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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by rushmore, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    I just spoke to a rep and was told that for four people, the price was:

    $140 for first two lines (includes $10 EVO premium)
    $40 for two other lines.

    Wth tax, this is almost $200 and not counting any insurance you might want to add. The reps stated if you buy the EVO and more than one line, you must get the 1500 minute plan. My family of four rarely breaches 600 minutes of our 700 minute plan (my family are mainly text maniacs).

    Since I would be forced into a 1500 minute plan and pay the $10 premium, the Sprint plan would be about $40 more than VZW. If you use the minutes, it would be fine, but not only are you forced into $10 more, you also are forced into the 1500 minute plan- even if you do not need it.

    Is this what others are being told?


    I was going to get the EVO to test it out, but may just wait for all the testers here to report back, through the next few weeks.

  2. Putty

    Putty Android Expert

    I was paying $145(after tax, 24% off) a month for two iPhones on a 900 min share. I was told I could get the 1500 share with my 27% off, monthly, for less than $100 a month. I am hoping for a $40+ dollar a month savings.....so YES!
  3. BigRick10

    BigRick10 Well-Known Member

    For any line after the 1st and 2nd is 19.99+ 10 data fee. So its 29.99 not $40 if im not mistaking
  4. Rigmaster

    Rigmaster Android Expert

    Ask the question the way you really want to, can I get 4 Evos on a family share plan for less than $XX. That makes them give you yes or no.
  5. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    Not four EVO's- one and three standard phones with keyboards was quoted $180 before taxes. Sprint may not be increasing data plans directly for premium devices, but they are forcing people into premium plans. Same $ result- Assuming what I was told by the Sprint store in Lexington. Added: Called to confirm.

    Price for four EVO's would be $210 per month, before taxes. One and three standard devices is $180. Not better deal unless you need that many minutes.
  6. Rigmaster

    Rigmaster Android Expert

    ED Family w/1 Evo should be $140 for lines 1-2 + $40 total for lines 3-4 with grand total being $180 before discount.
  7. sprint rep that seemed very competent told me that a family 1500 data + 1 extra line, 1 evo 2 free phones would cost me $220 per month.:mad: but i live in ny:(

    edit: total monthly bill including tax and fees.:eek:
  8. clambert1273

    clambert1273 Android Enthusiast

    129.99 - everything family plan 1500 min shared.. add $10.00 evo line (mine)


    Lines 3-5 are 20/each so for 2 more 179.99.

    My bill with 3 lines WAS 157/mo before I discovered my 23% discount :) Now it will be cheaper even with the Evo - so I am happy... we barely use 300 minutes per month.. but I pay for it for the unlimited texting and when I tried to price other plans.. it just didn't work period.... and was always 150 for 2 phones instead of 3 .. I will take what I have :)
  9. BigRick10

    BigRick10 Well-Known Member

    I have 4 lines on a 1500min plan as well. I will be adding 2 EVO's (gift for my sister for graduation :D)

    129.99+20 (2 EVO data fees) = 149.99+20 (for 2 extra lines)= 169.99
    So 169.99-27% corp discount= 125ish-20 (promo credit)= 105ish! :cool:
  10. Rigmaster

    Rigmaster Android Expert

    Very competent but very wrong. You can get all 4 on that plan with Evos for $209.99. not including t/f.

    T/F is killing you in NY though. You're getting somewhere near $40+ of them each month. Ouch!
  11. lets say VA carried the Evo. If I've got the stuff right according to their site...

    VZ, 100 for Talk n Text then 30$ per smart phone for data and 9.99 per 'phone' line? though I think a fam plan get you 2 lines.

    4 smart data = 120
    + 2 lines = 20.00

    240 for 700 minutes... if you don't text you can knock 30 off.

    1 smart, 3 dumb...
    100, 30 data, 20 for 2 additional lines... 150 for 700 minutes.
    Bump it up to 1400 minutes and we're at 170

    if any of those dumb phones need limited data, an additional 10 per.

    On the sprint plan, the only 'minutes' your using are those involving land lines, your +10 evo fee gets you true unlimited data. with what your playing you'd probably qualify for the premier which means you get a 150$ upgrade discount every 12 months for the primary line/phone.
  12. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    Seems Sprint is forcing EVO owners into the premium plans along with the $10, even if you do not need the minutes or megs. True, Sprint is cheaper, plan for plan, but if you only need a 700 minute family plan and they force you to get the 1500 minutes when you do not need it, just because you get the EVO- they are not the cheaper option in this regard. Everything is relative. If you need that many minutes- different related story. Still, Sprint charges $10 more than VZW and $15 more than Tmo for extra lines (if you do not need data for those lines, this factors in too).

    One EVO and three standard phones for $180 and plus tax is steep if you only need half the minutes. How is this not a form of indirect data fee increases for EVO owners- on top of the $10? I understand the $10 (seems fair), but forcing to higher minutes when you do not need it is not fair at all.


    Just checking my minutes from Tmo (8 concurrent months) and VZW (May), we averaged 604 minutes for a family of four. Texting is a different story (my kids are text demons), but unlimited texting in 700 minute plans for both carriers and no force increase of plan minutes for premium devices. Sprint is apparently cheaper, but not always actually cheaper- unless you need the high minutes.

    As far as carriers, I have no blind loyalties. Tmo is cheapest, but weakest coverage and VZW has the best coverage, but most expensive (plan for plan, but not always, as pointed above).

    Sprint is the average of the two. I do not count At&t, since they support the socialistic rube named Steve Jobs ;)
  13. Rigmaster

    Rigmaster Android Expert

    You're scaring me. This is the exact reasoning that led to tiered pricing or per KB/MB/GB pricing that's appearing on the other carriers. With bundled/group pricing, those on the low and mid level don't see quite the same benefit as those at the high/peak end, but they do benefit from getting services that the package offers.

    If this were all about just cost and minutes, there'd be piecemeal plans that would inevitably be higher in price because the market segmentation would be so thinly sliced that there'd be no reason for any item to be cheaper.

    It reminds me of how I hate to dine at Luger's or Ruth's Chris steakhouse because everything is a separate charge. I'd rather go to another good steak place where I get sides, bread, and salad for one fair price.
  14. clambert1273

    clambert1273 Android Enthusiast

    I never really understand the debates on pricing.. they are what they are and no one has to choose any phone or any plan they don't want to.. I chose my plan and now I am choosing my phone :D

    I am happy with my decisions and don't regret either of them. I have had all carriers except Verizon and that is just because I refuse to pay that much more for something that doesn't matter to me.

    Honestly - if it isn't for you then it isn't :) you have to do what is right for you and you alone :)
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  15. Rigmaster

    Rigmaster Android Expert

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  16. clambert1273

    clambert1273 Android Enthusiast

    Oh I agree.. I didn't like the nickel and dime of AT&T when I had them... I prefer my big lump sum plan lol I don't want to have to think about what I need to add :D I am THAT lazy lol
  17. laredo7mm

    laredo7mm Android Enthusiast

    And this is the flaw in your logic.

    I am a Sprint customer with the Everything Data Family Plan. I have a Blackberry Curve and a Samsung Moment. Those are not premium devices, but I have a 1500 minute plan.

    I use 200 minutes a month combined...it is what it is.
  18. BigRick10

    BigRick10 Well-Known Member

    Att is notorious for nickle and dime'n. Shoot so is Verizon.
  19. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    Agreed- if you use the minutes ;) If not, being forced into a higher minute plan and $20 per line is no different than just charging up in the first place.

    Phone carriers do not love us- they got their mind on our money and our money on our mind. Word.
  20. clambert1273

    clambert1273 Android Enthusiast

    i mean honestly... are we buying the plans for the minutes? I am not (for one) .. I buy it so I can text and do what I need to do with pics and stuff..web etc.. if I happen to use minutes then so be it... it is now my husband and I so realistically it is 750 min each.. on a busy month I may use 500.. and that is because I call landlines with my job..

    Now you never know what can happen.. when my dad had a heartattack.. I used a TON of minutes... I was with Cingular back then.. thank god I had stacked up roll over minutes or I would have been SOL!

    I will keep my 1500 lol I do wish they would drop it down a notch to like 800 or so.. but pretty soon minutes won't even factor into our plans :)
  21. laredo7mm

    laredo7mm Android Enthusiast

    Who is forcing you to switch carriers? Sprint does not offer a 700 minute shared plan with data. You are comparing apples and oranges.
  22. Rigmaster

    Rigmaster Android Expert

    How much would you use if all calls were included though? The ATT plans don't feature call exclusions the way Sprint does.
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  23. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    Actually, it supports my view even more, since your case appears more drastic (in minutes) than mine. Are you forced to get the 1500 minute plan? If so, and you only use 200 minutes, how in the heck is Sprint cheaper?

    Sprint, like any company has to make their money. They apparently choose to force people into minute plans they do not need. The function being to account for data expenses, without calling it data expenses. Surely Sprint knows most people do not use 1500 minutes ;)

    This 1500 minute forced plan seems more a problem than the $10 charge. $20 per line is also an issue. Not sure how Sprint is any better or cheaper than anyone else- unless you will use the heck out of them there minutes :)

    Nobody is forcing me, but they would be forcing me- if I chose Sprint. Their plans and what they force you to purchase is no different than just charging outright.

    All things considered, they are no better than VZW- again unless you will actually use the higher minutes and the data for all lines.
  24. asaberan

    asaberan Well-Known Member

    I just did a quick comparison for my wife and I:

    Everything Data-1500 Shared Anytime Minute $129.99
    TEP $14 (for both)
    Includes Data and BIS
    Evo BS upcharge $10
    Total $153.99


    Nationwide Talk & Text Family 1400 $119.99
    Total Equipment Coverage $15.98 ($7.99 x 2)
    Unlimited Data $59.98 ($29.99 x 2)
    Total $195.95

    Nation 1400 with Family Talk $89.99
    Data Plan $60 ($30 x 2)
    Messaging unlimited for families $30
    Insurance $10 ($5 x 2)
    Total $189.99

    Now we both need data due to having work related email, so that may not be the case for you, but for me, having to pay for data on both phones is a deal breaker with other carriers.
  25. evotitans

    evotitans Android Enthusiast

    The biggest problem with Sprint's plans are the fact that with Unlimited mobile to mobile it made the larger minute plans pretty useless.

    I mean, it was an ingenious move by Sprint...and no one has really tried matching that yet.

    But, aside from grandparents and maybe older parents...who else would you call on landlines?

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