Sprint heavily discounts the iPhone 4S ahead of iPhone 5 launch

By , Aug 4, 2012

We just got words that Sprint was currently selling the iPhone 4S 16GB at a $50 discount, for a total price of $149.99. According to a Sprint retailer who reached out to us, the company has been notifying stores that this new pricing would be in place until September 14th.

The timing seems very appropriate as the iPhone 5 next iPhone has been rumored to be announced at an event on September 12th, and will supposedly be available for sale on September 21st…

Although the rumor has been confirmed by several media outlets, nothing is official until Tim Cook gets on stage to unveil Apple’s latest addition to the iPhone family.

Sprint is America’s third largest carrier. It is also the last US carrier to haven entered into an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone, long after AT&T, and shortly after Verizon. Considered as the last carrier to offer true unlimited data plans, Sprint activated 1.5 million iPhones during the last quarter, far behind AT&T and Verizon.

From what we hear, this move is aimed at clearing up large inventories of iPhone 4S 16GB that Sprint committed to purchase from Apple, when it hoped it would generate sales as impressive as its competitors. Unfortunately for Sprint, this hasn’t really worked as planned so far.

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  • J M

    And won’t the 4s probably cost $99 when the new phone comes out and it drops down in price?

    • Manuel Molina

      Probably. The reason for the 150 price drop could be to rack in people to jump onto the two-year contacts now before the phone drops to the 100.

      I’m sure Apple will keep the 3GS for free, the iPhone 4 at 50, the 4S at 100, and the 5 (or new iPhone” at it’s normal 200, 300, 400 price.

      • J M

        I agree. My friend still has a 3G that is in desperate need of upgrading, but I just keep saying, if you buy a new one now, you are basically wasting ~$50-100 dollars. Some people will ultimately be tricked into upgrading now, instead of being patient though with this marketing.

        I think Radioshack did a $50 discount not too long ago as well

      • Manuel Molina

        Yeah, they did. And 150 gets you a two-year with a SGIII. To this day, I can’t see me staying with a phone for two years.

    • Kevin Holzendorf

      Yeah but it’ll probably be 8gb…

    • DtommyD

      No, the 4 will be $99 like the 3gs is now.

  • http://twitter.com/ampdewd Andy Pritchard

    I got mine on release day for that much in the UK:)

  • goofygreek

    $50 dollars is a heavy discount. No thanks. I would rather buy a used one with no contract commitment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Childs/1067107105 Matthew Childs

    $50 off is not “heavily discounted”. and PLEASE stop calling the future iPhone the iPhone 5. it will never be called that. the 4s IS the iPhone 5.

    • http://www.iTechBlog.in/ taran

      What do you suggest.??..we should call the next iphone iPhone 6.???…doesnt sound ryt..!!

    • http://twitter.com/nAcolz Acolz

      4S is the iPhone 4.5 lol

  • Alec Vanek

    Doesn’t matter to me. I’ll never use Sprint. I will always use GSM carriers, never CDMA.

    • http://twitter.com/therealjdizzle Jason Masters

      CDMA no flexibility gsm always flexibility it’s a no brainer

    • Manuel Molina

      I always felt that CDMA had better service, as oppose to GSM. Calls dropped less than with GSM.

      • Alec Vanek

        i have to say cdma is better for the average guy but i switch phones a lot.

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