Sprint employees are now getting trained and briefed on an imminent iPhone 4 launch. The employees have been told that Apple’s iPhone 4 will be available to customers next month and the standard Sprint data plans will apply.
The Sprint sales associate leaking all this information also states that the carrier plans to sell 4G iPads. Sorry Sprint customers no iPhone 5 for you until spring of next year but hey you wil finally be able to enjoy the outdated iPhone 4.
The briefing reportedly told the sales team that Sprint will begin offering the iPhone 4 in October 2011 (next month) with standard Sprint data plans; they will include a $10 data smartphone premium that is not specific to iPhone.
The associate also suggested that Sprint will carry a 4G iPad, though launch dates and pricing were still unknown. Of course, Sprint already sells 4G access for the iPad via its external mobile 4G WiFi product; maybe that’s what the briefing referenced.
If the associate’s information is accurate, Sprint will not get the iPhone 5 until 2012, most likely by early spring. The sales briefing report aligns with Bloomberg’s story about the potential arrival date on Sprint of both the 4 and 5 models, and with but the WSJ reporting on the phone’s rollout schedule explicitly called for an iPhone 5 in October along with VZW and AT&T availability. It’s not clear why our source was convinced of the iPhone 5′s 2012 release schedule on Sprint, but that’s what we were told repeatedly.