Sprint to stop selling iPhone 4 in stores, but not online

Sprint will continue selling Apple's iPhone 4, but only through it's online store beginning later this week.

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Reports of the iPhone 4's demise on Sprint appear to be exaggerated, but not entirely untrue.

A company spokesperson confirmed with CNET that the phone will no longer be sold at Sprint's stores this Friday, but that customers will still be able to purchase it online.

"iPhone 4 will become a Web only device effective on September 21. We will certainly still be selling it," a company spokeswoman told CNET.

An image posted on 9to5Mac last night showed that the iPhone 4 would "removed from Planogram on 9/21/12" suggesting the device would no longer be available for sale.

Sprint became a carrier of Apple's iPhone last year with the release of the iPhone 4S. At the time the company also began selling the iPhone 4 alongside Apple's newer, flagship device.

With the release of the iPhone 5, which goes on sale this Friday , the iPhone 4 becomes a free device on most carriers, with a two-year contract.

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