Sonim CEO: New devices likely to be ‘very heavily subsidized’ for FirstNet subscribers

SOURCE:  Urgent Communications

DATE:        March 16, 2018

Expected subsidization from AT&T could mean that FirstNet subscribers will pay little or no upfront money to purchase new Sonim Technologies devices—a development that is just part of the economics “sea change” happening within the industry, Sonim Technologies CEO Bob Plaschke said last week during IWCE 2018.

Just days before IWCE 2018, AT&T—FirstNet’s nationwide contractor—announced that the new Sonim Technologies XP8 and XP5s rugged LTE devices would be on the carrier’s list of approved devices for FirstNet users. Designed for first-responder use, the XP8 is expected to cost around $600 retail for an individual device, according to Plaschke.

However, the upfront costs could be very different to public-safety agencies that subscribe to FirstNet, Plaschke said.

 

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