Chasing Sprint's push-to-talk customers
0. phoneArena 25 Nov 2012, 17:20 posted on
As Sprint prepares to pull the plug on the legacy Nextel iDEN network next year, the competition is grabbing at the eroding subscriber base...
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2. Hammerfest (Posts: 378; Member since: 12 May 2012)
I feel nothing for Sprint anymore... when they wanted to charge me $10 more a month for "Premium Data" where I hardly got any in the first place and had an Airave at home and at work (an no, other carriers where just as bad, but Sprint had the Airave)... NO THANKS!
Ill pay for your "Premium Data" if you pay for my DSL service which is to provide your "Premium Data" over its lines...
Ya... piss off!
In a DAMNED if you do, DAMNED if you dont situation, AT&T, a carrier I hate more then any other (on principals alone), finally got coverage in my area, AND was almost exactly the same price, so I asked one last time to have the fee waived, they said it wasnt possible, EVEN THOUGH the rep admitted it was stupid and didnt make sense for someone like me and even quite a few others hes talked to, it just couldnt be done... SO... off to AT&T I went :(
My story aside, and more to the point: My uncles business had Nextel, he also bailed to AT&T because after 3 weeks attempting to use the pseudo CDMA PTT, he also got fed up and decided that Nextel's death + a NON alternative in CDMA PTT (I help all of my family and friends with PC + Phone issues, even I tried to assist... didnt happen!) + $10 per phone for "Premium Data" (no dumb phones for CDMA PTT... seriously!)...
Well, Sprint has a case history for shootin itself in the foot... If you look back, when they changed up the plans and decided to start charging $10 per phone for "Premium Data", the already downhill slope, got a healthy dosing of grease, then the NON-replacement for PTT... no more hill, THIS IS SPARTAAAAAAAA! kick down a conveniently placed hole!
4. Bernoulli (Posts: 2417; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
Hehe no kidding man, I've been almost down the same road as you, first with sprint(2004) we roamed at my house and so constantly we got our service suspended for roaming abuse along with paying the hefty roaming fees, after seeing how the service was just ridiculous when traveling down south we decided it was time to try a new alternative, and at the time we were a Sony Ericsson Walkman family so we jumped ship to at&t(2008), finally, no more roaming, but instead a one signal bar that sometimes would end up dropping the call, which made the service really annoying, after horrible times with at&t's infamous customer service, we decided to try t-mobile and you wouldn't believe it, (2010)4G at home (hspa+21 mbps at the time, now my town is considered a 42mbps market) which really made it a drastic change, not just in our bill getting trimmed by 1/3 for exactly the same services, but also at least when you go to a t-mobile store you don't feel harassed and the reps are highly trained or are just phone nerds lol
6. Hammerfest (Posts: 378; Member since: 12 May 2012)
Oh I like TMobile, but they have ZERO, and I mean ZERO coverage where I live... havent for the past 11 years :(
Still, when I had a TMobile SIM for work last year, I still managed to get higher CONSISTENT download/upload speeds then I ever have on AT&T's LTE network...
Still hate AT&T with a passion...
8. Bernoulli (Posts: 2417; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
Yes hehe I wonder how the next year when t-mobile releases its lte network will affect the big players like Verizon and at&t, sorry to hear t-mobile doesn't work where you live but hey hopefully they bring enhanced service by next year! :)
9. HäckeMáte (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
hmmm almost justifies paying $10 extra for more coverage.
...lets see 10 a month = $0.33 cents a day... yea Id say 33cents for better coverage is definately justified, cuz ATT or Verizon sure as hell wont have a better deal than that.
7. cripton805 (Posts: 1164; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
You complain about $10? haha
It's $40 per phone on Verizon just to share the 1gb minimum data!
The lowest plan for a smartphone is $90 at the lowest. With 1gb of data. +$40 for a second and so on, but you still keep that 1gb of data to share on top of as many phone as you get.
3. Bernoulli (Posts: 2417; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
Hehe watch now even t-mobile grab some of these customers Haha!