Apple is widely expected to unveil the new iPhone 5 during the first week of October. According to a new report published by Bloomberg the next gen iPhone 5 will make its debut on Sprint’s network and the carrier will offer unlimited data plan to its iPhone customers.
Becoming the country’s only operator to offer the device with unlimited data service for a flat fee may help Sprint draw customers from AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which already carry the phone, they said.
Both AT&T and Verizon initially offered unlimited data plans to its customers however, the growing data needs of iPhone users caused a strain on the carriers network.
We might see Sprint following the same strategy by offering unlimited data plans to iPhone 5 customers for a limited time and then discontinuing the plan later on.
Sprint is the third-largest Wireless carrier in the U.S and is expected to offer the fifth-gen iPhone in mid October according to sources close to the matter.
Avian Securities LLC’s analayst Matthew Thornton believes that the release of iPhone will help Sprint overcome the competitive disadvantage it has faced in the market.
Various rumors and third-party case leaks point to a large 4 inch screen for the new iPhone. Other noteworthy enhancements could include A5 dual-core chip, high resolution 8 megapixel camera and more RAM.
In the past Apple has used WWDC keynote events to show off the next gen iPhone, however this year the company has pushed the launch event to October. It’s interesting to note that this hasn’t impacted iPhone 4 sales as the device is still getting good response in terms of sales figures.
Apple is known to manufacture the previous generation of iPhone hardware and will continue to offer the fourth gen model at reduced prices once the next-gen iPhone goes on sale. We’ve also heard rumors about a low-cost iPhone model however, it’s not clear if Apple will make any changes other than reducing the capacity of the device.
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