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Sprint Chief Technology Officer Stephen Bye expressed the company's commitment to unlimited data at the GigaOm's Mobilize conference in San Francisco yesterday

Sprint announced that it intends to keep its unlimited data plans around awhile in order to have a competitive edge against AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile -- which have eliminated their unlimited data.

At the GigaOm's Mobilize conference in San Francisco yesterday, Sprint Chief Technology Officer Stephen Bye expressed the company's commitment to unlimited data, calling it a "differentiator" from other U.S. carriers, according to Engadget.

But it's not enough to just be different. There is a high cost for supporting these subscribers and there's market pressure associated with maintaining unlimited services. Bye said he understood these costs, but defended unlimited plans by acknowledging that not every unlimited subscriber uses as much data as the next. He added that unlimited data plans are easier to maintain because there's no tiered data support or hidden costs for customer care.

However, launching a 4G network may be an issue with Sprint's current plan, considering the expense involved in maintaining such a network. According to CNET, Sprint will first have to eliminate its IDEN network and instead use that network's budget for data usage.

In addition, Sprint's upcoming acquirement of the iPhone 5 will put its unlimited data to the test, considering it will strain the carrier's capacity to hold on to these plans.

"Is there pressure? Yeah," said Bye. "There's a challenge for all engineers to work on how we get the cost structure down."

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RE: Revenue vs Expentiure
By StevoLincolnite on 9/27/2011 11:57:38 AM , Rating: 2
Is this guy stupid? The job of engineers is to make sure the $10 billion network (or whatever it costs) works, it isn't "getting the cost structure down".

Wrong. Part of an engineers job is to look and maintain all aspects of the network.

That Phone tower? It could be serviced by multiple different back-haul technologies all with a fairly large amount of differing costs.
Microwave is cheap for long distances although capacity is limited.
Fiber for higher speeds and more densely populated areas...

They might not even build their own back-haul, but instead rent capacity from a 3rd party.

Expanding the network and putting up new towers? You could go with various different radio suppliers to get the tech you need at a cheaper price.

An engineer can lower costs dramatically at any given location.

RE: Revenue vs Expentiure
By Dr of crap on 9/27/2011 12:09:03 PM , Rating: 1
But he is pushed by finance to get the price in check.
He is pushed by marketing, in a big way, as to how things might operate or "look" to the user.
Keeping the price in check really isn't number one on his list of things to do.
First you get the thing working, then you nibble at the cost of developing the thing.

RE: Revenue vs Expentiure
By Manch on 9/27/2011 5:43:12 PM , Rating: 2
Considering sprint doesnt make there own phones, I think he's mainly referring to there infrastructure. Sprint uses a mishmash of third party towers in addition to there own. A lot of bandwidth can be saved,or better utilized by ensuring standardization, proper load balancing along with where to plus up your resources for peak usage hours. Interoperability between third party towers can be an issue too.

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