Sprint kills 2-year contracts for smartphones
Sprint has gone through with its plans to 2-year contracts for smartphones, according to an internal document sent to us by an anonymous tipster. According to the document below, customers activating a new account with Sprint will no longer have the option of subsidizing their smartphone purchase with a 2-year agreement. Tablets, apparently, are still able to be purchased on such an agreement.
The move to ditch 2-year contracts for smartphone purchases now comes close to the timeline Sprint announced in August, when it said it would do so by the end of 2015. By doing away with 2-year contracts, Sprint is catching up with Verizon and T-Mobile, who have also made similar moves, along with AT&T, which confirmed plans to do the same starting January 8.
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or 3.245 times the manufacturing cost. Warranty is crap as they always are so I hate dealing with warranties regardless. Meaning it's BS.
Then there is distribution... UM like hell we need amazon and other sellers doing that. Also advertising? Advertising is useless after a certain extent. IMO they over spend on advertising, as it acts like a logarithm and tapers off. More you advertise less bang per buck in the long run. It's about balance and optimizing it would be best. Then there is supply and demand idiots keep wanting to spend 600-800 dollars on each phone when they aren't worth that much if any. flagships should come down to 400-500 range already as they need to get off their high horse IMO.
The phone's are not made with diamonds or gold. Also heck diamonds are overpriced rocks imo but women love them because of marketing. ahem the pet rock.
I hope project ara comes out soon as that is the only thing really exciting in the phone industry right now. Google innovates but their design needs work.
TODAY Apple DOES NOT INNOVATE, they are a design company that takes other people's ideas and innovation and makes it look appealing mostly. Same with Samsung and other phone companies.
$40 SERO 500P (perma waived $10 Premium data add-on, so $40 a month + tax) Plan is unlimited data, text, and Mobile to Mobile. 500 minutes for landline calls with Night & weekends 6pm-6am
-monthly average of 11gigs of data use New Note 7 is $350 on 2yr upgrade. (Full Retail is $850)
(It is cheaper to buy a new Note 7 at $350 with $500 savings and $40 a month plan than any other current Sprint offering) In fact it is cheaper to even pay the early termination fee of $350 and still be cheaper than Sprint easy Pay or buying Note 7 outright. I find it hard to believe that I would be better suited on a newer non-subsidized plan. Maybe I am missing something in the math.
My current unlimited family plan with 3 lines and corp discount puts me at $215 with taxes.
$250X3 initial cost ($750) 24 months @ $215 = ($5160) TOTAL = $5910......
New lease program with 3 Samsung S6s $300X24 = $7200 TOTAL (ooppss add the $180 activation fee)
I don't know what new math you folks are using BUT ------------ I'm not changing anything.
4 phones $200 each (800/24=33)+
$200/month= $233 month phone&plan.
I 'shop' it out every so often,
Haven't found anything better yet?
Gonna be hard to beat. Posted via the Android Central App
2. The crazy insistence of using that car delivery model which is effectively eating funds and a big misuse of my premium data fee, which made no immediate improvement to the network since it was forced on
3. The removal of 2yr subsidy In my thinking, it was a totally wrong move to take away 2yr subsidies from Grandfathered plans that, BY CONTRACT, work off that model and provide me unlimited data. I was hoping they wouldnt take it away from grandfathered plans. They con'd folks into effectively paying extra even after contract terms had been met. They refused to lower the pricings of their grandfathered plans even after numerous websites had called out this practice as unneccessary and gross outright double dipping between all Carriers (only one that Listened was T-MO). They progressed into new unlimited my-way plans and Tiered plans effectively increasing the pricing structures past the double dip pricing of grandfathered plans and then say it was cheaper in the long run, to add insult. My logic was ur increasing prices your reaping the benefits, WE ARE NOW SEEING improvement 5 years after initial release of the Evo 4G and the bogging down of network speed shortly after, and ur stating removal of 2yr subsidies? at least throw a thank you to the Grandfathered folks who put up with your speeds and failure to prioritize whether you wanted to improve 3G, Wimax or LTE and the HEAVY delay in improvements that caused, by removing that $10 dollar premium data fee if your going to take away the subsidy model. That would easily shave 120 dollars a year from Grandfathered plan and their bills and be a great service towards maintaining your customers in the long run. I dont know, my thought was if your taking away something thats a money saver in the long run and beneficial from a "unlimited" standpoint, at least take away the damn $10 premium data fee because we are going to have to shell out dough for a new device on those payment plans, especially folks who have no discount on service.