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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