Report: iPhone Likely Due Soon From Sprint. And the Service Plan Will Likely Be Cheaper Than AT&T and Verizon

Jul 6, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A new iPhone appears to be in the works from Sprint, and the big news for consumers is that it will probably be accompanied by a plan that will make the device more affordable than what’s currently offered by AT&T and Verizon, Wired.com reports.

The new device is likely to roll out before the end of 2011, says Shing Yin, an analyst at Citadel Securities.

The story reports: “Because Verizon is ending its unlimited data plans Thursday, and because Sprint features cheaper pricing for comparable plans on AT&T and Verizon, the carrier ‘could offer an attractive proposition for more price-conscious users (a demographic that we think is increasingly important to Apple following the rise of Android),’ and ‘could be a relatively stronger seller than the Verizon iPhone,’ according to Yin.”

The report from Yin points out that the phone itself is not likely to be priced lower than a comparable iPhone from a competing carrier, but the news is that the Sprint service plan is likely to cost less.

“Expanding to other carriers like Sprint and T-Mobile would help give Apple a leg up against increasing competition from Android, which by many reports show it outpacing Apple sales and taking up a large chunk of the smartphone market,” the story reports. “Now that Apple’s exclusive partnership with AT&T is over, it makes sense for the company to target the remaining big carriers in the United States to increase the iPhone’s presence.”

Added Yin, in an interview with Wired.com: “The main thing for Apple is increased distribution, which is more important now than when the iPhone was first released.”


  1. Cool. Now we can put an iPhone and an EVO side by side and watch the HTC phone blow the doors off Apple’s apparent mind control device. At least iPhone users will finally get a real unlimited data plan.

  2. Um…the iPhone has been the 3rd place smartphone for a while and only recently took over the 2nd place spot after Blackberry dropped in market share. Android devices have had the lead for a while over all other smartphones.
    Of course, the argument can be made that the iPhone is the clear market leader as a single device (and that is absolutely true). In terms of operating system, however, Android has had the lead for some time now.

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