Sources speaking to TUAW claim that Sprint has begun training their sales personel for an October launch of the iPhone 4 on Sprint’s network. The report also claims, however, that Sprint won’t be getting the iPhone 5 until 2012, despite numerous rumors to the contrary.
A briefing to Sprint’s sales team on the matter apparently reveals that Sprint will begin offering the iPhone 4 in October with standard Sprint data plans, including a $10 smartphone data premium that will apply to all smartphones on the Sprint network.
The report also claims that Sprint may be getting a “4G” iPad sometime in the future. The claim that Sprint will not be getting the iPhone 5 until 2012, however, is most interesting. Considering the plethora of reports to the contrary, including one from the Wall Street Journal, I seriously question the accuracy of the claim.
It seems silly for Apple to exclude Sprint (and even T-Mobile) from carrying the iPhone 5 at this point – it would limit their audience, and now that Apple no longer has an exclusivity contract with any US carriers, it would be a rather pointless move.