There have been numerous reports over the last few weeks pointing to the fact the iPhone 5 is heading to the Sprint network. This will give the company a much needed boost as many smartphone fans have defected to AT&T and Verizon for Apple’s smartphone. Now we have heard or reports that Sprint are to offer the iPhone 5 with an all you can eat data, which could lead to many consumers being tempted.
According to Bloomberg the carrier is going to offer the iPhone 5 with unlimited data plans to separate itself from AT&T and Verizon. The device is rumored to be available on the network around the middle of October according to sources. Offering such a service may tempt consumers away from its rivals and on to Sprint and boost subscriber numbers significantly.
The carrier has struggled of late to compete with its rivals, and has made losses for the last fifteen quarters. Analyst at Avian Securities LLC, Matthew Thornton, said “It’s a competitive disadvantage if your two larger competitors have the iPhone and you don’t”. Obviously getting the device on the network and offering such deals could easily turn things around.
Both Apple and Sprint declined to comment one way or another about the rumor. Sprint already offers such deals for the Android platform and RIMs BlackBerry. It currently charges $99.99 per month for its unlimited voice and data service.
Rivals AT&T and Verizon charge users for data on top of call plans, with AT&Ts unlimited voice service costing $69.99 per month. Users then have to add a data plan that start from $15 per month for 2GB and up to $45 per month for 4GB. Verizon’s data plans begin at $30 per month for 2GB and go up to $80 10GB.
Consumers like unlimited data plans as they don’t have to worry how long they surf the web for, and can watch as many videos as they like. Will an unlimited data plan tempt you to switch to Sprint for the iPhone 5?