Overland Park, Kansas-based telecommunications company Sprint Nextel Corporation has confirmed plans to sell the next-generation iPhone 5 with an unlimited data plan next month.
People who are familiar with the negotiations between Sprint and Apple to carry the iPhone 5 on the former’s airwaves have been shooting their mouths to major news agencies today, confirming that plans for launching the fifth-generation iPhone are underway.
The tech media is already abuzz with the news of Sprint launching Apple’s new smartphone, not because it will be sold with an uncapped data plan, but because its October launch is (seemingly) confirmed.
The news also falls in line with previous reports by the likes of The Wall Street Journal
who, last month, noted that Sprint would offer the iPhone 5 in mid-October, becoming the third U.S. carrier to offer the elusive handset.
There’s more. It is actually said that Sprint has done the unthinkable and postponed the launch of a new 4G device (that would otherwise rival Apple’s) in order to facilitate the iPhone 5 launch.
All in all, the news is pretty exciting, especially given that Sprint’s unlimited data package is just $99.99 per month.
If history bears any indication, Apple will replace the current-generation iPhone 4 with the fifth-gen device selling it at an identical price-per-configuration.
Buying a $200 iPhone 5 with Sprint sounds utterly fantastic, may we say.
Now, there’s also talks of the iPhone 5 being a world-phone, which means customers will also be able to buy one off-contract and swap SIM cards as they please.
This also means Apple will no longer be selling two versions of the same device (GSM/CDMA) and that everything from iOS firmware updates to hardware discrepancies will be unified once and for all under the hood of a (hopefully) thinner, sleeker iPhone.