I see a good possibility of a hostile takeover
LOL, they just made all the employees re sign the ethics and non compete forms within the last 2 days. Thats a really sad way to end a persons career. So lets say they tank and start to lay everyone off. Your screwed if you try to apply at another carrier and they find out. I know companies that actually reward people for reporting violators that get hired on at other wireless companies. I wouldn't be surprised if they notified the HR depts of the other wireless companies of the agreements terms.
Translated into what they are really wanting to say in that contract
"WE suck really bad and fail as a business. We hate that you are a good sales rep that stuck this long with such a crap carrier that we are going to throw a roadblock in your carrier for the next 5 years if you ever leave or get laid off as we downsize. You are a very good sales rep and just because of that we dont ever want to see you selling phones for any other carrier because it takes away from the money that we never really made in the first place. So suck it, we have lawyers - Cricket"
These agreements are more about scaring their staff into staying, because Leap is aware that the rats are fleeing the ships. I left Cricket in September and since then my entire staff of 7 has followed suit... It is very expensive to replace good talent and even more expensive when you are experiencing massive turnover, as they are now. You get hit with the cost of recruiting and training new talent as well as the lost productivity as the stores suffer the lowered manpower. Not only that, but more people are encouraged to leave due to the poor working conditions.
Who wants to stay with a company that farms everything out including their own internal IT.
They only care about profits at this point. The sad thing is that they fail to realize that the customer is the first part of making the money. If you burn them they go and take your profits with them. I say let them tank and let the world use them as an example of how NOT to run a wireless company.
BTW, I used to train the local reps and make guides for programming flashed phones but they said it took too much time and they'd rather see me just selling their phones rather than supporting flashed handsets.
As far as training goes you and reddragon are right. Cricket would hire people in Chicago and send them right to the store. Orientation would be a half day class that often occurred 3 months later. Actual classroom training could be as long as a year later. They truly relied on computer based training, but we all know people click through those as quickly as possible so they can get it over with.
The problem is that Crickets high. Speed Internet, at least in Chicago, is about 400Kbps at its best. T-Mobile, again in Chicago, gets around 4.5 Gbps.
Why on earth wouldn't I pay $4.99 more for T-Mobile?
BTW that's T-Mobile contract. I can get unlimited talk and text + 2GB of the same high speed data for $60 on regular T-Mobile prepaid.
The truth of the matter is this. The spectrum shortage is just one big massive fraud being used by wireless companies as an excuse to hike rates. Its also a BS excuse for throttling services when in reality the biggest issue is the wireless companies are using as little of a pipe as possible between the cell site and the switch. I know this and wish some ex switch employee would chime in and provide proof of this.
I work for an ISP that provides services to cricket's cell sites, some of these "so called EVDO" towers only have single T1's and they are usually pegged out on usage and realistically need an OC-1 to handle the traffic they see. Carriers just need to suck it up and buy bigger connection from switch to cell site instead of playing scare tactics like the damned oil companies. This tactic will backfire horribly once the media sees what they are trying to pull.
On a side note, apparently Cricket's been in talks with not only T-Mo and Sprint, but AT&T as well. Sounds like someone trying to desperately find a sucker to dump this company onto.
Ya the AT&T thing was a rumor, but I do see a Sprint pick up cause the board member rejected the buy of MetroPCS, I think they rather focus on LEAP because of what you have spoken about and (+) Leap is nationwide as it is and also have Box Sets ready on a lot of Retail space versus Metro that is only rural and haven't expanded in those areas. In the side note with LEAP bleeding money it will be easier for Sprint to negotiate a better price.
I bet you the stock jumps to around 6.50-7.00 over that rumor sent out by someone on the board trying to boost stock prices and throw people off from whats really going on.
Its just someone on the inside trying to make a quick buck on stocks by reporting hear say to manipulate stock prices.
Now that SIMple Mobile has been bought out and Metro now in talks with T-Mobile, Cricket has very few options as to who can take over it. If Cricket had an LTE network like Metro has started, maybe then they could be a possibility for AT&T or T-Mobile. But with all of the trouble that getting a bunch of CDMA customers to switch to GSM, it would not be worth it. It could be the same nightmare that Sprint Nextel was for a long time.
Sprint's position is clear. They want Boost and Virgin to have a strong 2Q and crush Cricket. They feel that offering the Evo on both will be a game changer for them. Cricket can play games if it wants to, but everyone else is smelling blood in the water and will pick apart Cricket for as little money as possible. I just hope the big wigs that help cause this mess won't get away with golden parachutes while the little guys suffer.
Same deal with the people who I know who actually own their own business, they aren't going to suck it up without making you pay for it. What more kinck knacks? Cool stuff on your product? We can do that.. cha ching!
I bet the local ISP you work for has to pass on any additional costs of utilities to the clients you serve, whether your company decides to upgrade its own bandwidth or your providers raised prices on their own.
Want a super sized SUV? No problem, just pony up the ca$h.
Want more options or bling in your super sized SUV? Pony up the ca$h.
The dealer isn't going to suck it up and give it to you without additional payment.
Under our current economic system, nobody is going suck it up for super sized portions without passing the costs downstream.
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