My insider says ATT will be lowering current plans in addition to more options and removing their data caps once the tmo deal is finalized (within the coming months before or around Thanksgiving).
My insider says Sprint's argument for lack of innovation is irrelevant because att will be upgrading to lte, which is to be completed around 2015.
My insider says that sprint is worried about now and the future because of the technologies they chose to support. With verizon already migrating away from cdma and into lte the preferred next gen band of major wireless providers, along with current technology of hspa+ for att & tmo with speeds comprable to wimax with the kicker being simultaneous voice/data, sprint is worried about losing $$$ both from profits and investors. My insider did say that if it were not for verizon's decision to not support svdo they wouldn't be in this predicament with hspa+. I don't know anything about that, but I believed my insider. It doesn't matter to me anyway.
My insider states that sprint is unsure of their next move as they are not willing to gamble with their partners, ie no new windows phones, hp phones. Rim is still a major player for them because of the government and corporate contracts especially for their BES. My insider has stated that even though Sprint lost major service provider contracts to Verizon, the adoption of lte by the other major carriers makes wimax very appealing for the government, department of defense, feds, etc. since they want to be separate. This coupled with the uncertainty of lightsquared's interference with gps signals is the reason sprint has not taken a solid position of it's future technology. He did say that he wouldn't be surprised if the he saw att or verizon provide gps service to say garmin, tom tom, etc. I wanted to know more about this, but my insider stopped and ended the conversation quickly. Hmmm, interesting.
Going back to the gamble, my insider stated that no partnership ties have been severed yet and that sprint's stance is basically 'Let me see what you can do first, then I'll make the decision'. Of the top major wireless providers in the US sprint is focused on current revenue regarding service and sustaining it. My insider stated that sprint is skeptical on the hardware front as they come and go frequently and are interested in platforms that sell now and have a proven track record, hence droid. To me this is nothing more than catch 22. Then again this is my take as a consumer, my insider's position is obviously way up there with better views.
What about apple? My insider said there was talks but apple was not impressed with sprint's stage and sprint not liking or unable to meet apple's partnership pricing.
So although sprint may not have certain devices, their belief in digital data transfer being the biggest service that consumers use anyway as opposed to voice (which will will evolve digitally to voip) are banking that their mobile broadband services will be the vehicle to get them through the tough times until their future is clear. To me they have the most attractive plans. My insider has stated that sprint will not be able to play the pricing game for too long. My insider has stated that it is evident as competing prices are falling, while sprint is begining to increase.
BTW my insider does not work for a wireless provider like sprint, att, verizon, etc. but has a career in the wireless field for a major corporation and has a significant position there. My insider stated that by the time the public gets the news it's already old. How old? My insider did not say.