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Will the Sprint iPhone 4S be compatible with SERO Premium plans?

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Will the Sprint iPhone 4S be compatible with SERO Premium plans?
With the introduction of the iPhone 4S with Sprint, we’re sure there are some diehard Sprint customers out there that have been waiting for this day – but even more if they happen to be on Sprint’s SERO Premium plan.

Previously, the original SERO plan initially began as a $30 per month option that provided customers with unlimited data, text, picture messaging, and 500 minutes of anytime minutes. However, the plan was only compatible with features phones and select smartphones (which included old school Palm and Windows Mobile smartphones).

By the time webOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7 devices started to crowd the scene, Sprint decided to move the ante by allow existing SERO customers to migrate over to its new $40 per month SERO Premium plan. Retaining all the same features as before, the new plan added things like unlimited Sprint Navigation and unlimited talk to any mobile phone number in the US. For a mere $40 per month, that’s not too shabby when you think about how affordable it as – well, it’s definitely in the ballpark of what we see offered by prepaid carriers. Additionally, customers who wanted to use a 4G smartphone, they would naturally be charged an additional $10 per month for “premium data.”

Now that we know all of that, let’s go back to the iPhone 4S, which isn’t deemed as a 4G device for Sprint. It’s just possible that existing SERO Premium customers will be able to activate the phone with the plan. If that’s the case, we’re sure there are going to be a lot of Sprint customers clamoring for joy – especially if they can retain paying only $40 per month for the service.

We reached out to Sprint regarding the matter, but as of right now, there is no word if it’ll be compatible. Instead, they mention that details will surely come out in the very near future to outline the iPhone 4S.

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posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:29 3

1. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


If this is true and you dont want to pay for 4G data then the iphone is a great choice on sprint then too.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:50 1

2. 87168 (unregistered)


There is no such thing as 4g data. Its premium data as of January. This means that any smartphone regardless of 3g or 4g connectivity will require the 10 dollar data charge.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:59 3

4. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Additionally, customers who wanted to use a 4G smartphone, they would naturally be charged an additional $10 per month for “premium data.”

Read the article next time

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:30 2

8. youarewrong (unregistered)


87168 is correct. sprint charges the $10 on all smart phone devices regardless of 3g or 4g.

http://community.sprint.com/baw/community/sprintblogs/announcements/blog/2011/01/18/sprint-makes-premium-data-changes

Know your facts on your own rather then just reading the article next time

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:52 1

9. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Damn yall told him. lol

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 18:38

17. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


IKingTrust if you even went to the link it just says there is a charge because of the increase in their networks. It really doesn't address anything of how its implemented on sero. If you read the article its pretty clear there is no debate here just f**king learn to read dam it. Glade there is someone who can read here simplyj.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:53 2

10. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


You and 87168 are both idiiots. it's a 10 dollar fee to use a 4g device on SERO premium, bringing the total to 50 dollars a month.

Leave this thread to people who actually have SERO.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:54 2

11. whatanidiot (unregistered)


no, 87168 and "youarewrong" are both incorrect. Try reading the article CLOSELY before dismissing what people are saying. SERO operates differently than regular plans. $10 for smartphone plus an additional $10 for any 4G phone. This applies only to SERO plans, not EPRP or regular sprint plans, which is exactly what the article said.

Please read carefully before complaining.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:31

19. Ser0Iphone2k2 (unregistered)


no..you are wrong!
4G prem data is for 4G phone..not 3G. i have a pre and use 3G and no i do not pay prem data. i do pay that for the 4G Evo Shift..makes sense right?
i know it does cause i pay the bill

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 00:40

21. cruiserandmax (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


In the context of SERO you are just plain wrong. I just activated an Optimus S and it's $40 month- no extra $10 fee.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 12:42

23. peopleneedtocalmdown (unregistered)


http://shop2.sprint.com/en/stores/popups/premium_data_popup.shtml

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 17:41

27. whatanidiot (unregistered)


Cruiserandmax, please try reading carefully before posting. You are not correct.

the reason there is no extra $10 fee is because the LG Optimus is not a 4g phone. You're paying exactly what you should be. If you activated a 4g phone, such as the Epic or EVO, you would be paying $50 a month, exactly what the article and others have been saying very clearly now. Please re-read the article completely next time.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 15:52 1

3. Bonz (unregistered)


Bad article. The $10 premium data free is NOT for 4g. And if you think for a fraction of a millisecond the I Phone will be exempt of the $10 premium data fee you are... How they say? Smoking crack!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:04 3

5. Joe Sheepdows (unregistered)


SERO plans are completely different than the regular Sprint plans.

On SERO plans, there are 3 tiers. $30 for legacy phones. $40 for Smart Phones w/o 4g. $50 for Smart Phones with 4g.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:08 1

6. SERO User (unregistered)


Guys, this article is talking about SERO plans. For SERO plans, 4g does cost $10 on top of the $40/mo, making it a total of $50/mo. The "premium data fee" is for plans which are not SERO.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:24 1

7. John.V (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 May 2011)


You are absolutely correct. If you have an HTC Arrive for example, you'll need to be on the $40 per month SERO premium plan to use it. On the other hand, if you were to upgrade to an HTC EVO 3D, you'd be required to pay an additional $10 on top of the usual $40 per month SERO Premium plan - bring it to $50 per month for 4G enabled smartphones. Still, that's a good price for any postpaid plan.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:03

13. reltm (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


So far all phones that require the premium data fee on SERO have been 4G phones, right? I was wondering whether the iPhone would be the first non-4G phone to require the premium data fee on SERO. I have no inside info, but it seems to make sense that there is no way Sprint would allow the iPhone on SERO for less than $50, even though it doesn't have 4G. This is why even on SERO they never called it a "4G data fee," always just a "premium data fee." Seems like this would apply to the iPhone which gobbles data like no other phone does.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:07 1

14. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


I originally thought that customers would be forced to switch to an everything data plan from their sero plan... we shall see.

also, android users eat more data than ios users..

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:18

15. reltm (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


Good point -- they may not allow iPhone on SERO at all.

Interesting about Android users using more data. I think I was confusing data per device/user (which could reasonably be pretty similar) with iOS having higher mobile traffic than Android, as here:
http://allthingsd.com/20110920/led-by-apples-iphone-and-ipad-mobile-devices-now-dominate-airport-wi-fi/

posted on 08 Oct 2011, 17:54

35. MattyG (unregistered)


reltm: The LG Marquee was just released on Oct 2nd and its a Gingerbread Android 3G Phone not 4G. I bought it for my fife and it only requires the $40 SERO Premium 500 Plan as opposed to my EVO 4G which needs the additional Premium Data. If the iPhone ends up being the same as the Marquee, I may end up switching to it and save $120 a year. Especially since I have a free Gold Customer upgrade in Dec.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 16:59

12. jClipse250 (unregistered)


yea... I have 3 lines with sprint with only 1 of the phones being 4G (Epic) and only on that one line I'm charged a additional $10 a month for 4G premium data.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 17:32

16. Ryan (unregistered)


I'm on a SERO plan. Normally, they make SERO customers wait to upgrade to the latests gen phones, until after the initial market rush is over with. I'm not sure how long that will take with the iPhone though.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 20:28

18. Ser0Iphone2k2 (unregistered)


I heard from a reliable source(VP @ sprint corporate) that all the iphone ESNs have been blocked from being activated on Sero. You will need an unlimited/everything data plan. They will allow plan changes without upping your contract for sero/sero prem customers. You will pay the regular plan pricings listed on the sprint site.
No additional data for iphone is required since it's not 4G.

I hope this reliable source is wrong...but there goes my hopes for iphone on sero. that was just too good to be true.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 22:40 2

20. alpinejason (Posts: 260; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


yeah right go with sprint if you want s**tty or no signal at all.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 13:19

24. DomoreEvo (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


As Sprint Call center rep, The 10 charge is for ALL smartphones and does NOT apply to only 4g devices, customers who upgrade or activate new service are required to add the 10 premuim data, and customers who already had service and were not on 4g phones and still using 3g devices were grandfathered in BUT if upgrading to a 4g device were required to add the plan, the charge is mandatory but can be waived under certain circumstances through a manager but this applies only to current customers, the fee is not able to be waived for new service.

"The $10 Premium Data Add-on charge is necessary on smartphones because these devices on average use 10x more data than an average feature phone.

Even with this charge, Sprint customers still enjoy the best value in wireless.

Rather than imposing limits and overage charges on data plans for wireless phones as competitors have done, Sprint has extended its $10 Premium Data add-on charge to all Smartphone activations.

This is not a charge for 4G service."

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 17:55 1

28. granny (unregistered)


DomoreEvo,

Thanks for you input. You mentioned the 4G Premium Data fee can be waived by a manager for current customors under certain circumstances. Can you please elaborate on what they may be?

I've been with SERO (the old $30 plan with an old dumbphone) for more than 4 years, but have been resistant to upgrade to 4g due to the extra $20 monthly for almost the exact same service. Thanks for your help.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 13:20

25. DomoreEvo (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


As for sero customers, we have not been given any info as to what plan if any they will need to switch to, im assuming because they will not be able to preorder and get the device like regular customers and will maybe have a week or so wait. Sorry

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 14:27

26. Dan S. (unregistered)


If and when you get any new details about SERO plan compatibility with the Sprint iPhone, could you please update? Thanks.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 19:26 1

29. AS (unregistered)


answer from sprint representative after emailing them yesterday.

Thank you for contacting the employee phone programs group. For accounts
that are activated on the Sero plans the iPhone will require the Sero
Premium plan, plus the $10 premium data add on. The total will be
$50/500 minutes. If you have any other questions or concerns please let
us know. We value your business and appreciate the opportunity to answer
your questions. Please reply to this email or visit sprint.com if we can
be of assistance.

Sincerely,
Steven T.
Sprint
Bristol, VA

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 23:11 1

30. sero (unregistered)


You can not get any iphone on SERO (Premium) pre-order or initially but maybe in the future.

Sprint left the possibility open that they may in a few weeks (or few months) open it up to SERO or other employee discount programs etc.

Then again they may not.

Right now on iphones and until they say otherwise (which they may or may not do) the best you can do is pay for a full price plan and combine it with a discount as high as 25% if you work at a company such as Chase.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:22

31. Joe (unregistered)


I have SERO & the website seems to allow me to pre order the iPhone4

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 11:33 1

32. sero (unregistered)


ordering phone and activating on sero are 2 entirely different things things.

If on sero do not buy or activate without talking to someone who really knows what they are doing. Some days you will get a supervisor and waste an hour with someone who claims they know what they are talking about when they do not. Other days you get someone good right away. Most people even at high levels know little about these plans and will try to push you on a normal plan and claim the plan you are on ended (do not waste time just call back), also if you are on the old sero it is listed as fair and flexible (it is still sero dont worry) to them which confuses them further, if you have the newer sero premium they at least see you have a somewhat new phone and have a special sero premium plan with data.

can only activate iphone right now which starts at $80 for iphone, and is a little lower if 2 or more people are on plan sharing minutes. Max discount is actually 27 percent if work for right company.

Sorry but there is no way for sero and iphone right now once you try to activate.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 15:02 1

33. DomoreEvo (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Sorry, It took a while to respond. @ Dan S. If i recieve any more information I will post, I work in Retention and we do not assist sero customers but we receive the same email correspondence. So far the most i have been able to find out is that Sero will have a wait but it should be no more than a week or so, and sero customers will be able to activate the phone on their plan (premium), and the fair and flexible plan (30 plan) customers will have no choice but to switch to premium to get the device and pay the 10 data fee. The iphone will work on sero but only starting at the date sero customers can order the phone or purchase it, anything before then will NOT be activated unless on a consumer plan. (there is NO WAY around this..sorry)

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 16:40 1

34. wiL (unregistered)


the first page was very entertaining... thanks guys for the bickering made my day...

i'm not an insider or know anyone on the inside but i did hear that Sprint HAD to preorder 30.5 million units to get this lucritive contract with apple, and if you crunch those numbers i'm pretty sure SERO will be allowed to get iphone4(s).

just like everything else we had to wait for... eventually we get everything (from what i have seen, only been sero for 5 years i know ppl been here longer), it's just another fee or "upgrade" we will have to pay.

i was REALLY hoping the whole "premium data" fee would be waived but it only makes sense (dollars) that we pay that and TBH i don't mind, because if we don't pay $50 a month ($40+$10) you know they will just call it a "PLATNUM IPHONE USAGE FEE" and probably be $15+.

i'm not a iphone believer yet but i'm really considering it. as for now we WAIT! because we have a great plan we can't expect to have everything right away... Just know if/when we get it we have the BEST PLAN and argubly the BEST PHONE on the the market!

I just hope some how we can keep it at $40! haha but i doubt it

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 14:49

36. sero (unregistered)


OK looks like can now get iphone on pre-order with sero premium only and can only order phones from website. If have old sero need to upgrade to sero premium first then can order phone. Have to pay $10 data fee also. that did not take long thought they would make peopel wait at least 2 weeks

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