Many rumors have suggested that Apple will offer the iPhone on Sprint beginning next month. Today, Bloomberg reports that Sprint will indeed offer the iPhone next month as had previously been reported by The Wall Street Journal. The carrier is rumored to be launching the iPhone 5 in mid-October under its new deal with Apple. According to the report, Sprint will offer the iPhone next month with unlimited data service.
Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) will offer Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone next month with unlimited data service plans to distinguish itself from rivals AT&T Inc. (T) and Verizon Wireless, according to people familiar with the matter.
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.
In addition, the reports also suggests that Sprint has postponed the launch of a new rival 4G phone in order to accommodate preparation for the iPhone’s launch. In fact, yesterday Sprint announced that it has delayed the launch of the BlackBerry Curve 9350 to October from today’s previously planned launch date. No reason for the delay was given.
Unlimited data is a significant selling point for Sprint, which currently offers a package of unlimited voice and data for $99.99 per month on several existing smartphones. At one point, both AT&T and Verizon offered unlimited data for the iPhone, but both carriers switched to tiered data plans for new customers. Existing customers who previously had unlimited data have been allowed to maintain their data plans.