Sprint will indeed offer unlimited data for iPhone users

Phone Scoop was able to confirm that Sprint, as rumored, will be offering iPhone customers unlimited data plans starting at $69.99.

Sprint today confirmed to Phone Scoop via telephone that the Apple iPhone 4S will have access to all the same voice and data plans (at the same rates) that Sprint's current smartphones do -- including unlimited 3G data and the 5GB mobile hotspot cap.

Both AT&T and Verizon have switched to tiered pricing and no longer offer unlimited data plans for new customers (unless you've been grandfathered in, you're out of luck). With Sprint taking on a $20 billion gamble with the iPhone, something like this to help differentiate themselves from the competition could really go a long way in securing new subscribers.

The iPhone 4S is scheduled to be released on Sprint, AT&T and Verizon on October 14th in the US, with pre-orders starting this Friday. Will this news have any impact on which carrier you'll go with?

Source: Phone Scoop

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Sprint will indeed offer unlimited data for iPhone users

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And as we are all well aware... iPhone users consume more data overall. That is just the way it is. Sprint will eventually buckle under the weight just like AT&T & Verizon.

I agree with ya. I wonder if the $10 fee sprint charges for smart phones will help them keep the unlimited plans. I had sprint....just left them like 7 months ago. Hated that $10 charge lol. That adds up when you have 3 smartphones on a family plan.....paying at extra $30 bucks!

I use 4gb a week on my android. Most iPhone people I know dont come close to that. Sprint has a ton of service not even in use, so they will be alright for awhile.

Sprint has a lot of customers who use tons of data on their Android phones. Many of whom are on Sprint because they appreciate the better pricing they get from that company. I know quite a few people on Sprint who have Android phones currently who will buy an iPhone.
Sprint may not see a huge change in their data usage, other than from new converts from Verizon and AT&T. I had an original iPhone and I will have to go play with a 4s to see if it is "all that". I won't switch until there's a "Jailbreak" solution , though.

WebOS > Android.
I'd say it's also better than iOS but WebOS is basically an Apple product without Steve Job's tight reins ala Rubinstein and the apple employees he brought to Palm with him. Of coarse the geniuses made him CEO even though he's an engineer, not cut out for administrative roles.
Apple isn't failing here, this refresh follows phones like Incredible 2 or Evo 3D or Moto Droid X2.
The issue being expectations and Android's Microsoft emulating strategy of market saturation.
As such it does get distaining to the eye when a plethora of phones get dual core 1- 1.4 Ghz processors and at the end of the year Apple with their only release of the year just matches it and doesn't outdo on software either.
But the competition is good. They'll realize not upping the bar and letting the mass of high end Android phones outdo them this christmas to mid-next year was a baaad idea.
=) Means better devices and features for all
If only WebOS hardware was still being made....

WebOS > Android.
I'd say it's also better than iOS but WebOS is basically an Apple product without Steve Job's tight reins ala Rubinstein and the apple employees he brought to Palm with him. Of coarse the geniuses made him CEO even though he's an engineer, not cut out for administrative roles.
Apple isn't failing here, this refresh follows phones like Incredible 2 or Evo 3D or Moto Droid X2.
The issue being expectations and Android's Microsoft emulating strategy of market saturation.
As such it does get distaining to the eye when a plethora of phones get dual core 1- 1.4 Ghz processors and at the end of the year Apple with their only release of the year just matches it and doesn't outdo on software either.
But the competition is good. They'll realize not upping the bar and letting the mass of high end Android phones outdo them this christmas to mid-next year was a baaad idea.
=) Means better devices and features for all
If only WebOS hardware was still being made....

im sorry but as a WebOS user that will be switching to the 4S my palm pre was crap. It constantly overheated, had terrible battery, the software was buggy BEYOND BELIEF, terrible quality apps, the lag and load times...the list goes on and on. idk if you have ever had a webos device but ur on something if you think it was on the level of either iOS or android. o yea and these issues existed on all seven replacements.

Dude he said WebOS was better. Not that the Palm phones were better. 90% of people who used a Palm WebOS device would agree with. Your right though the Palm phones were crap.

yeah, its going to keep me with sprint most definately. now the thing is should i completely switch to the iphone or have do a family plan with it .. decision decisions....

Exactly, if they keep their pricing the same for the iPhone, you could have five iPhones on the family plan for $200 a month. AT&T doesnt do that.

I still have an unlimited data plan with AT&T from my original iPhone contract three years ago. Does anyone know if they will still be honoring that when I make the jump to the 4S?

Why are you going to completely switch for a slightly upgraded iPhone for?! If your plan is unlimited while others aren't then why bother, other phone companies won't care about your dedication to a different phone carrier if it's not them -__-

I think one of us is missing something here. I currently own an iPhone 3G on AT&T. When I contracted for it three years ago I was able to get unlimited data. Now i want to get the 4S (certainly not a "slightly upgraded" model since my current phone is the 3G). I know when the 4 was released AT&T allowed customers on the unlimited plan to continue it. I am wondering if they will do the same with the release of the 4S. I plan to stay with AT&T.

OK keep telling yourself that Sprint can handle it. They can't even cover the entire US without buying into Verizon for roaming. And you and others can site a random survey from months ago if it makes you feel better.

remember folks, verizon acquired the iphone in feb and lost unl data in july, the same will happen with sprint, giving its customers a chance to grandfather for a few months before losing it in the deal later, also much like verizon sprint already had to ditch its one year contracts and upgrade premier stuff, so all is falling into place as normal.

i dnt think so. ATT and Verizon have always been in bed together and tend to price and make carrier changes in unison. sprint is kind of the rebel hanging by a thread

Verizon didn't switch to tiered data because of the iPhone, tiered data was coming no matter what. I have Verizon and unlimited data and the network runs fine. I have no experienced any difference. I'm sure Sprint will eventually switch to tiered but I'm going to guess it will be later rather than sooner.

Big whoop. :-( If you read the forums, at least in Chicago the data speeds are pitifull. As many have said before, who cares if it's unlimited if it's so slow you can't stream anything? Only being 3g doesn't help the iPhone either.

My wife and daughter will probably upgrade to the iPhone on Sprint. I'll keep my Android.

I just configured an 8GB iPhone 4 on sprints site just to see what they are charging. They have a "Required service add-on : Premium Data (required for this device) - $10.00". So they aren't just allowing customers to have the same monthly plan.

Sprint started charging a extra $10 a month for any new smartphone months ago, regardless if your a new or existing customer. I pay it on my HTC EVO, people still confuse it as a 4G fee but its for any premium smartphone.

Trying to decide between sticking with Android and getting the 4s... for me, free tethering (or a one-time fee) is a pretty big deal and from what I can tell, this isn't an option with an iPhone (at least without jailbreaking it). Does anyone know of any tethering options without having to jailbreak it?