Sprint: Smartphone Users Need to Pay $10 More
Jan 18, 2011, 8:43 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Sprint today announced a change to the cost of data plans for smartphone users. Starting January 30, customers signing new smartphone contracts will have to pay a $10 per-month Premium Data add-on charge, which Sprint says will allow it to continue to maintain its high level of service. Sprint claims that smartphone users consume 10 times the mobile data of non-smartphone users due to data-intensive apps and services. Sprint argues that its smartphone customers will still receive the "best value" when it comes to overall plan cost. Sprint points out that it offers plenty of devices (including touch phones) that don't require the Premium Data add-on. The plan will be applicable to Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, Palm, and the Instinct family of devices. Sprint points out that users of the EVO 4G, Epic 4G, and EVO Shift 4G are already paying this fee.
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Can a sprint employee confirm?
Does this mean if I have a blackberry tour and then get a Style for cheap on ebay and swap it out (so no in store purchase) the fee will auto ad?
The one way around this (not confirmed, so don't quote me) would be to use the sprint.com/activate, which has helped me on more than one occasion beat the system, even with a restricted employee account.
You lied to us Diamond! 🤣
Scenario 1: single line, smartphone, don't use many minutes, a few hundred text per month.
Scenario 2: single line, smartphone, need unlimited minutes, few hundred texts per month.
It's not just abt the extra 10 bucks now.
That's just offensive and makes you sound ignorant. Have you considered the reps are "rude" to you because of the way you speak to them? Most customers don't consider this and are...
Say it ain't so....
The sooner the big boys are left on a regular basis,...
I can see though how this would get expensive having 5 lines on an account and adding 50 bucks extra.
That's not great news but its better than bills jumping up $50 for a family plan you upgraded to last month.
Get locked in at the current prices by the 29th of this month. It's going up for almost everyone after that.
others just don't get it
it's been christmas all year it's time for sprint to step up a little bit..
its not that but at all for me.. still cheaper..
Breach of Contract Sprint is trying to twist the ETF rules once again!
What do you need to do that you can't on the LG Optimus series? My guess would be nothi...
The industry is getting much worse, Sprint is getting just a little worse
If you look at various 4G speeds how long can you sustain streams at those speeds until you run out of data allocation? AT&T for example, who cares if you could pump data at 10MB/s if you can only do it for a 25 minutes in an entire month and your data has run out. Now no one is pushing 10MB/s on their network but the point is what good is having fast data when the quantity limits are small. In England for example you get 15GB for your Ipad for 25GBP per month (inclusive of ALL taxes a...
People Spoke, Sprint Listened
Here's the thing; I get about 6-10 complaints a week, at least, about how "I don't live in a 4G area, how dare you charge me for it/no one else has to pay premium data, if I'm charged, everyone with a smartphone should too!"
Guess what? We listened.
Now all smartphone users have to pay the premium so we can keep the unlimited data as just that; unlimited.
But hey, raise enough of a fuss and throw enough of a hissyfit and we'll go Verizon's route and cap the data for you and you'll stay at the prices you have now.
Verizon smartphone data is UNLIMITED. You're free to rant if you wish, but please stop forwardin...
1. I am a customer with a contract, if I feel the need to swap from one smartphone to another - I shouldnt have to pay a fee for doing so, because EITHER smartphone I use will use the same amount of data that Ive ...
Too bad US Cellular doesnt serve more Markets
So... Same price as T-Mobile?
450 anytime minutes
unlimited "Anymobile" (unless you are roaming)
unlimited Mobile to Mobile
TOTAL $80.00mo. (Smartphones)
$70.00mo (feature phones)
500 anytime minutes
unlimited Mobile to Mobile
TOTAL: $80.00mo (smartphones)
$60.00mo (feature phones)
I guess Sprint still has a great value on minute packages, Anymobile is a pretty neat hat-trick, but this brings thier pricing in-line with T-Mobile.
Also, it's a LOT easier to just NOT get internet on T-Mobile.
Big 4 is still better than...
$10 Premium Data Fee
One other carrier doesn't charge overages but they throttle (like clear does on wimax)
Verizon is also still unlimited
Sprint already includes UNLIMITED DATA in their Everything Data and Simply Everything plans. Their standalone plans for phones are also unlimited. Sprint was one of the few from the get go that had unlimited data plan...
Suppose somebody used up 20 exabytes of data in one month and completely shut down his local towers by overloading them....
Do you think they would allow that to h...
ROTFLMAO!!!! LET THEM LEAVE!!!
Now maybe the Sprint fanboys with their 'Our data is the cheapest!' battle cries will pipe down.
https://www.phonescoop.com/news/discuss.php?fm=m&ff= ... »
1 - virtual tie in 1st place w/ the most recent customer satisfaction rating
2 - 2nd only to Verizon in coverage
3 - Arguably best data network
4 - STILL best plans for the network
5 - STILL best smartphones...
6 - 2nd to on...
This is actually a -good- thing
The thing is, Sprint has been in the red for some time now. Some will argue that this has been a "on paper only" discussion, but, regardless, the effects are present. Their only options were to find a way to raise arpu or a way to decrease costs. Being CDMA without the clout backing of Verizon's 93 million customer base makes it difficult for them to achieve competitive handset prices. They have had a great deal of requisition charges resulting from previous quarter net loss (churn bites companies in the arse here. Layoffs, at this point, were not an option. They did reduce some overhead by "selling" their cell site infrastructure, but this wasn't...
Prices go up, it happens, but the price increase only affects new customers and upgrade, it is not retroactive, people need to grow up here.
Sprint can continue this charade that they are the 'nice' carrier that gives everyt...
Poor business decisions from many years past are the reason that Sprint is not profitable.
Look to a company like Metr...
I'm thinking this cash goes to CLEAR.
it is a necessary step
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/data-tsunami-and ... »
At this point this barely is news.
Otherwise, you've already been paying this $10.00/month fee, because pretty much everyone who has purchased a Sprint smartphone has purchased one of Sprint's '4G' phones which already incur the charge. And chances are you've kept the 4G radio off 90% of the time because Sprint's 4G network is so bad it makes their 3G network look good.
And in reality, nobody's left on Sprint. Nobody really wants to switch to them either because they don't consistently provide state-of-the-art phones. The only bright spot in the past two years was the Pre (the last best-in-class phone you could argue they've offered). All they've banked on since then is the Evo, a phone...
Wow... just wow... You're serious? That phone was complete garbage; underpowered, unsupported, poorly constructed. The Pre was a mediocre idea at best, gone horribly wrong.
So you condemn sprint for offering the evo and in the same breath condemn the evo for being on sprint. You can't have it both ways.
Anyone who extolls the pre while condemning the evo for its battery life of all things ...