BGR Is Crazypants, Says iPhone 5 Is Exclusive To Sprint

BGR Is Crazypants, Says iPhone 5 Is Exclusive To Sprint

So the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint was so desperate to get the iPhone now that AT&T’s exclusivity deal is up, they actually bet the future of their company on it: they’ve placed an order for over $20 billion in iPhone sales over the next four years. Sprint won’t break even on the deal until 2014, and if the iPhone suddenly becomes less popular (yeah, right), the deal could sink the company.

That’s a big story. It seems almost unbelievable, in fact, that Sprint would bet the future of its company on just one device, but that’s exactly what they appear to have done.

Want to know something even more unbelievable, though? According to a follow up report… Sprint’s ballsy deal secured them exclusive rights to the iPhone 5.

BGR reports:

 I have been told that Sprint will be getting the iPhone 5 — yes the real iPhone 5, not the iPhone 4S — as an exclusive. And it will be a 4G WiMAX device. AT&T and Verizon would launch the iPhone 4S and get the iPhone 5 some time in the first quarter of next year as an LTE device. Globally, the iPhone 5 might be available as a 4G HSPA+ device.

In this scenario, the iPhone 4S Apple will introduce tomorrow will feature the following:

  • A low voltage Apple A5 CPU (it won’t be the same as the iPad 2 chip, clock for clock).
  • Updated front and back camera sensors. FaceTime HD in the front, 8 megapixel 1080p HD video recording in the back.
  • Multiband 3G Qualcomm chipset — North American & International GSM/UMTS/HSPA bands for AT&T and Global carriers, North American CDMA & International GSM/UMTS/HSPA bands for Verizon and Sprint.
  • NFC support
  • Metal or “premium” plastic on the back case.

And here is what my source said about the iPhone 5 that will launch as a Sprint exclusive:

  • Faster CPU.
  • Larger 4-inch screen, similar to LG’s NOVA display but with a higher resolution.
  • 1GB of RAM.
  • Slightly larger design overall, but thinner and with a larger battery.
  • 32GB of storage.
  • iPhone 5 exclusive software and APIs (Assistant).
  • Dedicated Assistant button, possibly integrated with the new home button, “think gestures or a two-stage button like a camera shutter key).

Look, this is just stupid, and we think BGR’s out of their gourds to seriously posit this, “impeccable source” or no. There’s no indication that the iPhone 4S will have NFC inside, for one, which they state as a given. That casts everything that follows in suspicion. We seriously doubt that Apple is going to give the third-place wireless carrier their high-end, ultra-new and futuristic iPhone 5: that’s just madness. Even if Sprint did demand an exclusive on the device, what possible negotiating position could they have to spur Apple to piss off their other carrier partners so badly. Third, as we keep on saying, there’s no supply chain evidence for the iPhone 5. None. And finally? Sprint’s own leaked documents only reference the iPhone 4, so what, did they keep this a secret even internally?

We say this is utter and complete bull. If Apple and Sprint prove us wrong, fine, we’ll eat the crow… but this is the nuttiest iPhone 5 rumor we’ve heard in a day full of them.

Related
  • Mike Rathjen

    WSJ is respectable, so all I can say is WTF. Either someone really hoodwinked them or this story was hacked into their website.

    If the story is true, which I don’t even remotely believe, then all I can say is WTF Apple?

  • theoPhobia

    As a long-time fanbio, if this rumor were to be true, it would be horrible for Apple. Offering exclusivity to Sprint, and leaving AT&T and V with a “less desirable phone” will piss off carriers and customers. All the other stuff will not matter, but this would piss some people off to the point of knee-jerk reactions (dare is say, turn to Andriod?). Changing carriers in order to get the best is not practical, especially when people have family plans, ETFs, etc. I don’t always agree with CoM, but I do on this one… 
    Also, the venue of tomorrows events speaks volumes… don’t expect much. Maybe some cool new stuff in iOS5, and a spec-bumped phone.

  • Rjp9200

    There is no way Apple would give an exclusivity deal to the number THREE wireless carrier. Why would they spend that much time and effort on creating the newest “magical” device only to hamper sales by giving it exclusively to a not-even-second-rate-provider?

  • tarusdg

    Sprint will probably have the iPhone 4S, S = Sprint.  There is no way Apple would give Sprint an exclusive on the iPhone 5.

  • AndyS_OSU

    If there is indeed an iPhone 5, I can see Sprint paying Apple upfront to make sure there is a WiMax version in production. Everyone else is LTE or HSPA+. 

  • Aj Tk427

    People, read the full story.  This is not CoM posting this, its BGR.  The WSJ only posted that Sprint has invested 20 billion for the iPhone, nothing about it being the iPhone5 or anything about it being exclusive.

    BGR has posted this complete crock of shit rumour about Sprint getting the iPhone 5 and it being Exclusive.

    The bigger kicker for this being a crock of shit is that it would be using WiMax.  Nope, sorry, there’s the big one for why this rumour is bull.

  • Snoop

    if ATT and VZW are getting this unicorn phone in a few months, why would anyone buy the 4S only to be trumped by the real deal next quarter?

  • Vampiro16

    People cant you see what BGR has done…..He’s just directing trafic to his 2nd rate blog

  • Sean Harding

    They did it with AT&T when the first iPhone launched, so it doesn’t seem that unlikely that they’ll do it again. Also Sprint will be the only carrier offering an unlimited plan which means they will be the preferential carrier here.

  • Tripps

    Wow, couldn’t disagree more with this report. Utter BS. Apple would never kill potential sales by releasing the iPhone 5 — the ONE iPhone that EVERYONE has been waiting for — to the number 3 carrier here in the U.S. No way. No how.

    But, if it did happen. Bye bye AT&T!

  • Jdsonice

    WOW if Sprint gets it – their stock could go through the roof. 

  • Phil

    They better not be, If they are they BETTER SELL UNLOCKED ones because I am not switching to Sprint… I think… Maybe I will. If they’re cheaper… It doesn’t make sense. Sprint doesn’t have as much coverage as the others do, demographically, it wouldn’t make sense.

  • Billy Waters

    They only did it when they were the only carrier. Now having AT&T and verizon, an possible Sprint, they wouldn’t give exclusive rights to the newest person to the party. It’s about making the most money….

  • TeeJay1100

    Iphone 4s is the iphone Killer!!

  • Jsmith74081121

    Also, if you’d do your research, Apple gave AT&T exclusive because they were the only carrier who would sign for the iPhone without ever seeing the device; basically being kept in the dark. 

  • iESmedia

    I can’t wait for the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S to be released tomorrow, but if this exclusivity thing is true, I’m getting an Android phone.

  • Rjp9200

    Yes, AT&T was able to secure exclusivity in 2007 before the phone ever launched and made itself a monumental hit. AT&T was then the largest carrier and the only one that was willing to make a blind bet on a device from a company who was new to the cellular market. All these years (and sales figures) later do you honestly believe that AAPL would sell out exclusivity to the third leading provider (who doesn’t even carry any of the devices predecessors) for only $20 billion? The fact that this notion Is being discussed for anything more than it’s sheer lunacy is a detriment to the knowledgable readers of CoM

  • Alec Faber

    I agree. I mean, if Apple does this, AT&T and Verizon customers (aka a majority of Americans), they will most likely drive many of the two major carriers customers who were planning to buy the new iPhone, but unwilling to settle for a 4S, into the arms of Android. If this does happen, droves of people ( me included) will descend on Cupertino with pitchforks for going on an Apple Exec hunt.

  • Jay

    “Piss off their other carrier partners”?!!! Hell!!! That would piss off ALL of their current consumers.

  • realchrisjones

    I’ve been sitting on my old ass Blackberry forever in anticipation of getting an iPhone 5. I’m on Verizon and I’m gonna be pissed if crappy Sprint is the only carrier selling the iPhone 5. But I’m extremely skeptical of this story. A lot of people will be livid if it’s true. Sprint blows. To shut out the major carriers until next year is doubtful.

  • realchrisjones

    I’ve been sitting on my old ass Blackberry forever in anticipation of getting an iPhone 5. I’m on Verizon and I’m gonna be pissed if crappy Sprint is the only carrier selling the iPhone 5. But I’m extremely skeptical of this story. A lot of people will be livid if it’s true. Sprint blows. To shut out the major carriers until next year is doubtful.

  • vijay

    Whatever it may be! 4S or 5. OMG! rumors are still pouring in even just few hours left for the launch. Will this be a bless or curse to apple? Expectations are too high! 

  • Tinytim

    i heard metroPCS is getting the iFone 5g+ complete with retina scanner, built in HD projector, and vibrator donggle for all you idiots that believe this garbage and need to go…yourself

  • grow up

    Jobs, or the other dude?

  • Michael Dalessandro II

    touche. +1 logic points (and I’ll throw in 1 internets while I’m at it)

  • SevanGrim

    …wow. as crazy as that is… it makes the most sense in regards to the 5 being released tomorrow.
     for all you guys saying no one would buy the 4s, your wrong. There are a ton of people who would buy it just to tide them over till the 5 (i call them apple heads, and many of the people on this site are members of the “cult”). And if the 4s is cheaper, than all the people who dont want to dish out 200+ for a phone will TOTALLY grab it.

     Another thing to consider is the possibility of NO ONE ELSE GETTING IT next year. This is a variation of the same deal we saw with AT&T and the iphone for the last 4 years. The idea is that Sprint just shelled out SOOOO much money ahead of time, that Apple doesnt need the other companies money.. but of course they will throw it at them anyway. If this was true, i could completely forsee  AT&T asking for an exclusive ipad3 4g for the same deal. Or Verizon getting an exclusive Mac to bundle into its FiOS package.

     … if APPLE did do this… it would actually be brilliant, because even if you people hated the ideas, you would still HURL your money at the company.

  • Mike

    Why would Apple do this?  I can give you 20 Billion reasons!  That’s a crapload of $$$ even for Apple… What are AT&T and Verizon going to do?  Dump the iPhone?  I think not!  This was a gamble for Sprint, and I for one think it will pay off…  

  • DeRate
  • cliqsquad

    This BS, but should hell freeze over and this turns out to be more than a really late April’s fool joke. Well, I will continue to rock my hand me down HTC Surround Windows Phone that I got to replace my sold iPhone 4 to pay for my next iPhone. ? don’t deserve my money if they do this. 

  • Atik

    you guys are going to look pretty stupid if the iphone 5 is announced! you seem to think that because there is no evidence, it DEFINITELY doesn’t exist! that may well be true, but it’s extremely naive to think ‘no evidence, no phone’

  • gregbraddock

    every time i read the title for this i crack up laughing. CRAZYPANTS! 

  • Krioni

    Reading comprehension fail. 
    These guys are not saying there is no iPhone 5, they are saying it’s crazy to believe that Sprint will have exclusive rights to sell it in the U.S.

  • Bobby

    How is it so crazy?  No iPhone has 4G capability and two carriers sports completely different 4G technologies.  You think Apple wants to roll out two separate 4G capable phones?  Hell no.

  • zeiche

    BGR is completely unreliable. In fact, their trash isn’t even interesting. Is there any way CoM could stop covering their drivel?

About the author

John BrownleeJohn Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his girlfriend and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

(sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)| Read more posts by .

Posted in News, Top stories | Tagged: , , , |