Sprint Will Offer The iPhone 5 Will Truly Unlimited Data In Mid-October [Report]


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When Sprint gets the iPhone 5 next month, expect it to differentiate itself from Verizon and AT&T with a truly unlimited data plan. Better? Unlimited data might not just be a bait-and-switch tactic to get new customers, quickly phased out in favor of 2GB data plans, but a permanent incentive to sign up with Sprint.

Bloomberg reports:

Sprint, the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier, plans to begin selling the device in mid-October under a deal with Apple for the next model, the iPhone 5, said the people, who wouldn’t be identified because the plans aren’t public. Becoming the country’s only operator to offer the device with unlimited data service for a flat fee may help Sprint draw customers from AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which already carry the phone, they said.

Sprint already offers unlimited data plans for a number of its smartphones, and its subsidiary, Virgin Mobile USA, offers unlimited text and data plans (without a contract) for as little as $35 a month.

Granted, if Sprint finds that its network is hammered when the iPhone 5 comes out, I’m sure they’ll institute 2GB caps just like Verizon and AT&T have done… but right now, Sprint’s got a solid history of sticking by its unlimited data offerings, and there’s every reason to think they’ll continue to do so when the iPhone 5 comes out. That’s a pretty strong incentive to switch to Sprint in October, in my book.

  • cliqsquad

    Goodbye AT&T 

  • Wayne_Luke

    Unlimited Data is Sprint’s only selling point. I know I don’t plan on changing. Last time I had Sprint, the network was terrible and I doubt they have improved it in my area. There is a reason why Sprint is stuck around the 50 million customer mark and both Verizon and AT&T are hitting the 100 million customer mark. It isn’t just the iPhone. It is network availability.

  • JumpstartMyPC

    Thank the good lord! I’ve always hated this 2GB cap nonsense.  It just makes no sense to have a mobile device as powerful as the iPhone but be forced to find Wi-Fi for data-heavy activities because you are afraid of going over your plan limits.  I’d consider switching to Sprint for this!

  • Derrick Waddell

    Cool I just hope that Im able to keep my current plan and not have to switch to some special iphone plan that includes the unlimited data

  • imajoebob

    But if AT&T is still the only carrier to offer simultaneous voice and data, why bother?  You’ll save a ton of money by getting a free phone and an iPod touch.  Sure, it’s one extra (2 cubic inch) device, but you’ll be able to do a lot more with them, for a lot less.

  • TheRON

    This shouldn’t be much of a surprise. When the iPhone came out on AT&T and Verizon they both started with unlimited plans. But Like the article says if their network gets hammered they will switch just like AT&T and Verizon. The iPhone is the only phone that has made a company switch from Unlimited data to limited plans. That right there is proof to me the iPhone is better than Droid.

  • Joeroge

    Title? English?

  • person287

    If anybody in the UK is looking at this and wanting unlimited data have a look at giffgaff at https://giffgaff.com/orders/af… . I know this is about Sprint in the US, but hopefully this will be useful to somebody :)

  • breck

    hi john – you can remove this comment, but we think your story header was meant to read like this > Sprint Will Offer The iPhone 5 With Truly Unlimited Data In Mid-October [Report]
    (perhaps update the second “Will”  between 5 and truly to “With”) read twice, publish once, mi amigo  :)

  • The Daily Spectator

    Cellular coverage differs from place to place, regardless of carrier. And while that can influence the number of subscribers, that is not the reason why Sprint has 50 million subscribers. Both Verizon and AT&T acquired carriers, thus boosting their subscriber count. Think about this, If and when the T-Mobile acquisition goes through, AT&T will grow by over 30 million subscribers.

  • Wayne_Luke

    If Sprint was fundamentally better, people would switch when their contracts end. Let’s face it, the iPhone 4 isn’t the most advanced phone on the market currently and many people can and do switch phone models as needed. Yeah, the iPhone 5 will probably net them some contracts but I doubt it will make a dent in the Verizon/AT&T duopoly. As for the AT&T / T-Mobile merger, they won’t gain that many customers. In order to get Federal Approval, they will end up selling off a lot of customer contracts. Just like Cingular and Bellsouth did when they merged to become AT&T. At that time, T-Mobile bought most of Cingular’s customer contracts. The AT&T Merger isn’t about customer base, it is about bandwidth acquisition.

  • Rubinlee

    I had unlimited data on my Sprint MIFi till they took it away and charged me more. I am waiting for the iPhone 5 to come out and will switch to the carrier that let’s me use the mobile hotspot feature so I can dump my Mifi and Blackberry and just carry one device. Right now only Verizon offers this but I’m hoping ATT will offer it with the iPhone 5. I have found Sprint to be bold faced liars and crooks.

  • The Daily Spectator

    You’re right, but ask any AT&T customer in NYC (myself included), San Francisco and L.A. and they will tell you that AT&T’s service is crap. I switched from Sprint to AT&T because of the iPhone. While I had some minor issues when I switched from Nextel to Sprint (after the merger), I had no issues with coverage and reception. I will switch back to Sprint in a heartbeat if they get the iPhone. At least I will be able to drive on the FDR and carry a conversation without dropping the call 8 times – literally.

  • Wayne_Luke

    I’m an AT&T Customer in the Los Angeles area. My office is right off the runway at LAX. I don’t have a problem with their service and have had it since 2003.

  • CharliK

    According to my sources, yes IF Sprint gets the iPhone at any point they will offer unlimited data. However they will charge you extra if you want to tether anything to your iPhone and they will throttle your speeds if you use more than 2GB in a month

  • CharliK

    ATT has a mobile hotspot feature on the iPhone already. Perhaps you are meaning that ATT will offer unlimited data and the hotspot as Verizon did for a while and I believe still lets those that had it before the switch keep as a grandfathering. 

    In which case, dream on. ATT is not ever going to bring back unlimited data of any kind. It’s a shock that tethering gets folks two more gigs. ATT is so greedy everyone figured they will leave it at the 2gb so they could charge more in overages