Sprint getting timed exclusive iPhone 5?

A new rumor has surfaced and this one seems from left field but comes from a trustworthy source. BGR, who has a decent track record with putting out Sprint rumors, is putting it all on the line. They are saying that Sprint will be getting a timed exclusive access to the iPhone 5 and it will use WiMax for 4G connectivity. BGR also states that Verizon and AT&T will get an LTE version of the phone but not until Q1 of 2012. Additionally, Verizon and AT&T will be getting update iPhone 4 devices, called the 4S; the supposed specs of these devices are posted below.

The story also states that Sprint is pulling out serious cash to make it happen, a reported $20 billion in iPhone orders over the next 4 years. If this is true, Sprint would not break even until 2014 on the transaction.

This rumor is a bit out there and it is hard to judge the credibility on this. If it turns out true, it will be a massive win for Sprint, even at the considerable price they will be paying. Getting the iPhone 5 sooner than its competitors and offering up unlimited data is a compelling offer. While we are now less than 24 hours away from Apple's keynote where all the rumors will finally be put to bed, the rumor mill is heating up.  

Further, BGR states to have the specs of the new devices, posted below:

The iPhone 4S Apple will introduce tomorrow will feature the following:

  • A low voltage Apple A5 CPU (it won’t be the same as the iPad 2 chip, clock for clock).
  • Updated front and back camera sensors. FaceTime HD in the front, 8 megapixel 1080p HD video recording in the back.
  • Multiband 3G Qualcomm chipset — North American & International GSM/UMTS/HSPA bands for AT&T and Global carriers, North American CDMA & International GSM/UMTS/HSPA bands for Verizon and Sprint.
  • NFC support
  • Metal or “premium” plastic on the back case.

Here is what my source said about the iPhone 5 that will launch as a Sprint exclusive:

  • Faster CPU.
  • Larger 4-inch screen, similar to LG’s NOVA display but higher resolution.
  • 1GB of RAM.
  • Slightly larger design overall but thinner, and a larger battery.
  • 32GB
  • iPhone 5 exclusive software and APIs (Assistant).
  • Dedicated Assistant button, possibly integrated with the new home button, “think gestures or a two-stage button like a camera shutter key)

 

 

 

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I hate 2 say this, but I told you so! BGR has been a very reliable source 4 Neowin and it looks like Sprint will be the only one getting the IPhone 5 this year!

LOL. You sir, are quite behind the times. Have you heard that even apple admits that iOS5 is not really that amazing?

Arr Yor said,
iphone 5 could make windows phone 7.5 feel dated... my thoughts...

Arr Yor said,
iphone 5 could make windows phone 7.5 feel dated... my thoughts...

Unless Apple makes a huge change in iOS, then no. This will never happen.

In fact, out of Android, WP7, and iOS, iOS actually feels the most dated. While the competitors work on updating the UI and adding new features and such, Apple sticks with the same monotonous UI while adding half-assed features that people have to fix through jailbreaking.

I don't know ... if this is true, I MIGHT consider switching to Sprint, depending on pricing plans. I've been with AT&T forever ... but my iPhone 4 has not been acting the best. We shall see tomorrow.

Not sure how true this is. Cincinnati Bell had the iphone 4s and 5 listed on there site (story over at redmondpie.com), and they are going to sold either under contract or month contracts. An inside sales guy said they were gearing up to start offering them to current customers as soon as they are released.

Finally full 3g/4g support (TMOBILE 3g/4g Bands) for an iphone and true unlimited data.

Wooow I've waited 18 months to upgrade from my AT&T 3GS and now the iPhone 5 (potentially) launches as a Sprint exclusive. There will be much raging then sobbing. then eating of donuts and fattening. Apple, I will blame you for the extra hours spent in the gym. I will curse you every rep of the way.

Man well guess what, Sprint is getting my money then. I rather though stick w/ AT&T, its just that I have had my iPhone now for 2 years and its time to upgrade for what ever they announce tomorrow.

shamburg said,
Wake me up when the Nokia Searay or Ace hits shelves...

I hope we get as many Nokia World rumours as we have had iPhone 5 rumours on Neowin.

Manish said,

No chance.

Unless of course Neowin takes on the job of creating a whole bunch of rumour for it few others will

Astra.Xtreme said,
Looks like I won't be dropping Sprint after all. Very nice.

Don't want to sound rude at all but it's a rumour. Like all rumours, it may not be true.

bastones said,

Don't want to sound rude at all but it's a rumour. Like all rumours, it may not be true.

Yeah, it's a rumor. We know... If you read the article, the first thing they state is that it's from a "trustworthy" source. That makes a big difference actually.
But rumor or not, there's a very high probability that Sprint is getting the iPhone. All signs have been pointing towards it with the exception of Sprint themselves giving the green light (which they obviously can't do yet for legal reasons).
If you understand the legal ramifications of the matter, then you can pretty much push away the "rumor" perspective of it and simply wait out the clock.

Sprint paying $20 Billion to get a at the most 4 month exclusive over the iPhone 5? That just seems ridiculous to me.

you read it wrong. 20 billion in iphone shipments from sprint

Vice said,
Sprint paying $20 Billion to get a at the most 4 month exclusive over the iPhone 5? That just seems ridiculous to me.

nanoware said,
you read it wrong. 20 billion in iphone shipments from sprint

I didn't read it wrong. Sprint agrees to pay $20 Billion dollars to Apple (for iPhones). As a locked in deal. Why do that for just 4 months of exclusivity? What if in a year from now the iPhone falls out of favour and Sprint are still stuck having to buy 15 Billion dollars worth of them until 2014.

Vice said,

I didn't read it wrong. Sprint agrees to pay $20 Billion dollars to Apple (for iPhones). As a locked in deal. Why do that for just 4 months of exclusivity? What if in a year from now the iPhone falls out of favour and Sprint are still stuck having to buy 15 Billion dollars worth of them until 2014.


No. Sprint Paid 20 billion for iPhones from sprint till 2014. This will cover not just the 5 but future versions released up through 2014