Sprint plans to stay with unlimited data for next iPhone

Of the three major US wireless carriers that sell Apple's iPhone, only Sprint, the nation's number three carrier, has a truly unlimited data plan for its version of the device. There have been rumors that Sprint might change that stance in the future but so far the company has given no indication that it plans to move away from its unlimited data service for its smartphones.

News.com reports that when the site asked Sprint CEO Dan Hesse if they plan to change their unlimited data plans when Apple releases the next iPhone, he replied, "'I'm not anticipating the unlimited plan would change by that point. That's our distinctive differentiator."

Indeed, Hesse believes that feature helps Sprint a lot in their battle with the other iPhone carriers Verizon and AT&T, saying, "Frankly, it's a marriage made in heaven. We're clearly attracting customers from our competitors." He added that he does not know when Apple will launch the next iPhone.

Sprint also doesn't have any information on whether or not the next iPhone will support LTE networks. Both Verizon and AT&T are building up their wireless networks to support the faster LTE protocol and Sprint will launch its own LTE network later this year. However, Hesse did say, "Our expectation is that we will all get the same device at the same time."

This news comes the same day that Sprint announced its first quarter 2012 financial results. The company recorded a net loss of $863 million for the quarter, compared to a net loss of $439 million for the same period a year ago. It also activated 1.5 million iPhones during the first quarter.

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Deihmos said,
I pay less on T-Mobile and its worth it. The network speed compares to LTE for a much smaller bill.
Seriously considering going back to them now that the death star isn't getting them.

yeah the DATA speed is horrible... Sprint 3G Averages 1mbit down and like 512kbit up, even in populated well built out areas... I've seen AT&T LTE do 40Mbit down and 20Mbit up in the same areas. So yes, unlimited "slow" data... that's why..

xendrome said,
yeah the DATA speed is horrible... Sprint 3G Averages 1mbit down and like 512kbit up, even in populated well built out areas... I've seen AT&T LTE do 40Mbit down and 20Mbit up in the same areas. So yes, unlimited "slow" data... that's why..
1mbit downloads??! I would KILL for those speeds. A good day is 40 - 100kbits and only for a little bit. Usually I'm around 5 - 20kbits. You know the really f***ed up part? I live in Overland Park. You know, where their headquarters are located.

The reason they keep "unlimited" is because you couldn't download over 4GB if you tried on their garbage network. Even in Chicago my data speed was terrible. Can't wait to switch to Verizon in a year.

This is my fear. My fiancé is on Sprint now and wants me to switch to them when my contract with AT&T is up in June. I'm still undecided...

AT&T is really good in my area. Verizon is a little better in that they have LTE here. But I won't go back to Verizon. Didn't like the way they treated customers, don't like how they lock down phones, and I prefer having a GSM phone with an interchangeable sim card.

I dont see how they will be able to keep unlimited. There struggling to even be in 3rd place here with their slow crappy network. Wasnt it rumored they may claim bankrupcy?

smooth3006 said,
I dont see how they will be able to keep unlimited. There struggling to even be in 3rd place here with their slow crappy network. Wasnt it rumored they may claim bankrupcy?

The point that they are keeping it unlimited is their draw-in to hopefully keep existing customers and attract new ones.