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  1. #1
    mjohns2
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    I just came back from a local SprintPCS store. I wanted to buy the Sanyo
    5400. I was told $300. $300 is way too much for a cell phone. I asked why I
    couldn't get the phone for $150 like. I was told I didn't own my current
    phone longer then 18 months and I'm not a new customer. I've been with
    SprintPCS for at least 4 years and with number portability in place now I
    don't understand how SprintPCS can try to charge their subscribers with no
    contracts an extra $150. Is there something I'm missing? This doesn't make
    business sense.


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  2. #2
    jt
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    Re: Why are the RL phones so expensive?


    "mjohns2" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I just came back from a local SprintPCS store. I wanted to buy the Sanyo
    > 5400. I was told $300. $300 is way too much for a cell phone. I asked why

    I
    > couldn't get the phone for $150 like. I was told I didn't own my current
    > phone longer then 18 months and I'm not a new customer. I've been with
    > SprintPCS for at least 4 years and with number portability in place now I
    > don't understand how SprintPCS can try to charge their subscribers with no
    > contracts an extra $150. Is there something I'm missing? This doesn't make
    > business sense.
    >


    I've been with them just about 5 years and they said the same thing to me. I
    have to pay full price to upgrade my phone as well. It just makes us
    consumers to leave them for being idiots. Once SprintPCS get ya, they
    apparently don't care after that. Greedy people aren't they?

    JT





  3. #3
    mjohns2
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    Re: Why are the RL phones so expensive?

    It really doesn't make any sense. If more people bought the RL phones that
    would plan upgrades for some, which means more money for SprintPCS. If the
    would off the phones for $200 to their excisting customer base with a 2 year
    contract they basically stop people from leaving with the WLNP. I don't see
    the business sense in keeping the price at $300 for excisting customer out
    of their contract???

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    "jt" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > "mjohns2" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > I just came back from a local SprintPCS store. I wanted to buy the Sanyo
    > > 5400. I was told $300. $300 is way too much for a cell phone. I asked

    why
    > I
    > > couldn't get the phone for $150 like. I was told I didn't own my current
    > > phone longer then 18 months and I'm not a new customer. I've been with
    > > SprintPCS for at least 4 years and with number portability in place now

    I
    > > don't understand how SprintPCS can try to charge their subscribers with

    no
    > > contracts an extra $150. Is there something I'm missing? This doesn't

    make
    > > business sense.
    > >

    >
    > I've been with them just about 5 years and they said the same thing to me.

    I
    > have to pay full price to upgrade my phone as well. It just makes us
    > consumers to leave them for being idiots. Once SprintPCS get ya, they
    > apparently don't care after that. Greedy people aren't they?
    >
    > JT
    >
    >






  4. #4
    mjohns2
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    Re: Why are the RL phones so expensive?

    Sorry for all the typos

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    "mjohns2" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > It really doesn't make any sense. If more people bought the RL phones that
    > would plan upgrades for some, which means more money for SprintPCS. If the
    > would off the phones for $200 to their excisting customer base with a 2

    year
    > contract they basically stop people from leaving with the WLNP. I don't

    see
    > the business sense in keeping the price at $300 for excisting customer out
    > of their contract???
    >
    > --
    >
    > http://www.youmatch.net/
    >
    >
    >
    > "jt" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > >
    > > "mjohns2" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]
    > > > I just came back from a local SprintPCS store. I wanted to buy the

    Sanyo
    > > > 5400. I was told $300. $300 is way too much for a cell phone. I asked

    > why
    > > I
    > > > couldn't get the phone for $150 like. I was told I didn't own my

    current
    > > > phone longer then 18 months and I'm not a new customer. I've been

    with
    > > > SprintPCS for at least 4 years and with number portability in place

    now
    > I
    > > > don't understand how SprintPCS can try to charge their subscribers

    with
    > no
    > > > contracts an extra $150. Is there something I'm missing? This doesn't

    > make
    > > > business sense.
    > > >

    > >
    > > I've been with them just about 5 years and they said the same thing to

    me.
    > I
    > > have to pay full price to upgrade my phone as well. It just makes us
    > > consumers to leave them for being idiots. Once SprintPCS get ya, they
    > > apparently don't care after that. Greedy people aren't they?
    > >
    > > JT
    > >
    > >

    >
    >






  5. #5
    Scott Stephenson
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    Re: Why are the RL phones so expensive?

    mjohns2 wrote:

    > Sorry for all the typos
    >


    No problem- read a couple of mine real close sometime.

    THe pricing doesn't make any real sense, which makes me wonder if they are
    trying to bring it online at a slower rate than cheaper phones would allow.
    It is possible that they want to insure that the network can handle the
    additional load, and a slow buildup will identify capacity problems in a
    more efficient manner than a sudden wave of users.

    Of course, the other scenario is that they're trying to get every penny they
    can- these types of things are always cheaper after the novelty wears off.



  6. #6
    RonInCal
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    Re: Why are the RL phones so expensive?

    can you get around it by getting a new service under a new number? (then
    terminate the old number). I know it's a hassle but it may be worth savings
    if you really want the new phone!


    "mjohns2" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Sorry for all the typos
    >
    > --
    >
    > http://www.youmatch.net/
    >
    >
    >
    > "mjohns2" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > It really doesn't make any sense. If more people bought the RL phones

    that
    > > would plan upgrades for some, which means more money for SprintPCS. If

    the
    > > would off the phones for $200 to their excisting customer base with a 2

    > year
    > > contract they basically stop people from leaving with the WLNP. I don't

    > see
    > > the business sense in keeping the price at $300 for excisting customer

    out
    > > of their contract???
    > >
    > > --
    > >
    > > http://www.youmatch.net/
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > "jt" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]
    > > >
    > > > "mjohns2" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > > news:[email protected]
    > > > > I just came back from a local SprintPCS store. I wanted to buy the

    > Sanyo
    > > > > 5400. I was told $300. $300 is way too much for a cell phone. I

    asked
    > > why
    > > > I
    > > > > couldn't get the phone for $150 like. I was told I didn't own my

    > current
    > > > > phone longer then 18 months and I'm not a new customer. I've been

    > with
    > > > > SprintPCS for at least 4 years and with number portability in place

    > now
    > > I
    > > > > don't understand how SprintPCS can try to charge their subscribers

    > with
    > > no
    > > > > contracts an extra $150. Is there something I'm missing? This

    doesn't
    > > make
    > > > > business sense.
    > > > >
    > > >
    > > > I've been with them just about 5 years and they said the same thing to

    > me.
    > > I
    > > > have to pay full price to upgrade my phone as well. It just makes us
    > > > consumers to leave them for being idiots. Once SprintPCS get ya, they
    > > > apparently don't care after that. Greedy people aren't they?
    > > >
    > > > JT
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >

    >
    >






  7. #7
    mjohns2
    Guest

    Re: Why are the RL phones so expensive?

    I want to hold on to my current number. I guess I'm going to have to hold
    off till SprintPCS realizes the $300 is way too much when other providers
    are selling PTT/DC phones $50 to $100 less. I'm on Scott's page in this
    book, i think over pricing the phone was the only way they could think off
    to do a soft launch out of the lab test.

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    "RonInCal" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > can you get around it by getting a new service under a new number? (then
    > terminate the old number). I know it's a hassle but it may be worth

    savings
    > if you really want the new phone!
    >
    >
    > "mjohns2" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > Sorry for all the typos
    > >
    > > --
    > >
    > > http://www.youmatch.net/
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > "mjohns2" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]
    > > > It really doesn't make any sense. If more people bought the RL phones

    > that
    > > > would plan upgrades for some, which means more money for SprintPCS. If

    > the
    > > > would off the phones for $200 to their excisting customer base with a

    2
    > > year
    > > > contract they basically stop people from leaving with the WLNP. I

    don't
    > > see
    > > > the business sense in keeping the price at $300 for excisting customer

    > out
    > > > of their contract???
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > >
    > > > http://www.youmatch.net/
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > "jt" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > > news:[email protected]
    > > > >
    > > > > "mjohns2" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > > > news:[email protected]
    > > > > > I just came back from a local SprintPCS store. I wanted to buy the

    > > Sanyo
    > > > > > 5400. I was told $300. $300 is way too much for a cell phone. I

    > asked
    > > > why
    > > > > I
    > > > > > couldn't get the phone for $150 like. I was told I didn't own my

    > > current
    > > > > > phone longer then 18 months and I'm not a new customer. I've been

    > > with
    > > > > > SprintPCS for at least 4 years and with number portability in

    place
    > > now
    > > > I
    > > > > > don't understand how SprintPCS can try to charge their subscribers

    > > with
    > > > no
    > > > > > contracts an extra $150. Is there something I'm missing? This

    > doesn't
    > > > make
    > > > > > business sense.
    > > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > I've been with them just about 5 years and they said the same thing

    to
    > > me.
    > > > I
    > > > > have to pay full price to upgrade my phone as well. It just makes us
    > > > > consumers to leave them for being idiots. Once SprintPCS get ya,

    they
    > > > > apparently don't care after that. Greedy people aren't they?
    > > > >
    > > > > JT
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >

    >
    >






  8. #8
    mjohns2
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    Re: Why are the RL phones so expensive?

    Has anyone ever bought a phone from http://www.intelenetwireless.com/ ?

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    "mjohns2" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I want to hold on to my current number. I guess I'm going to have to hold
    > off till SprintPCS realizes the $300 is way too much when other providers
    > are selling PTT/DC phones $50 to $100 less. I'm on Scott's page in this
    > book, i think over pricing the phone was the only way they could think off
    > to do a soft launch out of the lab test.
    >
    > --
    >
    > http://www.youmatch.net/
    >
    >
    >
    > "RonInCal" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > can you get around it by getting a new service under a new number? (then
    > > terminate the old number). I know it's a hassle but it may be worth

    > savings
    > > if you really want the new phone!
    > >
    > >
    > > "mjohns2" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]
    > > > Sorry for all the typos
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > >
    > > > http://www.youmatch.net/
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > "mjohns2" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > > news:[email protected]
    > > > > It really doesn't make any sense. If more people bought the RL

    phones
    > > that
    > > > > would plan upgrades for some, which means more money for SprintPCS.

    If
    > > the
    > > > > would off the phones for $200 to their excisting customer base with

    a
    > 2
    > > > year
    > > > > contract they basically stop people from leaving with the WLNP. I

    > don't
    > > > see
    > > > > the business sense in keeping the price at $300 for excisting

    customer
    > > out
    > > > > of their contract???
    > > > >
    > > > > --
    > > > >
    > > > > http://www.youmatch.net/
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > "jt" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > > > news:[email protected]
    > > > > >
    > > > > > "mjohns2" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > > > > news:[email protected]
    > > > > > > I just came back from a local SprintPCS store. I wanted to buy

    the
    > > > Sanyo
    > > > > > > 5400. I was told $300. $300 is way too much for a cell phone. I

    > > asked
    > > > > why
    > > > > > I
    > > > > > > couldn't get the phone for $150 like. I was told I didn't own my
    > > > current
    > > > > > > phone longer then 18 months and I'm not a new customer. I've

    been
    > > > with
    > > > > > > SprintPCS for at least 4 years and with number portability in

    > place
    > > > now
    > > > > I
    > > > > > > don't understand how SprintPCS can try to charge their

    subscribers
    > > > with
    > > > > no
    > > > > > > contracts an extra $150. Is there something I'm missing? This

    > > doesn't
    > > > > make
    > > > > > > business sense.
    > > > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > > > > I've been with them just about 5 years and they said the same

    thing
    > to
    > > > me.
    > > > > I
    > > > > > have to pay full price to upgrade my phone as well. It just makes

    us
    > > > > > consumers to leave them for being idiots. Once SprintPCS get ya,

    > they
    > > > > > apparently don't care after that. Greedy people aren't they?
    > > > > >
    > > > > > JT
    > > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >

    >
    >






  9. #9
    Jerome Zelinske
    Guest

    Re: Why are the RL phones so expensive?

    So just how long has your current phone been on that account? My
    Wife's phone qualifies, but my phone that I added to the account later
    does not. Even though it is an older phone and been in service longer,
    although on a different account through my old job.


    mjohns2 wrote:
    > I just came back from a local SprintPCS store. I wanted to buy the Sanyo
    > 5400. I was told $300. $300 is way too much for a cell phone. I asked why I
    > couldn't get the phone for $150 like. I was told I didn't own my current
    > phone longer then 18 months and I'm not a new customer. I've been with
    > SprintPCS for at least 4 years and with number portability in place now I
    > don't understand how SprintPCS can try to charge their subscribers with no
    > contracts an extra $150. Is there something I'm missing? This doesn't make
    > business sense.
    >
    >





  10. #10
    mjohns2
    Guest

    Re: Why are the RL phones so expensive?

    I got my N400 back in March 2003 when my LG5250 wouldn't display anything on
    the screen. I initially took it to a SprintPCS store back was adviced to
    take it to Costco so I can do an upgrade.


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    "Jerome Zelinske" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > So just how long has your current phone been on that account? My
    > Wife's phone qualifies, but my phone that I added to the account later
    > does not. Even though it is an older phone and been in service longer,
    > although on a different account through my old job.
    >
    >
    > mjohns2 wrote:
    > > I just came back from a local SprintPCS store. I wanted to buy the Sanyo
    > > 5400. I was told $300. $300 is way too much for a cell phone. I asked

    why I
    > > couldn't get the phone for $150 like. I was told I didn't own my current
    > > phone longer then 18 months and I'm not a new customer. I've been with
    > > SprintPCS for at least 4 years and with number portability in place now

    I
    > > don't understand how SprintPCS can try to charge their subscribers with

    no
    > > contracts an extra $150. Is there something I'm missing? This doesn't

    make
    > > business sense.
    > >
    > >

    >






  11. #11
    Jerome Zelinske
    Guest

    Re: Why are the RL phones so expensive?

    So you have had that phone for around 8 months, not 18, and you
    are not adding a new line of service, therefore you do not qualify.
    Remember that what is charged retail is not the full cost of the phone.


    mjohns2 wrote:

    > I got my N400 back in March 2003 when my LG5250 wouldn't display anything on
    > the screen. I initially took it to a SprintPCS store back was adviced to
    > take it to Costco so I can do an upgrade.
    >
    >





  12. #12
    Isaiah Beard
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    Re: Why are the RL phones so expensive?

    mjohns2 wrote:

    > I've been with
    > SprintPCS for at least 4 years and with number portability in place now I
    > don't understand how SprintPCS can try to charge their subscribers with no
    > contracts an extra $150. Is there something I'm missing? This doesn't make
    > business sense.


    It kinda does, actually. If you think that phone actually costs Sprint
    $150, you're kidding yourself. Sprint is subsidizing the cost of the
    phone to attract new customers, meaning they lose money with every
    customer acquisition in the hopes that the customer's monthly billing
    revenue will offset that loss over the life of their contract. This is
    also why you have to wait 18 months to take advantage of the lower
    price... if you were to keep buying phones at the promo price sooner
    than 18 months each time, Sprint would continually lose money having you
    as a customer.

    IIRC, even the $300 price is still reflecting a partial subsidy from
    Sprint, meaning it may cost them even more than $300 to buy those phones
    from Sanyo. Believe it or not, cell phones aren't cheap... we just
    think they are, because phone subsidies are common practice among cell
    carriers in the US.


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  13. #13
    Aboutdakota
    Guest

    Re: Why are the RL phones so expensive?



    mjohns2 wrote:
    > Has anyone ever bought a phone from http://www.intelenetwireless.com/ ?
    >


    No, and I wouldn't. Thier information is not accurate. According to
    their site, SunCom/AT&T are offering a CDMA phone, Verizon is offering a
    Motorla GSM phone, and Cingular is offering a TDMA phone with GPRS
    capability. Almost like the story that a Verizon sales rep told me
    about how Verizon allows its customers to roam on Nextel, but Nextel
    will not allow its customers to roam on Verizon. Next thing I know is
    that the Unites States scraps all digital wireless coverage.

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  14. #14
    R.
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    Re: Why are the RL phones so expensive?

    Aboutdakota wrote:
    >


    Would you please turn off the sender wants to be notified return
    response setting in your postings. This is not needed on usenet.

    Thank you.




  15. #15
    Mike
    Guest

    Re: Why are the RL phones so expensive?

    mjohns2 wrote:

    > It really doesn't make any sense. If more people bought the RL phones that
    > would plan upgrades for some, which means more money for SprintPCS. If the
    > would off the phones for $200 to their excisting customer base with a 2 year
    > contract they basically stop people from leaving with the WLNP. I don't see
    > the business sense in keeping the price at $300 for excisting customer out
    > of their contract???
    >

    Not to mention getting your customer hooked on RL, which doesn't port
    at all.
    -mike




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