Sprint to offer iPhone 4 next month, iPhone 5 in 2012?

Sprint is preparing to launch the iPhone 4 on its network next month, but may have to wait until 2012 to launch the iPhone 5, according to a new report. Citing an unnamed Sprint Nextel sales associate, TUAW reports that the carrier has started briefing its employees on the impending iPhone 4 launch, and that the handset will be offered with Sprint’s standard data plans. The report goes on to states that the associate also suggested that Sprint will carry a 4G iPad, although details were unknown, and that Sprint will not get the iPhone 5 until 2012, with an early spring launch described as “most likely.” The associate’s claims partially contradict recent reports from Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, both of which asserted that Sprint would launch the iPhone 5 alongside AT&T and Verizon in mid-October.

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