Re: Makes no sense
said by clone:this is exactly why at&t is shuttering. they never wanted to lose postpaid customers to aio. they wanted to take customers from metropcs and cricket. at&t does not want the group you are referring to on prepaid period.
Most people I know wouldn't have Cricket if you paid them. The brand name is so tarnished by poor service, welfare recipients/drug dealers, and poor handset selection that people are going to stay far, far away from it.
AIO on the other hand, I've shown people the great service on my iPhone and explained the price structure and they were very interested. This group of people is mutually exclusive from the group that would consider Cricket a viable option. Typical AT&T short-sightedness.
Re: Makes no sense Yeah, but what he's saying is that AT&T probably saw AIO as cannibalizing their postpaid business, which worried them.
Cricket, OTOH, already has a perceived brand, audience, and network quality (none of them favorable, in some people's eyes). Of course, at this point, Cricket is nothing more than a name, but it may fit better with AT&T's desired audience for it.
Re: Makes no sense I doubt they'd be too worried about the magenta thing. T-Mobile would've had a hard time winning with that, and AT&T could've just changed the color if they wanted to avoid the issue altogether.
Still, I think the issue was that AT&T was worried about the AIO brand stealing market share from the AT&T brand. Obviously, they make more money from people via postpaid, so they'd prefer customers go that route. And, given that AIO is essentially a clean slate, more postpaid customers might choose it than would choose Cricket. Cricket, OTOH, has an image that would turn off the more desirable subs, which is fine with AT&T, since they'd prefer they be on postpaid anyway.
Re: Makes no sense I never said they shouldn't. That's the target demographic that Cricket et. al. chooses to market to.
Smart, financially stable people who realize the subsidy model is ripping them off, however, won't be looking to Cricket as an option. Not only is their actual service (reception, etc.) piss poor around here, being an AWS CDMA market historically meant they always had the worst of the worst handset selection.
Just as you won't find people who can afford a nice midsize Toyota shopping the compact cars at the Kia dealer, you won't find average middle-class or higher folks using Cricket in any significant number. It's all about perception, and Cricket is perceived as an inferior product. AIO, as of yet, isn't.
Re: Makes no sense
said by Raybro:Not true. Cricket does NOT provide free cell service. Wake up and stop being so prejudice. Also its more than Welfare recipient's that get those phones.
"Is there a reason why welfare recipients shouldn't be able to have a phone? At least they're paying for it."
No they are not paying for it. Myself and other hardworking taxpayers are the ones paying for it.
I know many seniors who are on a fixed income that get assistance with those phones.
You know I once was on the system, and I climbed my way out. I am MORE than happy to pay my fair share back into it. Not everyone on food stamps and Medicaid are bad people. They just had a rough time and needed the help.
Re: Makes no sense Same here. I was on it growing up. I got out of it and pay back into it.
The vast amount of people on this site are prejudice when it comes to things. Mention gov't phones or prepaid and everything is about drug dealers and those on welfare assistance.
Santa Monica, CA
Re: Makes no sense I made no mention of USF funds.
You referred to welfare recipients paying for phones.
Where do they get the money?
Re: Makes no sense If you're on free double breakfast and other entitlement programs, you haven't arrived. Squandering what money you do have on status symbols for your children just proves how out of whack most people's priorities are.
I believe whole-heartedly that those who are more fortunate should be giving people a hand who are down on their luck. In fact, I think it's mandatory.
Giving free food to people whose children have $700 electronic devices to show off, however, is ludicrous. And I see it every day, too. It's not some "conservative fantasy" that people piss away what money they do earn on toys and bling while they are fed by the government. It's a way of life for the welfare class.