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Sprint will be offering Apple’s iPhone 5 for sale beginning in October, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. The iPhone will go on sale in mid-October at the number three U.S. carrier, according to the WSJ’s sources.

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Sprint will be offering Apple’s iPhone 5 for sale beginning in October, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal  on Tuesday. The iPhone will go on sale in mid-October at the No. 3 U.S. carrier, according to the WSJ‘s sources.

In addition to the iPhone 5, Sprint, which has a total subscriber base of 52 million as of the close of its most recent financial quarter, will also begin selling the iPhone 4 around that time, according to the report. If accurate, Apple’s smartphone will then be available to all the top three major U.S. carriers, since Verizon began selling the iPhone 4 earlier this year, in addition to original iPhone carrier AT&T.

More carrier choice is always a good thing for cell phone customers, and Sprint will definitely benefit from having the device that still remains the most popular single smartphone model in the U.S. The only thing that may disappoint some about the report is that it seems to indicate we’ll see a later introduction date for the iPhone 5 than has been reported, as the WSJ‘s sources indicated mid-October instead of earlier in the month or late September, as previous reports suggested.

Sprint remains the only major U.S. carrier with an unlimited data plan in place, so that might be a major selling point for data-hungry iPhone owners if it stays in place. Will Sprint offering the iPhone prompt a change in carriers for anyone?

  1. John Harrington, Jr. Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    It will be interesting to see how many Sprint customers choose the iPhone 4 over the iPhone 5 despite being released at the same time.

    Speaking of new iPhone 4′s, anyone who just made the switch to Apple and wants to set up their new phone (or for some neat tips and tricks) can check out a tutorial here: http://bit.ly/qxXCdk

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  2. Until AT&T starts offering some loyalty discount, I will not be renewing every year, therefore I am stuck in the do-loop of always being behind. It’s time carriers recognized the speed of technology transition and got rid of this two-year bullsh*t.

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    1. stay with Sprint for 6 months with a price plan of $89 dollars or more and upgrade every year

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  3. I’m betting Sprint will offer it’s unlimited data plans with the iPhone 5. The question is will it work with tethering. If it does, and is able to do so using 4G speeds, then it will make for a great mobile hotspot.

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    1. That’s if you’re one of the lucky ones to live in a 4G city. I love sprint, but they do not offer 4G in San Diego for me :(

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      1. Yeah, theres no 4g in my coverage area in indianapolus, in either yet sprint heavily advertises that as a sales pitch and charges you every month for it.

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  4. VZW barely helped Apple’s marketshare, Sprint will certainly do even less. if Apple wants to remain a relevant player they need a better strategy, focusing on the US won’t cut it.

    Apple has to do what they never have with an OS, be a player in the global market. their brand is so much weaker outside the US when compared to inside that it’s shocking.

    I know it’s hard for people in the US who don’t travel to understand because most of you lack multicultural knowledge. But it’s ALOT like the X-Box 360 situation. hugely successful household name inside the US, nearly irrelevant outside the US.

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    1. To be fair, the VZW iPhone was a mid-model launch, essentially. When the iPhone 5 comes out, we may find many more Verizon customers hopping on.

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    2. http://connect.icrossing.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Mobile-OS-Market-Share-2.jpg

      I think Apple are a very relevant player outside the US Shunlai – their browsing share is huge in Europe, Oceania and Japan.

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    3. LOL obviously you have no clue about what you are talking about, with sprint being the ONLY carrier with true unlimited internet Verizon and AT&T will both be hemorrhaging customers. As far as the Iphone working outside the US i have traveled to over 15 diff countries with exceptional service

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    4. What planet are you on? I think it’s you who hasn’t ventured outside the US. The iPhone is HUGE in Europe!!! In the UK O2 has a much better customer experience (for service) that ATT too!

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  5. i believe it coz i read it at many places. seen it there also http://www.kaawish.com/2011/07/apple-iphone-5-awaited/

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  6. Fake DarrinSearancke Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    … and to Canada 3 months later?

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  7. I have been a sprint customer since 99 and love whats new in there phone selection. I know someone with the iphone and would love to give it a try. My family knows that i always get my upgrade with sprint yearly due to the fact that i have 3 cellphones on my account and the main line gets low cost( 2 year discount) yearly upgrades. my friend asked what my feelings are about the iphone and my responce was that if sprint carried it then i could make my judgement. Hopefully soon i can decide if i would like the iphone or just stick with my samsung epic (which i love by the way). I have had my epic since its release and other then the battery life and a glich in sotfware (which has 100% been corrected) i am completely satified. I am totally pleased with sprint ( service and rates) so i know i would never switch carriers. this news about the iphone comming to sprint is extremly exciting.

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    1. I feel the same way. I believe that Sprint is continuing to offer their customers a good service. I’m also thinking about upgrading my phone to an iPhone 5 when it is released.

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  8. Up until a year ago, I had no interest in getting an iPhone. But since the Evo, Android phones have gotten too large for comfort. I “downgraded” from the Evo to the Nexus S for the smaller size, but if the rumors for the Nexus Primes 4.5″ screen are correct, and there won’t be a substantially smaller qHD Android phone, I’m definitely switching to the iPhone.

    I have lots of issues with Apple, but the size war of escalation between Android handsets, especially on Sprint, is definitely pushing me in Apple’s direction.

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  9. sorry Aundre but the iphone 5 will be a 4.3 inch screen to compete with HTC the number selling hand held device company in the world stock shares range from 1200 to 1300 per share apple don’t have a chance.

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    1. LMAO have you been under a rock for the last 3 years or in a coma. The number 1 selling phone is the Iphone and its not even a close race

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  10. I have been with all the carriers and truthfully ended back with Sprint. Spring has really turned things around in the past 5 yrs. They have the lowest Everything Data unlimited plan and the customer service has been outstanding. Hell Yes, I am going to get the new iPhone5!!

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