Sprint to get iPhone 5 this October?

Sprint to get iPhone 5 this October?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint Nextel will get iPhone 5 mid-October, the same time TiPb reported AT&T and Verizon would be getting Apple's next generation handset.

Landing the iPhone is a big win for Sprint, whose results have suffered without being able to sell the iconic device. This February, Verizon Wireless began selling the iPhone 4, while AT&T has relied on versions of the Apple device to drive sales since 2007.

In all likelihood, this will be the same CDMA/GSM dual-mode world phone destind for Verizon's network. While the WSJ seems shocked and surprised at iPhone 5 coming in October, TiPb readers have known for a while now that Apple has been considering October 7, possibly October 14 as launch dates.

However, with Yukari Iwatani Kane and her excellent track-record contributing to their article, it's excellent confirmation and Sprint customers should have a lot to look forward to this fall.

Anyone going to line up for Sprint this time instead of AT&T or Verizon?


Rene Ritchie

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dgarrison79 says:

count me in, tired of this buggy battery eaten android.

dgarrison79 says:

Sorry, I was thinking i was posting at the bottom, tried to delete it, but wont let me..lol

leadbyxampl says:

if it comes to Sprint with SERO, this will be a great combination!

DiamondDNice says:

i didn't think you could even do palm phones on sero so i'd doubt it. They made all those people switch to other plans.

leadbyxampl says:

Actually SERO is still alive. You have to fork up some additional cash, but it is still alive and well.

Indopunk says:

An iPhone with My SERO Premium plan will be awesome! Oh, and I have a two year old Palm Pre with my SERO plan.

Paul says:

DITTO. I too have a Palm Pre on Sprint with the SERO 500 Plan. All I really want is the iPAD 3 with 3G 32GB on Sprint. I'm happy with my Pre, not a fan of Android. Kinda love my Pre, but really really want an iPAD 3.

Greg Smith says:

Definitely need a T-Mo version!!!

Paul says:

Uh, at&t and TMO will be one in the same within several months so says the current at&t commercials.

joe sheeks says:

Cant wait. I was debating on switching to AT&T just for the iphone5!

mrwilly says:

Sprint's network is too slow, i'm jumping from Sprint to AT&T for iPhone 5

Venomous04 says:

It might be slow but at least the calls don't drop every 5 min. Have an att iPhone but probably going back to sprint.

Duke says:

My iPhone works great on AT&T. It is fast and I do not drop calls. Some of these people live to attack anything positive regarding AT&T. It is annoying. Now watch them attack me.

west3man says:

Service varies by location and environment. People who criticize AT&T's network may do so for the same reason that you applaud it - personal experience.

Chris says:

at least you have UNLIMITED.

Chris says:

You will be grandfathered in.

Harold Haynes says:

Being that spring hasn't the cheapest plans right now... I think this is absolutely awesome news!

Brock2120002 says:

yes, I'm on sprint and we just lost web os. I'm not a android fan.

DiamondDNice says:

Sprint here. i'll be in line or pre ordering or what ever. very good news.

musefan says:

I'm on Sprint and I'm looking forward to buying one, but I'm gonna wait to see if their are any bugs like the iPhone 4 had when it first launched

HungWell says:

If they offer unlimited data at a reasonable price, I'm in.

Chris says:

$79 a month. Same as now.

fastlane says:

I was with Sprint for 11 years, and only left because of the iPhone. Their service was always very good, but I'd have to first wait for their iPhone users' feedback before ever switching back.

claustin says:

If I can get their great unlimited plan, i'm all over it. FU AT&T and Verizon!

tnrambler says:

On Sprint now with the palm pre because I moved from AT&T because of their crappy customer service (and because the Verizon folks that I dealt with when investigating a switch were arrogant pricks). Now feeling like I may have a viable option if this is confirmed.

Aadf says:

Just in time to replace my ailing Pre-. This would go excellently with the ipad2 I just picked up after returning my TouchPad.

DeLeon Hughes says:

Nope. AT&T it is! But Sprint does have the "truly unlimited" plan. So idk..

Timec says:

So no excuses about android killing you on market share now.

Anna May says:

Excited beyond words. WOOOO!

rprather says:

This is excellent news. Having the iPhone on the top three carriers in the US will increase competition. That is exactly what we need to combat the duopoly that AT&T and Verizon maintain.

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Kevin says:

I've got an AT&T iPhin 4 and it works supper fast, plus I've never had a dropped call! My buddy has an iPhin on Verizon's network and it totally sucks. We've put them side by side to test the two networks, and AT&T is definitely faster than Verizon where we live. Not to mention you can't even talk and use data at the same time with Verizon, that is ridiculous! What's the point of an iPhin if you can't talk and surf! I wonder how an iPhin will hold up on sprint..

Chris says:

Sadly yes. Carriers need to step it up. People use data. Plain and simple and people want to be connected ALL THE TIME. not just at wifi hotspots that may be closed/locked/pay to use etc

Chris says:

Can't wait. I already pay around $67 for unlimted everything. This is gonna be good.

Sammie says:

I've been on sprint for over 6yrs now and i can really appreciate their unlimted plan everything plan, best thing that ever happened to sprint. But i hope with this new iphone 5 the same unlimited plan still exists and we wont have to pay anything extra just because its the iphone.

BadBucks says:

Problem is that if you get a new Smartphone while on that unlimited data plan, they sneakingly access an additional $10/month...Pisses me off..

BadBucks says:

Meant to write, "assess" NOT "access". Sorry!

phonenerd says:

I have been with Sprint for about 7 years after leaving Verizon. Never regretted the decision and this will be a huge plus for Sprint. I just purchased the new all touch screen Blackberry Torch 9850. So far I love it so I'll have to wait a few months before I consider the iphone as I get and upgrade every 10 months. But, I will be considering it come Spring 2012.

Chris says:

I'm not taking any sides. I'm just saying what is the truth. London shouldn't count since they are breaking the law and acting like idiots.

Brett Ferrell says:

Ditto, Sprint Pre fanboy who doesn't care for DROID.... would love this to be true

Jason says:

Im ready to drop my android the day the iPhone hits sprint.

Schlickieboy says:

Yes the IOS on Sprint is my direction after the loss of WebOS. I waited over 6months to be disappointed by HP. (disappointment is a mild way of putting it). Can't wait for a great phone and apps, apps, apps.

Seanlee2108 says:

hell yea i am .... been waiting to damn long .... im over the evo

Hezekiah Hicks says:

I sure hope so. I'm on Sprint and the service is great out here. Never had any problems.

Melissa White says:

I'll be lining up for the Sprint version, no question! I can't wait! :) I'm so sick of the craptastic unstable android system I could scream!

Melissa White says:

If I could get away with that, I totally would! :):):) LOL

Dave81j6 says:

count this former webOS pre- user delighted. I can't wait for excellent battery life and the retina display. Will miss the cards and notifications but not as much as I anticipate enjoying such a fine device all day w/o needing charging. :) iphone5 :( webOS is gone.

Schlickieboy says:

You need to read about IOS 5 it has notifications. One of the head developers for palm (I said palm) went to Apple and developed there notifications.

Dave81j6 says:

yes, i forgot that the former palm employee was hired at apple.
i read the tipb.com post for webOS users switching to iOS. he wasn't overly thrilled with the way iOS currently handles notifications ... was more my gist. but he was quick to mention that iOS 5 will help eleviate any of my post webOS notification blues.

andyman says:

I'm a huge Android fan, i used to have an iPhone before Android, i never hated it but it was so limited. I'm on sprint, and if they release the iPhone 5, i believe i'll be going back to Apple! iPhone 5 sounds promising!

Chris says:

Same here but it needs to deliver more then what android does. I still like my Sense 3.0. (you have to use it to know what i'm talking about pictures or thinking of Sense 1.0 wont cut it kids!)

rustymini says:

It won't help them. Yea they'll sell a lot of iPhones(at first),but you watch-they'll be a fee for this or a fee for that or the final insult-- no more unlimited data. I'm a former Sprint customer who came into VZW before July 7th.

Chris says:

and us who are already on Sprint will be grandfathered in. you know, it doesn't take a rocket scintenst to figure this out kid.
and they already have a fee. For premium data - $10 a month.

Guest says:

I've been with Sprint since 2000. While I don't care for their service that much and their 4G is nothing to write home to mom about; they offer some really good plans. Right now I have the Evo 4G, and enjoy a plethora of extras with this phone. But the iPhone has always been a better device and it's easier on the battery. Throw in Sprint's simply unlimited everything plan and you have a win/win.

spherelander says:

My old allegiance to WebOS/Palm is over. Time to dump the Pre- and get an iPhone 5!!!

Mani ManiiBooh Lee says:

Ohh yea sprint gettin the iphone 5 yayy time for a new upgrade

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