Best Buy Employee Claims iPhone Coming to Sprint

| Rumor

A Best Buy employee is claiming to have information showing that Sprint will be Apple’s second iPhone partner in the U.S. Apparently this unnamed employee thinks Best Buy will begin offering Sprint-enabled iPhones in June, according to The Tech Update.

“I work in an electronics store that has a mobile phone store within it. I can confirm that Sprint will be carrying the iPhone beginning in June,” the unnamed source said. “They’ve begun to grease the wheels for advertising. There is no news in regards to a Verizon version however.”

The person went on to claim that Sprint’s in-store displays should start arriving in about two weeks.

They also confirmed they work for a Best Buy store in Pennsylvania, but refused to offer up any evidence to support their claims because “it breaks our privacy policy to our clients.”

Considering Apple’s tight-lipped policy regarding unannounced products, it doesn’t seem likely information about a second carrier deal in the U.S. would already be available at the retail store level. Since Sprint doesn’t use the same wireless network technology as AT&T — Apple’s current exclusive iPhone partner in the U.S. — it’s hard to belive a special iPhone model designed just for Sprint has been secretly in the works, too.

Anonymous sources that refuse to offer up evidence make for thin rumors, but for some, even weak rumors claiming AT&T’s exclusive iPhone deal is coming to an end is good enough.

Comments

Lee Dronick

My opening position is that this story is bogus.

FlipFriddle

Or it should say “former” Best Buy employee, if true. smile

FlipFriddle

I wish I could just buy an old iPhone, and then buy minutes for it as an AT&T Go phone. Who needs the data plan, I just want to carry one device.

Lee Dronick

I wish I could just buy an old iPhone, and then buy minutes for it as an AT&T Go phone. Who needs the data plan, I just want to carry one device.

Having had an iPhone for almost two years I don’t want to go back to the time when I didn’t have a smart phone with data plan. I might be using email, web, weather apps, and such as much as I do the phone.

geoduck

Having had an iPhone for almost two years I don?t want to go back to the time when I didn?t have a smart phone with data plan.

That’s where I keep tripping up. Everyone says “once you get one you’ll never go back”. Well, I keep getting close to getting an iPhone but I just haven’t been a able to justify a big buck three year contract for something that I just don’t know I’m going to use enough to justify the cost. Maybe I’ll love it but I can’t try it without the contract and I don’t want to sign the contract until I know it will be worth it.

It looks cool but…

Tiger

Flip,

Wait, why would you want an iPhone if you don’t want the data plan? Just buy a go-phone. The whole thing about a smartphone IS the data. The phone is actually the afterthought.

Lee Dronick

The whole thing about a smartphone IS the data. The phone is actually the afterthought.

One of the things I really like about the iPhone is how I can manage the address book and calendar on my Mac. When I was on Sprint, with a garden variety phone, managing the address book was a lot work. I don’t know how it is now with almost smart phones, maybe they have modernized.

@geoduck - Would I like a cheaper service, both voice and data, with my iPhone? Yes of course, but it is one of those luxury decisions I made like buying good coffee grounds and then not getting more tiers of cable TV service.

geoduck

I think I’d make the jump if I could go month-to-month to try it out first. It’s the long term commitment to an unknown that bothers me. However, when I was looking last fall all the cell companies I talked to up here said I had to sign up for a three year voice and data contract even if I owned the phone outright and even if I didn’t want to use that data part.

Tiger:
I could see a no-data plan set up. Everywhere I go; home, work, remote sites, our favorite restaurants, all have good WiFi networks. The only place I’m likely to need data over the cell network would be in the car and it’s not legal (or smart) to use a cell phone while your driving in BC.

serogers1970

@Geoduck - At least here in California, AT&T gives you 30 days (I believe) to get out of the contract, and Apple has the same length of time to return the device.
Not sure if that is company policy for both or just a state policy, but give it a check to find out.

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