Sprint Nextel Corp. will begin selling the iPhone 5 in mid-October, people familiar with the matter said, closing a huge hole in the No. 3 U.S. carrier’s lineup and giving Apple Inc. another channel for selling its popular phone.
Sprint has about 50 million subscribers. Verizon and AT&T has roughly 100 million each. According the latest NPD Mobile Phone Track service analyzed by Dan Frommer, the best-selling phones in the U.S. during the second quarter:
- Apple iPhone 4
- Apple iPhone 3GS
- HTC EVO 4G
- HTC Inspire 4G
- Samsung INTENSITY II
Of note, third-placed HTC EVO 4G is Sprint’s best-selling smartphone. If the iPhone is in fact coming to Sprint, I wonder how other brands, in particular HTC, will fair. Verizon sold 4.5 million iPhones in the second quarter.