iPhone 5 will launch on Sprint alongside Verizon Wireless, and AT&T in “mid-October”, reports The Wall Street Journal. In case iPhone arrives on Sprint Nextel, Apple would inevitably gain access to company’s 55 million customer base, a number good enough to put a huge dent in Android sales.
Sprint Nextel Corp. will begin selling the iPhone 5 in mid-October, people familiar with the matter said, closing a huge hole in the No. 3 U.S. carrier’s lineup and giving Apple Inc. another channel for selling its popular phone.
WSJ is quoting Richard Doherty, director of the research firm Envisioneering Group that the addition of the iPhone would help Sprint retain its customers who are “itching to upgrade”, increase store traffic helping to sell iPhone accessories.
Speculation over a Sprint iPhone began when Apple COO Tim Cook announced CDMA iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless network. He added that the company is “always looking at opportunities to grow” and they “are working around the clock to get as many of these out to existing partners as (they) can.”
Sprint is the only remaining carrier in USA which is currently offering the unlimited data plans and could offer an attractive proposition for more price-conscious users, so it was quite obvious that Apple could approach the company to strike a deal. Having the latest iPhone available on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint will inevitably help sell more phones and up to competition with Android handsets.
Sprint will also carry the old model iPhone 4 in addition to fifth generation iPhone, a source familiar with the Apple’s future product plans claimed.
The report reiterated that the new iPhone is expected to be similar to the current iPhone 4, but thinner and lighter with an improved digital camera running on iOS 5. Do remember that WSJ is one of Apple’s preferred channels for staging an engineered leak to contain consumer and investor expectations. So take this report on serious note.