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Top message:  Sprint's phone lack... everything by chapelhill   Jun 27, 2007, 11:55 PM

Replying to:  Re: Sprint's phone lack... everything by Mustang46L   Jun 28, 2007, 12:43 PM

Re: Sprint's phone lack... everything

by chapelhill    Jun 28, 2007, 1:03 PM

I haven't yet decided (or seen anything to make me decide) that I need or want a phone with TV or MP camera. What I do want is phone that is light and small enough that it doesn't bother me in my pocket. I admit that many phones on the market are great, but for me they are all to big or heavy for pocket use, and I don't care for wearing my phone on my belt.

Regarding PDA phones, my personal preference from a syncing standpoint is a Palm OS phone. Limited browsing is ok, but I desire a fully integrated media player so I can listen online to Sirius and/or XM. I also like listening to my favorite Orlando radio station online, which typically puts me into a Windows OS requirement.

But I was spoiled for many years using the Samsung i500 and became very comfortable with its size. Now, in order to stay current, I have to get a clunky Treo or thin (but big) Moto Q. I'm not willing to give up on size so am using something I thought I would never have, a Razr. I get access to some critical websites for my daily routine (info only) and most importantly have all 600+ of my Outlook contacts synced, including email addresses.

I don't care for Cingular/AT&T otherwise I would have switched for the 2125(?) clamshell windows phone. Verizon has one now too, made by Pantech I think, but while Verizon's coverage is more than acceptable, I can't even begin to consider paying $50 more each month just to have a comparable plan/features that I have for Sprint. So, I guess $$ is about as important as phones.

My plan with Sprint is:
2000 anytime
2nd line, no charge
unlimited N&W at 7pm
unlimited Power Vision
unlimited PCS to PCS
Voice Command (does anyone use that?) I don't
Roaming

$70 including taxes - which includes a corporate discount of 18% and a retention discount of another 10%. Plus, I've never had troubles with my service or dropped calls and it seems to me that it's not worth taking a risk of giving up what I have for potential troubles with other carriers/locations when they will charge me $30-$50 or more every month for just one line.

Getting back to my original post though... it infuriates me, separate of the PDA thing, that while other carriers, mostly GSM I admit, keep introducing smaller and thinner phones, that Sprint seems content on heavy, thick, clunky phones.

Another gripe... now they are eliminating the Nextel branding from their name and many people won't know whether they are buying a phone that will operate on the Nextel network or on the Sprint network. I know the difference, usually just by looking at the phone, but I worry about unsuspecting and unknowing customers that don't know any better.

I'm tired of typing :-) But hopefully this puts my frustrations in perspective.

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