Does Sprint’s Phones, Unlimited Data, and Relationship with Google Equal Greater Market Share?
The short answer may be Sprint if the rumors prove to be true.
The rumor mill has been busy churning and Sprint is the potential winner.
Eric Savitz of Forbes reported that Apple will release a device called the iPhone 4S that will have minor cosmetic changes and better cameras. The report also mentions Sprint as new carrier with the announcement coming from Apple in time for the holidays.
Phandroid reported on May 24th, the Sprint could release a version of the Motorola Droid X2 that would have a 4.3-inch qHD display, Tegra 2 processor, and a 4G radio. The phone is reported to be called the Motorola Photon 4G.
Unlimited Data Plans:
Processors are increasing in both number and processing speeds. Carriers are improving the speed of their equipment with the roll-out of 4G networks. Developers are creating software that puts the improved hardware and networks to use. All of this could be negated with the introduction of data caps and throttling that could place financial user stops on the shiny new 4G networks, smartphones, and apps. Sprint remains the lone hold-out as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have all announced changes to data plans. Sprint currently has truly unlimited data plans.
Sprint’s relationship with Google has already produced the Nexus S 4G that despite some reception problems, was released to rave reviews. The curved glass form factor may even be copied by Apple. The Google relationship may bear more fruit if reports of Google’s NFC payment system announcement are true. Bloomberg is reporting that a digital wallet service based on NFC chips could be made as early as May 26th.