Prepaid Wireless Tracker
- October 2012 Issue #52
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Cricket Gets iPhone 5
The VAR Guy
September 28th, Cricket began selling the iPhone 5 for $499.99.
Despite the high cost of the phone, customers can still save
over the period of a standard postpaid contract due to the lower
monthly plan cost. Whether customer are willing and able to
that kind of money, however, is still under question. I
its iPhone 4 sales were lack luster as the world was already
anticipating the launch of the 5 by the time Cricket got the 4.
next six months will really be telling as to whether or not there's a
real pent up demand for prepaid iPhones (at full price), or whether
MVNOs with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs that support the
iPhone is really where the action will be (ex. Simple Mobile, T-Mobile,
T-Mobile And Walmart Partnering On $299
Prepaid Samsung Galaxy S2
$299 you'll be able to pickup a highend prepaid smartphone as Walmart
continues to be aggressive with its no contract offers.
with T-Mobile makes sense, as T-Mobile has been making a massive play
in the prepaid space ever since its acquisition by AT&T fell
through. Unfortunately, it's not the latest Galaxy S3, which
have taken prepaid to the state-of-the-art. So while prepaid
to grow in the mainstream, its not quite on par with devices available
on postpaid, though it is getting very close (and the iPhone has
MetroPCS Claims One Million LTE
Keep in mind that more than providing faster data speeds,
carriers want to implement LTE due to the fact that it provides more
efficient use of spectrum, which is a limited (and expensive!)
resource. So when you're reading about LTE deployments and
promotions to migrate, think about the voice traffic that carriers are
looking to offload from legacy CDMA networks. We should begin
to see carriers offering incentives to get people to upgrade to LTE
UltraMobile MVNO To Launch On T-Mobile
Here we go; another MVNO! This article, nor anything else
I've read about UltraMobile clearly indicates what their value
proposition will be. What niche are they going after?
What's unique to their products and services? If
all they're doing is going after a price play, I don't predict good
prospects for the company. To be honest, I don't understand
the appeal of the MVNO market as a provider; it's simply way to
crowded, and more often than not tends to add confusion to the customer
selection process, not to mention the often underestimated cost of
running such a business. Anyway, time will tell!
Moody's Upgrades Cricket Stock
The upgrade is largely due to the loan Cricket secured, which is great
for cash flow, however, truly telling just how out of touch with real
business analysts are. Yes, cash flow is important, however,
it doesn't change the fundamental business products, process, and
strategies, which are the true signs of whether a business will succeed
or not. Getting a loan is about as superficial an element as
analysts can get. I continue to be disappointed with how
uneducated these highly intelligent analysts truly are; it's sad.
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