Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Aug 2014 20:24 UTC
Windows

As expected, HTC has just announced a new smartphone with Windows Phone called the HTC One M8 for Windows. The new device is the same as the HTC One M8 with Android, albeit it comes with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 preinstalled.

Sounds great, especially since it may be possible to dual boot or switch operating systems once the XDA crowd gets its hands on this thing. But then...

The HTC One M8 for Windows is an exclusive device for U.S. carrier Verizon.

Yeah. Good luck, with that.

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RE: "Very Few People"
by jimmystewpot on Wed 20th Aug 2014 09:32 UTC in reply to ""Very Few People""
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and only 50 users are out of contract.

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RE[2]: "Very Few People"
by Bobthearch on Thu 21st Aug 2014 14:23 in reply to "RE: "Very Few People""
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2006-01-27

If the typical contract is two years, doesn't that mean that 60 million Verizon customers will become "out of contract" and eligible for a phone upgrade within the next 12 months?

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RE[3]: "Very Few People"
by glarepate on Thu 21st Aug 2014 18:49 in reply to "RE[2]: "Very Few People""
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2006-01-04

If the typical contract is two years, doesn't that mean that 60 million Verizon customers will become "out of contract" and eligible for a phone upgrade within the next 12 months?


I not sure that you can predict when the bulk of customers did their last contract renewal, or contract extension out to 2 years, based on how many there are. There are other factors than just the number of subscribers divided by 2.

Promotions, popular new devices, including more than just phones, changes to the plans as well as churn caused by these same things from other carriers that may make customers switch away from Verizon, might all skew the renewal rate. And that skew might be in either direction for each factor too. Their EDGE program offers customers the option to upgrade again 30 days after they have paid 60% of the cost of their phone, which would work towards shortening the renewal cycle. Once/if the customer sees how much that is costing them they might react in a way that goes the other direction though.

There is big money in this and I'm sure they work very hard at making sure that it keeps coming in.

I'm sure Verizon works very hard to skew it in favor of keeping the bulk of customers near the beginning of their contract period but I can't say how successful they are at that.

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