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Sprint - The Most Expensive Carrier

gloopey1

Jul 21, 2014, 2:34 AM
Once upon a time, Sprint customers had something no one else had: an inexpensive carrier with great coverage and the ability to negotiate even better deals with Customer Care.

Fast forward to 2014: no more sweet retention deals, no more fabulous plans, and no easy access to roaming-partner networks when inside a fringe area or metal building.

Unless you are able to convince nine other people to go in with you, your monthly bill will be the highest in the industry. Sprint has essentially forced its customers to work for better pricing with the Framily plans.

To add to all this, Sprint's new network was merely their Johnny-come-lately rollout of 4G. I had high hopes two years ago that my tri-band phone would enjoy the enhanced covera...
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cellphonesaretools

Jul 22, 2014, 9:10 AM
gloopey1 said:
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My company stayed with Sprint after the iDEN shutdown. I carry a Sonim Strike at work and the push-to-talk feature is way slower and less reliable than Nextel's instantaneous system was.

Sprint, I think you shut down the wrong network and kept the wrong name. Your business customers were the backbone of the company, and you did away with them by making poor decisions. You might as well not have customer care reps because none of them are allowed to do anything anymore anyway.

Come December, all three of my lines will be out of contract and I'll head somewhere else.
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This is an "April Fools" post, right?

All those times you busted my chops for saying things like Nexte...
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gloopey1

Jul 28, 2014, 11:16 PM
I just downloaded Zello on my Galaxy Tab 3. It's about as close to Nextel as it gets.
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cellphonesaretools

Aug 4, 2014, 7:48 PM
gloopey1 said:
I just downloaded Zello on my Galaxy Tab 3. It's about as close to Nextel as it gets.


If Zello doesn't work out for you, you might consider giving Prip a try (website is simply "prip.me"). They charge $1.99/mo, which I understand may well be a show-stopper for many folks when they can get Zello or other satisfactory app for free, but Prip is a cooperation between NII and Motorola, i.e. it was commissioned & built by the original kings of PTT. Prip allows a single account to purchase multiple lines and dole them out to whatever users/relatives you want to give/lend the PTT app to, then reassign them at will to other numbers. I believe they also have a free 30-day trial.

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gloopey1

Aug 4, 2014, 8:29 PM
Coverage and network performance is about the same as a year ago, before Sprint started tinkering with everything.

I have been using Zello to communicate with a friend in Argentina. It's just as fast as Nextel was and very reliable - even sounds the same. I really don't want a pay service when Zello is free.

Does Prip have a free version?
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cellphonesaretools

Aug 6, 2014, 7:57 AM
gloopey1 said:
Coverage and network performance is about the same as a year ago, before Sprint started tinkering with everything.

I have been using Zello to communicate with a friend in Argentina. It's just as fast as Nextel was and very reliable - even sounds the same. I really don't want a pay service when Zello is free.

Does Prip have a free version?


Not a free version per se, just the first month free & you can cancel within the first month if you don't like it.

http://prip.me/prip-ptt-app-now-new-features-new-low ... »

For just a few PTT users among friends or family, I'm sure Zello or the like does the trick. For any kind of business, or for a large family (or "framily" ;-) that us...
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gloopey1

Aug 7, 2014, 5:20 PM
Zello also has a business version. You can have up to five users for free, more than that is extra.
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lanmansa

Aug 22, 2014, 2:39 PM
I'll have to check out Prip I haven't heard of them before, but it looks like it would be awesome since it uses the same concept Motorola had for iDEN. I've been using Voxer for about a year now and it's been really solid. I'd check out that one as well. Free version, but there is a paid pro version about the same price.
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gloopey1

Aug 15, 2014, 4:31 PM
Well, it looks as if Sprint's new CEO gets what I've said. As I stated before, I was thinking about switching carriers once my contract expires in November, but I'll wait and see what new plans Sprint comes up with.
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