Are you a Sprint customer salivating over the thought of getting your hands on the iPhone 5 this October? Don’t hold your breath. A new report says that while Sprint will get an iPhone in October, it’ll be an iPhone 4, not an iPhone 5.
A Sprint Nextel sales associate told TUAW that the carrier has started briefing its employees on an imminent Sprint iPhone 4 launch.
The briefing reportedly told the sales team that Sprint will begin offering the iPhone 4 in October 2011 (next month) with standard Sprint data plans; they will include a $10 data smartphone premium that is not specific to iPhone.
That’s disappointing news, as it suggests that Sprint won’t get the iPhone 5 until 2012… if then.
There is, however, at least one reason to suspect the report might be false. According to TUAW, the same Sprint source also said they’ll start selling “4G iPad 2s” next month, which could just refer to the existing 4G iPad case Sprint sells. If not, though, chalk this one up to total nonsense: Apple’s not about to design a WiMax-capable iPad 2 at this stage when nationwide LTE access is so obviously on the horizon..