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Top message:  Well blow me down! by cellphonesaretools   Oct 18, 2011, 11:10 PM

Replying to:  Re: My insight...continued by jrfdsf   Oct 19, 2011, 7:11 AM

Re: My insight...continued

by cellphonesaretools    Oct 19, 2011, 11:18 PM

gloopey1 said:
While it's true that you would lose 30 of your daytime minutes if the call starts @ 6:59 pm, the same would also be true with Verizon since N&W wouldn't begin until 2 hours later. On the other hand, if you placed a call at 6:59 am, the entire call would be free on Sprint, but not with Verizon. Is someone really trying to say that Verizon's 2003 inspired N&W minutes are somehow better? Really? Who do you call after 9:00 pm?

Most of the people I know have kids they're trying to get to bed at 9:00 and a call after that hour would not be appreciated. Furthermore, most of the working world is just getting up when Verizon's nightime minutes are ending. Forget about calling your bank's 24 hour automated system...unless your an early riser. Forget about calling your local time & temp every day to check the weather. Basically, Verizon's N&W minutes suck & are a dinosaur in 2011. There's absolutely nothing commendable about them, period!

jrfdsf said:
For all the reasons to choose a different wireless carrier over Sprint, I would say having better non-peak minutes would not be one of them. If someone places a half hour call on Sprint at five minutes before nine, none of his anytime minutes are used. How is splitting the difference better?
I don't know if the ability to call an automated system before nine at night is a big issue these days. Most people I know use online banking. I do agree calls to family and friends during the week are better earlier than late.

I'm not saying that Verizon is better than Sprint, because I believe most Sprint-Nextel plans begin Unlimited Minutes at 7PM, which of course beats the pants off Verizon's which begin at 9PM. Nor would I consider switching away from Sprint-Nextel just because they charge all minutes of a given call based on when it was started. That said, I do believe Sprint-Nextel is being illogical, and perhaps a bit unfair, by charging me for the entire duration of a call against my Anytime Minutes for a call begun at 5:55 PM, when on top of my regular plan I am paying an additional $10/mo/line to have my Unlimited Minutes begin at 6PM.

RE: "Is someone really trying to say that Verizon's 2003 inspired N&W minutes are somehow better? Really? Who do you call after 9:00 pm?" (gloopey1)
>>> I did not say that Verizon's 9 PM is better than Sprint's 7PM. I do not call anyone after 9PM, in fact I rarely call anyone after 8PM. My family situation is such that a lot of minutes are consumed between 5:30PM and 7PM, hence I was forced to add-on Sprint's 6PM Unlimited Minutes for $10/mo/line to avoid potentially hundreds of dollars of overage charges each month.

I appreciate the comments & insights, but if a subscriber is paying extra for an add-on that is called "Unlimited Minutes Starting At 6PM", I think most people would logically assume that the Unlimited Minutes truly begin at 6PM, no matter if a call is already in-progress or if it is started after 6PM. If Sprint is going to charge for minutes the way they currently do, then they really should have named it "Unlimited Minutes For Calls Started After 6PM",

I have not researched it yet, but I'm betting that Sprint-Nextel is one of the only telecom companies still holding on to the "dinosaur practice" (to paraphrase gloopey1's words) of charging all minutes of a call based on the starting time of that call.

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