Last Updated: Mar 06,2013
My bill is $90 after tax and insurance. Single line.
And, good luck with that google text service. It's fast and handy.. hope you can get it working on your phone.
Unless you go to metro and pay $55 for unlimited all. If you add lines it's $50 a line so it would be $150 for 3 lines. Taxes and fees included, no corporate discount.
Now that T-Mobile's going unlimited data too, it'll make for an interesting contest in the mobile market.
In this corner you have your smaller unlimited data networks...
They've been declared "dead" and "obsolete" by the industry experts, yet refuse to quit. Sprint has posted a financial loss and totally changed their direction in the broadband wireless sphere (dumping Nextel and Wimax), but their stock went up as financial gurus bet on their "Network Vision" philosophy. Customers rewarded them with the highest marks in customer service just this summer.
Meanwhile T-Mobile was on the mat, down for the count, about to sell out completely to the heavier fighter AT&T. T-Mo's supporters cried foul but knew their days were numbered. And yet before the Referee could reach 10, the judges came in at the last minute and called a halt to the fight. AT&T may be a champ but T-Mo's lawyers got the better end of the "pay for play" deal. with a cash injection and a boatload of new spectrum, T-Mo is back in the game to win it.
In this corner we have the reigning spectrum champions Verizon & AT&T.
You know them best from their former days as Ma Bell, now separate by Federal decree but still acting like kissing cousins/digital clones. They have the nationwide network to spare, but you'll pay for the privilege to use it. Data is capped, phones are loaded with bloat, but hey, you'll always have a signal. Champ AT&T garnered years of success with an exclusive deal to carry the darling of the tech industry (iPhone). Verizon has a phone for every person and animal on Earth. Both hold their customers with grandfathered unlimited data plans even though they'd rather dump those loyal folks in favor of the new "data share" plans. Yes they nickled and dimed their customers for years with texting plans. Now they will do it using Facetime and Twitter.
Who will win? Tune in this time next year.
The fight wobt be over anytime soon.
Positions on the leaderboard may be shuffeled, but there wont be a winner.
I thoroughly enjoyed that post though
The letters "google," as opposed to the dial pad numbers corresponding to "google" (466453)?
Because the text string "google" isn't a valid number?
Which isn't anywhere close to the $150 someone posted above. He prob has some stupid $9.95 recurring charges he hasn't looked into on his book from third party app scams or those texting scams. I get them sometimes and Sprint will credit you and block the charges. I pay less than $100 with my discounts for unlimited everything.
Lol...no way I could explain that to family members I pay for...hahaha...too complicated.
Let's talk when metro isn't roaming on other providers' towers. I'm not really comparing metro, virgin, or any other provider that doesn't use its own towers.
I have 5 lines and the 1500min unl data and text,my bill after taxes and 22% corp disc is $233 ,only 3out of the 5 lines got the $10premium data surcharge on.
Metro does have it's own towers for their home areas but they do roam on other towers for their extended home area.
I don't see why that would matter though.
It wouldn't, if the amount of towers even equaled t-mobile or sprint, but they don't, so metro doesn't charge for call or data roaming?
For extended home area(sprint) no. For travel talk(verizon) yes.
I officially take back anything nice I had to say about Sprint.
I have 3G speeds that aren't even usable. I have a super awesome phone that is completely crippled because Sprint can't and won't get its act together.
Customer service is extremely friendly and incompetent. A Customer Service Supervisor gave me an email address and told me to use it in a browser to access a website to look at towers in my area. She had no clue what a URL was. And she eventually transfered me to some trucking company and never did give me a proper URL. Also my 3G speeds here at work (my original complaint) are still no better than dial-up was circa 1997.
Unlimited data means nothing if you can't even use data. Don't get fooled or tricked into signing a contract for 2 years with a corporation that doesn't care at all about their customers. Sprint couldn't care less about what long-time loyal customers like me are experiencing while they "upgrade" their network. They keep talking about a future time where they will have the best network on the planet. Meanwhile we customers in most markets have seen 3G simply die a slow and agonizing death.
Find out what provider has a network that actually operates as advertized. Pay the price that they ask because it will be worth it. Sprint is cheap and unlimited. The problem is that the service is cheap and the problems on their network are unlimited.
Sometimes you get what you pay for.
Maybe it's non-functional where you live, but that isn't the case everywhere. I think we've all read enough of your relatively long rants to understand your frustration with Sprint.
Agreed. Hitting 4 or 5+ threads in the same forum, all within minutes of each other with essentially the same rant is a little ridiculous.
If the t-mobile signal or metro PCS signal were stronger at my house, I'd consider moving over:
Deutsche Telekom in T-Mobile USA-MetroPCS merger talks | Reuters
I'm kind of curious how that would even work since MetroPCS is a CDMA carrier. Maybe they only want to acquire them for a merger due to their LTE footprint, but even then.. the footprint is extremely small
Just found this article that explains it a 'bit:
MetroPCS: LTE Could Roam With Verizon, AT&T | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
So, rather than being a "roaming" partner with T-mobile, it'll be under the T-mobile banner. Maybe they split it up similar to how Sprint owns Virgin Mobile and Virgin Mobile is the "pre-paid" branch of Sprint. So MetroPCS gets turned into "T-Metro Pre-paid Mobile"?
That's great, Jim! It'd be a good decision to move over, especially with the merger with Metro on the table, and their bringing back unlimited data (without caps).
They have a quality selection of devices too.
Totally understandable. Everybody has to make decisions based on their personal needs and uses, which is part of the reason why I understand that there are so many iPhone loyalists. For them, it suits their needs better than Android does. In your case, it has seemed like there wasn't a truly compelling reason for you to make the smartphone switch. I know many people that still haven't wanted to make that jump.
it is a natural tech progression... i think everyone will have one.. sometime in the near future.
eventually it will be just a cheap to make a low-level smartphone as it is to make a dumb phone.
plain phones will disappear.
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