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Fools, you guys just don't get it do you? What does Sprint not have that Version and AT&T have? Users... They want more people on their service and when you have bait like an iphone 5 that will hook your users. This, in turn will give Sprint leverage and thus begin to alter some services and even provide new ones. The more users you have, the easier it will be to add on entire families with family plans, as a company you want to entice comsumers as much as possible. I bet Sprint was banking on the iphone 5 for a long time, this was no impulse buy it was thought out stratagie. Before you go hitting me with how are they going to make their money back. Consider this... More NEW subcribers = more money down the road. You get 20 billion dollars worth of phones, so if like 4million people get a phone from sprint and stay... they made their money back and if they are playing the stocks right too then they can stay afloat. -_-
    
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Fools, you guys just don't get it do you? What does Sprint not have that Version and AT&T have? Users... They want more people on their service and when you have bait like an iphone 5 that will hook your users. This, in turn will give Sprint leverage and thus begin to alter some services and even provide new ones. The more users you have, the easier it will be to add on entire families with family plans, as a company you want to entice comsumers as much as possible. I bet Sprint was banking on the iphone 5 for a long time, this was no impulse buy it was thought out stratagie. Before you go hitting me with how are they going to make their money back. Consider this... More NEW subcribers = more money down the road. You get 20 billion dollars worth of phones, so if like 4million people get a phone from sprint and stay... they made their money back and if they are playing the stocks right too then they can stay afloat. -_-
The problem is that Sprint just doesn't have the coverage that the other providers have. You can't bait people if you can't provide coverage in their area. No amount of superuberawesome phones can cure a lack of coverage.

I ditched AT&T for virgin mobile--uses the sprint network--and I have to say that AT&T has much better coverage...for about 10% of the places I go. But that 10% is a big deal for some people, especially when you get away from central urban areas. I don't miss that 10% enough to give AT&T my money. But I would surely not spend a lot of money--or sign a 2 year agreement--to have that iphone on the Sprint network because of that fact that the coverage just isn't as good, and you could very well be in areas frequently where you can't use it.

Warning: Conspiracy Theory Talk
And slightly off-topic, the conspiracy theorist in me thinks that this is the result of a few of the phone companies including one in particular :coughAT&Tcough: to temporarily bolster the userbase of Sprint so that it comes closer to being an on-par competitor with the likes of AT&T and Verizon in the interests of AT&T going back to buying out T-mobile (or other companies). I know, far-fetched, but still a little bit believable. I mean, why would Apple have any interest in giving one of the smallest providers in the country an exclusive deal for the iphone5 when there's a much much larger potential userbase in one of many other companies? It's not because it's the only provider of 4g coverage, since Verizon already offers that...
    
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Whether you like sprint, or hate sprint, you should want this to succeed if true.

This has the potential, if it succeeds and if it is true, to cause the other two carriers to start competing.

Ultimately we want an iphone we can use on any carrier, causing all three to fight for your business.
Exactly why I want this to succeed. If this does happen and it brings tons of business to Sprint and away from AT&T/Verizon, those two will actually compete on price and the consumer will win.


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Unlimited data
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I'm not sure why more people don't embrace Sprint to be honest.
For me, it's coverage, and technology. I really like being able to easily swap sims and have a phone be instantly programmed. Aside from the few SIM-enabled phones on Sprint and Verizon, that can't be done with those carriers.
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Anybody saying Sprint has a horrible network, obviously doesn't have U.S. Cellular.

I don't see this happening, the iPhone 5 being a Sprint exclusive.

If this is true, I see Sprint doing this. Offering a discount for new contracts, keep the $100 Unlimited Everything plan, but enforce a cap.
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Anybody saying Sprint has a horrible network, obviously doesn't have U.S. Cellular.

I don't see this happening, the iPhone 5 being a Sprint exclusive.

If this is true, I see Sprint doing this. Offering a discount for new contracts, keep the $100 Unlimited Everything plan, but enforce a cap.
Sprint has, by far, an inferior coverage map. It's undeniable. Sometimes if you get even 3 miles outside a busy metropolitan area coverage is very spotty. Inside the metropolitan area, and there's really no difference in coverage by most cell phone companies. But it is absolutely the case that Sprint doesn't have as good of coverage as the other larger companies.
    
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Apple doesn't have to... They use a universal chip that works on all bands. The Verizon model already has a gimped version of the multi-band Qualcomm chip.
So why can't somone hack a Verizon iPhone to work on att and vice verse?

The antenae tech is completely different.

The biggest issue I have with a sprint iPhone is no 4g for me for YEARS. at least ATT and Tmobile have HSPA+ right NOW!




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I get spotty reception everywhere though. My gf's dad has a Blackberry with Sprint, and I've never seen his reception dip from full, even after an hour drive in the countryside. Perhaps he's lucky

I'm sure you will be able to buy an unlocked iPhone 5 to use with any network that runs on the same protocol.
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How can this make them profitable? I am with sprint, and dont plan on leaving. But if sprint is paying full price for the phone, what are they going to sell them at?
They make it profitable from the charges for the cellular service.
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So why can't somone hack a Verizon iPhone to work on att and vice verse?

The antenae tech is completely different.

The biggest issue I have with a sprint iPhone is no 4g for me for YEARS. at least ATT and Tmobile have HSPA+ right NOW!




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Sprint for the win!

I'll get an iphone if they get the iphone 5.
I've wanted an iphone forever...but never bad enough to leave Sprint.

I love my EVO and have since launch day...but hopefully Sprint gets the iphone 5 so that I can finally get an iphone.
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