Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4, 4S

Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4, 4S

Summary: While not the biggest surprise, news that Sprint will extend its unlimited data plans to iPhone owners is a win for both the company and its new customers.

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With the acquisition of the iPhone, Sprint finally its ace. And for good reason. The company is confirming today that its unlimited data plans will extend to new iPhone owners.

"We will be offering the benefit of our unlimited plans that start at just $69.99,” Sprint told AllThingsD.

That's a big deal for consumers, but perhaps a bigger deal for Sprint. Its unlimited data plans will give it a major edge over Verizon and AT&T, which have already nixed their own unlimited data plans.

But what about the speeds? Will Sprint's network be able to handle the rush of new iPhone customers? Sprint doesn't seem too worried, but we'll know for sure once the company starts getting hit with iPhone activations.

Topics: Smartphones, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Telcos

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  • This ought to be

    Fun to watch as Sprint iPhone users begin to experience data slowdowns and outages. that is if they get a huge influx of iPhone users. Sprint's coverage sucks (at least in my area) so they may have a $20billion mistake on their hands.....
    tgschmidt
    • RE: Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4, 4S

      @tgschmidt
      its all in areas. At&t sucks in atlanta and NYC. Tmobile sucks in middle california. every carrier has bad areas they dont cover well.
      tiderulz
      • RE: Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4, 4S

        @tiderulz
        True statement! I have work in the cellular world for almost 30 years when there were only 2 wireless providers. Wire line and non wire line. I worked for the non wire line At&t. As time went on more carriers popped up and I would have to carry their service to compare., at one time I was carrying 7 phones and for every one spot att didn't get great svc. At&t had svc. in 3 spots the other carriers didn't. Trust me when I say At&t has the best coverage, DTMF, clarity and SAT signal than any other carrier out there. I only know this from experience. If at&t don't work were u need it to, get the one that does. I will tell you that no matter who the carrier is, the signal will bounce off one of at&t's cell sites or repeaters. If u don't get good svc. with at&t just move ten feet. It will grab u
        DestryAumiller@...
    • RE: Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4, 4S

      @tgschmidt I had planned to switch to Sprint because of the unlimited plan, but I thought to check coverage first. I'm glad I did. Some of the routes I travel frequently were roaming or no-coverage. Looks like I'm stuck with AT&T for another two years. *sigh*
      BillDem
    • RE: Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4, 4S

      @tgschmidt but, but... unlimited , still not satisfied??? Ok limit yourself..
      brettze
  • RE: Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4, 4S

    Is too bad one must forgo this great price, because of the carrier's inabilities to provide good basic service- voice. You get what you pay for, and in Southeast Connecticut, Sprint definitively doesn't deliver. Maybe in the long term, Apple or Verizon end up purchasing the carrier.
    JunitoNH
    • RE: Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4, 4S

      @JunitoNH - I'm a travelling consultant and I have experienced any more connectivity problems with Sprint than I did with Verizon. Also, correct me if I'm wrong here, but Sprint uses the same CDMA technology that Verizon uses, so with free roaming, don't you kick over to the VZW network? I see where I've roamed on my bill (it's a $0, amount, but shows how much roaming activity you had). Overall, I'm very happy with them since I made the switch.
      tdogg219
      • RE: Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4, 4S

        @tdogg219
        My experience as well. The only ones that use the "Sprint" network exclusively are their pre-paid services such as Virgin Mobile. Everyone else shares towers, I suspect with Verizon, for Very Good Nation Wide coverage.
        coachgeorge
  • RE: Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4, 4S

    I know a lot of places where Sprint doesn't delivery - mainly in rural America. Maybe this deal with Apple will give them the extra capital to reinvest into their network? Because surely Apple won't put up with their device having sub-service...
    JT82
    • RE: Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4, 4S

      @JT82 If i recall, didn't AT&T suck when iphone first came out? Something about dropping calls constantly?
      kspear@...
  • RE: Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4, 4S

    Will existing Sprint users (in contract) be able to upgrade to iPhone 4S with the subsidized price of $199?
    mizzle
    • RE: Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4, 4S

      @mizzle
      should be, unless they are under the term from buying a new phone already. Sprint used to offer upgrade bonuses every 12 months too. not sure if they still do.
      tiderulz
    • RE: Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4, 4S

      @mizzle You will be able to upgrade as long as you were on the former Sprint Premier Package. You have until the end of April 2012 to take advantage of the upgrade then you would fall under the new upgrade package the will be offering.

      I have a question for you all. I am the only one in the household that is still on Sprint. Everyone else is now on Verizon (wife and daughter.) Would it be better to switch over to Verizon since we can all do a family plan that will save money or would it not make sense. The data services is not the issue since I have a tablet so I do not need to look stuff up on my phone. Any advice?
      fandango1974
  • RE: Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4, 4S

    i wonder if they allow tethering on that unlimited data plan?
    troutsoup
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