Qwest is going to resell Sprint’s EVDO Rev A service, the company announced yesterday. The plans start at $69.99 a month, and the unlimited plan goes for about $80 a month. If you commit for two years, you get a data card for $50. Qwest DSL customers get $20 off their monthly wireless broadband plan.
Unfortunately, it isn’t much of a discount. You can go straight to Sprint, and buy the same type of plans for between $40-and-$60-a-month. Sprint’s deal might be a better bargain since they are also offering a wireless data card for free (with mail in rebate.)
I don’t see why anyone should be paying a Qwest premium – unless Qwest has some magical convergence tricks hidden somewhere.
2 thoughts on “Qwest sells mobile broadband, charges a premium. Why?”
Because Qwest has become the biggest consumer ripoff.
Keep in mind that Qwest wireless is resold Sprint, and they are contractually obligated to charge more than Sprint on every single resold plan.
This article highlights the response one city had to Qwest complaining about that city running competing broadband services:
If you already a Qwest customer (like I am), then there is no price difference. The only value I can see is “one less bill to pay.”