Why in the heck does Sharp not have a GSM version of the Aquos Crystal?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by mclld, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. mclld macrumors 68020

    Nov 6, 2012
  2. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    in exile
    A GSM version would not be $150. Although VirginMobile and BoostMobile are prepaid no-contract providers, the CDMA versions are locked into those services and so I wouldn't be surprised if there was a minor subsidizing of the phone knowing that they'll make money over the long haul. Heck, at $150 it would make a great alternative to an iPod Touch.... throw in a 128GB microSD card... and never activate it with the service.

    The Aquos Crystal is a phone that I'm really itching to get. I'm currently on StraightTalk with an iPhone 4 and I'd love to get a GSM version for use with ST.

    But our family has had great experience with VirginMobile over the years and so I'm fine with going back to VM.

    From what I understand, the Aquos Crystal is going to be an exclusive to Sprint/BoostMobile/VirginMobile. I suspect that if there is a positive consumer response to that handset, Sharp will commit to bring more to the US. I'm not willing to wait for that possibility. :)

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