Is Sprint Too Late to the iPhone Party?

In the following video, Brenton and Austin discuss mobile telecommunications player Sprint, and its standing beside the two U.S. mobile giants, AT&T and Verizon. The company reported a solid quarter recently, posting record low customer churn and strong gains in average revenue per customer. However, with the impending release of the next-generation iPhone, Sprint's 4G network remains far behind its rivals'. The new iPad doesn't work on its existing network, and with 4G LTE compatibility a key selling point for the iPhone, Sprint has a lot of catching up to do to compete for Apple fans.

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  • Report this Comment On August 06, 2012, at 9:36 PM, LowellUkulele wrote:

    Consumers are finally noticing that AT&T and Verizon = The Most Expensive Wireless Plans in America. For the post-paid customer, the fact remains that Sprint is the only U.S. carrier to offer them the iPhone experience with unlimited data plans starting at $79.99 per month. Plus, Verizon now charges its customers $30 to upgrade to a new phone when they renew. AT&T charges $36. But Sprint only charges $18. An investment writer recently summed it up best: “Sprint offers the best value proposition for a new smartphone user. I got my first smartphone on Sprint because a new AT&T or Verizon data plan is outrageous. My Sprint plan includes 450 afternoon mobile-to-landline minutes, unlimited other minutes, and unlimited texting and data for $79.99. Unlimited AT&T or Verizon plans would approach $150, and to get a comparably-priced package, I'd have to settle on limited data or texting plans, which I'd have to constantly try to not blow through. Why get a smartphone if you can't have fun using it?” Sprint also placed first in the industry in customer satisfaction, according to results from the 2011 and 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index.

  • Report this Comment On August 06, 2012, at 11:06 PM, Aryabod wrote:

    According to my channel checks Sprint is already three months ahead of schedule in deploying FDD LTE 4G and should have most of the major markets covered by year end. VZ most definately is far ahead of both ATT and Sprint, but to say that Sprint is far behind ATT is misleading. By the end of Q4 2012 Sprint will only be slightly behind ATT in their LTE deployment, however by the middle of 2013 Sprint will have capacity advantages once Clearwire launches its faster TDD LTE 4G (LTE Advanced).

    As of today Sprint is scheduled to have 125 million POPs of FDD LTE 4G launched by year end. For those of you who think the iPhone will be launched before October of this year I am sorry to spoil your party but there is no way it will be released before October of this year.

    Sprint is expected to launch LTE in numerous major metro areas in September.

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