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irev210

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  1. Yeah no kidding. While Verizon had it, I jumped and added 10 lines of unlimited with 15% off. Ends up being about 31.25/line after all taxes/fees for unlimited everything. Now, prices are much much higher and with less features.
  2. Remember how so many people on this forum were saying that T-Mobile and Sprint had to merge to be profitable and invest in their network to take on AT&T and Verizon, typically with no actual financial assumptions or models to back up whatever BS they were saying? Well, here ya go... FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME - SPRINT AND T-MOBILE DO NOT NEED TO MERGE TO BE PROFITABLE. Whew, with that said, let's actually talk stuff: Free year of unlimited data was 1% of new customers 115k new subs in July Postpaid net phone adds of 88k (total postpaid net adds of -39K, losses on tablets) Prepaid net adds 35k Wholesale net adds 65k Postpaid churn of 1.65% (OUCH, this is not good); postpaid phone churn of 1.5% Prepaid churn of 4.57% (not bad) $1.6 billion in capex (yay)
  3. So I cobbled together 10 lines with a military discount. No idea how it is going to play out when the bill hits but it should be the cheapest plan around. Either way, it will be between 25.50 and 28.50 or so plus taxes and fees of about 2.80/line. It's nice being able to legit swap sims between phone/tablet/mifi without verizon getting upset about it. As for coverage, I will say that T-Mobile is without question better most places I actually visit. T-Mobile's network is WAY denser than Verizon's. On state roads in up state New York, Verizon's coverage is marginally better but not by much. Those towers must have no downtilt on them. You drive for miles and miles with 1 bar or no bars. Sprint lags a distant third to both T-mobile and Verizon in urban, suburban, and rural. I have no idea what Sprint is doing. Is Sprint fine? YES, it's fine. Perfectly usable. It's just slower and has marginally the worst coverage. All networks have come so far, it really doesn't matter but frankly their promo pricing is a scam and once that is over I don't see much value. It's very clear when you look at the gains T-Mobile has made and why Verizon brought back UDP. I can't get over the density of T-Mobile's network. People think Verizon is magical, but on interstates around upstate New York where you would think Verizon would have the advantage, T-Mobile actually seems to do better. It's only when you get on back roads/state roads where the advantage flips back to VZN. Anyway, I think T-Mobile is well priced just below Verizon. If I had 4 lines, I'd probably go T-Mobile. T-Mobile's free gogo internet, T-Mobile Tuesday's and other perks are pretty neat (I have and will keep a T-Mobile unlimited plan). Sorry for the rambles, a lot of thoughts and it is early...
  4. I've just completely switched to hangouts/hangouts dialer for all of my calls. Totally keeps my primary # irrelevant.
  5. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    If I was Masa, yes. Just goes against what a lot of people on this forum say. Underdog can't compete with big wireless company Underdog can't be profitable Time and time again, this has proven to be incorrect. I still believe that four national carriers are the best for consumers - hence why we are getting all this competition and even the little guys can be profitable if they so choose.
  6. Join today, $90 for 5 lines *Until 3/31/18, then we'll jack your rate to 190/month. It just comes off as sleazy. I dont know what the heck sprint is thinking pulling this junk to acquire customers. You spend ALL this money/energy to acquire them and then risk them churning out in a year???? I hope Sprint continues to improve its network and restarts its marketing efforts AGAIN. Just sad to see.
  7. Sadly, it's just a promo. After a year, they jack up your rates. This is great for comcast where you typically have no other choice for broadband but for Sprint it just seems like a silly idea considering nobody else is pulling that crap. This is competition in effect. Sprint needs to up its game. I am wondering if Comcast or Dish is going to buy Sprint.
  8. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    Earnings just came out for T-Mobile. Despite the many years of doom and gloom by some people here, T-Mobile continues to improve. Profit rose to 45 cents a share, beating the estimates of 30 cents/share. Sales climbed to 10.2 billion, looks like profit margins improved. At the end of the day, this is still good for sprint as well, forces them to better themselves and be better competitors.
  9. What makes this great is if you can get the line count up to 10, you can get it for 30/month. Even better, if you are a vet/military, you can get an additional 15% off. Smokin deal. It's a better framily plan. Competition works guys... thank you sprint, thank you t-mobile.
  10. No surprise here - no way that business model was sustainable. I got over a year of free service on a few lines, saved probably close to 1000 bux. Crappy service, unrealistic data allotments, and a bunch of other issues made this inevitable. It was a fun train while it lasted.
  11. Does Sprint price match other carriers on phones?

    No idea what T-Mobile is doing, they are offering some good V20 deals. I dunno why sprint isn't being a bit more aggressive with the promotions. https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-and-blogs/tmobile-goes-holicray-cray.htm
  12. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    Purchases or a two year commitment with bill credits and handcuffs, your choice.
  13. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    You need to start with customer lifetime value. 1) Cost to acquire the customer (say $300/customer) 2) Then take churn as a percentage to come up with the number of years you will have a customer (say 1.5% churn/month means that if you had 100 customers you would lose 1.5 of them each month which means to stay even you need to add 1.5 customers each month @ $300/customer to keep your same customer base 3) Come up with a weighted average life of your customer base and the expected cashflows you will get from those customers and take the present value of those future cashflows until the customer is expected to churn out (on an average basis) 4) So then you take the customer acquisition cost + the PV of the value of all the payments you will get based on your churn metrics and that's how you come up with customer lifetime value. So if by offering two free lines to reduce churn, you are potentially making a lot of money by offering this promotion without a big spend on customer acquisition (aka marketing) costs. It's a great promotion, very innovative - even with a $20/sim card cost. In reality, what T-Mobile is doing is giving people free devices with subsidies on the credit side to make sure again they don't churn out. You could walk into the store and T-Mobile will give you two free lines on nice android tablets just to make sure you don't leave for two years.
  14. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    How long will promotional pricing last? You can keep the promotional pricing as long as you maintain qualifying service and stay on your current plan. If you cancel service on any of your lines or change plans, you will lose the monthly bill credits. Or until T-Mobile changes its mind, goes out of business, merges with Sprint, takes over the world, etc.
  15. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    Pull out the popcorn and watch AT&T make anther stupid acquisition as they "pivot." Subscriber losses are a bitch when you don't have a monopoly/duopoly.
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