Sprint Touts Unlimited Data in New iPhone Ad

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Sprint has released a new television commercial for the iPhone, pushing its unlimited data plan as an advantage over its rivals.
    The ad does not specifically promote the iPhone 4S, with the carrier instead opting to focus on the generic iPhone line given that it offers both the iPhone 4S and the new 8 GB iPhone 4 that serves as a low-end option priced at $99 on contract.

    Both AT&T and Verizon initially offered unlimited data plans for the iPhone but have since transitioned to tiered plans, although customers on those carriers who had previously signed up for unlimited plans have been allowed to keep them.

    Article Link: Sprint Touts Unlimited Data in New iPhone Ad
  2. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Cool advertisement. I personally liked the "Charts" advertisement better though despite their inaccurate representation of their speeds.
  3. macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2008
    Unlimited data on the slowest network - they had to do something....
  4. macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Good for them. I have Verizon's sort-of-unlimited-but-at-some-point-throttled data and it is what it is. Always good to see even one company doing something more honest.
  5. macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    A bad buffet is still bad even if you're free to eat as much as you want.
  6. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
  7. macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    But you know what? At least there's food to eat. Unless you're launching some new company offering data-filet-mignon in the manner you long for, I think Sprint is doing comparatively well.
  8. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    Well at least they're trying to entice customers, just like trying to cut the Thanksgiving turkey, it may not always turn out good.

    I'm happy I still have my AT&T unlimited plan and a tower less than a mile away.
  9. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    A bad buffet with no limit is better than a bad buffet with a limit. AT&T claims it has the fastest speeds, but its network is so crowded that I often have connectivity issues.
  10. macrumors regular


    Mar 3, 2007
    Sure it's unlimited data. But it's kind of hard to come anywhere close to using a descent amount of that data if their network is freakin' SLOW!
  11. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    That can be true of any carrier; it all depends on your location and how many people are accessing the network there.

    In my case, AT&T is the fastest and most reliable in my area. I've tested 3G cards from all three major carriers here and AT&T was the best, hams down.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2011
    Southern Plains
    If only...

    If only they would provide good service (coverage), this would actually attract even the informed customer. Sadly, out in the boons, you have to go with AT&T or Verizon. Even T-Mobile is better here. I know from experience - work phone Sprint, private phone Verizon, iPad AT&T, and before I had Verizon, I used T-Mobile.

    Just a funny but true story on the side: My sister had back in the days the brand-new Motorola Razors (her and her husband) from Verizon. They lived out in a small community about 15 miles from the Army post. When they took the phones home, there was not enough signal. So she called Verizon and stated she has to cancel her contracts. Verizon asked very specifically where they lived. The supervisor called back about an hour later and asked if they could hang in there for a week - Verizon will put up a new mast to close the gap they apparently have there. It might have been a coincident and they were planning it all along, but it might not have been. The community there is growing since with new schools, a lot of new housing and Verizon might have been just ahead of the game there.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Nov 4, 2009
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    I love the constant sprint bashing. Coverage and speeds are all subjective depending on where you live. So to say the service as a whole is crappy is not really fair.

    I have sprint and yea my data speeds may not be as fast as AT&T or Verizon, I've always had sprint so these are the speeds I'm used to and now that I have the 4S everything is an improvement as far as I'm concerned.

    Down here in south Florida all the carriers seem to have good coverage.

    As always your results may vary.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2011
    Sprint is the slowest. If I had unlimited data on something fast I would pay for it.
  15. macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    Haters are gonna hate

    I am VERY happy with 4s on Sprint, yes it is a bit slower than Verizon but it is NOT 'unusable' as some Verizon and AT&T customers like to think. I get excellent coverage (and I travel constantly between three states: NY, NJ, and PA - and you bet I am streaming Pandora while driving), I get UNLIMITED data (just this past month 3 GB) with a consistent speed, and no dropped call.

    And, I don't get raped when the monthly bill comes.

    But hey, to each their own
  16. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Assuming I can get even 256 Kb/s to make it even worth it...
  17. macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    Stop whining about Sprint's speeds. Here is my internet connection download speed in Zambia:

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  18. macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Albuquerque, USA
    I'm assuming Sprint supporters are few in this thread because the video is still loading.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2003
    have to say at least there offering unlimited data if it is truly unlimited then speed should not be of issue
  20. macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2011
    sprint rocks where i live

    it all depends on where you live. this has been said before, but i just want to defend sprint against the haters a little bit. i had an att iphone 4 and switched back to sprint and have the 4S now. my sprint iphone is faster than my 4 on att ever was as far as internet goes. i commute an hour each way and i have never dropped a call and i stream pandora and other apps the entire time. so, if you are trying to decide what to get, do some tests. don't just bash sprint because you have heard stories. it is very dependent on where you are located.
  21. macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2010
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    Seriously everyone can we just stop and thinking about this for a min. This isn't a problem with sprint's network being slow per se it about the way the iPhone connects and interacts with that carriers network. They'll fix this in a software update.
    Case in point: at my work we have all three kinds of carriers and when loading a netflix movie (same movie) the sprint droid destroyed both my Att iP4 and Att ip4S and a verizon ip4. We got a good 5 mins into the movie on the sprint phone before the other phones loaded! (we had forgotten we were testing at all)
  22. macrumors 68020


    Jun 11, 2007
    *turn out well.
  23. Sardonick007, Nov 21, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2011

    macrumors regular


    May 18, 2011
    Sprint's a joke

    They could give me an iPhone4s and an iPad with unlimited data and free calling plan and I would laugh in their dropped call faces. Better focus some of that energy in better service rather than marketing ploys. As for subjective nonsense that's a weak argument. The only way I would take the "depends on where you are" blah blah, is if they charged me commensurate with the quality of service I was getting. If I have to pay the same as someone who has no issues with the network, then I would expect to get the same quality they do.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2003
    So. Cal.
    Unlimited with the slowest speeds.


    Or ATT with the fastest network you can't get a signal to.
  25. macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    Agree 100%. I also live and work in the NY, NJ, PA area and if my data speeds are slow I can't tell. Everything I do on my iPhone works fine. Whether listening to Spotify or watching Netflix while wifey shops my experience has been nothing but great.

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