View Poll Results: Did they drop the ball?
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Poll: Did Sprint drop the ball on pricing??
Now that the release has been announced what do you think about how Sprint did in regards to pricing??
I will be buying one on release day but I worry about this phone being a flop for sprint due to the $250 price tag.
- 08-11-2010, 11:52 PM #2
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Charged us more and didn't give us a movie or game.
Sprint branded sims would of made epic ... epic
avatar would of been cool also.
I would have gladly liked a lower price of 150 for those two items gone but to charge more without and only demo crap.
f u epic.
then you charge 10$ data plan to a user who lives in an area without
f u epic.
- 08-11-2010, 11:57 PM #3
- 08-12-2010, 12:02 AM #4
The EPIC is a good enough phone that people might have actually switched to Sprint for it. The extra $50 is just an extra thing stopping people from coming over. All Sprint gets in return is the satisfaction of pissing off their existing customers.
As far as I'm concerned, they should be giving these 4G phones away on contract. They cover the cost of the phone on the standard contract anyway, but now they get the extra $10/mo from 4G. It is a great way to get people to sign up for 4G service.
- 08-12-2010, 12:03 AM #5
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- 08-12-2010, 12:10 AM #7
I suspected $250.
Everyone who is upset with the price needs to think of the financials for Sprint/Samsung. They're including extra hardware features (QWERTY, front-facing cam, rear flash) that the Vibrant & Captivate don't have, all the while serviced on cheaper plans. You can't hit the margins on both sides of the equation (higher spec'd phone & cheaper plans) and expect the phone to be the same price as their competitors.
As soon as I saw that Sprint's Galaxy S would be a QWERTY slider, I knew there would be a price differential relative to the other 3 carriers' Galaxy S models. When it retained the front-facing cam and added a rear flash, it was obvious.
- 08-12-2010, 12:12 AM #9
- 08-12-2010, 12:19 AM #10
The EPIC costs samsung, at most, $10 more to manufacture than a Captivate. Keep in mind that they are gimping the ROM from 16GB down to just 1GB. Cutting the memory easily covers the cost of the 4G chip. The LED on the back probably costs somewhere between 0.9 cents and 1.3 cents, the camera on the front is probably a dollar. The keyboard rounds out the rest of the 10 dollars, and I'm being generous. Keep in mind that the Epic is made out of cheaper materials than the metal on the captivate, with that cool sliding battery cover.
- 08-12-2010, 12:20 AM #11
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- 08-12-2010, 12:35 AM #16
My upgrade date is September 1st, and thankfully they will hold it until then. I'm going to try and get it from Best Buy though, I don't want to deal with the rebate, and hopefully Best Buy will have the good sense to price match the iPhone, Droid X and EVO, or at hte very least the $229 price for the Vibrant and Captivate.
- 08-12-2010, 12:35 AM #17
- 08-12-2010, 12:36 AM #18
I'm Fine with paying more but as a business owner I think the strategy is far from smart the extra $50 makes new (not upgrade) customer think twice about switching. With the EVO you see your new subscriber growth is up and this is from a great phone at a common high end phone price $199. But instead of building on that you make a decision that people will really question. Your looking at $350 w/tax $375ish up front(damn now that i"m looking at it I question it) for a phone. Maybe If you dont wanna take the price down do instant rebate and do 250 upfront no mail in needed, that will satisfy current and new customers and put you higher is customer satisfaction and the recognition that a major cell company a instant rebate on a flagship phone. Sprint Holla at me if you need some marketing strategies..FOR REAL
Last edited by marisdaman; 08-12-2010 at 12:59 AM.
- 08-12-2010, 12:37 AM #19
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- 08-12-2010, 12:53 AM #22
Add a line, buy it for $250, then pay the $200 ETF. That gets it for you at $450.
I'm tempted to just keep my Samsung Intercept and then just get a Captivate for $50 and pay the ETF and get it for basically the on-contract price of the Epic.
Edit: Ouch. AT&T jacked their ETF up to $350. That makes the Captivate come out to $400. The iPhone 4 would be $550. Ridiculous. That is more than an iPad. At this point I am kinda glad I am on Sprint, but only because ATT and Verizon are just so damn horrible.
Last edited by drizek; 08-12-2010 at 12:57 AM.
- 08-12-2010, 01:19 AM #23
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- 08-12-2010, 01:24 AM #25
Samsung is known to have high price tags on their devices (especially high end devices) when they go on sprint. Remember the instink hd?? That was 250 -300 dollars i think when it was released. It was much more expensive than the pre too.
nope, its better than the phone thats $50 less. Plus, I don't have to worry about long lines now
I still think this phone will sell because it is the new device coming and with the marketing that Samsung is doing for their galaxy S line, a lot of people will take notice.yEzZiR! - samsung n400 w/camera > Sanyo mm7400 > Sanyo VM4500> Samsung Instinks > Palm pre > HTC EVO 4g