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  1. #41  
    Quote Originally Posted by bmacfarland
    I think it's fairly simple that if Sprint wants to limit it to their existing customers, then don't be an existing customer. Sure they'll acquire a new one by selling the Treo 650 to someone new, but they'll probably lose 3-5 that are peeved at the plan. If they find that a winning formula, then it's fine by me.
    I can't imagine that most people would drop their service simply because they couldn't get their new toy the second they demanded it.
  2. #42  
    Quote Originally Posted by DaleReeck
    I can't imagine that most people would drop their service simply because they couldn't get their new toy the second they demanded it.
    It's not that they/we would... but the threat of doing so hits Sprint where it hurts... and they are not about to sacrifice a customer over a discount on a phone!!
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  3. #43  
    DaleReeck.......not correct in your analysis....what I was trying to say is that Sprint Corporate doesnt pay the Sprint Store (owen by a local business person) for selling a phone. Sprint, AT&T, Cingular...ect...do not sell you phones....they are not in the handset business. The Merchants (store owners) actually buy these devices from handset makers directly or through resellers, not through the Cellular Service providers (i.e. Sprint....et al). So for Sprint Corporate....they have nothing to do with the sales of handsets...If a store owner feels that he has a hot product that he only has a limited supply of, then of course he will try to sell it for as much money as possible....he gets paid by Sprint Corporate to sell contracts.....not phones. Sprint doesn't make money on the sale of the handsets...the store owner makes money on the sales of phones (not Sprint Corporate). Now if supply is not an issue, then the store would love to sell as many new contracts as they can, and also sell you a phone and make a few back to boot. But with the T650 being such a hot item and in such limited supply.....I can fully understand why the store owners want to make as much on it as possibe. Anyway, what are you going to do, break your current contract???? Come on, it will cost you a lot to break a contract for a existing client only to experience the same thing at the new Cellular stores you buy from. It's just business for these store....profits are razor thin and they have to do whatever they can to make the most off of each and every sale.

    Now Sprint Corporate doesnt want this to happen but, they can't control it because they set up the system that way (as did all the other Cellular providers...I am trying to say that all the companies work this way...it is not just Sprint). So if you threaten to leave they will try to keep you and give you a few buck...whatever they give you to stay....will be peanuts compared to what they pay the store to sign up a new client. Also...think about this.....you are on a contract that maybe brings in to Sprint, for example.....$120.00/month.....they make the store cell you a T650 on the launch date....what is their net resul???? I'll tell you....nothing...they are still with the same client base and the same projected revenue levels (not good for them, the store owners, and their stock). But if they allow the stores to do this crap while supplies are limited on new items...then they still have you as a client (even if they give you a token to make you stay with them) and they have a new client...increased market share, increase projected revenue levels..etc...

    Hope that helps.
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    #44  
    Quote Originally Posted by jimHy
    I was at a small Sprint store just north of the golden gate bridge within the past hour. Had a long conversation with manager. He says that they will have some mid November, but in very limited quantities. He expected that he would only get 2 or 3 per week.

    Additionally, he said that they will not take names for anyone who is already a Sprint customer. These small shipments are soley for NET NEW customers. Fortunatelly I am with AT&T and he took my card to call me when one comes in, since I committed to him that I would drop AT&T and sign a new contract with Sprint. He also mention that even in this little store he has at least 50 inquiries.

    For what it is worth he told me that they get there inventory shipments on Mondays around lunchtime, and that just to be sure I should come in each Monday (yes even though he took my card, its still first come first served).

    he said to expect real general availability after the first of the year.
    Just as a point of interest, I talked to a rep at Best Buy in Raleigh yesterday about the above issue. He told me that Sprint could not force them to restrict sales to any particular group and that Best Buy would never make that distinction.
  5. #45  
    Quote Originally Posted by John_JHF1
    DaleReeck.......not correct in your analysis....he gets paid by Sprint Corporate to sell contracts.....not phones. Sprint doesn't make money on the sale of the handsets...the store owner makes money on the sales of phones (not Sprint Corporate)...you are on a contract that maybe brings in to Sprint, for example.....$120.00/month.....they make the store cell you a T650 on the launch date....what is their net resul???? I'll tell you....nothing...they are still with the same client base and the same projected revenue levels (not good for them, the store owners, and their stock). But if they allow the stores to do this crap while supplies are limited on new items...then they still have you as a client (even if they give you a token to make you stay with them) and they have a new client...increased market share, increase projected revenue levels..etc...
    Hmmm. Isn't this what I said? That contracts sell, not phones?
  6. #46  
    Quote Originally Posted by TreoDeJaneiro
    It's not that they/we would... but the threat of doing so hits Sprint where it hurts... and they are not about to sacrifice a customer over a discount on a phone!!
    Not to sound all hippee here, but its just that sometimes I think we lose perspective. With all the problems in the world, one of our major griefs is that while others have to wait for food and shelter, we are upset that we have to wait for our $500 cell phones. How will we ever manage?
  7. #47  
    sorry DaleReeck....I must of not understood your reply...but yeah...that's right
  8. #48  
    "Real" sprint Stores are corporately owned. Then there are dealers that have Sprint on the door, but are privately owned. I avoid the privately owned stores, as I have found the service is no as good - at least in my town.
  9. #49  
    Quote Originally Posted by chrisutley
    "Real" sprint Stores are corporately owned. Then there are dealers that have Sprint on the door, but are privately owned. I avoid the privately owned stores, as I have found the service is no as good - at least in my town.

    the Sprint stores are not corporately owned...they are what are called Co-op stores...they agree to sell only Sprint phones and thus Sprint will pay them an addition $15.00 (as of June 2002) for each activation. But as far as I know (an hey I could be wrong) all the stores are owned by private companies or individuals. But I am certain the Co-op stores are not corporately owned. They just agree to sell nothing but Sprint (110% sure of that).
  10. #50  
    You get 150 every 18 months as long as you carry the same handset for 18 months
  11. #51  
    My local Best Buy swears to Nov. 14.....I think I believe him.....can't wait.......why do some people type this way?.......I don't understand the benefit.....if any.....please....if....anyone.....knows.....why...tell me......................
  12. #52  
    I think this time around I am going to best buy rather than sprint... I swear to anyone those sales people don't know#$@#. stopped by my local sprint store and spoke to a young sales girl who looked upset for approching her... when I asked about a possiable release date she didn't know or if there is a waiting list... so frustrating...
  13. #53  
    Quote Originally Posted by hub
    Just as a point of interest, I talked to a rep at Best Buy in Raleigh yesterday about the above issue. He told me that Sprint could not force them to restrict sales to any particular group and that Best Buy would never make that distinction.
    I have spoken to my local sprint store and they said that it was BS on who they sell phones to. The guy just told me that "but you have to buy it". I said, no kidding...what do you mean? He said, some come in and think they can trade in an existing 600 for an upgrade. Never heard of that. So asked, straight up, will you only sell the phone to new customers and he said no.

    But, just FYI - If your store is telling you that, just buy the phone and activate it later. I have done that before.
  14. #54  
    Quote Originally Posted by realsyde
    My local Best Buy swears to Nov. 14.....I think I believe him.....can't wait.......why do some people type this way?.......I don't understand the benefit.....if any.....please....if....anyone.....knows.....why...tell me......................
    Just......to.......irritate.........you.......

    or maybe it is just a stylistic way of writing.....help to carry a tone of the message being typed........but I have advice for you.........If you don't like it........don't read.......it..............no one will be upset if you don't read their posting.......................(just putting these....in to irritate you......I love pushing your silly @ss buttons)

    People, either read the post and respond to the content in an adult like manner or don't. But, please.....no one cares to hear your silly crap about style of writing, and etc... It's almost as silly as that guy that wanted everyone to write about WiFi on his new thread only. I thought this was supposed to be free written threads with limitations only to the topic of the thread. Yet, some people feel the need to mold not only the topics but also the STYLE of writing??? Please............GIVE ME AN F------ Break! Get a life man and then other's writings will not bother you so much. And then maybe (but only maybe) that empty feeling inside of you, that you can only satisfy by ridiculing other's postings will be filled.
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