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Sprint CEO: We Want to Be the Good Guys

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DvMthwsBnd

Aug 8, 2012, 8:31 PM
I think its comical that people actually think Sprint will be able sustain unlimited data plans. Just like with their mobile broadband services, they will go tired. Spectrum deficiency isn't just a Verizon or AT&T problem. When AT&T first switched away from unlimited plans, Verizon marketed the fact they still offered it..... Sprint is doing the same and will eventually move to tiered plans, specially if their "good guy" approach works.
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T Bone

Aug 9, 2012, 2:01 PM
Unlimited plans in general cannot be sustained over the long term because they are a promise that no one can keep, wireless bandwidth is a finite resource, you can't promise someone unlimited usage of a finite resource.
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gloopey1

Aug 9, 2012, 6:57 PM
T Bone said:
Unlimited plans in general cannot be sustained over the long term because they are a promise that no one can keep, wireless bandwidth is a finite resource, you can't promise someone unlimited usage of a finite resource.

If that were true, phone companies would also be unable to offer unlimited minutes or unlimited texting. All resources are finite, it's all in how they're allocated and managed.

Verizon and at&t can't offer unlimited data because both have nearly 100 million subscribers all competing for the same network. That's why smaller companies can sometimes offer better things via a "shorter line" to the checkout.
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T Bone

Aug 9, 2012, 8:51 PM
"If that were true, phone companies would also be unable to offer unlimited minutes or unlimited texting"

If you read your contract you'll see that those aren't really 'unlimited' either....however calls and texts don't use up a lot of network resources so they're not worried about it, and they set the caps on calling and texting so ludicrously high that probably no one can reach them.....you'd have to be on the phone for days without stopping before the network was really harmed by your usage....data is a little bigger problem...data actually does consume large amounts of network resources.

'Unlimited' really just means 'the cap is really high so you don't need to worry about it', it doesn't actually mean 'no cap'.
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Jarahawk

Aug 10, 2012, 7:05 PM
Verizon and AT&T CAN offer Unlimited Data...it's just more profitable not to do so. I don't blame them for changing but I do find it disingenuous to act as though they are spectrum starved. Tell me in one breath that most customers don't even use 2GB but in the next act as though ALL of your customers are blowing the doors off with their data usage. Nope. That dog won't hunt.
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Joshmo

Aug 11, 2012, 8:23 AM
Jarahawk said:
Verizon and AT&T CAN offer Unlimited Data...it's just more profitable not to do so. I don't blame them for changing but I do find it disingenuous to act as though they are spectrum starved. Tell me in one breath that most customers don't even use 2GB but in the next act as though ALL of your customers are blowing the doors off with their data usage. Nope. That dog won't hunt.


I don't recall them saying that everyone is blowing the door off useage. Just guys like you, ruining it for everyone.

Also "that dog wont hunt"....really man?....really?
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Jarahawk

Aug 12, 2012, 10:43 PM
Yes. Really. You can get your panties all in a bunch because those liars are exposed all you want. I'm not getting much use out of unlimited data on my lady's iphone or my rezound...but I'll hold onto it all the same. Shammo said LTE would see data usage increase enough to make Shared Data profitable for Big Red. I haven't seen it yet but I'll make sure when it does happen that I am on the right data plan.
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