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find this to be extremely amusing! After a LONG delay of its
anticipated re-launch, Virgin Mobile announced its Inner Circle
program, iPhone-only program. Existing Android users were
allowed to stay on their existing Virgin plan, however, moving to Inner
Circle, or upgrading phones would require a new iPhone. Even
older iPhones were required to be upgraded to a newer model to work on
Inner Circle Now they announce that due to customer concern
now offering Android phones on their website, and state that they will
continue selling them through fall 2018. Virgin states that
point customers looking for value (i.e. they don't want overly
expensive iPhones!) will be offered a special plan on Boost Mobile,
specifically designed for Virgin customers looking to upgrade.
state that phasing out the sale of Android phones was always the
strategy, however, I call B.S. on that! I don't recall a peep
this phasing out approach previously. As is customary in
after laying off the vast majority of employees who knew anything about
prepaid, it continues to clearly struggle to figure out how to
its prepaid brands.
I expect Virgin is tied into iPhone
exclusivity for a period of time, so this Boost Mobile offer is a way
to avoid outright losing valuable subscribers who need to upgrade, but
refuse to pay a premium for iPhones. In the long run, when it
legally permitted to do so, I predict that Virgin will move away this
supremely stupid iPhone only strategy. iPhones simply don't
reputation they once did to provide the Virgin brand with any kind of
real cache. The market has shifted to seeing them as
phones with marginal to no feature value over even mid-range Android
phones. Moreover, their exclusive deal isn't bringing in
discounted customer pricing, or special edition iPhones. This
was clearly not well thought through, and for lack of a better term,
is simply a dumb idea.
For those Apple fans eager to get your hands on the latest iPhone X,
you'll be able to order one from Boost Mobile starting November 10th.
You can also check out their financing options if you don't
want to lay out the cost to purchase it outright. Personally,
I'm not a fan of financing phones that plummet in value about 6-months
after launch, however, it remains a popular option, and carriers like
Boost Mobile are happy to take your money regardless of how they get it.
Well it's holiday season, which means carriers bring out the lowest
form of competition in the form of decreased prices.
This hits their bottom line, but certainly helps with
customer acquisition! Porting your number into a family plan
will get you access to a decent quality Android smartphone, and a
$100/month plan for 4 lines (i.e. $25/line). This is half of
their existing price for a single line on an unlimited plan
($50/month), which is quite a good deal, and kills Cricket's $180/month
for the same 4 lines. If your family fits this deal, it's
definitely worth checking out!
I hesitated posting this article as it made me laugh; when a company
focuses on a market, it grows in that market. Thank you for
the business revelation from the genius industry "experts" ;-).
It is worth following its results, however, as I've said for
the better part of a decade, that once Verizon stops ignoring the
prepaid market, it would be ready to compete. While it's not
being aggressive at all with its offers, it was cornered into
meaningfully addressing the market once it saw postpaid sales
materially decrease. It will be interesting to see how long
it takes Verizon to really aggressively compete; I expect we're still a
number of years away from that point.
ZTE Is Aggressively Driving Sales By Driving
Great Value Smartphones & Exclusive Deals Across Prepaid
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its acquisition by AT&T, Cricket has been very conservative
its retail presence. Now Nevada customers finally have a
to explore Cricket phones and plans. The company states that
beef up competition in an attempt to steal customers from MetroPCS,
TracFone, and others. Cricket has always been competitive
unlimited plans (now $60/month), and also has a four line family plan
for $180. Definitely worth checking out if you live in Nevada
hesitated due to the lack of presence.
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