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Why no SIM card Sprint?

mbrenner

Jun 30, 2012, 11:30 PM
So this phone has the chipset to support CDMA, LTE and GSM and UTMS, HSPDA. Verizon will be fielding one that will have access to CDMA, LTE and GSM etc, but Sprint managed to get the SIM card slot omitted an their version. Thanks Sprint.
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Rich Brome

Jul 5, 2012, 11:45 AM
There's a lot more than just the SIM card and chipset.

Most chipsets in most phones have some level of "support" for a hundred or more features that may not be implemented in that particular phone. There are also radio chips and antennas that need to be added; all kinds of extra parts and engineering that go into it.

It's not at all like Sprint could flip a switch or add one part to enable GSM. They didn't "cripple" or disable anything. There's much more involved. The Verizon version with GSM is a different, more complicated phone.
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mbrenner

Jul 15, 2012, 1:29 PM
Rich Brome said:
There's a lot more than just the SIM card and chipset.

Most chipsets in most phones have some level of "support" for a hundred or more features that may not be implemented in that particular phone. There are also radio chips and antennas that need to be added; all kinds of extra parts and engineering that go into it.

It's not at all like Sprint could flip a switch or add one part to enable GSM. They didn't "cripple" or disable anything. There's much more involved. The Verizon version with GSM is a different, more complicated phone.


Okay given that the the Sprint version is less complicated why do they sell it for the same price is the other carriers including Verizon who has a more c...
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Rich Brome

Jul 15, 2012, 2:06 PM
It's not that much more complex. It's not something that would affect price more than a dollar or so, which means nothing when phones are priced in $50 increments.

Not only that, but carriers price phones in a way that's only loosely related to what they actually cost to manufacture. Manufacturers strike special deals with volume discounts, future sales commitments, marketing incentives, and all sorts of crazy things that skew the market price wildly. Plus the carrier has their own motivations for promoting certain phones and pricing them differently. It's not at all uncommon for the more expensive phone to actually be priced less for the consumer.

My point was only that these are two different phones, developed for two differen...
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saa001

Jul 19, 2012, 8:47 AM
Because they can and people will pay it. Simple economics.
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