Perhaps a legitimate reason for the $10/mo EVO fee

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Hrshycro, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. Hrshycro

    Hrshycro Well-Known Member
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    Just a thought I had today, but since the $10 fee did seem to come out of no where, but sometime after they said the 4G would be free at CITA, and since they haven't expressly said it was for the 4G data...

    Perhaps, they knew the first batch of phones were going to have the screen problem, as well as other problems, but they found out after they had several thousand/hundred thousand made, thus knowing they were going to have to replace a hell of a lot of phones within a month or two and with this so-called "Prem Data Fee" they could regain some of the money for replacing all the early adopters phones.

    I don't have the screen problem...yet, but I'm going to be exchanging mine because the speaker is half blown or something in the earpiece.

    Any takers on the idea?
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  2. ssma

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    I find that hard to believe... you think we're paying for new phones to replace the ones that had issues?... I just don't think that even Sprint would screw over their customers just because HTC put out some bad phones.
     
  3. GoKWaLa

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    Sprint doesn't make the phone. It's HTC's problem.
     
  4. neoshi

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    I call it the OOOH-I-WANT-A-NEW-TOY fee.
     
  5. snapbox

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    I can't imagine Sprint doing this to it's customers.... so I'd have to disagree with you. Not a bad conspiracy theory though!
     
  6. Hrshycro

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    It is a little bit far-fetched, but you never know. Last minuet stuff always happens and companies might make drastic measures to compensate themselves.

    It was just a thought, especially since they've never actually said the fee was for the data, it's for the phone experience, which directly links it to the phone, if you go by what they say the fee is for.
     
  7. Mecha

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    It removes the hidden data cap that other phones on Sprint are under. From what I hear, there's actually a limit of 5GB of data, even on the Unlimited Data Plans.

    That being said, it doesn't help that the money can also be used to expand Sprint's 4G network.
     
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  9. Hrshycro

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    From what I've read, the 3G data on the EVO is still capped at 5GBs/mo - "Unlimited", just like all the other companies.

    4G is truly unlimited, because (in our area anyhow, it's provided by Clear) and Clear is basically just a home ISP, which is "Unlimited" but capped at about 200GB/mo, or that's when they start getting mad at you, just like every other ISP.
     
  10. IPvFletch

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    They also told me it enables HD content for Sprint TV and YouTube.
     
  11. neoshi

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    Can't you technically watch YouTube HD on any phone that is capable of handling it without a fee?
     
  12. thebrain

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    If we are just throwing out ideas. I think the ten dollar fee is because it is the only sprint handset that plays flash. And we all know Flash uses like 10 billion giga tera bits per web page. So I think the fee is for flash support.
     
  13. JoshUng

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    Exactly, not sure why Sprint would charge $10 for something that would probably cost HTC money, not Sprint.

    Personally, I've had no issues. My main complaint about the battery isn't the short life (it isn't bad for me), but that the indicator doesn't seem to drain evenly. Between waking up and getting to work (about 45 minutes) I use ten percent of my battery from little to no use. The next 10% takes 3 hours to disappear, with moderate use. It just seems like the indicator is truly accurate.

    But as far as conspiracy theories go, if HTC saw this coming, and needed money to cover replacements, I imagine they would just charged more for the phone. I think a lot of use were surprised the phone was only $450 unlocked. If HTC had a higher price due to 4G, bigger screen, etc, I think most people would have accepted that price.
     
  14. Hrshycro

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    Well, just an update...

    The Sprint store said that my speaker was wacko for sure, and when I checked the other two phones we have tonight, both of their screens are raising up. What find strange is, mine got 10x the usage over the last week than the other two did and mine doesn't have the screen problem...yet.

    Anyhow, I guess Sprint will be sending us 3 new phones.
     
  15. twospirits

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    lol

    As much as I hate to admit it, I think that is the most perfect answer yet. lol

    TS
     
  16. Jonhern

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    Yes it does



    The $10 service charge is specifically for the increased data usage expected by owners of this particular device, thereby relieving the owners of the 5GB data cap.
     
  18. neoshi

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    Then show me EXACTLY where in the T&Cs it shows the lift of the cap.

    Please.

    Yet, I quote the T&Cs exactly as shown on the Sprint website, showing no evidence WHATSOEVER of a lift and you don't believe me.

    Hearsay vs. quoted legal document.

    Go figure. Backwards logic these days..

    Look, I'll jump with joy if Sprint's legal department can provide us with an addendum to our Terms and Conditions waiving us of data caps, restrictions on phone-as-modem (PAM), etc--making us TRUELY unlimited. But until then, we're legally bound to such restrictions, with and without the fee.
     
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