Sprint Pours $20 Billion into Apple’s Halo

This week, Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) will finally add the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone to its product line but it will come at a very high cost to the company.

In August remarks to its board of directors, Sprint (NYSE:S) president Dan Hesse said the company will most likely lose money from the iPhone addition until 2014. Through a deal with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) that could be considered putting all Sprint’s eggs in one basket, Sprint agreed to buy 30.5 million iPhones, at a total cost of $20 billion, over the next four years. To keep the iPhone retail price low and competitive, Sprint will subsidize the cost of each phone to approximately $500.

The company is expected to officially announce the iPhone 5 offering later this week.

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