Rumor: Sprint to keep unlimited data plan for iPhone 5

At the moment, Sprint is the only wireless carrier among the four major ones in the US that has a true unlimited data plan for its customers, without broadband caps, throttling or overage fees. When rumors started a few weeks ago about Sprint being able to sell Apple's iPhone 5 when it launches later this year, some people speculated that Sprint might do away with its unlimited data service. Now a new report from Bloomberg claims via unnamed sources that Sprint's iPhone 5 customers will indeed benefit from an unlimited data plan.

If true, that would give Sprint a huge advantage over the two current iPhone carriers in the US, AT&T and Verizon. AT&T did away with its own unlimited data plan in 2010 and Verizon did the same earlier this summer, although people who had unlimited plans before Verizon's change are grandfathered in if they decide to upgrade.

The story also adds, again via unnamed sources, that Sprint decided to delay the launch of an unnamed smartphone that supported Sprint's WiMax 4G network in order to concentrate its efforts on the launch of the iPhone 5. Officially, neither Sprint nor Apple have confirmed that Sprint will be selling the next iPhone when it launches.

Meanwhile, Apple still has yet to issue one of its "next big thing" media invites for its iPhone 5 launch. The company is now expected to offer the iPhone 5 for sale sometime in October along with a refresh of its iPod portable media players. It's also expected to launch iOS 5, the next version of its mobile operating system, in the same time period.

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tmaxxtigger said,
Same limitation as Verizon's though, can't talk and data at the same time.

umm...educate yourself, the tbolt can talk and have data at the same time.

smooth3006 said,

umm...educate yourself, the tbolt can talk and have data at the same time.

Obvious Verizon fanboy here.. The Thunderbolt can only talk and surf on 4G. Second. you act like you know a lot about Sprint. You know nothing about their network or the load they can handle. I work with Sprint everyday because I manage about 500 mobile phones using their network. They do not have the best coverage but the load on their networks are very light compared to others and just as capable if not more than AT&T. Verizon on the other hand, is much better than both as coverage and network balancing. I see actual numbers on a monthly bases from Sprint and Verizon because I have many high data users on both. AT&T however, has the worst of everything. They have great coverage when it comes to true 3G and 2G but their network needs a lot of work.. I know you didn't say anything about AT&T but I just wanted to share this with everyone reading this.

Fus10n said,

Obvious Verizon fanboy here.. The Thunderbolt can only talk and surf on 4G. Second. you act like you know a lot about Sprint. You know nothing about their network or the load they can handle. I work with Sprint everyday because I manage about 500 mobile phones using their network. They do not have the best coverage but the load on their networks are very light compared to others and just as capable if not more than AT&T. Verizon on the other hand, is much better than both as coverage and network balancing. I see actual numbers on a monthly bases from Sprint and Verizon because I have many high data users on both. AT&T however, has the worst of everything. They have great coverage when it comes to true 3G and 2G but their network needs a lot of work.. I know you didn't say anything about AT&T but I just wanted to share this with everyone reading this.

for your info i was with sprint for 6 years so yes i know them very well and their crap network. and no i can get 3g or 4g at the same time i talk on the phone. apparently you have never owned a thunderbolt.

smooth3006 said,

for your info i was with sprint for 6 years so yes i know them very well and their crap network. and no i can get 3g or 4g at the same time i talk on the phone. apparently you have never owned a thunderbolt.

My friend has a rooted Thunderbolt and we were on WiFi and he got a call and I was still able to tether to my PC.

Edit: Oh yeah forgot to mention we were on 3G...

this story/rumor is BS. sprints network is already a cluttered, slow mess. no way they will be able to survive keeping unlimited data.

Neowin really should consider replacing /software/ with /mobile/ or /apple/ (I seem to remember there being one a few years back).

Interesting. I would not think their network is strong enough for that type of abuse. I wonder if they have the technology that ATT has regarding MiWi and tethering detection.

ccoltmanm said,
Interesting. I would not think their network is strong enough for that type of abuse. I wonder if they have the technology that ATT has regarding MiWi and tethering detection.

Or they have the same network technology everyone else has except everyone else is lying about the load on their networks just to make money????

Rooster69 said,

Or they have the same network technology everyone else has except everyone else is lying about the load on their networks just to make money????

Plus sprint has significantly less subscribers and therefore have a lot of extra bandwidth.

nubs said,
Plus sprint has significantly less subscribers and therefore have a lot of extra bandwidth.

sprint does not have any extra bandwidth.

rajputwarrior said,
so when did neowin become the official iphone rumour mill cause these stories are getting ridiculous...

Yea its becoming stupid.

News just in ! - IPhone 5 might have removable battery and its powered by magic !

rajputwarrior said,
so when did neowin become the official iphone rumour mill cause these stories are getting ridiculous...

Yea its becoming stupid.

News just in ! - IPhone 5 might have removable battery and its powered by magic !

rajputwarrior said,
so when did neowin become the official iphone rumour mill cause these stories are getting ridiculous...
LOL It's just John Call-a-ham. He's probably getting paid under the table by Apple marketing. Times are bad, but the govt. is in 15 trillion debt. IRS, where are you?