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J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Satisfaction with the Wireless Purchase Experience Is Higher among Customers with 4G-Enabled



  J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Satisfaction with the Wireless Purchase
Experience Is Higher among Customers with 4G-Enabled Devices Than among Those
                  with Less Technologically Advanced Devices

Sprint Nextel Ranks Highest in Wireless Purchase Experience Satisfaction among
Full-Service Carriers, While Boost Mobile Ranks Highest among Non-Contract
Carriers

PR Newswire

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Satisfaction with
their purchase experience is higher among wireless customers who own a
4G-enabled device than among those who own a less technologically advanced
device, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Wireless
Full-Service Purchase Experience Study^SM—Volume 1 and the 2013 U.S. Wireless
Non-Contract Purchase Experience Study^SM—Volume 1, both released today.

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Now in their 10th year, the semiannual studies evaluate the wireless purchase
experience of customers using any one of three contact channels: phone calls
with sales representatives; visits to a retail wireless store; and online.
Overall customer satisfaction with both full-service and non-contract branded
carriers is based on six factors (in order of importance): store sales
representative; website; phone sales representative; store facility; offerings
and promotions; and cost of service.

The study finds that among full-service wireless customers who own a
4G-enabled device, satisfaction with their most recent purchase experience is
774 (on a 1,000-point scale), considerably higher than among those who own a
previous-generation network technology device (753), such as a 3G smartphone
or feature phone. This gap in satisfaction is found across both retail and
online contact channels.

Full-service wireless customers who purchase a device in a retail store
provide higher satisfaction ratings than non-4G customers for fairness of
price paid for additional services, such as Web browsing, text messaging, ring
tones, attractiveness of phones and equipment to choose from.

"Customers making purchases in retail stores have an opportunity to touch
handsets and accessories and understand the value associated with each,
something not possible over the phone," said Kirk Parsons, senior director of
wireless services at J.D. Power and Associates. "In addition, carriers have
invested heavily in merchandising, store upgrades and staff training to make
the overall purchase experience for customers more enjoyable and efficient in
the retail store."

The study also shows a direct correlation between a knowledgeable salesperson
regarding device technology and higher levels of customer satisfaction with
the overall retail experience.

Wireless Purchase Experience Study Results
For a fourth consecutive reporting period, Sprint Nextel ranks highest in
overall customer purchase experience satisfaction among major full-service
wireless carriers. Sprint Nextel achieves a score of 778 and performs
particularly well in the offerings and promotions and cost of service factors.
Verizon Wireless (764) follows in the rankings.

Boost Mobile ranks highest in overall customer purchase experience
satisfaction among non-contract service carriers. The carrier achieves a score
of 773 and performs particularly well in the phone sales representative, cost
of service and website factors. MetroPCS (768) and Virgin Mobile (767) follow
in the rankings.

The study also finds the following key wireless purchase transaction patterns:

  o Non-contract carriers excel at satisfying customers who purchase a new
    phone online. Satisfaction with the overall purchase experience among
    non-contract customers who purchase their phone online is 789, compared
    with 768 among those who purchase their device over the phone and 742
    among those who buy their device in a store. This trend is opposite that
    of full-service carriers.   
  o While the majority of customers who make their purchase online do so via
    their carrier's website (76%), satisfaction with the experience is higher
    among those who make their purchase via such general shopping websites as
    amazon.com and sites for big box retailers, such as bestbuy.com.
    Satisfaction among customers who make their purchase via general shopping
    sites and big box store sites is 772 and 752, respectively, compared with
    736 among those who purchase via their carrier's site.
  o Customer satisfaction with the overall purchase experience for other
    retailers, such as Apple, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack and Wal-Mart, has
    improved relative to satisfaction with full-service carrier-branded
    stores. In 2013 Vol. 1, satisfaction is five points higher among customers
    purchasing from electronics and big box stores than carrier-branded
    stores, while it is 18 points lower  in the 2012 Vol. 2 study.

The 2013 Wireless Full-Service Purchase Experience Study—Volume 1 is based on
responses from 7,777 wireless customers. The 2013 Wireless Non-Contract
Purchase Experience Study—Volume 1 is based on responses from 3,533 wireless
customers. Both studies are among current wireless service customers who
indicate having had a sales transaction with their current carrier within the
past six months. The study was fielded from July through December 2012.

2013 U.S. Full-Service Wireless Purchase Experience Study –Volume 1
Overall Purchase Experience Index Ranking                 J.D. Power.com Power
                                                          Circle Ratings
(Based on a 1,000-point scale)                            For Consumers
Sprint Nextel                             778             5
Verizon Wireless                          764             3
Full-Service Average                      764             3
AT&T                                      762             3
T-Mobile                                  753             2
2013 U.S. Non-Contract Wireless Purchase Experience Study –Volume 1  
Overall Purchase Experience Index Ranking                 J.D. Power.com Power
                                                          Circle Ratings
(Based on a 1,000-point                                   For Consumers
scale)                              
Boost Mobile                              773             5
MetroPCS                                  768             5
Virgin Mobile                             767             4
Non-Contract Average                      755             3
Straight Talk                             738             2
TracFone                                  737             2
Cricket                                   729             2
Net10                                     720             2

Power Circle Ratings Legend:
5 – Among the best
4 – Better than most
3 – About average
2 – The rest

About J.D. Power and Associates
Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a
global marketing information services company providing forecasting,
performance improvement, social media and customer satisfaction insights and
solutions. The company's quality and satisfaction measurements are based on
responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on car
reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and
more, please visit JDPower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit
of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

About The McGraw-Hill Companies
The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), a financial intelligence and education
company, signed an agreement to sell its McGraw-Hill Education business to
investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC in November
2012. Following the sale closing, expected in early 2013, the Company will be
renamed McGraw Hill Financial (subject to shareholder approval) and will be a
powerhouse in benchmarks, content and analytics for the global capital and
commodity markets. The Company's leading brands will include:

Standard & Poor's, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Platts, Crisil, J.D.
Power and Associates, McGraw-Hill Construction and Aviation Week. The Company
will have approximately 17,000 employees in more than 30 countries. Additional
information is available at www.mcgraw-hill.com.

J.D. Power and Associates Media Contacts:
John Tews; Troy, Mich.; (248) 680-6218; media.relations@jdpa.com
Syvetril Perryman; Westlake Village, Calif.; (805) 418-8103;
media.relations@jdpa.com

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No advertising or other promotional use can be made of the information in this
release without the express prior written consent of J.D. Power and
Associates.

SOURCE J.D. Power and Associates

Website: http://www.jdpower.com
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