Apple will indeed offer the iPhone 5 on Sprint next month, according to a new report from Bloomberg on Friday. This backs up an earlier claim by the Wall Street Journal that the third-largest U.S. carrier would get the device, but Bloomberg adds that Sprint will also be offering unlimited data service plans with the device.
Sprint would be the only U.S. carrier to offer an iPhone with an unlimited data option for new subscribers, which Bloomberg’s sources say is the reason it plans to offer such a plan. It should provide a good reason for consumers interested in the iPhone 5 to choose Sprint over AT&T or Verizon for their purchase, especially considering that iPhone owners tend to use quite a bit of mobile bandwidth. Despite high usage among iPhone owners, recent studies suggest Android users are actually ahead when it comes to smartphone data, however, so Sprint may not have to account for a very dramatic spike in usage if and when it begins offering the iPhone.
The Bloomberg report also echoes the WSJ‘s report that the iPhone 5 would be available from Sprint beginning next month in October. That’s also in keeping with many other recent reports regarding the next iPhone’s general availability. Neither Sprint nor Apple offered a comment on the report as of publication.
Would unlimited data sway you to Sprint for your next iPhone purchase?