There are people paying $75 am month for iPhone use.
Originally Posted by cardfan
Before you jump, iphone is the last phone in the world I would recommend because of the high service costs, but Sprint going down that road is going to be rocky and and no fun for users.
I think hey will pick a sport in the middle.
My point remains. Discussion about the cost of the phone are trivial and in rfeal financila terms divisable by 24 months. So $100 either way on the sales price of the device is a $4 a month issue.
For many people a bump of $20 in service is a $20x24 plus tax or in excess of $500. A bump of $30 is about an $800 increase with taxes over the contract.
I think Sprint is an excellent deal, and will be even with price rises. This device will be used to drive people to higher priced plans. The sales cost set by Sprint will be around the price of the iphone. If they set it higher they will have one main reason: to try and gain prestige just like magazines set cover newsstand prices. If they set it slightly lower they will be considering other conditions nearer launch time.
Don't forget details about iPhone upgrades, ore one or two otehr Palm WebOS phones and upgrades from the first Pre maybe leaked before the actual sales launch. handsets are old and not exciting even before tye are released the only exception is the iphone and that is because they have a killer brand. Palm does not.
We have teh story of Sprints tiny market share. We haven't heard the return volley. We haven't heard from Apple. If they sense a significant threat they could push a cdma iphone at verizon, or dump hype, marketing and buzz on anew killer iphone right around the actual released date for the PRe. They have the money to snow the other guys under, Palm and Sprint haven't.