Sprint responds to Verizon's price hike by tweeting a funny comic strip

Yesterday, Verizon raised the price and the data allowance offered with each tier of service. At the same time, it revamped the "My Verizon" app to make it more useful to customers; and instead of charging overages on accounts that consume more data than paid for, Verizon will give its customers the option to have their data throttled instead.

Today, Sprint responded to the moves made by its rival by tweeting a comic strip using CEO Marcelo Claure's Twitter account. It includes cartoon depictions of "Historically Bad Decisions." For example, it shows a couple ready to sneak on to the Titanic, a music promoter turning down The Beatles, and a wireless customer signing up with Verizon despite the extra expense.

Claure wasn't done. Returning to his Twitter account, the executive sent out another tweet about Verizon's "great" strategy for raising rates. Verizon's three-pronged plan, according to Claure, included  "Step1: Raise prices, Step2: Tell them you aren't raising prices, Step3: Tell them to be thankful."

Back in November, Sprint launched a plan that offers Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile customers comparable service at half of what they are paying their current carrier. The 50% off rate expires in 2018, and those interested will have to port over their phone number. Sprint's current ads make note of a Nielsen study released in January which concluded that the performance of the Sprint network came within 1% of the results tallied by Verizon and AT&T.

source: @marceloclaure via BizJournals

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13 Comments

1. The-Invisible-Man

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 07, 2016

first...deal with it and sprint will never be first just like blackberry or pepsi

3. BATTERY_LIVES_MATTER

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Nobody gives a shìt about you being first. Just like nobody gives a shìt about Sprint.

4. The-Invisible-Man

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 07, 2016

etsht

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

128GB i6S is the most expensive phone you sell? ok, i'll take that

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

A terrible carrier calling out a terrible carrier. OH THE IRONY!!!!!

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I kindly disagree... I have yet to experience a carrier better in the US than Verizon Wireless. I will gladly pay to have the best. Verizon year after year spends millions and millions on their network. They are the #1 rated carrier across all metrics consistently year after year. People always say Verizon is a terrible carrier, but the FACT is they are the are the very best. There is no other way to say it. I go to places both rural or urban and Verizon beats AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, & all the rest every time... Sure there is the time here and there where Verizon signal is not there and another carrier's tower might be the only one there. That happens so sporadically that it makes me feel good that one day Verizon will fix it as it ALWAYS fixes and upgrades it's network. No one is perfect, BUT Verizon Wireless is the closest to perfect here in the US. I am not willing to go to a lesser carrier just to have cheaper rates at the expense of service. I buy a mobile device to have it work, not to get a lesser rate. I will never ever pay less to get less service. Verizon Wireless just works and it works brilliantly. Until some one BEATS Verizon Wireless in overall service, (not just where I live) and is cheaper priced, that's when I will switch. Until then I will gladly come to PhoneArena.com and keep reading comments on how "bad"/terrible" Verizon Wireless is, because it always makes me smile.

9. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

This has been a paid for advertisement for Verizon thank you. LOL. I understand. I live in a rural area. I can't go back to Sprint. I am trying out Wal-mart's Straight Talk using my Vz phone to see if the coverage is the same. Then I'll pay $55 for 10GB instead of about $90 for 6GB.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes VZW has better coverage. They are terrible at other things. VZW is greedy. When you have 80M subscribers, you don't need to keep raising rates. THAT'S TERRIBLE!!! Just give more data, charge the same cost. How much extra does it cost them to give you more data? NOTHING. Its just an excuse to raise the cost. VZW service is better than Sprint's, but both are terrible carriers. ATT too. T-Mobile isn't all that great either. I been with them all. Somewhere in the USA, they all have terrible service, even VZW.

12. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

That is point of the ads mentioned in the article. While I agree, Verizon does have the "largest" network in the US, it is not always the fastest or the most reliable. And as far as coverage goes, all carriers are at 300 million + POPs covered with LTE, very close. What the Neilsen report is saying is that if you look at the overall metrics mentioned above, coverage, speed, reliability of data AND voice, all 4 national carriers' networks are very good and the difference from one to another is negligible. Times have changed, I used to work for Verizon when their network was significantly better than the other 3, but today, Verizon's marginally better network is NOT worth twice as much. If you look at Rootmetrics reports you will see the same trend, all 4 carriers have improved significantly and while Verizon usually comes out on top, the other 3 carriers are literally one point behind them.

13. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Around here(northern California), Verizon is very bad. In my building Sprint and AT&T work great, but T-Mobile and Verizon don't work at all. A lot of people I know do not like Verizon at all anymore.

6. Gadgetex

Posts: 197; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

They raise prices in the summer to take advantage of of foreign tourists

7. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

We should laugh at the fact that they're both still CDMA

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why? CDMA has several advantages over GSM. Like no Gov't backdoor. CDMA is more reliable over long distances. CDMA has less dropped calls. CDMA has less issues with interference. CDMA calls are more clear. CDMA phones don't interfere with hospital equipment.

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