The iPhone 5 release date is getting closer each day, and now we have a collection of new rumors to add to the mix, which point to the biggest iPhone launch since the first iPhone.
If the current rumors hold true, the iPhone 5 will be available on October 7th on all 4 major cell phone companies in the U.S.
It’s a given that the iPhone 5 will land on Verizon and AT&T, but recent reports show that Sprint will get the iPhone 5, moving 1.2 million iPhones in the process and the latest rumor is that Apple is going to deliver an iPhone to T-Mobile.
Who knows, the rumored cheaper iPhone could show up on a service like Virgin Mobile or Metro PCS if pre-paid smartphone shoppers are lucky.
That’s a lot of “ifs” and speculation, but it would make sense that Apple would want the iPhone in the hands of as many consumers as possible, which means it would need to be on as many major carriers as possible.
While Apple had to hand over exclusivity to AT&T when they first launched the iPhone, the company has enough power that they can deliver an iPhone on the each of the major cell phone networks.
This is great news for consumers who will have an unprecedented level of choice when it comes to the iPhone. No longer will you need to pick from one or two cell phone companies, but instead you can pick the one that provides the best service to you.
A hidden blessing in all of this is that the cell phone companies won’t be able to count on the iPhone alone to move units, and will need to continue to invest in their network quality.
The downside of this news is that it could put a nail in the coffin of the unlimited data plans at Sprint. It has already played a part in the extinction of unlimited data at other carriers.