Any new phone rumors for Sprint?

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  1. SEMIJim

    SEMIJim Well-Known Member

    Yeah. Sprint's failure to do that may result in my leaving for VZ. Been a Sprint customer for over 13 years. You'd think they'd have more sense than to drop a model before they had a replacement for it.


  2. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

  3. SEMIJim

    SEMIJim Well-Known Member

    Commit to a nearly-impossible-to-meet volume to get the iPhone, and dump Motorola because of deals they make with Verizon?

    I don't think I want a small tablet for a phone ;)

    Either one of those built as solidly as Moto phones tend to be?

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  4. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    I really haven't had either as my primary phone before, so I couldn't even say from personal experience, but all the oem's have stepped up enough for me to give them a fair chance.
  5. SEMIJim

    SEMIJim Well-Known Member

    That's reasonable, I suppose, so I took a look...

    I left out an important bit: I require a world (aka: international) phone. It turns out the Photon Q is currently Sprint's only Android world phone, and that phone is definitely not acceptable.

    For the life of me I cannot imagine what they're thinking. For what little good it's likely to do, I'm currently formulating a polite "what the hell?" email to Dan Hesse. (Which, of course, probably won't actually be seen or read by him, but...)

    I don't know for sure that I'm going to move to a smartphone and data plan, soon, but, if I do, it looks like I'll have to change carriers. That would be a shame.

  6. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Totally understandable, Jim. I totally agree. Even with the photon q as the only world phone, Sprint locked the SIM on the q, instead if keeping it unlocked like on the original Photon. There's no reason people wouldn't just buy a prepaid phone and minutes while traveling internationally vs. using their sprint phone. Businesses might encourage the use internationally, for purposes of tax shelter (due to high cost international use), but to the general consumer, it's not a great selling point.

    I still love my original photon, which is why I'm keeping it as my dedicated music player/backup phone/international phone, but I'm not exactly sure sprint is making all the right decisions in order to garner new customers. I'm starting to wonder if it really is a goal to get close to att/verizon or remain where they are and be content with that.
  7. SEMIJim

    SEMIJim Well-Known Member

    That annoys the bejesus out of me. They're essentially saying "You're bound to us, no matter where you go, until the end of time, even after you've met your subsidization commitment."

    Yeah, but now they need to carry two phones around: One they can actually use, and the other containing, essentially, their digital lives.

    Sprint continues to give me fewer and fewer reasons to stay with them.

    Garner new customers? I wonder if they're making the right decisions to keep the ones they have. They're certainly on the verge of blowing it with this one.

    They're losing money. They cannot remain where they are.

  8. twospirits

    twospirits AF's janitor Moderator

    Interesting that this article mentions a source at IFA saying that the Note 2 will be announced by a few carriers including Sprint in October.

    May the Great and Powerful Odin make this come true. :D

    TS out
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  9. badankles

    badankles Well-Known Member

    Per the "How a Sprint Phone is Born" slides, it showed a 5.5 phablet 1H 2013. Sprint knew about this Note 2 a while ago, huh? I'm hoping they will release it this December 2012 and not make me wait longer. :(
  10. ScandaLeX

    ScandaLeX Wasn't Me

    I read this before. This was a great read. Highly informative. I saw 5.5 in one of the diagrams and haave been salavating ever since. THIS is what I;m holding out for,
  11. Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed Well-Known Member

    Watch my note 2 thread in the note 2 section. Sprint claims it isnt on the roadmap. I will have one in hand by the end of the week via my sammy source

    Dont be mislead...the q is not a world phone. It has international roaming capability.
    The moto admiral is one of only a few options I am aware of on sprint for world use with removable sim
  12. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    The original MoPho has a removable SIM. Pretty sure the Touch Pro 2 had a removable SIM also.
  13. SEMIJim

    SEMIJim Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the clarification. It wasn't even remotely under consideration, anyway.

    All things considered, at this point, I'm pretty much reluctantly coming to the conclusion I'll be switching carriers. If that happens: When my wife's contract is up: She'll be switched, too. Unlikely we'll be back, unless VZ (it'll probably be VZ) really annoys me. Being as the vast majority of my friends, colleagues and business acquaintances are on VZ, and find them acceptable, odds are we will, too.

    I honestly do not understand Sprint's "thinking."

  14. Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed Well-Known Member

    You have to pick which carrier meets your specific needs. That being said, do plenty of research. Your best world capable phones are going to come from gsm carriers...and its still not as easy as just popping in a sim from local carrier while abroad.
  15. Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed Well-Known Member

    My bad...i was speaking to current offerings
  16. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member worries, mr. ed. Didn't realize it was u that mentioned till after, so I figured you were talking about currently available phones
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  18. SEMIJim

    SEMIJim Well-Known Member

    Sprint has met my needs as a carrier... until now. Now they now longer have a satisfactory phone.

    Oh? What's it take?

  19. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Jim, you seem to be very angry in your posts. Can we assume you're just venting your frustrations?
  20. SEMIJim

    SEMIJim Well-Known Member

    Angry? No, not angry, per se. More baffled and a mite annoyed, I think.

    How does explaining I was happy with Sprint, until they had no phone for me, and asking what's hard about using a pre-paid SIM reflect anger?

    I'm honestly curious about the SIM thing.

  21. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    I was just wondering. It just comes off that way off how you write. Your words don't exactly look the most positive, so they come off as if you have a big gripe towards Sprint, which you have every rite to feel, but just wanted to make sure that you're not angry with any of us for some of the things we've said because even your answers or quotes for some of us are a little negatively least, that's how your words come off.
  22. Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed Well-Known Member

    I never thought he was angry.

    I am curious of whst you have seen thst you like Jim for phone offerings on other carriers. Currently the offerings from lg samsung and htc are identicsl on 3 of the 4 majors.

    Ok so as for sim....all carrier phones are sim locked...or locked specific to thst carrier.

    Verizon and sprint do this via esn database
    Tmo and att through programming and sim card.

    For example. I buy blah blah blah on att..go to england....i cant just buy a pre paid sim and throw it in the phone. A sim unlock code is required. That unlock code is tied to the imie of the device.

    Att refuses to give out unlock codes for typically up to 6 months. Most likely to prevent fraud. This gives users only two an online company to obtain the unlock code or in some cases root or jailbreak the device.

    Little known fact...the sprint iphone can be used on almost any carrier and overseas. It just has to be jailbroken

    Hope that helps some at least.
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  23. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Well-Known Member

    Looks like that phone has capacitive buttons... No new phone should. Not like I would consider an HTC phone anyways.

    I agree, as a carrier they are great but they are EXTREMELY lacking when it comes to offering good phones.
  24. Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed Well-Known Member

    Lol...everyone has the same phones ..att sprint tmo..even verizon. Verizon has one line the others do not carry and I fail to see anything superior in the droid branded line.

    Posts like this really confuse me
  25. SEMIJim

    SEMIJim Well-Known Member

    Oh. *shrug* Just getting straight to the point and calling things how I see them.

    Not at all :). (If I had a bone to pick with someone, believe me: They'd know it :).)

    Hmmm... I guess just the Motorola brand. I guess it seems that Sprint's lacking, to me, because they don't have what I'm looking for, whereas VZ does.

    Ah. Okay. Thanks for the info. Now that you mention it, I think I saw a complaint about this in another forum, related to either VZ or "AT&T."

    I suppose it makes sense. Prevents a user from getting a subsidized phone, then taking it to Europe or some other GSM area, bailing on the contract and stiffing the provider that subsidized the purchase.

    Does Sprint eventually, after some time, unlock the SIM? If not: I see no point in a world phone. A sticky or FAQ entry here might be handy.

    Too bad you couldn't give me an iPhone... or an iAnything ;)

    It certainly does! Thanks for the enlightenment.

    Some Moto phones are built a bit more robustly than many other phones. VZ' 'Droids, for example, have the Kevlar shells, Gorilla Glass fronts and, IIRC, titanium or high-strength aluminium internal frames. ISTR the Photon was built similarly?

    Old age? They say the second thing to go is your mind :D

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