Industry observers often speculate when Sprint will have to adopt
tiered pricing like AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Sprint is still not
saying when it may make that switch, but credits the iPhone for
helping it push the date out further. “One of the beauties of
carrying the iPhone is it extends the period of time and increases
the likelihood of us maintaining unlimited data longer because it
uses our network so efficiently,” said Hesse. […]
The iPhone’s other strength stems from Apple’s tight control
over iPhone applications. Since Apple makes iPhone apps meet
network efficiency thresholds, iPhone apps tend to “ping”
networks less often than other mobile operating systems do.
Cutting down on app “noise” lets carriers operate their
networks in a more productive and ultimately more profitable
manner. “It’s almost like a Prius,” said Hesse, comparing
the iPhone to Toyota’s fuel-efficient car.
Interesting. Most speculation I’ve seen is that the iPhone would hurry Sprint’s switch to tiered pricing, not delay it. Reading between the lines, he’s saying Android phones use a lot of data for apps running in the background.