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sarahthomas1011
sarahthomas1011
8/14/2014 | 3:30:18 PM
Re: time for pricing AND network improvements
Yeah, very good point. I've heard a lot of people say they'd love to switch to T-Mobile because of the pricing, but the network is crap in their area. For a lot of people though, pricing was compelling enough to switch.

It was interesting, too, that Claure acted like he couldn't care less about T-Mobile. Sprint's threat is entirely AT&T and Verizon. He commended their uncarrier moves, but isn't too worried about it overtaking Sprint's #3 slot.
KBode
KBode
8/14/2014 | 3:23:40 PM
Re: time for pricing AND network improvements
"Hesse always said they couldn't do much with pricing and promotions until they fixed the network, which is true in part, but it really can't afford to wait to change up its pricing. It's a vicious cyle."

Seems to be working for T-Mobile to approach the battle from the price disruption perspective first, yes? Some blunt and promising talk from the new Sprint CEO. That's refreshing to see.
sarahthomas1011
sarahthomas1011
8/14/2014 | 3:21:01 PM
Re: time for pricing AND network improvements
I think it's more about speed and reliability for Sprint. Drops and blocks on its network are still a big deal. Sprint's network is awesome in some pockets, but that's still the exception, not the rule.

Claure also said Sprint would work on in-venue coverage as one Sprint employee pointed out he can't get any service at Sporting KC, Sprint's hometown soccer stadium, while all the other operators work well. 
jabailo
jabailo
8/14/2014 | 3:18:11 PM
Re: time for pricing AND network improvements
It's hard to know what a good/bad network is defined as today.

Do customers only want 1Gbps speeds?   You might ask...why, since an HD video stream, the highest use, only needs 2Mbps.

Is it reliability.  Wow...maybe two decades ago that was an issue, but I think the total number of minutes my Internet (Clear) or phone (Virgin/Sprint) were offline during the last ten years of use would be miniscule.

So, in a way, I agree with him!  I've made the same argument for devices.  People don't want pricey hierloom tablets...they want cheap, workable, but nearly disposable ones.

For my network, I think that if I can get 10 or 20Mbps reliably, most of the time, with no bandwidth throttling (EVER!) and pay a fraction of the 1Gbps, then I'm going with a Sprint-style plan.

 
sarahthomas1011
sarahthomas1011
8/14/2014 | 2:59:23 PM
time for pricing AND network improvements
It's good to see Claure acknowledging the need for price drops right away. Hesse always said they couldn't do much with pricing and promotions until they fixed the network, which is true in part, but it really can't afford to wait to change up its pricing. It's a vicious cyle.  
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