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Sprint’s CEO says he doesn’t want to talk about whether the carrier is getting the iPhone. But he’s not exactly going out of his way to deny it, despite several reports that indicate Sprint will be U.S. customers’ third carrier option to buy Apple’s upcoming smartphone.

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Sprint doesn’t want to talk about whether it’s getting the iPhone, but it’s not exactly going out of its way to deny it. There have been several reports that indicate Sprint will be a third carrier option for U.S. customers interested in Apple’s smartphone. At a Goldman Sachs investor conference Wednesday, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse did some verbal gymnastics to talk about the iPhone, without saying whether his company will actually offer it.

Hesse reportedly kicked off his remarks at the event by announcing he would not be talking about the iPhone. According to CNET:

This time, Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse noted that the company’s financial expectations for the year doesn’t factor in the “rumored device,” and a hint at a possible change.

“If we get it–if–we may have to adjust our guidance for that,” Hesse said today during an investor conference sponsored by Goldman Sachs.

Electronista reports that despite the talking-about-it-without-really-talking-about-it routine, Hesse “framed [the iPhone] as the key to Sprint’s future business,” saying that the “number one reason customers churn” was “because of the iPhone.”

The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Sprint is planning to sell the iPhone 5 in October. Wednesday morning AllThingsD said to expect Apple to unveil the iPhone 5 on October 4.

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  1. Being a Sprint customer, I’m jumping ship even if they get the iPhone 5.

    Sprint’s service is horrible where I live, despite the fact that their map indicates that I live in a “strong” 3G zone. Calls routinely drop, and 3G is dog-slow if it even works at all. I can only imagine what an influx of iPhone users will do to an already weak network.

    I look forward to paying the ETF.

    1. Sprint has increased their admin charge from .99 cents per line to 1.50 per line(stated on your newest Sprint bill). As far as speaking with Sprint Reps on chat and googling this information.. you can cancel within 30 days of 9/9/11 without incurring the ETF.

  2. Being a Sprint customer in San Diego, CA I have to say I have excellent coverage. I used to have an iPhone until I switched over from ATT to Sprint and boy what a difference. Sprint’s service is substantially better than ATT’s and they do offer an incredible line up of phones. My family uses the Evo 4G, Evo 3D, Photon 4G and recently we just bought the Galaxy II Touch. Every one of these phones is technologically way better than Apple’s latest iteration, the iPhone 4. If Sprint gets the iPhone 4S or 5, whatever they choose to call it I most probably will also add that to my collection of phones, however I don’t see myself using the phone unless it can emulate my Photon 4G or Evo 3D. The good thing about the iPhone coming to Sprint will be that I can port my daughters Phone over to Sprint when I buy her iPhone. This way I can save a ton of money with Sprint.

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