Sprint Playbook reveals September launch date for HTC Holiday, $350 ETF and more

Sprint Playbook reveals September launch date for HTC Holiday, $350 ETF and more
The latest Sprint Playbook was given the once over by Android Central and more than a few interesting tidbits were discovered. First, in a chart showing comparisons between Sprint's smartphones and those from the competition, Sprint compares its Samsung Epic 4G Touch, due out later this month, with a number of phones including AT&T's HTC Holiday. That would suggest that the marketing gurus at the nation's third largest carrier expect a September launch of the Holiday. Speaking of the HTC Holiday, a prototype is currently being offered on eBay where the top bid is currently $900. We would suggest waiting to bid on that unit since the finished retail model could be out this month.

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?

source: AndroidCentral

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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.

8. RandomSprintEmployee#2 unregistered

burnab87, Sprint Rewards has been around for at least 5+ years...no testing here, it's for employees.

7. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Tiered data is next, iPhone coming, sounds familiar?

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: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

4. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 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.

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.)

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=%2fDefault.aspx without 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.

5. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

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: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Nope iphone arena is how you say "dumb". This is an incentive program for employees and dealers.

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