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Sprint to employees: Don't comment on Apple iPhone 5 rumors

August 29, 2011 |  9:15 am


The Sprint iPhone 5, so far just a rumored device, has sent stock prices up and inspired analyst predictions of Sprint selling more than 1 million iPhones.

But one place where the Sprint iPhone 5 rumor won't be spread around (at least officially) is in a Sprint retail store.

Sprint has issued a memo to its retail employees directing them to not bring up the rumor with customers and offer "no comment" to those consumers who bring up the rumor themselves, according to a memo obtained by the blog SprintFeed.

The memo says employees can acknowledge that news outlets have reported the rumor if a customer won't drop the subject, but beyond even that, "no comment" is the company line, SprintFeed said.

Both Apple and Sprint have declined to comment on the Sprint iPhone 5 rumors in the past, so asking retail workers to do the same isn't too much of a surprise.

Currently Apple's iPhone 4 is available only from AT&T and Verizon in the U.S., though a fifth-generation iPhone is expected to arrive in September or October.

Sprint's addition as a third carrier selling new iPhones has been rumored for weeks, but as of yet Apple hasn't even said when a new iPhone would arrive, what it would look like or where it would be sold.

What do you think? Is "no comment" a good approach for Sprint? Does that make you think a Sprint iPhone is inevitable, or just online hype? Let us know in the comments.


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Photo: A Sprint store in Homestead, Pa. Credit: Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press