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Will Sprint's iPhone 5 Have an Edge on AT&T, Verizon?

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Nowadays, unlimited data plans are like the Freemasons: Although you can be grandfathered in, enrollment for newcomers is a bit of a mystery. But once you're accepted, the benefits are said to be glorious.

For new smartphone customers, data plans without caps, tiers, or throttling are virtually non-existent in the lands of AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. For Sprint, however, they remain untouched -- and it might give the ailing company a leg up when Apple purportedly debuts the iPhone 5 on its network.

According to Bloomberg, several sources have indicated that not only is the iPhone 5 coming to Sprint, it will be the only US carrier to offer the iPhone 5 with unlimited data plans. The models featured on AT&T and Verizon's networks will be hamstrung with data caps and, in turn, overage fees. While it's not yet known the cost of these potential data plans, Sprint already offers unlimited voice and data for $99.99 per month for certain smartphones.

In contrast, AT&T offers unlimited voice plans for $69.99 per month with data tiers of 200MB, 2GB, and 4GB for $15, $25, and $45, respectively. Verizon charges the same for unlimited voice, but its 2GB tier costs $30 and can go as high as $80 for 10GB.

While existing AT&T and Verizon customers are grandfathered in to unlimited data plans, if Sprint's federal lawsuit against the AT&T, T-Mobile merger was a grenade in the US Carrier War, this could be the bazooka.

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