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Report says Sprint to get iPhone in October

NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint Nextel Corp., the country's third-largest cellphone company, will start selling the iPhone in mid-October, The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday.

Citing unnamed people familiar with the matter, the newspaper said the wireless company will get to sell both the new iPhone 5 and the current model, the iPhone 4. The iPhone 5 will launch at the same time that AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless get it, the newspaper said.

Sprint's stock increased 33 cents, or more than 10 percent, to close Tuesday at $3.59.

Apple Inc. normally launches a new iPhone model in June or July, but this year's launch has been delayed for unknown reasons. 

White Apple Inc. iPhone4 mobile devices are arranged for a photograph in New York, U.S. (Bloomberg)
White Apple Inc. iPhone4 mobile devices are arranged for a photograph in New York, U.S. (Bloomberg)


Apple watchers had expected the new phone to arrive in September, but speculation has recently shifted toward October.

Sprint, headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., has been turning around its ailing operations through improvements in customer care, but its inability to sell the iPhone has hampered its recovery.

In the three months ending in June, it lost 101,000 subscribers from contract-based plans, while Verizon and AT&T, already larger, added subscribers. Contract-based plans are the most lucrative for wireless carriers.

AT&T was the exclusive U.S. carrier for the phone for three and half years, until Apple allowed Verizon to start selling one in February.

 

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아이폰5, 美 10월 중순에 전격출시

아이폰5가 AT&T와 버라이즌에 이어 스프린트에서도 출시될 것이라고 월스트리트 저널이 보도했다.

신문에 따르면 미국의 주요 이동통신사들이 10월 중순에 아이폰5를 출시할 예정이고 이 가운데 스프린트도 포함돼있다고.

애플은 새로운 아이폰 모델을 6월이나 7월달쯤 출시했었으나 이번 새 모델의 출시가 계속늦어져 소비자들의 의문을 사고있었다.

애플 전문가들에 따르면 아이폰5이 9월쯤에 출시될것으로 봤으나, 최근들어 10월 출시설이 거의 확실시 되고 있다.

게다가 스프린트가 아이폰 판매를 10월 중순에 시작한다는 보도가 나오면서 아이폰5 10월 출시설이 탄력을 받고 있다. 

스프린트는 5200만 명의 가입자들을 보유하고 있는 미국의 3위 이동통신사이나, 그동안 아이폰 판매권을 AT&T와 버라이즌만이 갖고 있어 최근 타격이 컸다고.

(Herald Online)

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