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Virgin Mobile USA to Sell the iPhone June 29

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Jellz

Jun 7, 2012, 7:59 AM
That's 'exactly' the full retail pricing Eh?
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sp_5015

Jun 7, 2012, 9:04 AM
Ful retail price should be fine. We need to think of the wireless industry differently. This is the way the industry is going to move eventually. Why should we get our devices through the wireless service provider?

Just like Road Runner or Cable from Time Warner, we don't get our TVs or our Laptops from Time Warner. We get them from a seperate independant entitiy to get these devices. This is the way the wireless industry should be. Handset manufacturers should be independant of the wireless service provider. We'll get there, we are heading in that exact direction. An iphone on Virgin Mobile was UNHEARD of just a couple years ago. Now it's going to be the norm.
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Rich Brome

Jun 7, 2012, 10:24 AM
Not as long as marketing exists.

There will always be people who will prefer to pay less up front, even if it means paying more over two years. Therefore the subsidy model will never go away unless it's outlawed (which I don't see happening any time soon.)
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ThrustinJ

Jun 7, 2012, 10:26 AM
If they ever got the notion to let people pay off their phones over the course of three months or more included in their bill, their business would explode.
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Rich Brome

Jun 7, 2012, 10:28 AM
That's a wonderfully consumer-friendly idea. But it would also make the subsidy too transparent, killing profits. It would also lower ARPU, with investors would hate.
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Jayshmay

Jun 7, 2012, 1:56 PM
Ohhh!!! Youbusedbthe phrase "consumer-friendly"
That's taboo! That doesn't exist.
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yourvoiceofreason

Jun 7, 2012, 10:52 AM
Well, doesn't T-Mobile already do this on their Value Plans when buying in corporate stores?
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sp_5015

Jun 7, 2012, 10:28 AM
I do agree that it won't happen anytime soon. But it is going to happen. This same gouging has happened in the telecom industry in the past, and it was stopped and regulated...and we know that history seems to repeat itself...especially when the big dogs (companies like AT&T and Verizon) are gouging customers just because they can.
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muchdrama

Jun 7, 2012, 9:20 PM
Rich Brome said:
Not as long as marketing exists.

There will always be people who will prefer to pay less up front, even if it means paying more over two years. Therefore the subsidy model will never go away unless it's outlawed (which I don't see happening any time soon.)


I don't even know if I'd call it a 'preference' as much as a 'necessity' in this case--in this economic climate, how many people can fork over $600-something for an iPhone?
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daxdcagain

Jun 9, 2012, 8:59 AM
I don't know why alot of members of this board seem to think that there are throngs of people willing to pay retail price for a device just so they don't have a contract. Those individuals that are willing represent a very small minority in the real US.

The average person is NOT paying $350.00 or more for a device.

Are you willing to spend retail price on an i-phone for a student in college or your 16 old who wants one?
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dlmjr

Jun 7, 2012, 1:12 PM
Jellz said:
That's 'exactly' the full retail pricing Eh?


And Leap/Cricket announced $399 for the iPhone 4 and $499 for the 4s.

$150 less per phone.

Sprint may bleed prepaid cust to Cricket in the near future.

Admittedly, Sprint/Virgin has a larger native footprint, but if you don't need national coverage and want an iPhone without a contract, $150 less is a good incentive to change carriers.
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tgc1980

Jun 11, 2012, 9:54 AM
It may be cheaper with Cricket, but Virgin Mobile's service will be better.
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dlmjr

Jun 11, 2012, 10:47 AM
most prepaid who aren't seeking a national carrier won't care
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