Sprint Installing Signal Boosting Hardware in Apple Stores?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    BeatWeek claims to have heard that at least one Apple Retail store location seems to be getting Sprint signal repeaters installed.
    These signal enhancers are used in Apple Stores to ensure a high quality signal for existing AT&T and Verizon customers.

    If Sprint is deploying these en masse to Apple retail stores, it would be a strong sign that Apple will be launching the iPhone 5 on Sprint as well. So far, we've only heard this one report at one particular mall, and it appears Sprint was also installing repeaters at other locations in the mall as well.

    Article Link: Sprint Installing Signal Boosting Hardware in Apple Stores?
  2. Cleve macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2007
    Betaweak hasn't been accurate very often in their reporting.
  3. trekvt12, Sep 5, 2011
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    trekvt12 macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2011
    beatweek citation? very opinional based non informative text. misleading headlines that don't even make sense half the time. and links in every article that open up outdated articles..

    they're all about the hits.
  4. Ciclismo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    I can confirm that without a shadow of doubt that there is no Sprint cellular equipment of any sort in my local Apple store.

    But then, I live in Munich :D

    p.s. 12 days till Octoberfest :p
  5. Caliber26 macrumors 68000


    Sep 25, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    I'd love for all these Sprint Rumors to be true. This can only be a good thing for shareholders.
  6. HasanDaddy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
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    I agree caliber - Sprint's entry is going to create much needed iPhone competition, which will bring down all rates, especially data
  7. laravia18 macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2006
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    I agree! I would love for this to be true as well.

    That doesn't mean I will be getting an iPhone, but that just means that those who want one on Sprint will have the opportunity to finally get one.

    Personally the only way I am getting an iPhone is if it came in a 64gb form. I have an iPod Touch and 32gb is child's play right about now.
  8. Rocketman macrumors 603


    I am curious. Be specific. How do you think data rates ($/gb/mo) will decline?

    I wish:

    50 gb of data, no set date, use as you wish. Done? Buy 50 more. Now.

    Just Rocketman
  9. Caliber26 macrumors 68000


    Sep 25, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    That too! If Sprint comes out swinging, offering CHEAP voice & data, it would most likely drive ATT/VZN to rethink their offerings. However, Sprint, at the end of the day, is just another player in Corporate America. Chances are they'll just "sell out" and jack their iPhone plans. They're not The People's friend. They're in business to make money at any cost and they'll just capitalize like ATT and VZN has. - Time'll tell.
  10. blue22 macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2010
    what about non-contract plans?

    "IF" Sprint does indeed start to offer the iPhone this October, I wonder if they'll offer a pay-as-you-go type of plan amongst their various contract plans? Would such a non-contract plan be administered by their VirginMobile partnership, and would those prices be similar to T-Mobile's non-contract plans??

    If "yes" to any of those questions then I think there's a great opportunity for price plans to come down overall for any new iPhone customer, as this will force AT&T & Verizon to offer more competitive rates for similar services, and (finally!) give customers a real choice in (less expensive) iPhone plans!

    (fingers crossed at least)
  11. PPFee, Sep 5, 2011
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    PPFee macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2011
    I have to agree, I mean come on....Beatweek Magazine, really?:confused: While i appreciate the digging and wanting to bring the news to us a.s.a.p. One look at their front page today also shows quality articles such as this one titled "T-Mobile iPhone 5 officially goes on sale today – just not in U.S." I'd rather wait a little longer and get quality news from macrumors.com.


    Its highly unlikely they will offer a pre-paid variant, especially along side their initial launch and possibly cannibalizing contract customers. Even if by some chance they did I would wager that it would only be the Iphone 4 and "4S" available with prepaid plans. Finally even if all that occurred i don't believe theres a chance in hell it would be bastardized to the point that they allow it offered on Virgin Mobile in the U.S. I agree though, Iphone rates at Virgin Mobile levels would be wonderful, just not FROM Virgin Mobile.
  12. macinnv macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ
    As evidenced in the new increase in Sprints early termination fee to $350, there won't be a lot of price competion if Sprint gets the iPhone.
  13. clibinarius macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2010
    Weakbeat sucks, and thinks that intelligent people buy Apple Competition, and thus all Apple users are stupid, which is a good thing.

    Ignore Falcon or whatever his name is, he's a complete tool. I criticize fanboys A LOT but Falcon isn't a fanboy, he's an outright Stalinist (for Apple).

    Frankly, Falcon would probably tell you his iPhone is more fun than his girlfriend, cause its easier to press its buttons, and girlfriends therefore are for geeks.
  14. Oldfash33 macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2011
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    I agree,I think all carriers should get a wack at iPhone 5. More carriers,more competition better for us..hopefully
  15. locust76 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2009
    6.25 GB of data? What kind of silly measurement is that? Usually it's done in 1, 5 or 10 GB chunks.
  16. Yumunum macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2011
    If this was true... Would that not make it possible that Apple could be adding 4G to the next iPhone? I don't know how they'd deal with battery issues though *shrug* But if 4G signal boosters are being installed, it'd make sense
  17. RafaelT macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2010
    Lakeland, FL
    I don't think this means the next phone has 4G (It may or may not). If it doesn't have 4G, it will next year. Sprint would not want to install equipment at every Apple store this year just to go back and replace it or add to it next year. It is just future proofing.
  18. Bearxor macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007
    While I would welcome a Sprint iPhone, just so that Apple can have another outlet to sell iPhones and try to close the gap to Android, I just have to LOL at all the people that think this might cause AT&T and Verizon to change pricing.

  19. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2011
    Sprint is just trying to prove that they have way better coverage then ATT with or without the iPhone :p
  20. blue22 macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2010
    wishful thinking is one thing, and reality another...

    Sadly, I think you both are mostly right. :(
  21. blue22 macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2010
    T-Mobile has possibly the best iPhone deal currently out there...

    Mostly out of curiosity, I decided to run some numbers on the USA's current iPhone4 service providers and I'm comparing the lowest possible plans with the minimum cost efficient text-msg and data services that each phone provider offers based on a 2-year projected service timeline, with phone plan prices based on today's rates (Sept. 6th, 2011), and from what I can see cost-wise there is only a marginal difference between AT&T and Verizon rates, so choosing one of them really boils down to 1) the type of data plan you want/need and 2) your personal preference with the actual network and customer service you wish to have.

    However, if one elects to by an unlocked iPhone4 and use T-Mobile's $30 monthly plan, you can save about 33% in overall costs when compared to the previous two service providers! But, on the downside, you *first* must pay a minimum of $700 for the phone itself AND you have minimal, if any, insurance on your handset incase of theft or damage, while *secondly* the reliability of T-Mobile's service itself is somewhat spotty, especially if you live outside of a large metro-area.

    What remains to been seen now is what Sprint (assuming they're going to start selling the iPhone this Autumn) offers for their iPhone service plans, and if they'll be less expensive than what AT&T & Verizon currently offers?

    All the details to this conclusion is provided below:


    • $200/$300 for contract iPhone4 16GB/32GB + AF†
    • Unlocked (GSM) iPhone4 16GB/32GB = $649/$749††


    AT&T 2-year contract:
    OVERVIEW: 450 anytime minutes, 200MB data, and Unlimited Text Messages†††
    COST DETAILS: $75 per month* ($40 + $15 + $20, respectively) or $1,800 for 24 months*
    TOTAL COST for life of contract: $2,036 ($1,800 + subsidized handset + AF†)

    Verizon 2-year contract:
    OVERVIEW: 450 anytime minutes, 2GB data, and 250 Text Messages†††
    COST DETAILS: $75 per month* ($40 + $30 + $5, respectively) or $1,800 for 24 months*
    TOTAL COST for life of contract: $2,036 ($1,800 + subsidized handset + AF†)

    T-Mobile $50 monthly non-contract plan:
    OVERVIEW: Text, Talk, and Web Unlimited§
    COST DETAILS: $50 per month* or $1,200 for 24 months*
    TOTAL COST for life of a 2-year monthly plan: $1,906 ($1,200 + handset**)

    T-Mobile $30 monthly non-contract plan:
    OVERVIEW: Text & Talk 1500 minutes or messages§§, Web 30MB a month
    COST DETAILS: $30 per month* or $720 for 24 months*
    TOTAL COST for life of a 2-year monthly plan: $1,426 ($720 + handset**)

    Sprint 2-year contract: ??? (rates TBD)

    ---- Notes ----
    * based on projected minimum costs of phone plan usage.
    ** unlocked 16GB iPhone with approximate taxes.
    † one-time $36 Activation Fee (AF) for new customers.
    †† approx. $56/$66 in taxes for 16GB/32GB models.
    ††† this is the lowest txt-msg plan after the "pay-per-use" option.
    § First 100MB at up to 4G speeds (T-Mobile).
    §§ Use any combination of minutes or messages up to 1500.

    AT&T and Verizon rates taken from the Apple Online Store.

    T-Mobile USA monthly rates taken from their 4G-plans webpage.

    Now, I'm just curious to hear from those who are actually using an iPhone with T-Mobile and what your level of satisfaction is regarding the service plan you're using of theirs???

    In the meantime, I hope this breakdown can be of some use for those still undecided with their potential iPhone4 purchase plans. :)
  22. timhood macrumors newbie


    Apr 12, 2004
    The only thing a Sprint iPhone could do for me is potentially lower prices at AT&T or Verizon if Sprint had lower service prices. However, Sprint abused me too much as a customer for me to ever consider going back to them again. I know I stand with legions of former customers on that. AT&T and Verizon may be aware of this and not even respond to Sprint's lower prices, knowing there are people like me who would gladly pay a little more for a "real" cell carrier. The peace of mind and sanity are well worth it.

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