A few years ago Sprint was not a carrier that was able to mix it with the big boys, so just shows how a few years and a number of smart moves have been able to change things around for them. The first handset that saw them on their way to recovery was the Palm Pre, and although it was not the iPhone killer that we had been told, it did get things started. Now in 2011 Sprint has upped its game again, they now have two new handsets, the HTC EVO 4G and the EVO 3D, and they could be about to get the iPhone 5 as well.
This would be a great achievement for Sprint, as they will have these road warriors doing battle with each other, and it will be you the user who will come out on top. Before top handsets were only saved for the big two, AT&T and Verizon, along with T-Mobile having the odd few. Now that Sprint can offer these phones it has opened the market right up, and that means that each carrier will try to offer an incentive to get the custom.
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Sales of the HTC EVO 3D will not increase, as this is only available on Sprint. However, as the iPhone 5 might soon be on all four major U.S. carriers things could get very interesting for Sprint. Now we have no reason why their version of the iPhone 5 will not sell in huge numbers, but they could find that their EVO 3D and 4G outselling it, as they will not have the other three carriers trying to offer the same handsets to their customers.
Both AT&T and Verizon has had it their own way this year with the iPhone 4, as well as doing very well with the sale of other handsets. However, this could all be about to change since the big two introduced tiered data plans. This could play into Sprint’s hands, as AT&T and Verizon customers could consider jumping ship, due to the fact that they only stayed with them for the unlimited data plans.
Such a move by the big two carriers could now blow the smartphone market wide-open. Now we would have said that T-Mobile would have been able to pick up the pieces if their rivals customers defected, but as they are now expected to merge with AT&T this has also played into Sprint’s hands.
Seeking Alpha has been looking into the future growth of Sprint thanks to them now offering some very capable handsets, and the next five years do look promising. However, we must not forget how quickly things can turnaround – but the future is bright for Sprint.