I imagine the price increase might have had to do with inflation too...no? Not really? Well whatever the case, it's pretty clear that was VM's intent... increase overall revenue by feigning a "refresh."
At this moment in time I would be more concerned with a potential T-Mobile bankruptcy, their postpaid subscribers are almost non-existant and they are not showing any improvement on that valuable segment.
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Operating without a contract makes you far more valuable.
Sprint may be a lot of things, but bankrupt isn't one of them. Very misleading post title.
Of course it's possible down the road, Sprint still hasn't managed to turn this sinking ship around yet and IMO we need to start at the top - get rid of Dan Hesse. He's lost millions of customers as it is and as he's already got a golden parachute out, he's set for life. Bring in a young new face with fresh ideas.
VM is $35 don't know why people are still saying its $25. For $10 more than VM's cheapest plan you can get on board with Straight Talk on an iphone or any other GSM device and get unlimited minutes, text, and data. Virgin mobile is no longer the 'value' carrier they once were.
It might be a far stretch, but even if Sprint did start to go bankrupt I imagine the government might step in. Seeing as the DOJ stopped the AT&T-mobile merger, they might pour a couple billion into a business that's all-American, unlike a shifty European company like TMo.
This is a joke. I'm just mad 'cuz T-Mobile isn't available in my area.
Nah... No BK. Probably just pay a little more attention if your a pay as you goer. Think their infrastructure and customers have a lot of value even if they do a bk reorg. If I had to bet bought out in a year or 2. Lack of real 4g for fruit fone five (I like the way it sounds) has a lot of analysts worried about future. Seems like analyst fear mongering pump and dump. This industry is so competitive, fluid and dynamic with some interesting hiccups. They will cut deals for spectrum, figure out a way to finance proprietary infrastructure or get bought out. IMHO.
Interesting article... I think that for the average consumer; Sprint's network has more than enough juice. Fruit fone five's release will be fascinating to watch...
if interested... great article
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And you can forget about T-Mobile showing any generosity, either. Most of us do remember how awful their prepaid offerings used to be.
Comparing Virgin to Straight Talk is like comparing it to... Itself, though isn't it? Seeing as they were imposing some goofy data caps too...unless I'm thinking about Net10's Sprint-based devices...
Inquired about buying demo phones from the Phone Kiosk manager (they don't do it) and asked how their straight talk products were doing... They were doing well, but Walmart intentionally does not service BYOD customers in need of help; they will be told to leave and call customer service. Accordingly sims for n10 and st will likely never be retailed in the big box. Perhaps an niche for indie shop owners or if you have the mind just log in here.
In that case Virgin really does have one up on the competition: they aren't sold through America Mobil and friends Although a downside is they (well, Sprint) have allowed America Movil to sell their service...
And that's how they overextended themselves in the first place.
Spread all those users out over limited towers and suddenly congestion and horrible service.