I really messed up during my late high school and college years when it comes to credit, but Sprint is a cell phone service that I can afford (currently with T-Mobile and factory unlocked iPhone), and according to the rep, with a deposit and everything, I would be looking at around $300-$400 for the iPhone 4S 16GB (Still cheaper than going and buying a factory unlocked iPhone for $649)....judging by the 4S price, the iPhone 5 would be the same thing. But it seems right now Sprint is doing whatever they can to offload the iPhone 4/4S. How far high do Sprint deposits go? I know people with a 400 credit score and still didn't have to pay a deposit at all. HOWEVER, is there a way to be able to buy the phone outright to use on Sprint, so I don't have to be suckered into yet another contract (same old $649), but better/more reliable voice service. Another thing, does Sprint record ON-TIME payments to Credit Agencies? (i.e, Can this actually help FIX what I broke during college? ). I checked my Credit Report, and only have horrible marks on TransUnion with Equifax and Experian pretty clean. Another thing that worries me, is that I use my phone A LOT for business, is Sprint's network up to snuff? I know about their "less than adequate 3G speeds" but supposedly that is being fixed under Network Vision. How is Sprint coverage when wandering off the highway? Is it comparable to Verizon?