Rumors are circulating (as they have many times before) that Sprint is set to get the iPhone. What makes this time different is that sources have actually put a release date on the device (Mid October) and it is being reported by major news outlets, not just tech blogs and rumor sites.
The Wall Street Journal reported in their online version that “The deal could help prop up the nation’s third-largest carrier and give AT&T Inc. more ammunition in its attempt to win regulatory approval for its proposed acquisition of No. 4 U.S. carrier T-Mobile USA Inc.”
(Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903327904576526690675657466.html#ixzz1WHbjfSBH)
So what does this mean for the consumer? Well, if the rumors turn out to be true and Sprint is going to get the iPhone 5, then it could be a boon for Sprint which prides itself on the strength of its data network and has the only true unlimited data plan left among the main cell providers. It could also definitely hurt both Verizon & AT&T customers who love their iPhones, but have contracts expiring and might be attracted by Sprint’s unlimited plan.
Sprint has been fighting an uphill battle the last couple of years after the merger with Nextel, legal battles and their customer service woes, but they seem to have turned the corner and now have over 50 million subscribers. If the iPhone 5 does become a featured phone on the Sprint network, it should cut significantly into the superior subscriber numbers that AT&T and Verizon have.
We’ll be keeping an eye on this to see what transpires and if the rumor mill proves to be true this time.