Sprint Taking 'Wait-and-See' Approach to Phone Financing
what I took out of this is....
Until the FCC puts up the nationwide WiFi network they keep talking about, that has the US wireless carriers and cable/broadband companies pooping bricks
T Bone said:
I think carriers are just sick and tired of getting screwed over by customers who get a steep discount on a device, then cancel service a couple months later and take the device to another carrier....
Except on Sprint and Verizon, there are major limitations to doing that. Who are you going to go to? MetroPCS? A lot of phones Sprint and Verizon sell arent even programmable to be used on MetroPCS, BlackBerry for instance, many Android devices, and once you do that, the retail value of the device goes down majorly if you ever want to resell it and make money. The average person isnt doing that. Only ghetto people do that, and lets face it, they belong on prepaid anyway, and cant even get contr...
This would be the best thing that could happen to the industry.
Pretty much the only basis on which to compete right now is 'we are advanced than everyone else', but making sure they actually are the most advanced means they are going to have to spend more on on R&D....but if it takes more money to build a handset, the handset isn't going to cost less...same thing with the networks, upgrading networks to LTE is not cheap, prices aren't going to go down when they are spending more money converting and upgrading the network...
Would this even work? The 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands are unlicensed, if they set up a powerful nationwide wifi network, there will be HUGE interference issues. I'd really, really be interested on hearing what, if anything, they can do about that.
My router lists all available channels in it's setup, and it lists all of the non-overlap channels as well. Last time I checked, there were TWO channels that had no overlap.
They would need to either GREATLY increase the spectrum provided to wifi, or create a new unlicenced band, which wont happen.
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