Editor in Chief
- Dec 30, 2010
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- Austin, TX
Sprint's CEO, Marcelo Claure, recently made comments that even though Sprint currently uses unlimited data plans as as a marketing tool to gain an edge over rival carriers, it will eventually stop offering unlimited data plans at some point in the future. This echoed the previous Sprint CEO's (Dan Hesse) position, and mirrors that of the other US cellular carriers' point of view. It's common knowledge that Verizon and AT&T want to get rid of unlimited data plans, and have actively worked to do so.
To go along with that, as we recently discussed in a different thread (here), the major US carriers also make it clear they want to get rid of cell phone subsidies (defined as only paying a partial payment for a phone but requiring a two-year contract) altogether as well. T-Mobile basically already did it, and nearly all of the others have made moves towards getting rid of subsidies (like Verizon's Edge program).
Eventually, if the carriers do get rid of both subsidies and unlimited data plans, the mobile landscape in the US will be quite a bit different. Here at HQ, we wondered what our members' perspectives on these subjects might be, so we thought it would be a cool idea to simply ask you folks a bunch of questions that might spark some interesting conversations. Here are a slew of them... feel free to answer all of them, or just cherry pick the ones that interest you. Either way, we want to hear what you guys think of the state of the industry and what it might be like in the future.
Here are several questions regarding Unlimited Data Plans (feel free to add any others you can think of to the discussion):
- How long do you think it will be before all the major US carriers get rid of unlimited data plans?
- Which carrier will get rid of all of their unlimited data plans first?
- How will they go about eliminating unlimited data plans?
- Would you leave your current carrier if they chose to no longer honor your grandfathered unlimited data plan?
- If so, which carrier would you consider switching to?
- How long do you think it will take before the next major US carrier eliminates subsidies?
- Which carrier will be the next to do so?
- What will they need to do to make getting rid of subsidies a viable option?
- Would you try out a different carrier if their program offered a significant value?