iPhone 4 being decommissioned by Sprint?

One of the great things about this year’s iPhone lineup is that all three models include the Retina display. And iPhone 4 – which by any standards is not a poor phone – is set to become free on a two-year contract in the U.S. One thing you may not remember from the Keynote is that Apple announced only certain carriers would be offering the 8GB iPhone 4. If the leaked image above is anything to go by, it looks like it could be Sprint that’s about to miss out.

We can only speculate the reasons as to why the US’ number 3 carrier won’t be offering the iPhone 4 on contract anymore, but – one way or another – these decisions normally come down to money. Either the carrier can’t afford it, or Apple isn’t convinced they’re worth it due to the relatively low number of devices sold. 9to5Mac writer, Jordan Kahn (who leaked the image) speculates that the iPhone 4 could be shifted across to its prepaid subsidiary, Virgin. The only issue there being no subsidized costs, likely meaning that the 4th generation iPhone could fetch up to $399. Whatever the exact reasons, we know – pretty much for certain – that the iPhone 4 won’t be sold on Sprint come September 21st.

Via: 9to5Mac


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  • Sunsparc

    Doesn’t mean it’s being removed entirely from Sprint, just from stores. There are tons of phones that you won’t see in a store but are still available for sale, mainly through Telesales.