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With guest host John Donvan.
A price battle among wireless carriers, and new players, like Google, stepping in. We’ll find out how this could benefit you.
When Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T go to war with each other, that’s pretty good news for the rest of us. Because we’re talking price war. In the effort to undercut each other — and steal customers — they are right now almost re-inventing the cellphone bill to our benefit. Add in Google’s aspirations to get into the biz. and who knows how fun it will get. Plus: Netflix — the employer — announces the most generous new baby benefit in America. One year paid maternity for new mothers, and a year off for dads too. But does a pitfall lurk somewhere in all that time away from the office? This hour, On Point. Wireless competition, and the Netflix benefit.
-- John Donvan
From The Reading List
Re/Code: Sprint Falls to No. 4 Among Wireless Carriers by Number of Subscribers — "Sprint became the smallest of the four major U.S. wireless carriers last quarter, as it gained 675,000 customers compared to more than two million customers for T-Mobile U.S. That left Sprint with 57.7 million subscribers, compared to 58.9 million subscribers for T-Mobile. Some thought the changeover would happen earlier in the year, but strong prepaid gains helped keep Sprint narrowly ahead of T-Mobile in the first quarter.
The Wall Street Journal: Kill the Wireless Contract! Buy Your Own Phone — "It’s now surprisingly easy to live a fruitful mobile life, free of carrier contracts, thanks to unlocked phones. With one, you aren’t bound to a carrier. You could switch from, say, AT&T to T-Mobile or Cricket Wireless, or even to Vodafone when you take that vacation to the Greek Isles. It’s actually how most of the world buys mobile phones."
Washington Post: The most remarkable feature of Google’s new cell service -- "With Project Fi, Google has developed what for most city-dwellers will be a cost-effective and reliable alternative to traditional cell service providers. Although it comes with trade-offs that could deter some — such as power users of Google Voice or those just becoming acquainted with large smartphones — the service also offers a glimpse of what the future of mobile telephony might look like. And it's an exciting vision."
Netflix Expands Family Leave Options
Huffington Post: Netflix Now Giving Employees 'Unlimited' Maternity, Paternity Leave — "Netflix is already known for its unlimited time-off policy, which allows employees to decide how much vacation to take in a given year.The policy sounds great in theory, but has been criticized for actually leading workers to take less time off for fear of being viewed as not that hard-charging. The company's whole thing is that it treat employees 'like adults' -- indeed, staffers don't even have to submit expense reports. Making things easier: strong growth and a stock price that's more than doubled this year.
This program aired on August 6, 2015.
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