Sprint Playbook reveals September launch date for HTC Holiday, $350 ETF and more
We recently reported that a alleged Sprint employee had posted in a forum that the carrier would be raising the ETF for "advanced devices" to $350 starting September 9th. Score one for the tipsters as the Sprint Playbook confirms the information. The fee for upgrading will also change on September 9th, doubling from $18 to $36. Also, starting October 2nd the carrier is 86ing 1 year contracts. On the other hand, a new customer reward plan will start soon called Sprint Rewards Me PLUS. The program will let you buy a new handset every 6 months at the 2-year contract price. Without knowing more details of the program, it sounds like a dream come true for cell phone fanatics. The Playbook notes that details are coming VERY soon.
Finally, the Sprint Playbook tells us that the Kyocera Milano is coming to the carrier. With a form factor that somewhat resembles a Milano cookie, the phone will be driven by an 800MHz processor, offer a 3 inch screen, a 3.2MP camera and is powered by Android 2.3. A 2GB microSD card comes pre-installed as is the Swype virtual QWERTY. The handset will go for $49.99 with a 2-year contract. No launch date was shown.
So which story from the Sprint Playbook is your favorite?
Various images from Sprint's new Playbook include the new Sprint Rewards Me PLUS plan (L), a possible September launch of AT&T's HTC Holiday (C), and a new Kyocera model (R)
1. orangeJuice (unregistered)
Sprint Rewards Me PLUS----- wow if this is true, free, and anyone can get it I will leave verizon in a heart beat
9. ZayZay (Posts: 555; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
Nope iphone arena is how you say "dumb". This is an incentive program for employees and dealers.
2. RamdonSprintEmployee (unregistered)
Sprint Rewards Me is an employee incentive program with different incentives, ie extra spiffs and contests, for target selling different devices. It is NOT a consumer rewards program. want proof? here is the website...http://www.sprintrewardsme.com
/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fDefauwithout a vendor id you can't even get to the login screen. read the page you posted again, and keep in mind that it is an internal document, meant to be read by employees only. as for the HTC holiday, don't count on a date til you see the box in an ATT store. we have had devices in our playbook in the past that never ended up arriving. lt.aspx
5. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Crap. Phone Arena had me excited. Every 6 months was way to good to be true, anyways. Can always buy new outright, I guess.
3. Commentator (Posts: 2293; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
The comparison picture apparently lists the Droid Bionic as having a 4.5" screen instead of a 4.3" screen, as I've heard. Is this a mistake on Sprint's part or mine? Also, if I may be so bold, that's a misleading comparison chart: it compares the SGS2 to the other carriers' older premier phones, even though they'll be getting the same SGS2 around the same time (with the exception of Verizon, of course, but they'll be getting the Droid Prime anyways, according to an unverified source.)
4. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yeah, i see the 4.5", 1.2GHz dual-core processor on the Bionic too. i'm not sure what Sprint thinks they know over there but it would be good news for me if it were true.
6. burnab87 (unregistered)
that still doesn't mean that that Sprint Rewards Me program wont be going to customers. Truthfully you could just be the guinea pigs for a later release to the customers for this program. specially with them upping the Premier program to two levels. N since you know so much why dnt you explain the BIG annoucement on October 7th!
10. ZayZay (Posts: 555; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
Sprint rewards has been going on since I started working for Sprint in 2008, we are not quinea pigs. This is a sales rep advantage to selling Sprint.
The announcement is going to be 1. about LTE and 2. about the iphone. maybe some other thing in there.
My suggestion. Don't open your mouth before using your brain.
7. Goldeneye (Posts: 348; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
Tiered data is next, iPhone coming, sounds familiar?
8. RandomSprintEmployee#2 (unregistered)
burnab87, Sprint Rewards has been around for at least 5+ years...no testing here, it's for employees.
11. Sprint Worker (unregistered)
I currently work for Sprint, and the Sprint Rewards Me Plus is a program offered to Employees of Sprint . Not customers.