Sprint adds $10 per month fee for all smartphones
0. phoneArena 18 Jan 2011, 09:19 posted on
The $10 per month Premium data add on charge starts January 30th for all smartphones; those who do not currently pay the $10 per month fee which had already been levied upon those with 4G enabled devices, will not be charged until they activate a new phone or upgrade their current model...
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66. spaztronicsupersonic (unregistered)
And the value of your dollar went down as well. Thank you Federal Reserve, thank you so much for QE2 (quantative easing = printing more money = your existing dollars are worth that much less).
Kind of a double hit if you ask me, but take solace that ALL of us will be taking the hit on that one; misery loves company and all that.
46. facts (unregistered)
@socal there is notan additional premium charge on top of the existing premium xhrge
1. The reqd $10 add on has always been "premium data" it has never been a tax or a 4g specific charge. Any "employee" that claims that's what it wasfor was not properly educated on what the charge was for, or just felt it was easy to say that instead of explaing what its really for
2. If you don't have a monthly discount now on your monthl service call and see if you qualify for whre you work, you can get a 10% discount for havng aol email, or aaa membership or belon to a credit union. There are tons of options to help save the extra $ just be friendly and see what you get in return. Here's a tip, most reps get paid commision so go to the store and if they aren't an idiot buy it from them, don't complain about a mail in rebate, don't ask for handouts, make their job a little easir than most and ask if you get a discount on service or accessories. If you help them they will be more wlling to help you.
3. I wouldn't rule out iphone announcement, sprint has played nice with apple a lot more than vzw has, sprint has apple specific products zte peel
4. A 3d device does seem more likely though for a summer launch
5. To the "employee" complaining in the early posts, yes you can lose your job for publically slandering your employee in a forum, you make the rest of us look bad, and its not that big of a deal to sell If your good at your job
49. Dangerdave (unregistered)
"Point to me one time in history where a government got out of debt through higher taxation?"
While I'm with you on the sentiment I'd humbly request you not drag the forum into that debate (yeah I know Jeff brought the topic up first). Plenty of other sites for that kind of discussion.
52. Napoleon (Posts: 60; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)
Well I hope that Sprint uses this extra $10 to increase their tower coverage or improve their 4G speeds vs. just lining their paychecks with it!!!!!!
65. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)
I don't think Sprint is in a position NOT to improve their network if they want to stay competitive/in business. Like it's been stated before, they are definitely the best value in wireless, but being the least expensive puts them at a disadvantage when it comes to R&D and network development.
63. Landmarkcm (Posts: 505; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Breach of contract Sprint is once again trying to breach the etf rules!http://www.phonenews.com/sprin
67. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)
kudos for sprint upping their pricing a tiny bit. they are still cheaper and with having 4x the bandwith thanks to clearwire (i know i heard that somewhere....if im wrong correct me folks) if they had vzws money (which vzw earned while sprint was, during the pre dan hesse era, god awful at everything but coverage ) right now, they'd have the most massive/advanced 4g network we can imagine. hopefully sprint can build up their infastructure and make a solid run at the big two.
70. TechnoTechyes (Posts: 64; Member since: 24 Jan 2011)
I doubt they will lose any customers. Is someone going to pay $360 more a year on Verizon, just because Sprint added $10/mo? Probably not.
71. Broking (unregistered)
How about they stop letting their pre-paid carriers (virgin mobile, Boost mobile, Cricket, etc.) have unlimited data without throttled speed, so they can free up bandwidth for the customers whom actually support Sprint by siging a contract. Or better yet sell off one of the Pre-paids and lower the Sprint plan!
72. TreeTolber (unregistered)
When will the providers finally do what makes since and that is charge for data speeds rather than usage? My cable internet provider tiers their service fees based on the download speeds, i.e. 3mps, 6mps, 12mps, etc. Don't the providers have the capability of putting a clamp on individual accounts bandwidth speeds? I don't know, it seems to me that 4G should be a premium like $24.99/mo, then maybe 3 tiers of 3G following in at like $19.99/mo, $14.99/mo. and $9.99/mo. But all of the speeds would permit unlimited data usage.