ESPN Mobile has lowered the price of the MVP (Sanyo 9000) handset to $99. This is down from the $499 price the MVNO launched it with in February. In addition, the phone is now being advertised as available "while supplies last." It is rumored that a new handset will be available as early as June. Other new models are expected later in the year. ESPN's plan prices remain the same, from $35 a month for 100 minutes to $225 per month for 4000. All plans include 35 MB of data for access to Mobile ESPN and other online features.
I pay enough for the cable in my house, I'm not paying extra to have access to ESPN on my phone as well. While I do agree there is definitly a niche for this market, I think they were putting themselves out of the range of most consumers with the price of the MVP. However, theyre still out of the range given the price of thier plans..they're absurd. Has anyone checked them out? Oh and handset insurance? $9 a month.
I would LOVE to get the ESPN service, BUT i cant justify the prices. I see they lowered the price down to $99, BUT the actual phone prices in my mind are WAY to expensive. If I could carry the plan i had on Sprint to this phone, I would do it.
What is interesting is, is that Sanyo charged Sprint $495 when the 9000 (different color MVP) came out! Sprint could only "sell" them for $379 plus discounts. Sanyo basicly raped them since it was the first EVDO phone they made. Sounds like ESPN go th... (continues)