Sprint iPhone was “worth every penny”

Sprint reported its third-quarter earnings yesterday and, not surprisingly, the iPhone was a major topic of discussion. Even though the nation’s third-largest carrier shells out about 40% more than the industry average to offer its customers Apple’s flagship device, CEO Dan Hesse says it’s “worth every penny.”

In a conference call with analysts, Hesse elaborated, saying, “iPhone users are likely to consume significantly less 3G than the typical user of a dual-mode 3G/4G device.” More specifically, it’s been reported that the iPhone utilizes about half as much data as comparable Android phones.

There are a few possible explanations for this. First of all, there’s a chance that Sprint optimized its network for the iPhone, but that doesn’t seem likely to me. Next, Android users may simply use more data. However, I’m not sure how accurate that claim is either. I know some iOS users that use a ton of data, and some Android users that use almost none, so I think it depends on the person rather than the platform.

The third reason to explain the lower data usage could simply be that Sprint iPhone users simply don’t have access to it. If you remember, a couple days ago we reported that Sprint iPhone customers were experiencing dramatically reduced data speeds that were either the result of a software, hardware or network problem. If makes sense that their numbers would be skewed towards the lower end of the spectrum if it takes ten minutes to load a page.

It’s also important to note that, while Apple advertised the iPhone 4S as being capable of almost 4G-speeds, it can only do so on a GSM network. Both Sprint and Verizon are CDMA carriers, so unfortunately only AT&T customers are treated to the speed boost.

Either way, it’s a bit surprising that the iPhone clocks in so low compared to Android. Though, with Sprint shelling out nearly $200 for every iDevice it sells, I’m sure Hesse and the rest of the Sprint gang aren’t complaining.

We know that the Sprint iPhone was worth it if you’re a business man, but what about if you’re a consumer? Sprint iPhone customers, are you happy with your purchase, or are you experiencing a bit of buyers remorse? Weigh in down below in the comments or hit me up on twitter!


Via: 9to5 Mac

Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Daniely30

    Since my 14 day return already expired, im stuck. Since i switched from att im extremely happy with cell service with sprint (no more droped calls) havent dropped 1 since oct 14. Now with att it would happen 7 times in 6 minutes. As for 3g speed. Sprint stinks really bad. Att was way fast comparing to almost stand still sprint 3g. Ill wait few more month if internet speed wont improve i will move to verizon. Att will be my last resort. I hope it will not get to that point.

    • David

      Guessing you live in one of the very few bad AT&T areas. AT&T is amazing in my area. Never get a dropped call while the other carriers do all the time, amazing speeds while other carriers get mediocre speeds, and great service. I’m sorry you’re in a bad AT&T area, hopefully they make where you live better.

  • Jamal Deemer

    Thank god they don’t put the carrier logo on the back like that picture. 

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    I’m keeping mine.

  • Bratty

    Its not Android users using more/less data but the OS itself. If Sprint sold 1M iPhones and they each used 0.5mb less data per day due to iOS working “efficiently”….then it makes sense. The numbers are fictional but I think that is what Hesse is getting at.

  • Anonymous


  • guest

    i think another reason androids may use more data is the flash support

  • Anonymous

    It is so pathetic that A phone has to save the “network now”. They must really stink.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous