Sprint begins briefing sales associates on iPhone 4 for October launch

“A Sprint Nextel sales associate told TUAW that the carrier has started briefing its employees on an imminent Sprint iPhone 4 launch,” Erica Sadun reports for TUAW.

“The briefing reportedly told the sales team that Sprint will begin offering the iPhone 4 in October 2011 with standard Sprint data plans,” Sadun reports. “They will include a $10 data smartphone premium that is not specific to iPhone.”

Sadun reports, “If the associate’s information is accurate, Sprint will not get the iPhone 5 until 2012, most likely by early spring.”

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9 Comments

  1. Maybe AT&T has an exclusive on the iPhone 5 being part of the deal to restructure so verizon can get the iPhone.

    I don’t know I am pulling for all carriers to get it at the same date.

  2. Well, this would make very much sense to me. GSM model is due for a refresh, so the rumours about iPhone 5 (or 4S) seem likely rather accurate, for an October launch.

    As for the CDMA models, they aren’t due for a refresh until at least February (the anniversary of the first CDMA model on Verizon). If Sprint is to get an iPhone, they are either getting iPhone 4 right away (as it is already available), or waiting until next year to get the 5 at the same time Verizon will get theirs.

    In case someone doesn’t understand, CDMA devices (currently only sold to one single carrier in one single country in the world) aren’t the highest of priorities for Apple (probably because they are only sold to one single carrier, in one single country…). They have been behind with iOS updates, and seem to continue to be behind. It makes sense to focus on launching GSM device first (offered in almost 100 countries and on several hundred carriers), then taking care of the CDMA clients (single carrier, single country).

    The rumour that the new iPhone 5 will be a hybrid device (GSM/CDMA) seems to be losing steam recently. I wasn’t all that convinced before, since it would be quite wasteful to sell to hundreds of carriers and millions of people a device that has a chipset that nobody would use.

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