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Pre-paid Apple iPhone 5 hard to keep in stock says Leap Executive

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Pre-paid Apple iPhone 5 hard to keep in stock says Leap Executive
It is one thing to be a Tier 1 carrier like Verizon, AT&T and Sprint and be first in line to receive the latest shipment of the Apple iPhone 5, receiving a large number of handsets to fulfill demand. It is another thing entirely when you're a pre-paid carrier like Leap Wireless. Leap CEO Doug Hutcheson says that his firm is on allocation and never knows just how many units of the Apple iPhone 5 it will receive at any given time. The units they have received have been selling "very well," he notes.

The Apple iPhone 5

The Apple iPhone 5

The carrier started receiving the Apple iPhone 5 on September 28th, a week after they had already gone on sale at the major U.S. wireless operators. Besides Leap, C Spire Wireless, Cellcom, Appalachian Wireless, Alaska Communications and GCI of Alaska and nTelos Wireless all started offering the latest version of Apple's iconic smartphone on September 28th. Unfortunately for Leap customers, the current CDMA version of the Apple iPhone 5 doesn't support the carrier's LTE pipeline and while Qualcomm does plan on supporting it in future versions of its chips, Leap doesn't know what Apple's plans entail.

Because Leap doesn't tie up its customers with two-year contracts, it doesn't subsidize the price of the Apple iPhone which means the device costs $300 more at Leap than the $199.99 price that customers of  the major U.S. carriers pay for it. On the other hand, at $55, Leap's pre-paid monthly service plan is cheaper than those offered by the post-paid operators.

Last June, when Leap announced a three-year $900 million deal with Apple for the iPhone, the carrier said the model would account for less than 10% of its handset sales. The Apple iPhone name might not be as magical with pre-paid customers as it is with customers willing to be tied up with a contract. Still, pre-paid customers seem more willing to open up their wallets to buy a top-line model than they were just a few years ago when the pre-paid operators offered featurephones or low-end smartphones to its customers. Ironically, it was the sale of higher-priced Android models to pre-paid users that showed these carriers and Apple itself that there was demand for the Apple iPhone from carriers like Leap.

"We are on allocation on that. So we don't really know where the volume on the [iPhone] 5 is going to go for us. So the units that we get seem to move very well."-Doug Hutcheson, CEO, Leap Wireless

source: FierceWireless

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posted on 29 Oct 2012, 10:03

1. true149 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I think Pre paid is the way to go. Most carriers have ETFs of $300 plus if you want to leave before your contract is up and every year, a manufacture always comes out with an "it" phone everybody wants but might not be available through their provider. When you opt out of your 2 year agreement, even when you pay the $300 etf, it still negatively impacts your credit score. Its looked upon as a broken contract even though you paid the penalty. So lets see. $300 for a top line smartphone for 2 yrs, $300 plus if i bang out early and a possible bilght on my credit score? I'd rather shell out the $600 up front and be free to move around as i please. Who knows? If enough people do this,maybe the top 4 might try a little harder in bringing better phones to their clients,

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 10:15

4. Goldeneye (Posts: 356; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


Yeah cheaper as long as you don't mind dealing with cricket's scarce and slow service.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:16

5. Oskker (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Not true. I have cancelled a line and paid ETF and it did not impact my credit score or anything. It will only impact if you don't pay the ETF and it goes to collection.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 10:07

2. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Ok.... I am so bored!!!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 10:13

3. freefour1968 (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


exactly, here in Europe prepaid is the best way to go. The carriers have contracts but most dont bother because who wants to be tied up fir two years. I have paid full price for my phones and there are advantages to haveing a factory unlocked phone.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:37

6. Droiddoes (unregistered)


>Buy the most expensive phone on the market
>Put it on pre paid
>Choose the 2nd most LOL pre paid network
>Call android fans poor

GG iFans

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 20:56

7. mydi.maus (unregistered)


crap crap..

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 22:37

8. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Like you.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 00:43

9. shirleydd (Posts: 7; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


That's not a good news.

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