Sprint to carry iPhone 5 at same time as AT&T and Verizon, which is nation’s third largest carrier has been struggling of late and the addition of the iconic device on TRULY unlimited plans would certainly be a differentiator. Sprint will also carry the iPhone 4 and the Sprint iPhone will be launched simultaneous to AT&T and Verizon…………….
Sprint will begin selling the new version of the Apple iPhone in mid-October, people familiar with the matter said, filling a huge hole in the No. 3 U.S. carrier’s lineup and giving Apple another sales channel for its popular gadget. Apple’s new iPhone is expected to be called iPhone 5 will hit the market later than expected and too late to contribute to sales in Apple‘s fiscal fourth quarter, which ends in September. The deal could help prop up the nation’s third-largest carrier and give AT&T more ammunition in its attempt to win regulatory approval for its proposed acquisition of No. 4 U.S. carrier T-Mobile. Verizon Wireless and AT&T, the two largest wireless carriers, measured by subscribers, will begin selling the phone in mid-October as well and Sprint had more than 52 million subscribers at the end of the second quarter, compared with 106 million for Verizon and nearly 99 million for AT&T. Landing the iPhone is a big win for Sprint, whose results have suffered without being able to sell the trend-setting device. AT&T has relied on versions of the Apple device to drive sales since 2007. This February, Verizon Wireless began selling the iPhone 4. Sprint will also carry the iPhone 4, starting at the same time, one person familiar with the situation said. The new iPhone is expected to be similar to the current iPhone 4, but thinner and lighter with an improved digital camera and a new more sophisticated operating system. Apple said in June that a new version of its mobile operating system would be available this fall, leading many analysts to conclude that an upgraded iPhone would be introduced at the same time.