Sprint to Get iPhone 5
But new Apple phone won't be here until October, sources say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2011 1:57 AM CDT
The iPhone deal is expected to boost foot traffic in Sprint stores.   (AP Photo/Eric J. Shelton)

(Newser) – The iPhone 5 will be available on Sprint's network as well as Verizon's and AT&T's when the new phone is launched, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal. The device will hit the market in mid-October, not next month as many had expected, the sources say. The iPhone 5 deal will provide a major boost for the nation's third-largest carrier, whose bottom line had suffered without the ability to sell iPhones, analysts say.

The deal, however, could end up backfiring on Sprint if it improves AT&T's chances of getting the green light from regulators to buy T-Mobile USA. Verizon ditched its unlimited plans not long after it launched its version of the iPhone 4 earlier this year, notes Roger Cheng at CNET, who recommends that Sprint users hop on unlimited data plans now to get "grandfathered in" before the Sprint iPhone arrives.