Sprint offers discount in an attempt to get AT&T, T-Mobile enterprise customers to switch

Sprint offers discount in an attempt to get AT&T, T-Mobile enterprise customers to switch
Recently, Sprint was so interested in taking customers away from merger partners AT&T and T-Mobile, that they offered to pay the customer's $175 Early Termination Fee if they would switch while still under contract to either mobile operator. Now, a leaked photo of a Sprint internal document reveals that the nation's third largest carrier will send a mailer out to AT&T and T-Mobile enterprise customers, offering them a 12% discount, a deal on two phones and a $175 port-in credit.

According to the document, Sprint is aiming the mailer to business customers with 1-99 employees in Chicago, Miami, Colorado, Phoenix, Utah, Houston, Tampa, Minnesota, Kansas, East Michigan, Orange County, L.A. Metro, Orlando, New York City and Dallas/Ft. Worth. Those receiving the offer can pick up the recently launched Motorola XPRT, a BlackBerry-esque Android handset that is similar to the Motorola DROID Pro at Verizon, or the BlackBerry Style, a flip phone loaded with BlackBerry 6 OS and a WebKit browser. The BlackBerry Style is a free device with the offer, while the Motorola XPRT is discounted to $129.99 for those taking advantage of the deal.

The document says that the mailer will be sent out late this month, and that the deal is available through July 23rd. As we closer to government approval of AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile, the more desperate Sprint seems to get.

source: Spantechular via BGR

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34 Comments

1. bob unregistered

who cares, sprint sucks anyways

2. Gina da gelatina unregistered

Well I would switch but then again no cuz I live in los Angeles and I had sprint an evo and sprint signal is pretty crappy. I always taught sprint worked good cuz it works on cdma people were always telling me that and me like a dumbass believed them. Worse mistake of my life I live in downtown La and in my apartment I had no service. So I went to sprint complained a lot they gave me a brand new phone and still same problems o also I didn't get service in the metro train the one underground so I canceled went to at&t got an iPhone 4 ..man did I regret it it was much worse than the evo. So I returned it got a Samsung infuse 4G best decision ever believe it or not att service is much better in La than sprint and I mean much better. I know have full reception inside my apartment and in the underground train I admit ny reception does get crappy there but I still maintain 1 little bar of service which is better than no bars on sprint and it works to call and it doesn't disconnect the call . Also I know some of u may argue with me that att sucks in other places like new york and stuff and I'm not gunna argue with u cuz I don't know but over here in La it works just as good as Verizon as long as u don't use an iPhone. And that's good enough for me cuz I never leave California ..

17. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Sprint's biggest weakness by far. Indoor reception. You are not alone, Gina. I would be a Sprint customer right now if I could get bars at all in my workplace.

22. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

I spent 2 wks working near Hollywood Blvd / Laurel Canyon area and got great 4G signal.

24. Jimmy R unregistered

If you would of looked out the window the tower was right down the block. 4g is really a joke for sprint, hit and miss all the time unless the tower is in close prox.

3. Krishaun27 unregistered

Hmmm..... well I do like that new Photon....

4. smalltank

Posts: 19; Member since: May 26, 2011

I agree..Sprints CS is the worst!..not to mention they raise your bills for their own reasons!..tmo has the best CS but spotty coverage and att just sucks with their network..Verizon is pricier but always worth it..they just work and care if you have any network issues and close @ 11pm

5. Hope 2011 unregistered

Sprint may Suck But need to to Stop the ATT/ T mobile deal if the Att deal pass price will go up

30. stoptalkin unregistered

Please stop talking. The prices won't go up. Read before you talk at&t states they will drop $10 off single lines they will use $15 2GB wait that another $10 drop the 4GB with hotspot $25 Thats cheaper. Family lines will will drop of $5-$10 matter the plan with family share plan with data thats cheaper did I say they now have unlimited any cell phones minutes that matches Sprint. Sprint sucks Wimax cleared them out they won't see any of that money back and changing to LTE also yea 4G for Sprint 2012 late fall for rest of country with there weak service. So for all you sprit and Verizon fan boys downing at&t your just mad cause you pay way to much for the same service threw at&t. FOR EVERYONE READ THE DEAL PRICE WILL GO DOWN! IT'S IN BLACK AND WHITE. thank ulyou for your time.

34. dallas90733

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 06, 2011

Yes cause at&t likes you so so much.... they will lower your plan, and not only that, they will pay for tmobile buy-out straight out their profit bucket, so they won't raise your bill and make you pay for this merger..please don't look at them being the first to come up with data tier capping or tethering police, all that is just for your safety...so what they Over charge you by up to 300%, it was a error,..like on a lousy 20 million customer, that's all! they will not raise your rate! they promise!!

6. lilbranbran

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 14, 2010

Well I just bought a Nexus S 4G and it hasn't been 30 days since I ordered it, so I'm ordering the EVO 3D. I just want a future proof phone and I'm burnt out with Samsung, but my only peeve with Sprint is that I don't have 4G in my area. Other than that Sprint's fine with me.

7. biglebronski

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

Future proof phone? If such a phone existed, do you really think it would be a device featuring a combination of CDMA and WiMax? Also, if you don't have WiMax in your area, you're not going to get it. Sprint's LTE deal was signed a week ago.Everything else you mentioned is on point. Samsung makes super-flashy yet totally unreliable devices.

9. biglebronski

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

One more thing: By being without WiMax, here's what you are missing: 1. extremely spotty coverage 2. inconsistent data speeds 3. battery life of about 2 or 3 hours :-)

23. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

1. coverage isn't that spotty 2. data speed has been worse lately, but was great before 3. battery life is the same w/3G or 4G. i've had my Evo for 1 yr now and easily get 1 - 1.5 days with 4G on 24/7.

25. Debbie unregistered

If you are getting 1-1.5 with 4g you are getting robbed. I get those speed with 3g.

26. Debbie unregistered

sorry I thought those were speed...please disregard.

31. thankyou unregistered

Finally someone see Sprint is switching to LTE.

28. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

If you if you want a "future proof" phone, then you should just wait to see if the EVO 4G+ hits Sprint. I believe that they will make it WiMax/LTE instead of WiMax/HSPA+ for Sprint. I think that that is going to be another "first" for Sprint.

8. facts only unregistered

Just to set the record straight, it sounds like the phones you have got are the issue not the carrier. Also please do your research before you speaks about Sprints CS....They are number 1 and have been for 3 or 4 years now. J D Power stands by their awards i'm sure

20. rejoicefulone

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Per JD Power and Associates Website TMobile is #1 in 2011. Verizon Wireless was #2 with at&t & Sprint tied for last. Sorry for the news.http://www.jdpower.com/Telecom/ratings/wireless-customer-care-ratings-(volume-1)/

27. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

And if you cared to read at the bottom of the page it says, "Please note that J.D. Power.com ratings may not include all information used to determine J.D. Power and Associates awards.

33. cposey

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

BOOYAHHHHH!!!!!!!

10. Mr. jones unregistered

@biglebronski- I feel what your saying I have a Epic 4g and if it wasn't for the Mod community i would go crazy. But with the LTE dealing being sign the Wimax will be a secondary or back-up if you will and every phone that have Wimax with in a certain time frame will get a software upgrade to house the LTE radio as well as wimax....at least that's what i was told but a network engr. that works for sprint but that's not 100% true yet so don't quote me on that

11. zafrir

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

Wimax is software upgradeable on the network side. However, the phones are not software upgradeable from wimax to lte. Therefore, when they switch over to lte, you will need to upgrade to an lte handset to use the lte service. I am sure that at that time however, Sprint will have some time of upgrade offer for customers who want to switch to their lte network. Also, I am sure that their wimax network will not just be turned off while migrating to lte. They will most likely give people time to slowly convert from wimax to lte. As far as wimax is concerned, wimax will continue to expand on coverage as it is owned by Clearwire - not Sprint. Even though Sprint signed a deal with Lightsquared (or something like that) for lte, they still have an agreement with Clearwire to provide wimax to their customers. I think they will have both for quite some time.

14. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Absolutly correct. Sprint owns 51% of Clearwire stock. WiMax users starting a two year contract this year or the start of next year have nothing to worry about.

12. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

Don't send it to me because i'll burn it. I get a 23%. Dan Hesse has made me dislike Sprint more than ever with his bitching about AT&T-Mobile. He tried to buy T-Mobile and nobody tried to stop him, AT&T has deeper pockets and he bitches about no more innovation. Hesse makes me sick.

18. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Respect your opinion, but Sprint never got close to buying T-Mobile. Sprint and T-Mobile never got past the discussion stage. The lack of ANY common tech killed any real chance of that merger. Sprint learned their lesson with the Nextel union. Also, Sprint did not have the cash or the assets to buy T-Mobile outright, so there would have still been the German parent company owning a large portion of the new companies stock. It was a bad deal for Sprint.

13. chapin unregistered

all of you guys talking about sprint is the best all AT&T,Verizon, T-Mobile suck really bad so if you guys dont know how it works please dont say anything

15. Debbie unregistered

Well that sounds great Sprint, but what about you "Gold Members".....I been with Sprint 13 yrs and I pay the same price as someone off the streets. If you really want to keep your long term customers lets reduce our bill. The only thing that my Gold status gives me is that I can get a phone every year if I want. I don''t do your free ring tones etc... since I am not a kid anymore. So Sprint instead of trying to get new customers, lets try first on keeping your loyal long term customers.

21. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

IMO, yearly upgrades is a really nice reward that no other company offers. For me, that alone would make me feel appreciated.

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