Originally Posted by Frankzro
Fools, you guys just don't get it do you? What does Sprint not have that Version and AT&T have? Users... They want more people on their service and when you have bait like an iphone 5 that will hook your users. This, in turn will give Sprint leverage and thus begin to alter some services and even provide new ones. The more users you have, the easier it will be to add on entire families with family plans, as a company you want to entice comsumers as much as possible. I bet Sprint was banking on the iphone 5 for a long time, this was no impulse buy it was thought out stratagie. Before you go hitting me with how are they going to make their money back. Consider this... More NEW subcribers = more money down the road. You get 20 billion dollars worth of phones, so if like 4million people get a phone from sprint and stay... they made their money back and if they are playing the stocks right too then they can stay afloat. -_-
The problem is that Sprint just doesn't have the coverage that the other providers have. You can't bait people if you can't provide coverage in their area. No amount of superuberawesome phones can cure a lack of coverage.
I ditched AT&T for virgin mobile--uses the sprint network--and I have to say that AT&T has much better coverage...for about 10% of the places I go. But that 10% is a big deal for some people, especially when you get away from central urban areas. I don't miss that 10% enough to give AT&T my money. But I would surely not spend a lot of money--or sign a 2 year agreement--to have that iphone on the Sprint network because of that fact that the coverage just isn't as good, and you could very well be in areas frequently where you can't use it.
Warning: Conspiracy Theory Talk
And slightly off-topic, the conspiracy theorist in me thinks that this is the result of a few of the phone companies including one in particular :coughAT&Tcough: to temporarily bolster the userbase of Sprint so that it comes closer to being an on-par competitor with the likes of AT&T and Verizon in the interests of AT&T going back to buying out T-mobile (or other companies). I know, far-fetched, but still a little bit believable. I mean, why would Apple have any interest in giving one of the smallest providers in the country an exclusive deal for the iphone5 when there's a much much larger potential userbase in one of many other companies? It's not because it's the only provider of 4g coverage, since Verizon already offers that...