This is NOT the 1,000,000,000,000,000th Android vs Apple thread. In the future if it gets locked, now you will all now why.
I never get what the point of them are unless one were to pay their phone bill for the year like car insurance.
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The reason why the iPhone and High End Android and other smartphones are now being offered on prepaid is Churn Reduction. The carriers have discovered that by providing Premium Prepaid Phones, subscribers are LESS Likely to switch to another carrier, than subscribers that purchase value priced devices. The primary reason carriers had been reluctant to offer better devices and services for prepaid subscribers had been the very high churn rates from early prepaid paygo users. Sprint seems to have successfully developed a prepaid device and service combination that is providing consistent results while reducing their prepaid churn rate each quarter. Someone investing $250+ on a device is less likely (not unlikely) to move to another carrier. After having paid over $150 per month on average for limited contractual wireless service during the 90's, I find it rather amusing that some complain about $55 Unlimited Everything service plans.
CON-Tracts??? We don't need no stinking contracts!
Gotta love the choices we all have today not just from Sprint's Prepaid Group but all the others who've jumped on board of the prepaid smartphone train. It's not an official done deal but with the outlets who've run the story this far chances are Cricket won't be the only prepaid iPhone out soon.
Seriously Mr, Moderator, I started to lurker these forums in January, and a lot of it had to do with Boost getting better phones. Low and behold, it's June, the Evo V is about to hit everywhere, and there may be iPhones on VMUSA in less than a month. That's absolutely tremendous. Here's hoping a press release shows up some time soon announcing the iPhone, because the prices point being anywhere past 400 bucks, seems like a stretch given that once you get 500 bucks, people draw a line for a device.
I never had to pay a late fee (although I never am late) and I have never seen that penalty stated other than my mortgage. You might be right but if that is true and one can't pay their bill on time I guess they are better off getting service disconnected on prepaid.
Taxes, fees and surcharges vary by State. One who receives a discount can usually mitigate those fees. In the case of 503Ducati the cost is about 7 or 8 dollars a month more to be on postpaid (using unlimited) which is under 200.00 for the 2 year contract. Postpaid clearly wins there factoring in the device subsidy.
You can upgrade your device any time you want on postpaid but you just pay full boat or purchase said device in the secondary market.
You love prepaid, I like them both equally and think each has their own unique benefits depending on the subscribers needs.
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iPhone 4S just showed up in a banner ad on the VMUSA website... that's about as official as it gets!
There's already...a huge thread about this...right below this one :P
$30 per month for an iPhone plan?!?!