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Use WiFi?
Jul 23, 2016, 10:10 PM
in the Article: Verizon to Cut Off Certain Customers Who Exceed 100GB Per Month forum

VZW has traditionally been the highest of the majors. Some people use VZW as their primary data connection not because they are trying to get one over on the man its because VZW cellular data connection is the ONLY consistent servocw they can get at ANY price even if price was no object. Hard to believe, but there are areas where a wired provider can only deliver 512 kbps to 1.5 mbps. So, theyre forced to lean on their smartphone ...

Whoa! Hold The Phone Hot Rod!!!
Mar 1, 2016, 11:51 PM
in the Article: Sprint Brings Back Two-Year Contracts - With A Catch forum

I have been a Sprint subscriber for YEARS and I have FIVE lines on an Everything Data 1500 plan... that has worked out well especially since they bumped me to UNLIMITED minutes with my already UNLIMITED data... ALL FIVE subscriptions are up for the NFYHUP does this mean that I will have to change my service plan to get the subsidy pricing?!?!?!? I know that devices are not "free" and Sprint depends on subscriber commitments to an ongoing MRC to keep ...

Re: What Has "Always Been" Won't "Always Be"...
Feb 15, 2016, 2:58 PM
in the Article: Pandora Weighing Potential Sale forum

Then in that case, you will be appalled, my friend. I have a 12 yr old, 14 yr old and a 23 yr old (graduated 5 yrs ago) the scale is now... 90 - 100 A 80 - 89 B 70 - 79 C 60 - 69 D 0 - 59 F My children attend a private school and have for many years as a direct result of the apathy displayed ...

Aren't Mobile Hot Spots "Mobile" Anyway...
Feb 15, 2016, 1:21 PM
in the Article: Sprint and Alcatel Debut Ride-Fi for In-Car Hotspot forum

I fail to see the necessity of this device. So, it pivots on a car charger base? Correct me if I am wrong but aren't most mobile hot spots able to be charged off a micro usb? Most people driving cars need to have their eyes on the road and driving and most passengers with wifi enabled devices already have a data plan attached. I think this will be eventually filed under "what the (expletive) were they thinking".. ...

Re: Apple Music
Feb 13, 2016, 5:08 PM
in the Article: Pandora Weighing Potential Sale forum

T Bone My Friend and you were one of the LAST Blackberry Hold outs waiting for something GREAT from a company that refused to evolve. To add to your comment. I would LOVE to know the percentage of Apple Music "Subscribers" that forgot or overlooked the END of their "FREE TRIAL" and were auto-renewed as it their iTunes account is either linked to a credit card on auto pay OR was linked to a "parent's" credit card...

Re: Too Bad
Feb 13, 2016, 5:04 PM
in the Article: Pandora Weighing Potential Sale forum

I feel your pain my friend :'-(

What Has "Always Been" Won't "Always Be"...
Feb 13, 2016, 4:58 PM
in the Article: Pandora Weighing Potential Sale forum

AOL -"Per Minute" internet Use Blockbuster-"VHS, DVD, Laserdisc, and Video Game Rentals" Palm & Blackberry -"...at one time, your only REAL choice for a smartphone" Wireless Carriers - "Metered Minutes & Unlimited Data" (it's reversed now) Fuel Stations - Pumping Fuel THEN Paying Wal Mart - Was shoulder to shoulder with K Mart, Zayre, TG&Y, McCrorys, Target, had REAL customer service and did not sell groceries other than snacks, candy, soda and one small cooler for eggs and milk Internet - Mid 1990's was ...

Re: Sweet, screw it up for everybody Deep Thinkers...
Dec 9, 2015, 2:45 PM
in the Article: Consumer Advocates Lodge Complaint Against T-Mobile forum

Ha! You Actually Get It!

Too Bad Ignorance Isn't Painful
Dec 9, 2015, 2:03 PM
in the Article: Consumer Advocates Lodge Complaint Against T-Mobile forum

Most carriers in most cases pay the manufacturer full MSRP for these wonderful devices that we enjoy. Despite the overwhelming notion that the "actual" cost is only $100 or so and the rest is an "inflated" markup. These devices are very expensive and most carriers device subsidy program (deeply discounted device in exchange for a term commitment of service) nearly bankrupt some carriers. I don't have T Mobile, but what they did made sense. Paraphrased - "We will charge you ...

Does Apple Make Anything NEW Anymore?
Dec 9, 2015, 1:27 PM
in the Article: Apple-Made iPhone 6 Battery Pack Graces Apple Store forum

It would appear that Apple has failed to deliver on the jaw dropping wow factor since they released the iPhone and iPod touch (essentially the same device) back in 2007. The only innovations that I have seen is that they are taking things that have already proven themselves in the marketplace and rebranding it "Apple".

Re: interesting to see how fraud will be handled...
Oct 21, 2014, 12:24 PM
in the Article: Apple Releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay forum

Tongue was firmly planted in cheek while typing this...

interesting to see how fraud will be handled...
Oct 21, 2014, 10:07 AM
in the Article: Apple Releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay forum

Customer: I am a victim of FRAUD! THIS IS NOT MY CHARGE! Card Company: Transaction Shows it was completed using Apple pay with an approved device with an encrypted account account number and a unique identifier transaction code Customer: My phone was stolen. Card Company: This transaction was completed with fingerprint verification AND we took the liberty of capturing a front facing camera shot at the point of sale without your knowledge. Plus were showing via GPS triangulation where you are ...

HP Entered a market that they could not compete in.
Oct 19, 2014, 8:02 PM
in the Article: HP to Shutter WebOS Support January 15 forum

If WebOS couldn't save Palm someone who has been making smartphones long before they were mainstream how could HP compete?

WTF
Oct 19, 2014, 7:53 PM
in the Article: FBI Wants Congress to Force Phone Makers to Add Back Door forum

Why do.I find myself actually AGREEING with WhySoBluePandaBear? This typically does not happen..

Re: Too Bad.
Oct 14, 2014, 1:56 PM
in the Article: Review: HTC One (E8) for Sprint forum

I can normally write "ditto" and co sign on almost if whatever Jon B has written.. but this is a solid reply...

I think I want this
Oct 13, 2014, 6:01 PM
in the Article: HTC RE is an Action Cam for Everyone forum

I don't know why but I think I want this..

Now Just Where Have I Seen This Before?
Oct 13, 2014, 5:58 PM
in the Article: Iliad Bails on Attempt to Acquire T-Mobile forum

Iliad proposes a buyout, TMO says "sure" but if it fails through you have to pay us a RIDICULOUS amount of money. I guess TMO saves their subscribers money by screwing other companies instead of their customers. Can't say I disagree with this.. TMO you dirty little corporate tease you.

I Wondered Just How Long This Would Take To Catch Up.
Oct 8, 2014, 1:28 PM
in the Article: AT&T Agrees to $105M Settlement in Cramming Case forum

For years carriers have side stepped this profitable flaming pile of doggy doo that was left on the front porch and invoices of their subscribers. All the while on the "take" getting highly profitable kick backs from the third party premium content providers for doing nothing more than allowing it to happen to their subscribers. As well as blaming the end user subscriber for its existence. "- well, only you or someone authorized by you to use this line could of ...

Re: "Most WiMax subscribers are upgrade eligible due to the age of their device,"
Oct 8, 2014, 3:10 AM
in the Article: Sprint to Kill Off WiMax Once and for All On Nov. 6, 2015 forum

Yeah one of those extortion suits where it's cheaper to settle than it is to "fight" Red Bull just had one of those where it was way cheaper to settle than it was to entertain or engage a fight. Lawyers got paid and anyone that could prove they bought a Red Bull during a certain window can make a claim and get a $10 check. .

"Most WiMax subscribers are upgrade eligible due to the age of their device,"
Oct 7, 2014, 6:57 PM
in the Article: Sprint to Kill Off WiMax Once and for All On Nov. 6, 2015 forum

So, if you're just TOTALLY fine with your device and you're in a WiMax rich area.. Your choices are - Resrve yourself to EVDO 3G 200 kbps to 1.5 mbps. - commit to 24 months (keep in mind you're out of contract) - buy a new phone at full msrp - make monthly payments on your invoice for a new device - GOTO another carrier.. but have the expenses outlined above And this fails to address Sprints pre paid customers ... Boost and Virgin Mobile ...

This Happens More Often Than You Think
Oct 7, 2014, 1:15 PM
in the Article: AT&T Admits Employee Accessed Customer Data forum

There is no win to this ... For employees to do their jobs they need access to your PII (Personal Identifyable Information) and your CPNI (Consumer Proprietary Network Information) Employees are trained, warned and threatened but if someone is going to breach your privacy and break laws there is little you can do about it. A general customer care rep (providing they actually STAYED awake in train in training) and keep in mind ATT outsources their customer care to non ATT ...

Not A Good Sign From America's #3 Carrier...
Oct 7, 2014, 12:50 PM
in the Article: Sprint to Slice Unknown Number of Jobs forum

Speaking as a former long term Sprint employee (operational analysis) I shutter to think what my former colleagues and friends must be thinking Most of them have been there in excess of 10 years. I have got to say when I started there in 1998, I had delusions of this being the job that I'd retire from.

did any of you see this?
Sep 30, 2014, 12:53 PM
in the Article: Apple Responds to Bent iPhone Issue forum

Hope the little b*****ds goto jail and have to pay Apple restitution for the devices they maliciously damaged. Kids Bending an iPhone 6 plus IN APPLE STORE!: http://youtu.be/O9U-NmsgCO8

could this be the beginning of the end?
Sep 27, 2014, 10:37 AM
in the Article: Apple Responds to Bent iPhone Issue forum

You can say a lot of bad about Apple. But the one thing Apple soundly had was their build quality. I hate their software, business tactics, and most of all the droves of dogmatic iSheep that treat Apple as a way of life and find an elite quality to a device nearly 1 out of 3 smartphone consumers own. Jobs would of never let the 6 plus out like that. This was a half baked market share/cash grab by ...

Throttling is a Necessary Evil
Aug 9, 2014, 3:08 PM
in the Article: FCC Asking All Carriers to Explain Throttling Policies forum

You cannot offer infinite service on a finite resource. How carriers get around this is unlimited data but at which speed is not a guarantee. Even as a self admitted heavy user, I "get it". Why would you not want to use WiFi where availible over your mobile provider. Even with an "unlimited" plan it saves your battery and is typically faster and more stable. I am with Sprint and in the past I've used at times over triple ...

Re: Dan Hesse
Aug 8, 2014, 11:13 AM
in the Article: Sprint Hangs Up on Dan Hesse, Names New CEO forum

Being a former Sprint employee and Sprint Business Analyst of over a decade. I will say that I genuinely liked Dan Hesse. (Not so much a Bob Johnson CIO CFO fan). He inherited what Forbes called the "Worst Business Merger of All Time" when Sprint bought Nextel and attempted to sell people on the Powersource network. He made the best of things, rallied the employees and made several tough calls during his tenure at Sprint. Cheers Dan and don't ...

I'm not saying she's a gold digger. ..."
May 11, 2014, 9:30 AM
in the Article: T-Mobile Wants $1B Break-Up Fee If Sprint Deal Fails forum

Where else can you get this kind of payday for a "failed merger"? just saying bro... Ray Charles could of seen this one coming.

Re: Open Letter To Robert "Bob" Johnson CFO/CIO for Sprint United
May 10, 2014, 3:20 AM
in the Article: Sprint Turns to Throttling to Manage Network Congestion forum

In my defense, I plead "artistic liberty" in addition to being blasted out of my mind tired when in composition of my rant. I wasn't expecting a grade. Consider this my rough draft for what I may eventually email to my former skip level manager Dan. daniel.r.hesse@sprint.com Anyone else feel free to share your thoughts with my friend Dan. Rob P

Open Letter To Robert "Bob" Johnson CFO/CIO for Sprint United
May 8, 2014, 6:20 PM
in the Article: Sprint Turns to Throttling to Manage Network Congestion forum

As a now former business analyst who has seen your voodoo economics at work 1st hand while maintaining Sprints public perception as the "good guys". 1st by increasing RPU by - Drawing a line in the ground that most of the desirable devices will require all inclusive plan Starting with the laughable iPhone killer flop that no device could ever live up to its infamous marketing campaign and hype the Samsung Instinct. - Requiring WiMax (at 1st) then eventually ALL smartphones to ...

Surprised it took this long...
Apr 1, 2014, 4:22 PM
in the Article: Sprint Cutting Repair and Call Service Jobs forum

Cost of cell service is going down. Simply cannot afford the operation at the same level it had been.

".... she has a good personality."
Oct 4, 2013, 4:39 PM
in the Article: Review: Motorola X for Sprint forum

Eric, you really did not just say that... Wow, that was bit of a back handed compliment there. I am not a fan of Motorola, nor their line up of Android device that are consistently 8-12 months behind the curve. Come to think of it that "Curve" is about the only phone that they are ahead of. Needless to say I wont be getting this device I have not had a good thing to say about moto since their "smart-looking" phone ...

Straight From The Island of Misfit Toys.
Aug 30, 2013, 11:05 AM
in the Article: Review: Samsung Galaxy Mega for AT&T forum

Samsung cut out way too much to meet the $149.99 w/ contract price. Their target market, as it's been said "consumers who want a phablet without the $299.99 price of admission." This market does not exist! The Note II is more powerful, better resolution, handy stylus with air view, enough processing power to get out of the way of its own shadow and if you do your homework can be purchased NEW from indirect channels may be for the SAME $149.99 ...

Open Letter To Daniel R Hesse & Bob Johnson
Aug 29, 2013, 2:03 PM
in the Article: Sprint to Slice 800 Customer Service Jobs forum

Mr. Hesse & Johnson, I fail to see the intelegence in your business model. Especially when the primary differentiation between carriers is the human interaction. Thats what you sold to your employees for years. Im sorry, if a warm blooded person on the other end of a conversation may of jeopardized your $10M in executive bonus (thats just Dan alone). This move is completely short sighted for the short term gain. I dare say, any one front line ...

NYC is a densely populatex market.
Jul 24, 2013, 12:52 PM
in the Article: Sprint LTE Hits The Bronx and Brooklyn July 30 forum

Other than being totally owned by VZW, in order to light up the Big Apple with LTE as a carrier you have to bring your A Game. A whole lotta data hungry devices with even more demading users. A less prepared roll out would buckle unded initial demands and resulting in a poor 1st impression and a bad name in a heavy market. I can respect Sprint, taking its time and doing it right. Even by rolling LTE out ...

Farwell Beep Beep
Jun 29, 2013, 9:45 AM
in the Article: Sprint's iDEN Network Shuts Down Tonight forum

I am so glad that the days of listening to people beeping in walmart at full volume has come to a close

"No Marquee Apps?"
Jun 17, 2013, 6:45 PM
in the Article: Review: BlackBerry Q10 for Verizon Wireless forum

I've seen 1st hand on on the Q10 that Google Play Store Apps are easily side loaded onto this device. Not my cup of tea either, Blackberry is just too far behind the "Curve" on this one. It will appeal to the die hards and fan bois (T Bone) but its just too little too late this is blackberries palm pre and pixi reincarnated. . The BEST option for BlackBerry is to get totally out of the harware market and ...

Catchy Phrase There Buddy
Jun 4, 2013, 12:54 PM
in the Article: Sprint Slams Dish's Clearwire Bid, Calls It Illegal forum

Problem is, what you stated "innovate vs. Litigate" applies more to Apple or from a carrier stand point AT&T a company that would block consumer apps and penalize consumers who use too much data as opposed to investment into development and network build out as Sprint has by dumping billions on top of billions into Clear(wire) with little in return other than broken promises and default on a corporate loan extended by Sprint to Clear(wire). Dish has no business in ...

Re: here you go, a six pack.
Jun 3, 2013, 3:52 PM
in the Article: Sprint Slams Dish's Clearwire Bid, Calls It Illegal forum

That just ain't right man. ... SMH

Re: Divorce.
Jun 3, 2013, 11:35 AM
in the Article: Sprint Slams Dish's Clearwire Bid, Calls It Illegal forum

So where is the "LIKE" button on Phonescoop? Again, MadFatMan AGREES w/ Slammer... One of these days I need to send you a six pack of whatever it is that you drink.... Rob P.

Dish is Redonkulous!
Jun 3, 2013, 8:44 AM
in the Article: Sprint Slams Dish's Clearwire Bid, Calls It Illegal forum

Sprint's investment in Clear (wire) well excedes the 51% stakehold. Again, Clear(wire)'s inability to meet their contractual fiscal corporate responsibility to Sprint not only failing to meet the minmum payments as agreed but their inability to even meet their interest payments is inexcusable. Sorry Dish, this isnt a corporate buy out that Sprint is offering its a repossession and eviction. The other investors need to take Sprint's offer of the $3.40 per share as it is far more than what they ...

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