09
Sep
Sprint

The crown jewel of Sprint's service is undeniably its "truly" unlimited data, so when rumors of the Sprint iPhone started surfacing, customers of the Now Network immediately started questioning what would happen to data plans as a result.

The other two carriers currently offering the iPhone, Verizon and AT&T, both switched to tiered data plans shortly after they started carrying the device, so it was an understandable fear coming from Sprintsters across the nation that they, too, may end up on the same [horrible] system. Fortunately, though, "people familiar with the matter" have told Bloomberg otherwise -- Sprint will indeed be keeping its current unlimited data packages around after the launch of the iPhone, with no plans of switching to tiered data plans.

Keep in mind, though, the Sprint iPhone is still just a rumor in itself, so all statements associated with the device should be taken with a grain of salt until we hear official work from Mr. Hesse himself.

[Bloomberg]

Cameron Summerson
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  • JayMonster

    Of course VZW said the same thing... BEFORE they had the iPhone as well.

    • L boogie

      And once again, history would repeat itself but lets hope sprint stays true to form then again, this is business after all

  • i is for fags

    Iphone on another carrier... you know why? Cause android is killing it! **** apple, **** steve jobs, and **** i***s.

    Note from Cameron: Fixed that for you.

    • Cameron Summerson

      There's no need to get profane or offensive just because you don't like a particular product. Let's keep the comments clean.

      • brian

        Shouldnt you all remove his entire entry..... Use of the "fag" word is more offensive than the ****..... Seriously.... Thanks...

    • Levi

      The truly economical reason for the iPhone on another carrier is because said carrier would like to stop losing customers/would like to gain more customers that want an iPhone. If they stay truly unlimited, other carriers would bleed customers, especially those up for a contract renewal.

  • MyRCode

    You're a potty mouth!

  • http://gthing.net sam

    You can't win here. Keep unlimited data and people will flock to Sprint, overload the network, and leave it in ruins. Get rid of unlimited data and who cares anymore?

    • Usman

      Unless Apple makes a Wimax version (highly unlikely) just for Sprint, the Sprint iPhone 5 will be 3G only on Sprint, which is too slow to do any real damage to the network. It'll be crippled on Sprint, while its LTE radio will give AT&T and Verizon customers true 4G.
      Personally I think this is why Sprint will NOT be carrying the iPhone 5. I know they're working on an eventual LTE rollout but that won't happen any time soon.

  • J

    Out of curiosity.... Why is it that the iPhone is being blamed for "forcing" carriers to switch from unlimited to tiered data?

    A study came out around end of 2010/start of 2011 that showed Android users averaged more data use per month than iPhone users. And as we know, Android has a slim lead in the over all market as the most popular OS... So there are more of us out there than there are them.... Shouldn't it be us, the Android community, that's bringing down the network?

    Yet Verizon was doing just fine with having countless Android devices (Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, Droid Incredible, ....) all with unlimited data. At least until after the iPhone dropped...

    • Sleepin

      They were forced to switch by Apple. They require anyone selling their phones to implement a tiered data plan. It is in the contract the carrier signs with Apple. That's what my local Verizon store manager told me.

  • RockingmyEvo3D

    Trust me SPRINT has had plenty of time to plan for this iphone adventure they already knew over 1 year ago that this day would come it was in the pipeline. Unlimited data on sprint WILL ALWAYS BE and for those on the other USELESS NETWORKS SHAME ON YOU...

    • squiddy20

      Just because other carriers have throttled or capped data does NOT make them "useless". They can do all of the same things that you and I can do (and in some cases, do it even faster). What's "useless" is your overuse of the word. Act your age. Unless you WANT to be considered a little child all your life?

  • sh_tjustgotreal

    I'm sorry, I'm heavily skeptical with anything concerning the iPhone or what carriers "promise" they'll do. Sure, it doesn't seem like Sprint would need to implement caps, since they own the most spectrum, their network is still way under full capacity, and they use Wi-max, not LTE.

    That having been said... I wouldn't put it past them. After all, Verizon said they were prepared too and well... heh, liars.

    Let's not forget that Apple on AT&T barely had any intra-carrier competition from Android users, so the data being consumed was first and foremost iPhone users all the way. Sure, their network is abysmal, but this was only 3G...

    Verizon has the largest subscriber base, obviously, and the 2nd largest network spectrum. But the CDMA iPhone is still hamstrung in a number of ways since it's still only 3G and not LTE. And they said the same thing about data plans and being able to handle it...

    Yeah. I don't know. I'd love to love Sprint. Really, I would. In fact, I just switched to them last month from that hellhole that is AT&T... but I wouldn't put it past them.

    They probably won't have a choice soon anyway. In fact, Sprint getting the iPhone could actually hurt its argument against the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, which, as other analysts have pointed out, may eventually force Sprint to tow the industry line and be sold to Verizon.

    So... yes, lots of turmoil on the radar. Let's hope this crap doesn't happen.