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Nickels and Dimes

acdc1a

Aug 27, 2011, 10:30 PM
I wrote before about carriers in general and Sprint specifically nickel and diming their customers to death. Just got my bill for the 4G internet. It seems as though their administrative charge is going from $0.99 to $1.50. It's a free out of contract, but what's the point of constantly adding to these fees?
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Copper Emeritus

Aug 28, 2011, 9:32 PM
I think it's called P-R-O-F-I-T.
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acdc1a

Aug 29, 2011, 7:59 AM
When you go to McDonald's and they have a menu price, what would you say if the cashier told you there is a $1.50 administrative charge for her to take your order?

Profit is fine. Calling a rate plan $69.99 while actually charging $72.29 is obnoxious.
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vercetti

Aug 29, 2011, 10:37 AM
if you check the page under the one that spells out taxes and surcharges, it defines surcharges as the cost of doing business based on government regulation...look who runs the government now, a regulation heavy pres.
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acdc1a

Aug 29, 2011, 11:50 AM
That's what the plan price is for. See my McDonald's comparison. If you're not making enough, wait until my contract is up and raise the price of my plan. Simple isn't it?
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vercetti

Aug 29, 2011, 12:39 PM
all carriers have surcharges, for Accounting practices it ahs to be done that way, just like sales tax on equipment is not lumped with the plan's taxes, state and federal regulation makes it different per locality.
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acdc1a

Aug 29, 2011, 1:21 PM
But they don't have to violate the contract to accomplish increases. It wasn't always this way either. This all started right around 2004.

Metro includes all of their nonsense in the monthly fee. That's one of the many reasons I like them.
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vercetti

Aug 30, 2011, 5:50 AM
but they are limited on data speed and footprint, they are an MVNO of sprint's
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acdc1a

Aug 30, 2011, 6:40 AM
Metro PCS IS NOT an MVNO. They are a stand alone wireless carrier with their own network. They have a roaming agreement with Sprint.
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vercetti

Aug 30, 2011, 7:50 AM
thats right, my fault thinking of someone else.....they are a good alternative but in the end subpar.

Once again all major carriers do the billing the same way. You get what you pay for
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not pickles

Aug 30, 2011, 10:41 PM
I thought their whole network was sprint/nextel
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acdc1a

Aug 31, 2011, 7:32 AM
No. You can get a summary on the carrier page of this site.
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vercetti

Aug 31, 2011, 8:39 AM
MetroPCS offers wireless phone service to customers in select metro areas across the US. MetroPCS provides plans with one flat monthly cost for unlimited service, with no contract. Metro's newer networks in major cities use the 1700 MHz (AWS) frequency band, while original networks in regional areas use 1900 MHz (PCS) frequency band. The MetroPCS network was built from the ground up using CDMA technology.

The 1700 is theirs or someone elses, the 1900 is sprint pcs I believe.
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acdc1a

Aug 31, 2011, 9:45 AM
NO! It's ALL THEIR SPECTRUM! Shocked
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not pickles

Aug 31, 2011, 7:42 PM
Dont think so, buddy. How come you can get nextel phones on boost then?
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sweetbabyD

Aug 31, 2011, 10:01 PM
Heres a question for you guys: I recently bought a used blackberry style sprint phone from a guy who said he was terminating his contract w/ sprint for what-ever reason. So, I called sprint to have them check to #s so I could switch phones on my account. Sprint says I can't because it activated to another account and the account holder still owes them money so they couldnt have it deactivated until they paid off the balance. Is there any way I can get the blackberry to work on my account?
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elderado

Aug 31, 2011, 10:34 PM
Not until the account holder pays their charges.and even then it can sometimes be 30 days from the date of payment processing before the esn is released.No manager or anyone else will be able to change that either.
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sweetbabyD

Sep 1, 2011, 3:45 AM
Thanks for the info, elderado! Just wish it was better news Sad
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acdc1a

Sep 1, 2011, 7:16 AM
I think you're referring to Boost while I'm referring to Metro PCS.
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