According to AllThingsD, a Sprint spokesperson says they will be offering unlimited plans that start at $69.99 a month, with 450 voice minutes and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling. Unlimited voice minutes and data, if one wishes, would then be $99.99 a month. However, Sprint in ‘reading between the fine-print’ fashion, also tacks on a $10 surcharge for all smartphones.
The top-tier wireless carrier hopes to bolster its fourth place position as AT&T and Verizon recently discontinued their unlimited data options. The Sprint iPhone 4S is of major importance to the carrier’s future as it reportedly committed to an order of 30 million iPhones over the next four years; in total, a $20 billion investment.
When the Verizon iPhone launched earlier this year, it too was paired with the carrier’s $30-a-month unlimited data plan ‘but preorders had hardly begun when a policy change started throttling heavy iPhone users’ bandwidth,’ according to online tech news site Mashable.
AT&T and Verizon will still be selling the iPhone 4, and AT&T plans to offer the older 3GS for free with a two-year contract. The Sprint iPhone 4S is expected to bring revenue to a company dealing with a possible post-merger giant between AT&T and T-Mobile. If the merger is successful, Sprint could be catapulted backwards into a position where it may not be able to compete with the more popular carriers.
There is still time before the iPhone 4s is released across the three carriers, but the Sprint iPhone 4S may pull unexpected customers who were already on board for switching to a smartphone or even an Apple product.