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Sprint CEO Dan Hesse   (Source: Mark Costantini/The Chronicle)
Sprint is reportedly committing to purchase 30.5m million iPhones over the next four years

All signs are pointing towards Sprint getting Apple's next generation iPhone, and the official announcement will come tomorrow during Tim Cook's keynote address. However, the price that Sprint will have to pay to join the iPhone brotherhood in the U.S. -- along with fellow wireless carriers AT&T and Verizon -- will be tremendous.
 
According to the Wall Street Journal, Sprint has agreed to buy 30.5 million iPhones over the next four years from Apple. The price tag for Sprint is a whopping $20 billion USD. Sprint will be subsidizing the cost of each on-contract phone to the tune of $500.
 
Another risk for the copmany is the fact that Sprint won't even make any money on the deal until at least 2014.
 
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse approached Sprint's Board of Directors with the deal, and they were understandably hesitant about betting the company on Apple's smartphone prowess. But in the end, the Board felt that it was fighting a losing battle against larger rivals Verizon and AT&T which both have the iPhone. In addition, if AT&T's planned acquisition of T-Mobile were to be approved, its fortunes in the marketplace would be even more dire.
 
The board eventually decided, "How can we pass this up? We have to have it."

With Sprint's commitment to making unlimited data a priority for its customers (at a time when Verizon and AT&T are putting bandwidth caps on users), such a deal could help bolster Sprint's survival chances in this cutthroat industry.
 
While Hesse and the Board are definitely onboard with the iPhone deal, investors are less thrilled. Sprint shares closed at $2.73, representing a 10.2 percent drop from the opening bell.

Sources: Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Google Finance



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Did HP take over Sprint?!
By soghjai on 10/3/2011 5:05:24 PM , Rating: 5
This type of bone head decision is something only a HP board would make. Instead of betting everything on 1 product that's not even exclusive is dumb.

They can easily steal customers from other carriers by simply offering unlimited mobile to mobile to all carriers, unlimited data (with no soft cap), and free tethering.

Sprint should invest in offering a unique service instead of trying to catch up with AT&T and Verizon.




RE: Did HP take over Sprint?!
By mcnabney on 10/4/2011 11:57:32 AM , Rating: 2
I don't understand why people are excited about 'unlimited' on Sprint. It isn't guaranteed bandwidth. It isn't getting used much now because Sprint is still losing customers. If all of sudden they started gaining customers and the network starts filling up all of the spoiled downloaders will just further clog the network making it slower and slower. I know caps are PITA, but they protect the service for everyone. They just can't run out to Home Depot and pick up another 15mhz of spectrum...


By inperfectdarkness on 10/7/2011 9:35:02 AM , Rating: 2
and at that time, sprint will likely have >40% market share. that's how it works. the little guy can offer more in this instance.

what i disagree with is putting the eggs in the iphone basket. crank up the value of unlimited by knocking off $5 per month on the plans. that'll cement the deal more than offering iphones.


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