how come sprint never does buy one get on free like verizon and tmobile


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  1. Blaznlow

    Blaznlow Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    ive noticed that verizon and tmobile both have their top phones "buy on get on free" . i just wanted to know why sprint NEVER does any deal of this sort.
    just figured i would ask the question cause ive been with sprint for about 6 years now and dont recall any deals of this sort.

    thanks,
     

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  2. Keybeeetsss

    Keybeeetsss Well-Known Member

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    Think about it realistically; what are the 2 least companies out of the bunch? So if & when u need to draw bizness, u have to do as much drawing & advertisement as possible; those promos aren't for customers they have, but they're trying to draw more biz; thatz jus marketing when u need a market...
     
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    Kelmar Done by choice VIP Member

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    Moved to correct forum.
     
  4. Woosh

    Woosh Well-Known Member

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    Umm...Verizon doesn't "need" more business.

    But ya, I was discussing this the other day and fairly shocked they don't do deals like this. Perhaps they don't get as good of deal through relationships with the manufacturers as T-Mo and Verizon does?

    Might come down to the bottom line of what they can realistically charge for these devices without being upside down. For some reason the Epic is more money then what the other 3 charge. So perhaps they order less phones and get less of discount? Then again they might think a keyboard is worth an extra $50 out of their consumers.

    Would rly be a question for the CEO or someone in marketing but that above is the only smart reason I can see them not doing it.
     
  5. AndroidSPCS

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    It's because Verizon's plans are more expensive and thus they can afford to give away a free phone because they'll make it back on the contract and plans.

    For Sprint to do the same they'll have to raise prices.

    Verizon's ETF is also higher at $350, so if you got a free phone and then tried to cancel you'd be out of pocket a lot more money than with Sprint.
     
  6. BenChase7

    BenChase7 VIP Member VIP Member

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    Exactly... Id much rather pay 100 to 200 dollars for a phone up front than be stuck paying an extra 20 to 40 bucks a month with Verizon or (even worce) ATT. Even with VZW giving you a free phone.. they still cost a lot more than Sprint in the long run.
     
  7. Woosh

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    This is true....But T-Mo is cheaper then Sprint and still offer it.

    My guess would be either its what I said above or they just don't feel its worth it to them to put this offer out there. Could be they think their plans will sell themselves.
     
  8. AndroidSPCS

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    T-Mobile's smart phone plans are not cheaper, not when you include unlimited text + web. Plus T-mobile is owned by Deutsche Telecome, which has loads of cash and can afford to burn though money for market share.
     
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    HeadlessPonch Well-Known Member

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    Wasn't Sprint doing a 'buy one Blackberry, get one free' deal a few months ago? Or was that just through wirefly?
     
  10. Woosh

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    They may not be cheaper(Unless you count the non contract plans)but they are equal.

    $79.99 from T-Mo and the same from Sprint for single line.

    $130 from Sprint and $140 from T-Mo for two lines...Generally the bogo are on higher end smartphones from Verizon and T-Mo so if it would be the same from Sprint that would be $140-$150 from Sprint for family plan.

    Also I believe they operate T-Mo USA as a separate business from DT. So while they may have loads of cash over there. This T-Mo is run and operated here.

    Now as to my previous point of them getting a bigger discount because they buy more phones...that may come into factor with them buying more from DT as well.
     
  11. AndroidSPCS

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    I think T-mobile has a 5GB cap, and not 4G (yet), so SPCS is better. Also Sprint's plan gives you full 12 months upgrade pricing on new phones, plus ad hoc gifts like $5 credits, discounts on accessories, etc. So Sprint's overall package is better.

    On T-mobile's side they use GSM, which is more desirable by some, and the phones may be worth a bit more since they can be used on other GSM networks (maybe not full 3G since their frequency differs from other carriers).

    I worked for a company that was under the Deutche XXXX umbrella, so I know how it goes. The Deutsche parent company can provide nice funding since they're pretty cash rich due to unique financial arrangements in Germany.
     
  12. Woosh

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    Well T-Mo doesn't cap but they do throttle speeds. I have heard 5gb and I have heard 10gb so I am not sure which is in fact true.

    As far as the 4G goes...Your right they don't have 4G but they reach 4G speeds and in some or most cases are faster then Sprints network.

    I agree that the yearly upgrade is nice. Idk if T-Mo does or not.

    They def can provide funding but I rly doubt T-Mo is taking a hit by offering the BOGO and I even think Sprint can be in the positive doing so. Anything we say would be speculation anyway since we don't know why they don't offer it. With how good their family plans are you think it would rly help business to do so.
     
  13. Rigmaster

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    We'll see Sprint plans that offer phone leases before BOGO happens with any regularity. A lot of BOGOs are also tied to 1) boosting slumping sales of particular models, 2) clearing inventory on outgoing models - with newer models excluded, or 3) trying to make headway with a phone with murky potential (eg. HD2 at TMo due to WinMo non-upgradeable).

    As for BOGO, the best strategy would be to offer BOGO of buy one smartphone get one feature phone or tablet.

    Also, BOGOs with TMo were great for people who didn't want 2 phones because of it's GSM-Sim card function. You could get an HD2 and sell the second one to make your purchase cost $0. It's a little more complicated to use CDMA phones due to the stronger carrier-control over putting it onto a network through EIN activation.
     

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