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SocialistPig

join:2001-08-06
North Las Vegas, NV

Missing something? Why not just use Virgin Mobile?

So I have never investigated pre-paid wireless before and I'm a little confused...

Through Virgin you get 5gigs of 3G Sprint Data and unlimited 4G Clear data for $55? Or 2gigs of 3G data and unlimited 4G clear data for $35? That $35 is amazing. Is there something I'm missing?

Clear charges $50 a month for just unlimited 4G data. Why would I not just use Virgin for $35 and get the 2gigs of 3G for when I need it? Is Virgin bad? Is there small writing I am missing?

Thanks!


dplantz

join:2000-08-02
Roslindale, MA

If you have good sprint/ clear signal go for it. wimax will be retired by clear sometime in 2015. They are moving to LTE. Virgin is a sub brand of Sprint.



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You do not get roaming with Virgin, plus quality of service is not as good as a normal sprint plan. Sprint traffic is prioritized over Virgin on the network.
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Jim_in_VA

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so swintec, still have your SERO plan? I'm keeping mine
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said by Jim_in_VA:

so swintec, still have your SERO plan? I'm keeping mine

Sure do, actually, the SERO premium. Just got a new phone yesterday, the new Photon with the keyboard. It is being a real pain in the ass to be honest and I am hoping I can get things straightened out.
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Jim_in_VA

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SERO Premium is a $20 upgrade to a newer smartphone is it not? Still, $50 for unlimited everything - can't beat that. Whatsup with the Photon?
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said by Jim_in_VA:

SERO Premium is a $20 upgrade to a newer smartphone is it not? Still, $50 for unlimited everything - can't beat that. Whatsup with the Photon?

Well, $10 from normal SERO and then if you have a decent smartphone another $10. Personally I had to do it (made the jump a year and a half ago to an Epic. Much better experience.

The issues with the Photon...not totally sure. Something is draining the battery very quickly even though I shut all syncing off besides email and even that is only every hour. Battery summary shows it is the screen doing it but i am not sure if they expect me to turn the screen down fairly dark to the point where i can not really see it comfortably.

I also need to figure out if it is having problems with my Airave. MMS messages do not seem to come through when connected to Airave after working fine for years with all of my other phones.

I also need to add back EVDO roaming to my PRL but these units do not use the same PRLs as the epic so im not sure where im going to find a PRL for the photon. From eading they use a device specific one. So i guess I need to learn to create my own.

Just minor annoyances like that. lol
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Jim_in_VA

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Thank you for that report. Considering a premium account, just want to pick the right phone.
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said by Jim_in_VA:

Thank you for that report. Considering a premium account, just want to pick the right phone.

Other reviews of the phone are fine which is what makes me scratch my head. If you dont want or need a hardwar ekeyboard the S3 may be a good solution for you.
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Jim_in_VA

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don't need, or ever used a keyboard device although I have a HTC Touch Pro 2 now. Time to move along
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dib22

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said by Jim_in_VA:

don't need, or ever used a keyboard device although I have a HTC Touch Pro 2 now. Time to move along

hey Windows CE was smartphones before apple "invented' it don't be so quick to ditch the WinMobile :P

and on the subject of proto-smartphones any Treo 755 people around?

@Original Poster: if you have strong sprint network coverage go for it... you can just activate the VM with its own number to test it out before you go and loose your month to month sprint account

whiteyonenh

join:2004-08-09
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said by swintec:

I also need to add back EVDO roaming to my PRL but these units do not use the same PRLs as the epic so im not sure where im going to find a PRL for the photon. From eading they use a device specific one. So i guess I need to learn to create my own.

Just minor annoyances like that. lol

In regards to the PRL Issue, it should use the same as the EVO LTE does, so any of the Corporate ones listed here should work. Specifically the 24xxx series, the 12xxx PRL's are for the older phones that don't support the SMR 800mhz band that sprint is using to replace IDEN with CDMA {EDIT: Also seems I may have been incorrect on this point as well, the 24xxx/25xxx PRLs prioritize the 800Mhz SMR band over 1900Mhz for Voice/Texting, those parts of the PRL won't be useful until after network vision completion, and may cause lower battery life}. »forum.xda-developers.com/showthr···=1747257 {EDIT: Upon further reading through that thread, looks like the 12xxx PRLs listed should work fine, and people seem to have better success with 3G roaming onto Verizon.}

I've been looking hard at the Photon Q, as I have an Evo Shift now that I'd like to replace, I'll have to wait another few months and see what else comes down the pipeline re: qwerty devices. Though, prepaid is looking very tempting, it may not be enticing enough to switch (I also have the $50 Sero Premium.)


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said by whiteyonenh:

In regards to the PRL Issue, it should use the same as the EVO LTE does

The photon q has a special prl number that from what i have told hasnt been seen yet, the one on mine is 55006. have you seen that numbering before?
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whiteyonenh

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said by swintec:

said by whiteyonenh:

In regards to the PRL Issue, it should use the same as the EVO LTE does

The photon q has a special prl number that from what i have told hasnt been seen yet, the one on mine is 55006. have you seen that numbering before?

Just sprint being weird about PRL's, AFAIK it's because it's a world-phone (i.e. has GSM/WCDMA capabilities as well), it should be safe to use the 12xxx/24xxx/25xxx PRL's, as GSM/WCDMA doesn't use PRL's anyways.


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said by whiteyonenh:

Just sprint being weird about PRL's, AFAIK it's because it's a world-phone (i.e. has GSM/WCDMA capabilities as well), it should be safe to use the 12xxx/24xxx/25xxx PRL's, as GSM/WCDMA doesn't use PRL's anyways.

Yea I figured they were being weird about it, someone called it "device specific" which had me worried. I went years without EVDO roaming until several months ago and you dont realize how bearable it makes things until it is taken away.
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whiteyonenh

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said by swintec:

said by whiteyonenh:

Just sprint being weird about PRL's, AFAIK it's because it's a world-phone (i.e. has GSM/WCDMA capabilities as well), it should be safe to use the 12xxx/24xxx/25xxx PRL's, as GSM/WCDMA doesn't use PRL's anyways.

Yea I figured they were being weird about it, someone called it "device specific" which had me worried. I went years without EVDO roaming until several months ago and you dont realize how bearable it makes things until it is taken away.

Yep, absolutely understand, I mainly flashed the 11xxx PRL to my Shift because of the issue of data roaming, and being on the edge of an unusable 1x/EVDO cell, using roam control on my phone, and how much it'll drain the battery as well as error because it can't connect to data. It looks like the 12xxx PRL is the LTE equivalent to the 11xxx PRL.

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said by swintec:

You do not get roaming with Virgin, plus quality of service is not as good as a normal sprint plan. Sprint traffic is prioritized over Virgin on the network.

In real world performance, is this subtle enough that the average Joe would even notice? Or is Virgin poor compared to standard Sprint service?

I have a Tmobile pre-paid hotspot at $25/mo for 1.5 GB and service varies from 10+ Mbps down to under 1 Mbps. But since I only use it on the road for email, SSH, IM, and other low bandwidth stuff, speed matters far less than "is there any useable signal where I'm trying to work at the moment".

I was thinking about getting an iPhone from Virgin and paying the extra $15 for the hotspot ability (to replace the $25 hotspot from Tmobile). But that all depends on whether Virgin has a useable data product.

Thoughts?


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dib22

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said by rebus9:

I have a Tmobile pre-paid hotspot at $25/mo for 1.5 GB and service varies from 10+ Mbps down to under 1 Mbps. ...
I was thinking about getting an iPhone from Virgin and paying the extra $15 for the hotspot ability (to replace the $25 hotspot from Tmobile). But that all depends on whether Virgin has a useable data product.

If you are getting 10+ Mbps down, stick with it... the virgin mobile iphone is a 4S and it is CDMA-EVDO only... the technical limit on EVDO is 3.1Mbps.