iphone for sprint

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  1. shantytownbrown

    shantytownbrown Well-Known Member

    I see this everywhere...as a reason sprint should not get the iPhone

    but answer me this, (as i am by no means a biz/marketing/pricing expert) but WHY would simply adding the iPhone force a carrier(eg Sprint) into changing their pricing structure?

    Sprint has plenty of internet capable phones/smartphones already, so why would one extra smartphone cause the disappearance of the unlimited pricing structure that is in place now?? what is it about the iphone that would make users utilize more bandwidth per day than they already do on there EVO/Galaxy or {insert your favorite smartphone here}

    I am not trying to be sarcastic, i just want to understand...


  2. evolution3d

    evolution3d Well-Known Member

    Simple answer: Because Apple wants total control over every device they put on the market including pricing structure. Apple went to Verizon with the original iPhone first, but Verizon turned them down because they didn't like the control Apple wanted to have over their customers, so Apple went to AT&T. This is not good for the consumer and the more people that support the iFail, the more control over the entire market it will have.

    If you ask me anyone who buys the iFail is ******ed. Not only are you supporting an over-bearing and controlling company, but the device's hardware and OS is behind in technology compared to other devices anyways....
  3. shantytownbrown

    shantytownbrown Well-Known Member

    ok...but...why would apple want to limit the use of their device? or control the pricing structure or the carriers, what do they get out of it (other than control)...

    from apple marketing...here is a "great" device, stream movies, be active with social media, share stuff, post on the net, talk on the phone (some at the same time as you surf) but only a little bit...huh?

    seems that limiting device use would benefit the carrier, not the manufacutrer of the device...

    please clarify...

    ..a little off subject, no? lets not go there right now...stick to the question at hand please(tone: polite)
  4. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member


    apple knows that they have a particular large loyal market.... who will buy what ever Steve says or puts out.

    this market is willing to pay higher prices for hardware and service.. even when there are issues (ie.. antenagate and att service)

    so.. carriers would take a lower margin of return to keep that market on their side. that is how apple controls the carriers.. why the carriers put up with apple demands.
  5. shantytownbrown

    shantytownbrown Well-Known Member

    all fine, but still doesnt answer why apple would want to limit the use of their device, as the answer to why having the iPhone would force sprint to stop unlimited service..

    still confused
  6. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    as all things that do with fashion... limiting creates want and desire.
  7. shantytownbrown

    shantytownbrown Well-Known Member

    limiting the product, not what the product can do, creates want and desire...limiting what it can do, or how much you can do with it, creates frustration, not desire...

    so a fashion designer creates a one of a kind dress, puts it on a famous actress, every woman wants it, they make 500 repro's, price is sky high..it sells, but it comes with a contract that says you can only wear it for the first hour of your evening out...

    thats how i am understanding what you are saying..maybe i am just missing some neurons(???)

    so...still confused (tone=jokingly sarcastic, still polite)
  8. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    We must be talking about two different things...

    I was talking about limiting access to the product to purchase ..
    Not limiting product function (walled garden)
  9. shantytownbrown

    shantytownbrown Well-Known Member

    my original question was in response to hearing (essentially this statement:) over and over.. "if sprint gets the iPhone, say good-bye to unlimited access plans..."

    why would getting the iPhone cause Sprint (or any carrier for that matter) to end unlimited service plans...
  10. rambo47

    rambo47 Well-Known Member

    Network congestion. They're basing that assumption that Sprint would kill unlimited data based on the hit AT&T's network took when the iPhone launched. That was crazy bad, yo.
  11. shantytownbrown

    shantytownbrown Well-Known Member

    thats a reasonable explanation

    but would there be that big of a shift of users to Sprint??
    I guess Sprint would woo non iphone users to switch or current iphone users on other carriers only by offering unlimited plans...why else would they leave?

    and most Android users already on sprint would a> not likely switch, given what i read on here and b>if they did switch, not sure they'd use an iPhone any more than they do their EVO/Galaxy etc...
  12. evolution3d

    evolution3d Well-Known Member

    It's really Apple's desire to impose limitations on consumers as they have done for the last 30 years. Dan330 pretty much hit the nail right on the head.
  13. itswaycool

    itswaycool Active Member

    I don't think Sprint will limit data usage as this is one of their few competitive advantages along with the monthly plan pricing. I think people use as much data with androids as they would with an iPhone. Apple forces carriers to give up more up front than other carriers when the iPhone is sold, and this is why Sprint waited so long. Sprint is getting hammered on subsidies as noted in their Q2 results. You may see sprint have a higher equipment price, but keep unlimited data the same. I may stay with Android unless the Sprint iPhone is a world phone (I think it will be CDMA only).
  14. AndroidSPCS

    AndroidSPCS Well-Known Member

    I bet if Sprint does get the iPhone, you will see unlimited data (for the iPhone at least) go away because Sprint will figure that people will still buy the iPhone and more expensive plans on Sprint because they will still be cheaper than the other carriers.

    Sprint figures people are willing to pay a premium for the iPhone, therefore will pay more for their plan too.

    I have used iPhone / iPad 2, am not impressed at all. I was very impressed in 2007 / 2008. It is now 2011 and Apple has basically stood still on their technology in 4 years. The woeful notification system is finally being addressed in iOS 5...woohoo.

    Android has leapfrogged over iPhone / iOS in technology / innovation, and delivers so much more for the value.

    Maybe in 2009 and even early 2010 you could make the argument iPhone was better, but it's late 2011 now and there is no way anyone can argue the iPhone is better, at least not with a straight face.

    There are still people who repeat the same tired arguments about iOS / iPhone from 2008/2009, but that time is quickly passing as more and more people are exposed to the superior technology that Android is.

    Posted as an unbiased user of both Android and iOS devices, over many generations of both mobile platforms. I am no fanboy of either Android or iOS, but a fanboy of technology benefitting consumers. Right now Apple is not the consumer's friend.
  15. K4KAI

    K4KAI Well-Known Member

    I am an ex-Sprint customer, left Sprint when the Verizon iPhone 4 came out. While I really liked the Market Apps, I (my opinion) prefer the Apple APP Store over the ones available in Market. The only down side is that, except in rare instances, Apple's App Store won't refund your money.

    The battery life on my 16GB iPhone was much better than the stock battery in my Sprint EVO 4G. The overall system on my iPhone seems more stable, and the iTunes interface provides excellent backup, should my phone die and I have to replace it.

    Even though I prefer the iPhone, I have to admit that I sometimes miss using the EVO (or other Android) phone. I recently picked up the Verizon version of the LG Optimus S for less than $100, and now, using Verizon's web site, I can switch which phone is "active" on my account in the matter of a few seconds, no charge, no hassel, no human interface. Now, I have the best of both worlds...
  16. itswaycool

    itswaycool Active Member

    Yep, battery life is certainly a big advantage for the iPhone. I think you will see the android manufacturers focus on battery life. They have made some good improvements in this years lineup from reviews i have seen of the EVO3d and Photon. Being able to carry a spare battery evens the playing field somewhat.

    I noticed recently that Sprint also allows you to switch devices through the web, but I'm not sure how that works between platforms with some of the SOCS being different for blackberry etc. I've never tried it.
  17. BenChase7

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  18. evolution3d

    evolution3d Well-Known Member

  19. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    well.. seeing as android is eating more and more market share....

    apple has to try to make it more easy for potential customers on more carriers..
    this is them... try to keep up with android growth... bend or break
  20. Dreamliner

    Dreamliner Well-Known Member

    I cant wait. Android is so buggy, laggy and unpolished; the iPhone cant get to sprint soon enough.
  21. zanza

    zanza Well-Known Member

    say hello to $20 spiked smartphone plan rates (probably across the board)
  22. evolution3d

    evolution3d Well-Known Member

    My EVO 3D isn't buggy, laggy or unpolished feeling, nor was my Droid X before it. Enjoy your brand new phone that is already almost 2 years behind the curve.

    Yes.. unfortunately.
  23. BenChase7

    BenChase7 VIP Member VIP Member

    Don't shoot the messenger. LOL
  24. Dreamliner

    Dreamliner Well-Known Member

    It is. When it takes time to load from the SD card, when the animation glitches, when the battery dies by 3pm...when the '3D' makes you want to punch yourself in the face, when it lags pulling up an application, when it lags pulling up emails, etc.

    I have Android now, and I do enjoy some features, its just not a polished/finished product.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: Android has more functionality, but the iPhone performs its feature-set with unparalleled quality.

    Then, there is the apps. The QUALITY of apps for iPhone are so much better...facebook, for example.
  25. rivera02

    rivera02 Well-Known Member

    Honestly, I hope there is a different pricing structure for iPhone users. If sprint kept unlimited data for everybody, it would put the nail in the coffin on their data network in my area, which has been horrendous over the past six months.

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