Sprint (S) has slashed the cost of purchasing and activating a new iPhone 4S by a total of $86 as the launch of Apple’s (AAPL) next-generation iPhone looms. Apple’s “most amazing iPhone yet” typically costs $199 with 16GB of memory, but Sprint has slashed $50 from the smartphone’s price tag. What’s more, online purchases will see Sprint’s $36 activation fee waived, lowering the total cost of purchasing the device by about 37%. Sprint has also cut the cost of the 32GB and 64GB iPhone 4S models by $50 each, and activation fees are waived for online orders as well. Apple’s sixth iPhone will be unveiled during a press conference on September 12th and it is expected to launch a week later on September 21st.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.