Originally Posted by serrano_yejo
A baseball commentator (Peter Gammons) for ESPN once said that the real money for teams is made in the off-season... because a simple rumor of a star player coming to a team is what makes the fan buy those $eason ticket$ (very lucrative)... on the same page a rumor of a device coming to a carrier is what maybe keeps a customer w/ that company. In my case just discussing the rumor of a BB 8703 for Sprint keeps me from going to T-mo or Cingular... Sometimes the "Devices" are what makes a carrier.
Although I love PG, an alternative view would be that always being late to the party with new devices will allow a customer an opportunity to leave. Being late with the Treo 650, then the Blackberry 7250, allowed me to let my contract with Sprint lapse. I considered a corporate offer we had from Cingular (we have them from all the carriers) because they had the 8700c. Unfortunately for Sprint, my switch to Cingular was not pleasing from a voice quality standpoint -- but now I'm there for the term of my 2 year deal. Unless, that is, they come up with a way to buy me out of my contract...