December 20, 2014

Rhetorical Questions: Carriers and Their Android Endeavors

Plenty of questions come to mind when it comes to the various carriers and their Android endeavors.  Some  seem to get it right more often than not while others have been playing from behind (ahem, AT&T)  since day one.  Others seem to really want to the platform to help push them over the the hump.  I’m looking right at you, T-Mobile.

Thinking back over the last few years, I came up with a bunch of rhetorical questions about the wireless players and their Android efforts.  Some of them could be turned into a post of their own, argued on both sides.  Normally I will toss these on twitter just to see how you guys and gals respond.   Thinking they could be more fun as a whole, I decided collect them and break them into categories.  So, here’s the first in a series of (at least) four rhetorical question posts.

I would love to hear your take on some of these so, please, feel free to comment below!  No wrong answers here.

  • Is the “Droid” branding getting too confusing to average consumers?
  • How confusing would it be if Verizon simply stopped using it?
  • How much do you really worry about the AT&T and T-Mobile merger?
  • Ever switched carriers specifically to spite them?
  • Ever switched back later because you realized the error in your way?
  • Remember worrying about minutes?
  • Do you worry about data in the same manner?
  • Are you seriously going through that much data every single month?
  • Why do carriers give us all the data-reliant apps and then throw roadblocks in the way?
  • Why can’t we get rid of these apps without rooting?
  • Does any carrier hold a new Android user’s hand better than Sprint with their ID Packs?
  • Is it me or does it seem like T-Mobile can’t figure out rate plans?
  • Do you remember thinking that Android was going to propel T-Mobile ahead of Sprint?
  • Remember when their no-contract plans were the ticket to third place?


  • Joshua Palmer

    Is the “Droid” branding getting too confusing to average consumers? Those customers are soft in the headHow confusing would it be if Verizon simply stopped using it? Not at allHow much do you really worry about the AT&T and T-Mobile merger? Not at allEver switched carriers specifically to spite them? NopeEver switched back later because you realized the error in your way? N/ARemember worrying about minutes? YepDo you worry about data in the same manner? Used Verizon and now Sprint so it’s never been a concern to me.Are you seriously going through that much data every single month? Yes, 2+ gigs every month without tetheringWhy do carriers give us all the data-reliant apps and then throw roadblocks in the way? The carriers that do that are hoping to charge overages (TL;DR – Money)Why can’t we get rid of these apps without rooting? Money paid to ensure it’s pre-loaded. If it’s loaded on data then it disappears with a factory reset. Android won’t allow us to wipe applications from system as it could potentially bork the phone/user experience. Does any carrier hold a new Android user’s hand better than Sprint with their ID Packs? NopeIs it me or does it seem like T-Mobile can’t figure out rate plans? There are reasons I’ve never used them for service and that’s one of them.Do you remember thinking that Android was going to propel T-Mobile ahead of Sprint? Felt it would give them a leg up on the phone aspect but service and pricing are still bigger factors for people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=744542767 Mikkel Rasmussen

    Not US resident here so, this all means nothing to me. (now aren’t you glad I posted that?)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marco-Ruiz/741463237 Marco Ruiz

    Is the “Droid” branding getting too confusing to average consumers? Yes. I think average customers can’t handle the idea of having more than 1 “droid” phone, so when there are several it can be strange. How confusing would it be if Verizon simply stopped using it? Kind of confusing, since even people that don’t have Verizon call android phones “droids”. How much do you really worry about the AT&T and T-Mobile merger? I’m more sad than anything. I kind of like T-mobile, and their selection of phones is great. I feel that AT&T is going to screw up anything that was good about T-mobile. Guess there’s always Sprint…Ever switched carriers specifically to spite them? NoEver switched back later because you realized the error in your way? NoRemember worrying about minutes? Yeah, back when we used to call people lol. Do you worry about data in the same manner? Sometimes, though I use WIFI 95% of the time. I hardly use my actual data unless I’m on the go. Are you seriously going through that much data every single month? Youtube videos eat up the most data by far. Why do carriers give us all the data-reliant apps and then throw roadblocks in the way? Money, business.Why can’t we get rid of these apps without rooting? The companies would rather have an extra 10 people use their stuff than face the wrath of the 20 people that know to have a problem with the software. Does any carrier hold a new Android user’s hand better than Sprint with their ID Packs? No idea. Is it me or does it seem like T-Mobile can’t figure out rate plans? Dunno. Do you remember thinking that Android was going to propel T-Mobile ahead of Sprint? Yeah.Remember when their no-contract plans were the ticket to third place? Nope. 

  • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

    How much do you really worry about the AT&T and T-Mobile merger?
    – Would personally benefit me in the short term (TMO has crappy coverage where I live and AT&T’s is good) but I’m still against it because it would be bad in the long term as prices would rise and selection/variety would decrease.

    Remember worrying about minutes?-  My whole family (4 lines) shares a 400 minute plan, never once worried about minutes (of course mobile to mobile calls are not counted)

    Do you worry about data in the same manner?- Not really but would love a shared data plan

    Are you seriously going through that much data every single month?- No the most I’ve ever used in a month is 500MB, my whole family (3 smartphones would never come close to using 2GB/mo if we had a shared plan.

    Why do carriers give us all the data-reliant apps and then throw roadblocks in the way?Why can’t we get rid of these apps without rooting?- They get paid by others (like the app makers or partners) to shove them down our throats.

    Is it me or does it seem like T-Mobile can’t figure out rate plans?- For sure, they are trying to balance being low cost and still trying to rape customers like a post-paid carrier is supposed to.

    Do you remember thinking that Android was going to propel T-Mobile ahead of Sprint?- Yes, it would have happened if TMO didn’t derp their way through 2009 and the first half of 2010

    Remember when their no-contract plans were the ticket to third place?- They could be, if they priced their phones reasonably instead of marking them up more than 100% to make people feel like they are getting some kind of deal with a 2 year contract and a “subsidy”

  • http://theoperationscar.com Tsbackup Kcorps

    those are the common question asked by people…
    it’s so hard to provide a perfect service..

  • Egyptianrecluse

    Too many questions but not many answers, so here a question for you; is there a site which takes into account people resident in the uk?

  • Cekopec23

    Look, I just want to know if AT & T is better than Sprint for Android carrier and phone. Plain and simple. Which is better. Who gives better coverage and better phones?

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