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  1. If the rumors about Google paying Sprint/T-Mobile $2/GB were true, then their $10/GB rate + $20 base price seem like significant markup. Previously I was thinking Google wanted to undercut the competition, but instead it seems like they're going the route of charging a premium for the innovative network switching? It doesn't seem very competitive at the low, medium, or high end of data usage to me? For my case of using ~700 MB/month and on the $25/month Sprint Framily plan, Google Fi would be *close* at $27/month; but there's no motivation to switch. For heavy data users it will be far more expensive. Extremely low data users are probably better off with Ting. On the other hand, the international roaming support is a nice perk.
  2. Hmm. I'm not disputing your numbers since you seem to have some real information while I can only speculate. But this would imply that Ting's mark-ups are beyond what I would consider "reasonable". If they're paying $7/GB, it would imply around 119% margins on data! I would have assumed something closer to the 20% that gnoj estimated. But maybe 119% margins are actually "reasonable" in this industry relative to the others? I don't know. On the other hand, if we look at Republic Wireless's plans I can make some additional estimates: $10/month: Talk/text on cell only (data on WiFi only) $25/month: Talk/text + 5 GB of unthrottled 3G data and 25 MB of roaming data $40/month: Talk/text + 5 GB of unthrottled 4G data and 25 MB roaming data Republic Wireless has also stated that roaming data costs ~30x more than on-network data (https://community.republicwireless.com/blogs/republic/2014/09/10/an-update-to-our-data-roaming-policy) Additionally, this article states that T-Mobile paid 30 cents per MB for data roaming in 2013: http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/study-t-mobile-paid-average-30-centsmb-us-data-roaming-costs-2013/2014-10-31 30 cents per MB would be an insanely high $307.20 / GB. Assuming RW's roaming rates are similar to T-Mobile's, the RW's in-network data costs should be 1/30 of $307.20 / GB, or about $10 / GB. Breaking down the $25/month 3G plan: Assume ~$10/month goes toward general overhead, WiFi calling, talk/text on cellular 25 MB of roaming data costs RW about $7.50 if the 30 cents per MB figure is accurate. They probably subsidize this a bit because they know not all customers will use the full 25 MB each month. Maybe $5/month goes toward roaming data on average. That leaves $10/month for the 5 GB of unthrottled 3G data and RW's profit. If we conservatively say that only $2/month of that is RW's profit, that puts a ceiling of 3G data costs at $8 / 5 GB or $1.60 / GB. Doing the same thing with their $40/month 4G data plan, RW would be left with $25/month for 4G data and profit. Based on that it seems reasonable that 4G data costs RW between $4 and $6 / GB. My conclusion? Either Republic Wireless is getting a much better deal than Ting, or they're operating with razor thin margins comparatively.
  3. And I think there's very little chance that Google would go Android-only. They are not stupid enough to shun 40% of the US marketshare. They also support IOS for several mobile apps already. There may be aspects of the service that are better with an Android device simply because Google is able to integrate functionality into it more easily. The only reason I could see them restricting the service to Android devices is if they absolutely had to due to technical reasons (e.g., core OS changes required that Apple refuses to cooperate with).
  4. CNN Money is reporting that Google is expected to pay Sprint and T-Mobile $2 per gigabyte: http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/23/technology/mobile/google-wireless/ This sounds like a cheap rate to me. Not sure what the "fixed" costs per line would be (if any). I wonder what Republic Wireless and Ting pay.
  5. RW calls are VoIP on WiFi and "voice" on cellular connections (using a temporary Sprint phone number that's bridged to RW's backend). Though RW hasn't spoken out about how their handoffs work, presumably WiFi -> Cell call handoff works by custom firmware on the RW handset quietly initiating the cell call in the background when the WiFi signal gets weak, allowing them to quickly switch once the WiFi connection is disrupted.
  6. How much is your Sprint bill every month?

    $25/month for a single line on a Framily plan, and about $30 after taxes/fees.
  7. HTC One M9 Rumor Thread

    They are both the issue. The weight of each one would depend on the particular workload you're using. And efficiency improvements to SoCs help offset it, but it's still true that if that same improved SoC worked with lower resolutions the battery life would be longer. It's an engineering trade-off either way.
  8. HTC One M9 Rumor Thread

    You can't ignore the additional processing power required to push more pixels through. That affects CPU/GPU power consumption.
  9. LG G Flex 2 [FCC ID ZNFLS996]

    I'm curious too, since the size doesn't seem to line up with any existing LG device. Googling "LS996" does show references to a LG G Flex, but those were pages from 2013. So I suppose it could be a new G Flex.
  10. Moto X 2014 (was "Motorola IHDT56QA1")

    Out of curiosity, how did you arrive at XT1092 as the model number? I saw that mentioned in the S4GRU article, but I couldn't find any other evidence of that model number corresponding to IHDT56QA3 online. Is there some system/scheme involved for mapping them? Edit: Also, wouldn't it be possible that they're still using IHDT56QA3, but they just gave it a new model number (XT1094) to reflect the fact that Republic Wireless-specific firmware is used?
  11. LG G Flex 2 [FCC ID ZNFLS996]

    New LG device supporting Sprint bands spotted in FCC OET filings today: https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/eas/reports/ViewExhibitReport.cfm?mode=Exhibits&RequestTimeout=500&calledFromFrame=N&application_id=308109&fcc_id=ZNFLS996 FCC ID: ZNFLS996 Model(s): LS996, LGLS996, LG-LS996 LTE bands supported: 4, 12, 25, 26, 41 Physical dimensions of overall device: 142 mm x 71.2 mm (5.6" x 2.8")
  12. Moto X 2014 (was "Motorola IHDT56QA1")

    According to a (supposed) Republic Wireless employee, they are in fact using the IHDT56QA3 variant. He said the model number was XT1094. http://www.reddit.com/r/republicwireless/comments/2nhcyd/new_moto_x_coming_to_republic/cmdqs7p?context=10000
  13. Motorola Nexus 6 (Was "Nexus X talk leaked?")

    It's strange that this guy is reporting $699 retail for the 32 GB model. Both Motorola and Google's website show $650 for the 32 GB model and $699 for 64 GB. Either he's mistaken, Sprint's system isn't finalized yet, or Sprint is charging $50 more than it should.
  14. That's certainly debatable. http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/3/6097817/the-xperia-z3-compact-is-sonys-true-new-flagship-phone At the very least, you have to grant it "flagship-caliber" status since Sony didn't really change much between the two except for the size.
  15. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the other exception to this rule. But that one (like the larger Z3) isn't available for Sprint.
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