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AT&T Alters Pricing In Wake of Verizon Announcement

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Plans are still non-competitive

Mark_S

Jan 15, 2010, 10:59 PM
T-Mobile USA is the only one that beats them all in the post-paid world.....period Shocked
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Menno

Jan 15, 2010, 11:59 PM
Tmobile also is half the size and can lose customers at the end of a quarter.

ATT doesn't need to compete with them on price until they are competing for the same customers
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Jayshmay

Jan 16, 2010, 1:02 AM
What did you mean by Tmo can lose customers at the end of a quarter? Can't any, and all carriers lose customers at the end of a quarter?

And with reguards to coverage, I think for the most part people think locally, and regionally, more so than nationally when it comes to coverage.
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Menno

Jan 16, 2010, 1:11 AM
what I mean is that they're not constantly growing every quarter. Verizon and ATT will ignore them until they start posting serious numbers, especially for smartphone users
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Jayshmay

Jan 16, 2010, 1:17 AM
Oh, I get what your saying. Well, they've grown quite a bit in the past 2yrs. But I get what your saying, they aren't putting up huge numbers. Well, it seems like the U.S. market has reached saturation, so probably the only way for Tmo to gain substantial customers would be for the other carriers to lose customers. Either that or a huge boom in employement in this country for more, and more people to afford wireless bills.
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Versed

Jan 16, 2010, 5:20 PM
Menno said:
Tmobile also is half the size and can lose customers at the end of a quarter.

ATT doesn't need to compete with them on price until they are competing for the same customers


You can say this over and over, and they won't understand, fine if TMO works for you, then use them. I prefer AT&T and with a corp. discount, the price difference between the two, makes AT&T a little cheaper.
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Menno

Jan 16, 2010, 6:14 PM
exactly. my families plan has 5 phones, three of which are smartphones. We have unlimited texts and 1400 minutes. If we went to ANY other carrier, we would need unlimited minutes since a majority of who we talk to is on verizon.

You go with the company that works the best for you.

But people need to understand that unless Tmobile or Sprint start adding high value (read: Data) customers hand over fist, the other two networks will ignore what they're doing. Voice only customers are not what either company wants.
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Versed

Jan 16, 2010, 7:53 PM
BTW, this works in others businesses, my sister works for one of the two major soft drinks companies. And they don't care at all about competing except for each other.
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donjonson410

Jan 17, 2010, 4:51 PM
IF you switched to sprint you wouldn't need unlimited. Any mobile any time, its the best.
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Azeron

Jan 17, 2010, 5:09 PM
I don't want Any Mobile. My Google number does not count as a mobile number. Come on Sprint...DO BETTER! Offer an Unlimited Talk for $50 or at least $60 or lower Simply Everything.
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Menno

Jan 17, 2010, 6:25 PM
Yes, I would. You want to know why? because 80% of my calls would be placed roaming on verizons network (which means sprint would boot me anyway) and any mobile does not work while roaming
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Azeron

Jan 17, 2010, 6:42 PM
I need to be able to call my Google number so Any Mobile won't work for me. They need to offer a $49.99 or $59.99 Unlimited Talk plan in response to VZW/AT&T.
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Menno

Jan 17, 2010, 7:38 PM
but why do that when they offer everything together?

It's like when they got the "simply everything plan" how many people you think upgraded their plan (paid more money) to have unlimited?
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Azeron

Jan 17, 2010, 7:51 PM
Simply Everything was a reaction to Verizon's $99.99 Unlimited offering. Compared to VZW, AT&T T-Mobile's Unlimited voice plans it was like a topper. Now that everyone has lowered their Unlimited offerings, Simply Everything is NOT as attractive. Either lower the price for it or offer a cheaper Unlimited Voice and a cheaper Unlimited Voice and Messaging plan.
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Menno

Jan 17, 2010, 8:00 PM
besides that a lot of sprints phones require an "everything" data pack anymore.

I think sprint needs to stop trying to be the "cheapest" guys on the block and stick with the :most for your money"
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Azeron

Jan 17, 2010, 8:16 PM
Hmmmm...I want them to be the "cheapest". I'm going to switch one day.
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Menno

Jan 17, 2010, 9:25 PM
have you seen their balance sheet? they can't keep being the cheapest.
http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bs?s=s&annual »

net income last year (in thousands)
($2,796,000)
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Slammer

Jan 18, 2010, 12:54 PM
I agree, but t's going to be hard to do. Many VZW reps already claim to potentially new subs that VZW gives more for the money. There's a fine line there. You pay more on VZW's network because you get more, but that doesn't necessarily equate to more for your money. That tricks a lot of people.

But yes. Sprint needs to step up the marketing game. They have made many really impressive improvements. It's time they pursue that avenue.
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Menno

Jan 18, 2010, 1:53 PM
I know verizon reps claim it. I only really ever used it when someone came in saying that regional carrier x would give them the moon for 5 a month or something.

What I'm saying is that with sprint, instead of pushing how cheap their plans are (which they don't in the "now network" commercials.. a good start) they should push their "map" (coverage), the speed test results, and other recent improvements and basically say: hey! For most people we give you the coverage you need and the speeds you want, we do this for less than our competitors.
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