Sprint reportedly offering unlimited data with iPhone 5

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Apple (s aapl) will indeed offer the iPhone 5 on Sprint (s s) 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 (s t) or Verizon (s vz) 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?

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lh

Can’t imagine this will sway many. I don’t think I’ve ever exceeded 1 GB and I’d be surprised if more than 5% of users actually went over 1 GB, let alone 2 GB.

Now, unlimited data with a reasonably priced tethering option — that might be worth it. But I doubt it’d be worth the tradeoff in coverage.

Bill

I believe that CDMA a.k.a Sprint and Verizon cannot handle voice and data at the same time though.

Peter Mullen

Don’t have to switch. I’ve been a loyal (some say foolish) Sprint customer for over 11 years and eagerly anticipating the iPhone5 on Sprint. Just hope it’s 4G.

Andre

4G is unlikely. I don’t see Apple making a separate wimax-enabled phone just to pick up Sprint’s customer base, and I don’t see Sprint switching to LTE this year.

Personally, I’m fine with that. I live in Santa Monica and have a Nexus S 4G. The only time I can get a 4G connection is when I move 5-10 miles inland, and Sprint doesn’t seem eager to add more towers. I wouldn’t even notice the lack of 4G on the iPhone.

Brad Hutchison

I’m still on the fence as to what to do. I am on At&t and would have to pay for the early cancellation. Currently I’m only using about 2gb of data per month so At&t works fine. If the iPhone5 ends up being 4g, yeah, I’ll switch in a heartbeat. If not (most likely) I’ll probably stick with At&t another year or so.

Boog Nasty

I have an iPhone and am on it constantly but I only use about 1GB on my unlimited data plan. In any case, conserve data: When at home, use wi-fi.

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