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Sprint says iPhone deal is worth $15.5 billion

Sprint on Wednesday stated that it has entered into a four-year deal valued at $15.5 billion to offer Apple’s iPhone line of handsets, the GSMA’s mobile business blog reports. Additional details were not revealed, but the carrier said it expects iPhone-related revenue to outperform the deal. “We expect the lifetime value of a typical iPhone customer to be at least 50 percent – yes, at least 50 percent – greater than a typical smartphone user, driven primarily by more efficient use of our network and lower churn,” Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said during the company’s third-quarter earnings call. Sprint also said it expects to sell more than 1 million iPhone handsets in the fourth quarter of this year. AT&T revealed earlier this week that it activated 2.7 million iPhones last quarter while Verizon Wireless said it sold 2 million iPhone 4 handsets over the same period of time.

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.