sprint logoBarron's reports on a new research note from Citadel Securities analyst Shing Yin claiming that the iPhone is likely to debut on U.S. carrier Sprint sometime before Christmas of this year. Yin notes that with Verizon shifting to tiered data plans beginning tomorrow, Apple likely has additional motivation to strike a deal with Sprint, which continues to offer the unlimited data plans preferred by Apple.

Timing may not depend on exclusives with Verizon and AT&T, writes Yin, as he thinks both carriers are unlikely to try and delay a Sprint introduction of an iPhone for legal reasons. Sprint would want the phone before Christmas, and "we see little reason for Apple to hold back."

Yin points to Sprint's competitive service plan pricing as a significant opportunity to draw in new customers, particularly if the carrier is able to launch with the next-generation iPhone simultaneously with AT&T and Verizon.

As always, analysts' comments should be taken with a grain of salt, and Yin's comments in particular appear to be based primarily on speculation and inference.

Yin is not the first analyst, however, to suggest that a Sprint iPhone may appear in the relatively near future. Back in mid-May, Jeffries & Co. analyst Peter Misek claimed that Apple will be bringing the iPhone to both Sprint and T-Mobile by the end of the year and an Apple job posting looking for a carrier engineer in Kansas City, Missouri near Sprint's headquarters has similarly helped fuel rumors of a Sprint iPhone.

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rumz Avatar
128 months ago
Since Apple has explicitly stated that the iPhone is no longer exclusive, it would make total sense to get the iPhone on as many carriers as possible. I've long felt like AT&T exclusivity helped serve as a springboard for Android devices to become popular.

Case in point: I have a younger brother who's been digging Android phones for a couple years now. He was looking forward to some of the new models this fall, until I told him it was completely possible that there'd be an iPhone on Sprint this fall. Now when I ask him about new phones he's like "oh I'm gonna wait and see about the iPhone first." He'd take an iPhone over Android any day, he's just not hardcore enough to change carriers for it (esp. since he's on a family plan).
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
urkel Avatar
128 months ago
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Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ugg Avatar
128 months ago
In my experience, Sprint has such horrible coverage that even the cheap plan is not worth all the dropped calls. Can't really use data when you're constantly being disconnected. People complain about AT&T, but I doubt those people have ever been on Sprint. YMMV, but that is my experience, and the experience of everyone I've known on Sprint. They've gotten to the point where they're just throwing features at their customers to try to get them to not switch. We used to be on Sprint, and that's what they did. Even a mention of switching was enough for them to throw something pleasant at you, but as I said, their service was useless no matter how many features they threw at us.

I just went to their website to get up to date on any changes since I last used them, and the website took about [s]2-3[/s] [s]3-4[/s] 4-5 minutes to load. Add that to the pile.

EDIT: Thought it was about done loading a few times, guess not.

Location, location, location. It's all about where you live. For me it's great, but I don't live in Brooklyn.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jclardy Avatar
128 months ago
I really hope so. As long as Sprint doesn't come up with some iPhone specific plan that charges more money than their current smartphone plans.

It would be nice if iPhone 5 wasn't carrier locked and had a dual network chipset for CDMA/GSM networks, meaning you could use it with any carrier.

I might miss begin able to use data and voice at the same time (Tethering) but I can deal with that if I am saving $10-20 a month on my phone bill.

Also, please give us unlimited data with free tethering :D
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ratzzo Avatar
128 months ago
Seriously, where do these all "analysts" come from, and what are their proof?

Every 'analyst' news turns out wrong in the end or are blatantly easy to 'analyze'. It's pretty obvious the iPhone 5 will be out before Christmas, and if there were to be a Sprint version, this would be the ideal time to present the product, rather than half a year later when the "oooh!" effect has worn off.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
burnout8488 Avatar
128 months ago
That used to be the case, but now all new smartphone activations require the $10 per month premium data add-on.

Unfortunate but true.

The real bargain on Sprint is for the SERO and Employee Plus Referral Plan customers.

I pay $46/mo for unlimited everything Blackberry on SERO-P. I am praying that the iPhone is eligible to be activated on this plan as well. Even if I have to pay another $10-20 in fees that I KNOW Sprint is going to create (iPhone Fee, Premium Data Fee, Premium Retina Display fee, etc...) it's still a bargain.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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