The latest monthly carrier report from Wave7 research
about may shows that a game of musical chairs was played during the month. Take the largest wireless provider in the country, Verizon. Once known as Big Red, Verizon dropped the OG Motorola RAZR and the Motorola GS20 in May. The first took the iconic flip design of the original feature phone, which sold a staggering 130 million units in four years, and turned it into a foldable smartphone.
While smartphone enthusiasts have long called on the manufacturer to develop such a version of the RAZR, Motorola had to wait for the technology to become available to make a smartphone version of the flipper. The third generation of the RAZR is rumored to have a new chin and a more powerful chipset (the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1). It would also remove the predecessor’s large bezels and have a longer-lasting battery.
Verizon has added the Moto G Stylus 5G to its lineup
In May, Verizon has added the Moto G Stylus 5G to its lineup. Sure, adding a stylus and 5G capabilities to a mid-range handset gets a carrier’s customer base excited, affordable prices help too. The Moto G Stylus 5G costs $11.11 per month for 36 months, while the retail price is $399.99. For that price, you get a 6.8-inch LCD screen that refreshes 120 times per second (120Hz) and has an FHD+ resolution.
Verizon added the Moto G Stylus 5G last month, priced at $11.11 per month for 36 months.
The Stylus allows users to annotate, sketch diagrams, mark up files and more. The battery lasts up to two days without a charge, and the rear camera system features a 50MP camera sensor with Optical Image Stability (OIS).
AT&T dropped a number of devices in May, including the latest LG phone released by a major US carrier, the LG Velvet. In April 2021, the company announced it was exiting the mobile phone industry after several years of thinking outside the box with handsets like the LG Wing. The device has a 6.8-inch rotating screen that can be rotated to reveal a smaller 3.9-inch secondary display. It’s cool enough to get glances from those wondering what the hell you’re holding in your hand, but impractical enough to pass up like many consumers ended up doing.
Some mid-range Samsung Galaxy A models
AT&T also dropped the iPhone in May. Okay, don’t be silly. The 2020 iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max units are the iOS devices that AT&T has removed from its offerings. With the difference between the 2020 and 2021 iPhone models of about $100, it’s worth spending the extra cash to get the longer battery life on the current models.
last, AT&T also waved goodbye to one of Samsung’s mid-range Galaxy A series; in this case, the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G was removed from the wireless company’s list of available smartphones.
T-Mobile had a busy May when it dropped the Moto G Stylus 5G, the Moto 5G and the TCL Stylus 5G. T-Mobile also packed the Galaxy A12, Galaxy A32 5G and the Galaxy A52 5G. Now gone from the country’s second largest carrier are the OnePlus 8T and the Pixel 4a. T-Mobile also cut the price of the Galaxy A71 5G by 20% ($100 to $400). And while T-Mobile didn’t outright drop the 512GB iPhone 12 Pro Max like Verizon and AT&T, it cut the price of that model by 20% (or $200) to $799.99.
The percentage of postpaid customers at major U.S. carriers who upgrade to a new phone declined in the first quarter of 2022, as Verizon saw such upgrades decrease from 5.7% to 4.5%. At AT&T, 4% of postpaid customers upgraded their phone in Q1 2022, compared to 5.3% of postpaid customers who upgraded their phone in Q4 2021. And at T-Mobile, 4.8% of postpaid customers upgraded in Q1 2022. a decrease from the 5.8% recorded in the fourth quarter of 2021.