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Sprint CEO Dan Hesse defends push for the iPhone

0. phoneArena posted on 21 Mar 2012, 14:53

It has been widely reported that Sprint agreed to pay Apple $15 billion over the course of 4 years just to have the privilege of selling the iPhone on the network. Yesterday, it was speculated that the push for the iPhone...

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posted on 21 Mar 2012, 22:02 1

48. threeline (Posts: 267; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)

We would like Sprint to provide reliable networks, what happened to the WiMax that was promised? They made sure they charge everyone 10 dollars for having a WiMax phone when the area didn't even have WiMax. Now that we all ran out trying to be supportive buying WiMax phones before our area was even up and running and now they moving away from WiMax to LTE. Sounds like another run around. Sprint should stop fighting it and just go under, I am looking for a loophole for my family plan to go over to VZW. Sprint is cheaper but I guess you get what you pay for.

posted on 23 Mar 2012, 09:59

52. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1291; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

Sprint is supplying a reliable network. Get off your lazy ass, and search all of the things they have been doing quietly. Network Vision LTE is rolling out already in Atlanta, Boston, Texas, Baltimore, North VA-Baltimore, and DC. Puerto Rico, NY, Florida, California, and areas that missed Wimax the 1st time will get LTE by years end.

Galaxy Nexus launch in April, and other LTE phones coming. By years end you will wish you had stayed. I get 1078kbps on 3G 5-13k kbps on 4G now. This must be because of NV which is due to lite up in NYC by june no later than August. I bought the EVO 4G before Wimax lit up so buying the GN will be fine for me until LTE shows up in the near future

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 15:22 2

7. mrvid (Posts: 77; Member since: 02 Oct 2008)

Sprint, what a joke! They should have spent the money on their old network! They will always be number 3! or worse! Sure unlimited data is nice, but first you have to have a usable speed! I had Sprint for over 10 years and got sick and tired of the slow pathetic speeds! .2MB on 3G, 2-3MB on 4G! Went to Verizon! I pay just about the same, just a little more, but well worth it! I go to a restaurant, not on their wifi and have a download speeds 28MB on LTE! The iPhone is going to do them no good if they don't have customers to use them! And if they do keep selling them their network is just going to worse, if that's even possible!!

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 15:45 3

11. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1743; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

I get up to 9MB on 4G where I live, It all depends on your area. Unlimited data has saved my ass several times.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 17:39

24. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

This is just it, they are limiting themselves to a smaller market by wasting so much money on the iPhone. Where they could have used those resources to better their networks range(reach) and capacity. I know two people just in the last 3 months that have left Sprint due to coverage issues. So the iPhone was a horrible idea, but I do expect Hesse to defend it. As that's his butt on the line if/when it hits the fan and all he is doing is protecting himself. But this will backfire.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 15:47 1

14. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

VZW fought churn by promoting the hell out of their Droid line-up. So Droids more than others, but it at least got people in the door to see other Android devices. Sprint marketed the hell out of the Evo, named every other HTC device some variation of the Evo, left the Epic and Epic Touch to Samsung to market only as the Galaxy SII, and then surrounded these great devices with a bunch of low end devices. It seems to me all they were doing was making room for the iPhone this whole time. VZW fought hard with the Droid 1-4, X, ERIS, Incredible 1 and 2, TB, Charge, and a few other device. Some reall missed the mark, some hit the nail on the head! But till this day Sprint is still selling the Evo at $100! They could have kept a lot of customers including myself, if they had just freshened their line of high end Androids. They just took what they thought would be the easy way out, and now they are paying for it.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 15:51 1

15. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

The SGS2 is still the king of the hill, but they also had what.. the photon4g and the Evo3D... and thats pretty much all of their major releases since the Evo.. 2 years ago. The fact that the Evo is still selling at all, much less at that price is silly. Then again, Tmobile just raised the price of the SGS1 back up because demand is still really high. As long as peeps are willing to pay for it, whatever i guess.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 17:03

21. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

T-Mobile is hemorhaging customers right now because they have no iPhone.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 17:50 1

26. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

OG EVO still sells @ $100, thats why...

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 17:02

20. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Verizon and now Sprint are both gaining A LOT more customers once they got the iPhone. Also iPhone's convert basic phone customers to smartphone customers. This leads to way more profit for the carrier. Why do you think Sprint and Verizon were both so desperate to get the iPhone?

Without the iPhone Sprint would be dead, just like T-Mobile is on it's way out right now.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 18:27

28. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Actually the iPhone has done much for VZW at all in terms of subscribers. The sales from last year were mostly upgrades. VZW has had some of their best quarters before the iPhone was offered. Of course VZW had to listen to its customers, but they've had great success without the iPhone in its line up.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 20:50

39. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

With the iPhone 4s launch VZW had their best quarter in 3 years.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 21:48

44. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

As far as sales, yes. But that wasn't all iPhone. They sold a record number of LTE devices as well, and I'm sure they may have sold a few 3G smartphones and feature phones during that period too.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 15:55 8

16. Wolves11 (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

Man, I love on how everytime I am on here all I read is people bashing whatever the articule is about! Really, you pay a little more than Sprint on Verion? About 25-30 a month per line! Dont get me wrong, not a full time fan of Sprint, and Verizon LTE where available is better, but the 3G on a Iphone with same single is pretty close. And ALL carriers have outdated networks in certain areas of the country due to buyouts of small old companies, Like alltell, Nextel, Centennial, etc.
Heck, ATT just got 3G last year in a lot of the Midwest. Verizon LTE goes down at least once a month, Sprint has a true 4G in more cities that ATT at this time. If you are unhappy, try another carrier, you get 14 days, and see. Grass isnt always greener on the other side.
And I feel you on the loyal long term customers, Sprint gave us some nice stuff for a long time, now it is gone, But ATT and Verizon, NEVER had those perks... Well not whe i was with ATT for 10 years anyway

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 07:50 1

50. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1291; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

If you unhappy people did your home work you will find Network vision possibly rolling out in NY in June in primary markets, and October in secondary markets.
Right now in NY I am getting 1mb up and 1MB down on 3G. Wimax I get from 5-MB. LTE should be here in June and will be rolled out by October in areas where Wimax never was. By 2013 LTE A rolls out all on an unlimited plan for those that wait patiently. This is substantiated by S4GRU forums and on Sprints NV page it list areas like Boston, Baltimore, Texas, Atlanta and a few other places getting lit up or readying to lite up

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 18:20

27. skymitch89 (Posts: 1364; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

Well, I'm sure that Apple won't be announcing the next iPhone until this fall; so that gives Sprint 6-7 months to start rolling out an LTE network. I might actually leave Sprint because they have unlimited data. Unlimited data brings in more users of 3G, which in turn uses more bandwidth/spectrum, which in turn decreases data speeds. When I got Sprint 2 years ago I was getting 1.5-2Mbps down (even topping at like 2.3Mbps once) on my Samsung Moment, then I got the HTC Hero and was getting about 1Mbps down, and now I have the Evo Shift and I'd be lucky to get maybe .75Mbps down (even with the "3G enhancements" that Sprint is making).

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 18:49

30. TheMurkMan (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

He'll be defending that in bankruptcy court as well.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 19:38 1

32. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Unlimited ultra slow data??? Yeah, why would anyone want an iphone on the SPRINT network, or with Verizon 3G? Way too slow....unless you use wifi.

posted on 21 Mar 2012, 21:45 1

43. Juggernaut1973 (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

I do know more than Hesse. I know enough not to have given Apple 15 billion dollars and force it to become a "Jesus" phone. The IPhone will not save Sprint from eventual bankruptcy and it has not added the significant number of new customers that Hesse wants.

Also the MORON tried and has currently failed to build or partner up to build a credible LTE network. Clear is begging for more and more money and is a drain on Sprint's limited resource.

posted on 22 Mar 2012, 20:44

51. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)

sprint is going to go out of business.....they've been on their last leg for too long by making poor investments and poor decisions.

i'm not a fan of sprint (their network and customer service are awful), it doesnt do good things for the competitive nature of the bizz....

Verizon has little to no use to buy them out (they arent investing anything into their 3g network)

ATT or Tmobile would run into more than enough trouble trying to convert all of their towers to GSM (and a huge waste of money). We all know how the nextel/sprint 'merger' went

Anyone's honest thoughts on what will happen to sprint if (when) they go out of business?

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