to sell Apple's iPhone. The Wall Street Journal reports via unnamed sources that Sprint will start selling the best selling smartphone beginning with the upcoming iPhone 5. The story claims that the phone will be on sale in-mid October from Sprint along with Verizon and AT&T. If true, this means that the next version of the iPhone will be released in the latter time period of predictions by various industry sources. Some have predicted that Apple will announce the iPhone 5 in a press release in September ahead of its October launch date.

Getting the iPhone would be a big help for Sprint which would give the wireless carrier access to the highest selling smartphone worldwide. Sprint is also the only company to offer a truly unlimited data plan with no data caps or overage fees. Both Verizon and AT&T have ditched unlimited data plans for its new customers (existing customers are grandfathered in) so having an iPhone 5 with an unlimited data plan could cause some people to purchase their next version of the phone from Sprint instead. Currently, Sprint has 52 million wireless subscribers.

If Verizon, AT&T and Sprint all have their own versions of the iPhone on sale later this fall, that could leave T-Mobile holding the bag. The US's fourth largest wireless carrier could lose even more market share to the "Big Three" if they all sell the iPhone 5. T-Mobile is in the middle of being acquired by AT&T, but that may not happen for months, if at all.

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It was funner in the beginning when they were ridiculously (and mostly prohibitively) expensive and exclusive to AT&T. I would fly from Washington state to Kentucky and never see anyone else with one. Okay, one guy in Minneapolis one time.

Great for Sprint customers who want an iPhone. To be honest it didn't really help Verizon, the iPhones aren't flying off the shelves like they hoped it would, maybe because the iPhone 4 was already out? I'm curious to see how well the iPhone 5 does in America with multiple carriers, two being CDMA.

too bad there still isn't a AWS iPhone, I know a few people who would jump ship to the AWS spectrum if they could get a iPhone on it.

I know its pipe dream, but I really wish that I could use a unlocked iphone and switch between verizon and AT&T and whatever carrier is left.

""The US's third largest wireless carrier, Sprint, may finally allow its customers to sell Apple's iPhone""

why would the customers want to sell iphones?? shouldnt that be sprints job??

Jme621 said,
""The US's third largest wireless carrier, Sprint, may finally allow its customers to sell Apple's iPhone""

why would the customers want to sell iphones?? shouldnt that be sprints job??

The customers are selling their iPhones and switching to WP7 Nokias!

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