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Sprint Selling iPhone 5 with Unlimited Data in October

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Sprint has signed a deal with Apple to carry the iPhone line -- including the new iPhone 5 -- with an unlimited data plan starting mid-October.

Sprint Nextel Corp is the nation's third-largest mobile carrier, yet it doesn't even offer Apple's coveted iPhone... at least, not yet.

According to "people familiar with the matter," the company has signed a deal with Apple to begin carrying the iPhone line starting mid-October. The deal includes offering an unlimited data plan with a flat fee, and Apple's next model, the iPhone 5, which still has yet to be revealed.

Sprint has also reportedly postponed the September debut of a rival smartphone that uses 4G wireless technology in order to prepare for the iPhone 5 introduction. Sprint executives are even expecting the addition of the device to boost the company's overall stock price.

Naturally Apple has declined to comment on rumors or speculation.

Previous reports indicated that Apple would announce the iPhone 5 and a cheaper, cloud-based iPhone 4 just after it's yearly iPod Touch refresh presentation in September. That meant the new iPhone and iPod Touch products would launch sometime in early or mid-October as the Sprint-based insiders are now indicating.

But given that both AT&T and Verizon have eliminated their unlimited data plans for new contracts, Sprint's new deal with Apple provides a better foothold as it goes head-to-head with the two larger rivals on the iOS field, if not the upper hand thanks to the unlimited data. Right now Sprint’s unlimited voice and data service costs a meaty $99.99 a month for BlackBerry and Android-powered devices.

"The advantage of unlimited is, it’s cheaper for the big users," said Peter Rhamey, an analyst at Bank of Montrea. "People don’t like bill shock. Consumers will pay a premium for unlimited."

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    zoemayne , September 10, 2011 12:33 AM
    the best thing this would do is force verizon and at&t to offer true unlimited. hopefully they dont try to offer unlimited only for the iphone..... which wouldnt surprise me at all.
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    JOSHSKORN , September 10, 2011 12:35 AM
    Only one problem. It's on Sprint. My calls were constantly dropped on their network.
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    silky salamandr , September 10, 2011 12:43 AM
    Ive had sprint for 10 years and my service is perfect. Ive always said that sprint is the best until you have to call customer service. I ask them to transfer me right back to America.

    Anyways I didnt really want to see the iphone on sprint because somehow I think they will change their unlimited plans like the others that carry the iphone.
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    madchemist83 , September 10, 2011 12:51 AM
    who cares about iPhone when Sprint has SGS 2 .. way better then crappy iPhone
    never will I purchase any Apple product
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2011 12:51 AM
    Not sure who would pay $99.99 for unlimited voice and data when you can pay $79.99 for unlimited mobile-to-mobile, unlimited data, and 450 anytime minutes to landlines. Unless the majority of your minutes are to landlines, which most people's aren't, it makes no sense to go with the plan mentioned in this article so good job on not making it relevant to what most people would get.
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2011 12:56 AM
    Good for Sprint! I changed to Sprint from AT&T three months ago and I'm thrilled with Sprint! I CONSTANTLY dropped calls on AT&T regardless of where I was in So.Cal and with three separate handsets including two different iPhones and a Samsung Android device. Then AT&T had the nerve to limit my data and charge me more for the privilege of all those dropped calls and inconvenience. That tore it ... I even paid a $100 ETF to get the hell away from AT&T.

    By the way, I get more consistent coverage and havent had a single dropped call yet with Sprint. I'm in outside sales and cover a territory that is roughly all of Southern California ... AT&T certainly couldn't match that performance. Honestly folks, give Sprint a try, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised and if nothing else, Sprint's customer service is light years ahead of AT&T!
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    house70 , September 10, 2011 1:36 AM
    Welcome to the real world... the end of unlimited as Sprint knows it.
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    groveborn , September 10, 2011 1:47 AM
    I love my Iphone, but I hate AT&T. I imagine this would be true of Verizon users. I would also imagine this will soon be true for Sprint users. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unlock-the-Iphone-NOW/258297014202176
    Start there, let's make them all allow you to unlock your phone without hacking it. Hell, let's get them to allow it on all phones. I wouldn't mind a nationwide ban on these behaviors.
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    nebun , September 10, 2011 2:08 AM
    JOSHSKORNOnly one problem. It's on Sprint. My calls were constantly dropped on their network.

    that used to happen before they acquired NEXTEL....now Sprint is doing really well...can't wait for my Verizon contract to expire
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    etk , September 10, 2011 2:31 AM
    Unlimited Data on sprint is like driving on the autobahn in a golf cart.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 10, 2011 2:46 AM
    Hell,I've never used sprint & I think that I never will. Totally useless for me Apple machine!
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    soldier37 , September 10, 2011 4:11 AM
    Its soo funny to hear the whiny Iphone haters and AT&T haters here and all news related. Most of them never had either but love to come here and hate. Grow up get a life, who cares that you hate the Iphone, Ive had AT&T for 8 years now no problems, I have excellent 3G service in my city, had the Iphone since 2007 no problems. Sprint will be next to be bought out eventually so enjoy it while you can. Iphone 5 on AT&T unlimited plan grandfathered in so suck on that Sprint losers.
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    Travis Beane , September 10, 2011 4:27 AM
    letsbefairNot sure who would pay $99.99 for unlimited voice and data when you can pay $79.99 for unlimited mobile-to-mobile, unlimited data, and 450 anytime minutes to landlines. Unless the majority of your minutes are to landlines, which most people's aren't, it makes no sense to go with the plan mentioned in this article so good job on not making it relevant to what most people would get.

    I would in a heartbeat.
    I have 1.5GB/month on my phone, and limited minutes, and I pay $80/month...
    etkUnlimited Data on sprint is like driving on the autobahn in a golf cart.

    I'd do it. Dual turbos and a tank of nitrometh please. :) 
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    otacon72 , September 10, 2011 6:17 AM
    soldier37Its soo funny to hear the whiny Iphone haters and AT&T haters here and all news related. Most of them never had either but love to come here and hate. Grow up get a life, who cares that you hate the Iphone, Ive had AT&T for 8 years now no problems, I have excellent 3G service in my city, had the Iphone since 2007 no problems. Sprint will be next to be bought out eventually so enjoy it while you can. Iphone 5 on AT&T unlimited plan grandfathered in so suck on that Sprint losers.


    Calling someone a loser for what cell provider they have is freakin pathetic. Don't forget to remove your lips from Job's ass when you're done kissing it.
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    eddieroolz , September 10, 2011 6:41 AM
    it's always people familiar with the matter. Honestly it should not even be a source.
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    chronicbint , September 10, 2011 7:10 AM
    Can Toms implement some kind of anti droidfag captcha, they are ruining the website.
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    nikorr , September 10, 2011 7:33 AM
    house70Welcome to the real world... the end of unlimited as Sprint knows it.



    I think 1 year will get them enough contracts and that's that.
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    caparc , September 10, 2011 12:58 PM
    ISP's are obsessed with charging for bandwidth because, and only because, it's a way to gouge consumers. My impression is the incremental cost of GB is low but there will always be network congestion eventually unless something is done to encourage thrifty behavior. Network management software could be created that throttles the hogs and allocates available network resources equitably to users. How about more speed in off hours? How about slowing me down during peak hours after I've exceeded my "allowance" rather than extra charges? There are a lot of ways to manage network capacity besides charges for bandwidth.

    Cell phone companies have always treated their customers like suckers at the carnival. I don't have a data plan and have no plans to have one.
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    AbdullahG , September 10, 2011 7:01 PM
    @soldier37 It's sooo funny to find trolls like you on every possible news article about something that pisses you off. By the way, if your SUCH an iPhone lover, why can't you even spell it's name correctly?
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    AbdullahG , September 11, 2011 2:47 AM
    FlagOnThePlay@AbdullahG - I think you meant "you're" as in "you are" as in "if you are SUCH an iPhone lover". Pot (smoke more noob). Kettle. Hypocrite.

    It's called a small mistake; deal with it. I don't know why your so butt hurt about it (someone makes a mistake such as that on the internet and you assume they smoke pot; childish if you ask me). I didn't continuously make the same mistake over and over again, unlike what soldier37 did. My point isn't how he keeps making the constant mistake of misspelling iPhone, it's about how he is so obsessed with the iPhone and assumes it's this thing over everything, yet it seems he knows nothing about it. You honestly don't know soldier37. He's infamous for his constant ranting about anything that pisses him off, which includes consoles and CoD. You'll find him on any article about them.
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