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Sprint: Families That Switch Get $400 Credit

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navydave

Feb 5, 2013, 10:35 PM
Somehow it seems kind of pitiful to have to pay someone to try your service. Whats next a free puppy with a iPhone?
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T Bone

Feb 5, 2013, 11:04 PM
I agree, paying people to switch smacks of desperation....it's like when credit cards and auto dealerships started offering 'cash back'....seriously...if you need need cash, wouldn't it be better NOT to buy a new car in the first place?
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WhySoBluePandaBear

Feb 6, 2013, 1:30 AM
I wanted to be civil, but really, you both are idiots.


The only way to gain new subscribers is by converting them from their current carriers - which so happens to be very difficult given the fact that contracts, among costs make it an expensive switch.

Giving someone a credit to obtain devices is a hell of a deal - especially if you were thinking about making the switch.

Pretty much EVERYONE in this country has a cell phone, so where else do you exactly expect Sprint to obtain new subscribers? Hang out at elementary schools and convince parents to get their kids a phone?


I fail to see how this is a bad thing - acting like you're too good for a credit like this. As if......as if.....
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T Bone

Feb 6, 2013, 2:05 AM
It's more the fact that they have to resort to a cheap stunt like this just to get people to pay them attention.....

I mean...back in 2009-2910 when the last of the old Allltell markets were waiting to be transitioned over to at&t, they were still running ads trying to bring in new customers (I assume probably because more customers = higher capitalization and that could justify bumping up the price of the sale), they ran ads saying that if you switched from another carrier Alltell would pay your ETF AND give you $100 credit towards your first bill.....I was already with at&t and knew that if I switched to Alltell all that would happen is that within 6 months I would right back with at&t,,,,,,I came so close to making the jump just to get...
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WhySoBluePandaBear

Feb 6, 2013, 4:33 AM
You're right, they should make new customers pay full price for phones - that'll strike confidence in them and make them feel like Sprint is strong.


OR


They could offer a $400 credit to make switching seem like a better idea, since most Americans are fat, lazy slobs who can't be bothered with trying to save money every month, because frankly, it's too much of a "hassle" - they'd rather be eating McDonalds and watching TV.

Seriously, most people are really too lazy to switch, or don't want to incur the short term costs.


And I believe the term is "Investing". They're investing in new customers by giving them an initial credit. Hardly desperate - rather stating they're looking for ways to steal more customers.


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dlmjr

Feb 6, 2013, 8:55 AM
Actually they might try getting new customers by offering better coverage and good plan prices.

"I'll pay you $400 to be a customer" reeks of desperation.
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Haggard

Feb 6, 2013, 9:13 AM
While killing off their iDEN network and doing network revisions that have pretty much crippled the network. I suppose that $400 will suffice until they get their network working properly again.
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T Bone

Feb 6, 2013, 11:17 AM
It's just not a good long term policy to increase the costs on the carrier for signing up a new customer.....

As for how to attract customers from other carriers, the old fashioned way: offering a superior product...they should focus on building their network and improving customer service...that is what will attract customers.
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KOL4420

Feb 6, 2013, 2:37 PM
I just have to shed some light, this is indeed a marketing strategy. Sprint and all carriers have been doing it since cell phone service became a requirement to American's Nationwide. It has nothing to do with desperation, I mean when you go into a store and see a "Sale" sign does that mean the store is going out of business? No... Please revise your very ignorant comments and do some research first.

As for the upgrades to the network, what do you know about it? How did it cripple the coverage? Where are you getting your information from?

To me it sounds like you dont even know what you are talking about, and I dont want to be rude or anything I just have to shed some light on this matter to help better understand what Vision Network ...
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T Bone

Feb 6, 2013, 4:42 PM
You argue that giving somebody a check for $400 for signing up with new service isn't going to increase the cost that the carrier bears when signing up new customers and call me 'ignorant'...

Okay...please explain how giving someone $400 is not more expensive than NOT giving them $400....
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WhySoBluePandaBear

Feb 7, 2013, 7:01 AM
Every major carrier takes an initial hit on phones - we choose to not follow the trend every other country in the world (for the most part) uses. We subsidize phones.


If Sprint can steal customers by subsidizing slightly more up front, but make it up on the back end and retain more customers, they're going to EASILY make that money up.

It like said, is a simple investment.


3 lines at Sprint will run you about $180. As you can see, it won't take long for them to make up that, plus the phone prices they subsidized.
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dlmjr

Feb 7, 2013, 3:24 PM
KOL4420 said:
........No... Please revise your very ignorant comments and do some research first.

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I dont want to be rude ....


I mean its common sense, I didnt see all of you last year when Sprint offered the same type of port in service promotions. They are doing a heck of a job converting customers and upgrading their Large network to provide a better overall experience to all customers not just major metropolitan areas like most of the other carriers focus on.

Again, I am not here to pick favorite carriers or to be rude. I am simply shedding some light on a this topic. Happens every year, every carrier does it, has nothing to do with "being desperate". If you are going to talk down on a carrier
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Haggard

Feb 6, 2013, 9:11 AM
to hear customers complain that they didn't receive the credit because someone in store messed up!
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kyle_uff99

Feb 7, 2013, 1:23 PM
Maybe if you all knew what the hell you were talking about then you would know that it is a instore credit to pay for the phones. Credit goes directly on the sale to use that day you port over. tards
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Ashke13

Feb 7, 2013, 4:57 PM
Or like the last promo Sprint had for port in credits.....yes some stores may have messed up but it's also the idiot customers who are too damn lazy to read the part where they need to oh I don't know maybe UNDERSTAND what it is exactly that they are getting. Customers are lazy and expect to be given what they want when they want it without any responsibility of their own......everyone is quick to jump down Sprint's throat whenever they do something, but fail to jump on the other carriers when they do the same thing. You don't like Sprint fine stop your bitching and look at the crap the other carriers are doing behind theor customers backs.
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