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Pull-and-suck effects in Taiwan mobile phone subscribers switching intentions

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  • Chuang, Yi-Fei
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    This paper uses a binary logit model to investigate the factors that influence subscribers to stay or migrate based on the competitive nature of Taiwan's mobile phone industry and subscribers' habit formation regarding service providers. The results show that subscribers' satisfaction, switching costs, and habit strength negatively influence switching intentions, constituting a sucking effect that motivates subscribers to stay with their original providers. Alternative attractiveness, on the other hand, positively influences switching intentions, comprising a pulling effect that encourages subscribers to migrate to other providers. In spite of the promotional benefits offered by new service providers, Taiwanese mobile phone subscribers generally remain with their original providers. For instance, when subscribers perceive that there are no significant influences between service satisfaction and switching costs associated with different providers, what encourages subscribers to stay with their original providers is habit strength. Oftentimes, it is difficult for subscribers with strong habits to be attracted by promotions offered by alternative service providers. Because the concepts of suck-and-pull effects or habit-and-competition forces are infrequently studied, this paper explores these concepts and attempts to fill the void.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Telecommunications Policy.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 (March)
    Pages: 128-140

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:telpol:v:35:y:2011:i:2:p:128-140
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