Posted on 2011-10-6
The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that Sprint will be offering an unlimited data plan for the iPhone. Sprint will be the only US carrier to offer such a plan. Currently, Sprint plans on offering a $69.99 unlimited data plan with 450 minutes or a $99 plan that offers unlimited data and calls.
Sprint is hoping that this plan will help the company stand out from the other two major carriers, Verizon and AT&T. Currently, Verizon and AT&T both have tiered systems that charge iPhone users based upon the amount of data they use in each month. Sprint is hoping to snag up AT&T and Verizon users who frequently use a large amount of data.
Both Verizon and Sprint will only be using the CDMA network, which unfortunately limits data speeds. However, AT&T will not be using the iPhone 4S’ full network capabilities, at least not right away.
Sprint also is trying to tempt users from other networks to switch by offering better service coverage. In some major cities such as San Francisco, Sprint has much better call coverage than its competitors. Plus, Sprint iPhone users will not have to deal with as much competition on the company’s network, especially in areas with a large iPhone user base.
Hopefully Sprint can attract enough users to switch over because it has been reported that Sprint agreed to purchase 20 million iPhones upfront. This will likely leave at a loss until at least 2014.