Sometimes no comment can be as good as a yes,” no?
After a Wall Street Journal article last week spilled the beans supposedly on the iPhone 5 coming to Sprint in October, the carriers employees have apparently been instructed to keep their lips zipped on the matter. An internal Sprint memo leaked to SprintFeed today tells workers how to discuss the issue with customers more or less, it says not to. They are allowed to acknowledge the WSJ article by saying Yes, I have seen a few of those reports. I dont have anything to share.” And if they are pushed on the issue, they are to refer customers to the Sprint newsroom site, which of course says nothing about an iPhone at this point.
Not that the Wall Street Journal isnt already a reputable source, but this memo seems to give additional credence to the likelihood that Sprint will become the third U.S. carrier to get its hands on the device. A memo would hardly seem necessary if Sprint werent getting the iPhone, and if company execs still thought it was important to keep the rank and file in the loop, wouldnt they just tell employees to dismiss the rumor?
Getting the iPhone might give Sprint a better chance to compete with big brothers Verizon Wireless and AT&T which is on track to become an even bigger telco giant with its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. AT&T sold more than 7 million iPhones in the first half of this year, while customers snatched up 4.5 million from Verizon Wireless during the same time period.