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Sprint Unveils $150, 3G 'Simply Everything' Plan
Includes 3G EVDO data access for laptops...
by Karl Bode 10:33AM Monday Feb 16 2009
Early last year, mobile carriers began fighting for customers by offering $99 unlimited service bundle plans, which included national calling, unlimited SMS/MMS, data, text, e-mail, and Web-surfing. Sprint's $99 "Simply Everything" plan at the time didn't include PAM/DUN tethering or data card access, so this morning they unveiled a new $150 Simply Everything plan that includes 3G data for laptops. It's not a particularly mind-blowing deal, though Sprint was at least nice enough to stop making references to "unlimited data" and cite their new 5GB usage cap (implemented last August) clearly in the press release.

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n2jtx

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Keep It

You can keep it. Besides, I have a feeling Sprint may be saying "Buh bye" in the not too distant future.
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Re: Keep It

said by n2jtx:

You can keep it. Besides, I have a feeling Sprint may be saying "Buh bye" in the not too distant future.
Two words to counter: PALM PRE
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Re: Keep It

ya but as soon as the Palm Pre is released and Apple Sues them for using their Patented Multi-Touch and they get an injunction and Sprint/Palm are no longer able to sell that piece of junk then Sprint will still go bye bye..

kpfx

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Want It

Apple doesn't really have a Multi-Touch patent, rather a series of patents regarding how to do various things with multi-touch gestures.

There's a really good article on engadget that covers this, but the summary is that the two are easily treading on some heavy patents on both sides. Check it out and you'll see that the iPhone has plenty of blatent rip-offs from Palm's own extensive patent portfolio.

What will probably happen is both will agree to cross-patent access (i.e. Intel and AMD regarding x86).

But back to the original topic... as a road warrior eying the Palm Pre with tethering in mind (which is sorely missing from the iPhone) this plan is unmatched by the other big 3G carriers.

The article: »www.engadget.com/2009/01/28/appl···nalysis/

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said by n2jtx:

I have a feeling Sprint may be saying "Buh bye" in the not too distant future.
Most houseplants go through a furious blooming attempt right before they expire, no matter what the season. I suspect this is Sprint's.

added:

I saw the TV commercial for this last night and I'm pretty sure that in order to get this fabulous deal you are actually signing up for two separate lines. Which means two separate sets of un-fees, taxes and other small-print effluvia. Add that to "Phone as modem or tethering: not included." and a couple other small things (20 cents per minute call forwarding for example) and this is no deal. I get essentially unlimited voice + 3G data right now for about half this wonderful Sprint bundled price.
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said by n2jtx:

You can keep it. Besides, I have a feeling Sprint may be saying "Buh bye" in the not too distant future.
This has been said about Vonage, Comcast, Time Warner, Sprint.. etc. They're still around.

You inexperienced people around here keep thinking that an effort to get products in the hands of consumers is somehow the sign of doom to come. ... it's called smart business. In the sign of an economy, you do what you can to keep consumption moving..

Now, if they were putting their entire stack of eggs in one basket, now THAT is a sign of things to come in most cases...

But, if for all those Sprint haters (or insert name of your favorite "I love to hate" company here) that want to see them die, then by all means, carry on.
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Sprint is going to be gone soon.

Not a very good deal. They are trying to grasp at straws now.

They want to be alive in todays market place. Real easy solution. When you sell an everything plan. don't charge extra for the little things like tethering and blackberries.

They want my business then they really need to come down on price. For "everything" I would gladly pay $100 , but give me the option to add another phone for $40 or $50 a month , plus don't nail me $20 for blackberry service , then $30 for tethering. On top of my already paid for data package.
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Re: Sprint is going to be gone soon.

said by BosstonesOwn:

Not a very good deal. They are trying to grasp at straws now.

They want to be alive in todays market place. Real easy solution. When you sell an everything plan. don't charge extra for the little things like tethering and blackberries.

They want my business then they really need to come down on price. For "everything" I would gladly pay $100 , but give me the option to add another phone for $40 or $50 a month , plus don't nail me $20 for blackberry service , then $30 for tethering. On top of my already paid for data package.
Yeah, because none of the other carriers charge extra for that stuff, right? Sprint will get you the best price out the door for all that stuff by a longshot over Verizon or AT&T.
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Re: Sprint is going to be gone soon.

I understand other carriers charge for BES as well , but you know what , sprint is losing customers hand over fist , do something to change that and make it a value. I already pay for data , what difference is it if its BES BIS or just normal data ?

Right now I pay verizon $200 a month and get all the data and BES services. plus 1500 minutes on 2 phones. Want my business you better damn well make it worth my time to swap to your service.
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said by BosstonesOwn:

Not a very good deal. They are trying to grasp at straws now.

They want to be alive in todays market place. Real easy solution. When you sell an everything plan. don't charge extra for the little things like tethering and blackberries.

They want my business then they really need to come down on price. For "everything" I would gladly pay $100 , but give me the option to add another phone for $40 or $50 a month , plus don't nail me $20 for blackberry service , then $30 for tethering. On top of my already paid for data package.
Just so you know Sprint's $99 unlimited plan includes unlimited text, data, blackberry (though not BES), and navigation on top of minutes. Verizon and AT&T's $99 plan is talk only, where you have to add on data, text, etc.

This deal isn't much cheaper than owning a Sprint phone and buying a data card, it's just bundled together. It still is about $30-40 a month cheaper than Verizon if you were to do the same thing. No carrier allows you to tether data on your phone without buying the feature, but if your phone supports it then you can get away with it as long as you go lightly. I use my Sprint phone as a modem on my laptop all the time and I have yet to hear a word from Sprint.

Sprint isn't going anywhere.
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Re: Sprint is going to be gone soon.

If you have unlimited data on your phone your not going to hear anything. My basic package will charge 3cents a kb if i surf the web or transfer data in any way other then text and voice.
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said by texans20:

I use my Sprint phone as a modem on my laptop all the time and I have yet to hear a word from Sprint.
Which phone is this? I'm looking at upgrading one of my phones. Already have 2 on the $99/everything plan.
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Re: Sprint is going to be gone soon.

I will guess a Hacked Mogul. If you hack a HTC device to a custom rom the carrier has no clue you are tethering. Same thing for Verizon. I hacked my 6800 before it kept breaking. Never really used the tethering option.
Mce Saint
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This plan is about a $10 per month discount over having ONE phone on Simply Everything Plan ($99) plus one data card card on the Mobile Broadband plan ($59.99). Separately, that used to be $160 per month; now - with this plan - it's $149.99 per month.

It is an ok deal (about a 6% price reduction) for those that have (or want) ONE phone - unlimited talk w/ pretty much everything else on it - and one mobile broadband card.

As it stands, though, it doesn't help me (personally) much. We have TWO phones on the Everything Data Share plan ($129.99 per month) - that caps (shared) minutes at 1500 per month - plus ONE mobile broadband card/plan ($59.99). Doing the math, it would make sense to switch (and we rarely use our combined 1500 minutes).
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Re: Sprint is going to be gone soon.

make that "it would NOT make sense to switch" (for us)
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I have the 99 Simply Everything on a few lines myself.. all Moto Q phones. You surely can tether those phones. There is no charge and instructions are included in the manual on how to do this. You can use the USB cable or the blue tooth connections to do it. (Just can't make a phone call while in data, the one downfall)

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No one reads

Why bother reply at all.

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with 5 cents per MB overage

That's a whopping $51 per GB. Not as bad as Verizon's $256 per GB but still pretty outrageous.
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Re: with 5 cents per MB overage

Well 1GB of Sprint text messages are $1.25 million.

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Great Deal!

I am happy on my $30 per month SERO plan..however it seems many have not compared plans side by side across the board with most of the cell companies. From everything I have looked at, you will not come close to this price with any other provider, nor will you get the 3G coverage. Verizon and AT&T just this year got 3G here while Sprint has had our little piddly state set up with 3G for quite sometime.
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Re: Great Deal!

Yeah Classic Sero is all WINSAUCE!
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Re: Great Deal!

I use PDAnet to tether my centro to my laptop.Works great.
dbldbl

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Re: Great Deal!

USBModem with the Palm Centro here. Awesomeness.

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Re: Great Deal!

USBModem is a great program! Haven't used the PalmOS version, but I have used the Windows Mobile version and it works a treat, even on my Mac.

I can also wholeheartedly recommend wmwifirouter for those of you with a WiFi capable Windows Mobile device. It will share your EvDO/1X data connection via WiFi, so you don't need to tether via USB or Bluetooth, you only need a wifi capable computer to tether.

Both USBModem and wmwifirouter will not send tethered NAI, so Sprint can't tell you are tethering unless you download 10+ GB per month or something crazy (as far as wireless data consumption goes, anyway). If you have an "unlimited" data plan, which SERO includes, you are golden!
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On top of SERO, many were able to get Pick 5 (free calling to 5 numbers), free incoming, hundreds of bonus minutes and 5PM nights a while ago from the retention department. I was among these customers and will stay with them as long as I can.
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Re: Great Deal!

said by dot_null:

On top of SERO, many were able to get Pick 5 (free calling to 5 numbers), free incoming, hundreds of bonus minutes and 5PM nights a while ago from the retention department. I was among these customers and will stay with them as long as I can.
Been trying to get free incoming. Did you get this fairly recently? Anyone I talk to tells me it is no longer available to add.
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Re: Great Deal!

Nope, I got it back in early 2008. It's an expired code so I'm not sure if you'll have much luck with getting it added, though stranger things have happened. I've heard they have been cracking down big time with perks recently so YMMV.

You might be able to get FIMF (First Incoming Minute Free) or $5 unlimited incoming, however. If you're very very lucky, you may even be able to get the retention department to add $5 unl incoming and get a recurring $5 credit for it, but I wouldn't count on it. Even for $5 it's a steal!

I wish you luck with it though!
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Re: Great Deal!

Well, I am trying now to get the Airave monthly service charge waived since Verizon does not charge it..So if I can pull that off I will be good....Dont want to take TO much.
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Re: Great Deal!

said by swintec:

Well, I am trying now to get the Airave monthly service charge waived since Verizon does not charge it..So if I can pull that off I will be good....Dont want to take TO much.
Good luck with that too!! You shouldn't have any problem getting that done.

A couple of friends of mine are on $30 SERO and have gotten the Airave device and monthly fee waived. I don't need one because I live 1/3 of a mile away from a Sprint CDMA & iDEN site, thankfully.
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I was able to get the Airave device at no charge along with a monthly fee credit of 4.95 per month for the service. I did not opt to go on the unlimited Airave plan, but I can for $10 more, with my corp discount it comes to $8.50.

I simply called them and told them my service barely worked inside my home.. They assigned a field engineer to come out and measure levels in my area. The engineer called me and told me my home was on a fringe area, he verified the low signal. Got a call back from customer care the next day saying I could pick up the Airave at no charge from the Sprint store or they could ship one out to me. I picked it up that afternoon and couldn't be happier since.

For what its worth, none of the carriers in this area can provide a good signal at my home. I had Verizon prior to Sprint for over 10 years, and I have friends with AT&T and T-Mobile that have been here that also dont get a signal.

Rick

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Re: Great Deal!

said by RickNY:

For what its worth, none of the carriers in this area can provide a good signal at my home.
AT&T offers decent service in my home...however when I found the SERO plan...I couldnt pass it up...Neither Sprint nor Verizon (roaming partner) offered a real usable service in my home though, however luckily...I have a VoIP service that gave me unlimited calling anyways for my house.

When the Airave came out I decided to try and get it..got it for free but had to pay the $4.99 a month.

Since Verizon has purchased Unicel up here..they turned all of there GSM antennas over to CDMA..so now, wouldnt you know, Verizon has full service in my home. Oh well..I will keep the Airave anyways.

Just got a reply back from Sprint E-Care...Told me my plan is already heavily discounted..they wont budge on the 4.99 a month for Airave..Ahh well.
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You can't beat the unlimited everything price if you want it all on one phone. ATT unlimited talk is $99, $45 additional for a pda w/ unlimited data and text, then 9.99 for navigation. That's rounded $144 for the phone and then another 59.99 for the data card.