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nasimson
nasimson
9/13/2014 | 3:07:32 AM
Sustainable?
This is a win win for Apple and Sprint. IPhone for life is a real innovation. Dollar 20 per month is really affordable. If Sprint successfully executes it and replicates it for iPad then they can really attract Apple fan Base to their network. But this competitive advantage is not sustainable. AT&T, Verizon can copy it very quickly. So Sprint has to see how to make this unique.
SachinEE
SachinEE
9/13/2014 | 2:39:35 PM
Re: Sustainable?
"This is a win win for Apple and Sprint. IPhone for life is a real innovation. Dollar 20 per month is really affordable. If Sprint successfully executes it and replicates it for iPad then they can really attract Apple fan Base to their network. But this competitive advantage is not sustainable. AT&T, Verizon can copy it very quickly. So Sprint has to see how to make this unique."

@nasimson: If it intends to do some business with Apple, then it must price the connections competitively. While people having the iPhone for Life plan seem to benfit much, there isn't really that much of a difference when it comes to lower call rates than lower data rates. The only thing that will appeal to customers is a faster connectivity.
nasimson
nasimson
9/29/2014 | 9:57:35 PM
Re: Sustainable?
> If it intends to do some business with Apple, then it must price the connections
> competitively. While people having the iPhone for Life plan seem to benfit much, there
> isn't really that much of a difference when it comes to lower call rates than lower data
> rates. The only thing that will appeal to customers is a faster connectivity.

 @SachinEE:

With such plans, smarter younger people can use WiFi and apps like fb massenger, skype, facetime, whatsapp, viber to shift their call/text usage from cellular plans to OTT.

On other hand, Sprint has to make money somewhere. Shouldn't it?
pcharles09
pcharles09
9/29/2014 | 11:49:53 PM
Re: Sustainable?
@nasimson,

"Sprint has to make money somewhere. Shouldn't it?"

They 'should' but the right way. By having people that want to pay them for something they offer. Not what they offerred 5yrs ago still hoping for better.
nasimson
nasimson
10/15/2014 | 3:05:48 AM
Re: Sustainable?
> They 'should' but the right way. By having people that want to pay them for
> something they offer. Not what they offerred 5yrs ago still hoping for better.

If you holistically look at it, Telcos have become a utility much like gas and electric. So innovation opportunities are limited. Apart from network speed, little has changed.
pcharles09
pcharles09
10/28/2014 | 8:24:49 PM
Re: Sustainable?
@nasimson,

That's not what I wanted to hear. But it's not too surprising. I guess performance boost every 2-3 yrs is what we should expect.
nasimson
nasimson
10/28/2014 | 9:59:05 PM
Re: Sustainable?
>  That's not what I wanted to hear. But it's not too surprising. I guess performance
> boost every 2-3 yrs is what we should expect.

@pcharles09:

Performance boosts are not innovation. Performance boosts are frequently radical or mostly marginal improvements in very narrow areas like voice quality or broadband speeds.

So with my nearly a decade of experience in the industry, having watched OTT, device manufacturers and telecoms evolved over the years, I am expecting the changes in the listed order. Not much from telecoms. They'll be the first ones to go out of business if metro-level WiFi deployemnts and handover technology evolves.
pcharles09
pcharles09
10/30/2014 | 11:02:17 PM
Re: Sustainable?
@nasimson,

You're right. I mingled improvement with innovation. Not a good thing. But I guess when there's not too much improvement, even a small boost seems to be innovative. It's all about your perspective.
danielcawrey
danielcawrey
9/14/2014 | 2:12:13 PM
Re: Sustainable?
I think that this is a great idea. This is going to make people like me not currently using an iPhone and with a competing carrier a reason to think about switching to Sprint.

I don't think that Sprint's coverage is really good, but I may be able to deal with it in return for paying a lot less per month and always getting a new iPhone. 
MikeP688
MikeP688
9/14/2014 | 8:12:14 PM
Re: Sustainable?
What the new Sprint CEO has done is indeed interesting.   I saw the new plan--and it may well present a revenue stream that has been lacking.   I'd be curious to see what happens next week after the big day (September 19) arrives and we see the numbers from all.    
kq4ym
kq4ym
9/15/2014 | 9:39:07 AM
Re: Sustainable?
Sprint's marketing is indeed interesting and it will be probably a great way to earn some more profits, giving consumers more choice in how to budget their phone costs. But, in many ways it reminds me of marketing mortgages, and automobiles. Giving the customer lots of choices in monthly payment plans, but in the end the "lender" comes out about the same in profit no matter what choice is made.
MikeP688
MikeP688
9/16/2014 | 12:18:50 PM
Re: Sustainable?
It is ever so true that they're not "alturistic" in their motives--that's why the rise of the alternatives such as freedompop (that does use the sprint network), along with Cricket (part of AT&T) and boost (again part of Sprint) that fascinates in trying to see what actually the long-term plan is.     


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