Who's Not Getting the Evo 4G?
I'll be completely honest - I was gung ho to get the Evo 4G as soon as it came out. I was going to drive to whatever Sprint store had the Evo 4G on the release date and hoped to be one of the first people using it! I loved the phone, and couldn't wait to get my hands on it.
But then Sprint announced the pricing and the conditions, and all of a sudden my interest faded. I might very well be in the minority here, but I honestly don't think I'm going to get it anymore now. I currently pay around $50/month and get pretty much everything (SERO 1250 plan with unlimited text, data, tethering, sprint-to-sprint calls, N&W starting at 7 PM, free long distance and roaming, etc.), so for me to have to switch to an inferior plan and pay a whopping $30/month more seems outrageous and completely absurd!
That's not to say that I don't really want the Evo, but I just don't think I can justify giving up my current phone (Treo 800w WinMo 6.1) so that I can pay $199 and be committed to Sprint for another 2 years and over the term of that contract pay almost $2000 ($1,920 to be exact) vs. paying $50/month with no contract (and over the course of 2 years that's only $1,200 - a savings of $720!!). And that's not even including what would happen if I went over my 450 minute allotment or wanted to add the WiFi HotSpot feature.
Sprint should honestly reconsider their policy about forcing customers that purchase the Evo to switch plans. I'd probably switch if they forced me to pay the $10/month premium but allowed me to keep my plan, but forcing me into a contract, forcing me to still pay for the phone, and then forcing me to switch to an inferior, more expensive plan that will cost me a lot more money over the course of 2 years while getting a lot less is just too many negatives for me to switch to the Evo. Maybe Sprint will change their minds down the road, but this is one customer that Sprint has just turned off!
- 05-17-2010, 12:15 AM #2
The SERO plans might be outdated, but that doesn't mean they aren't a great value! And honestly, if I can avoid paying more money even for a little while longer, especially almost $1000 more, then I'm happy. The Treo 800w can pretty much do everything I need, and while I really wanted the Evo, I still think that Sprint forcing me to sacrifice that much (i.e. 2-year contract, greater monthly cost, inferior plan, and $199 for the phone) for this phone is just too much.Marc
- 05-17-2010, 12:21 AM #4
The problem is that with your logic, you will be stuck with a Treo with WinMo 6.1, which for today standards, is like a Dinosaur...
Now, any new smartphone will require for you to get out of that old SERO plan, you just have to put it in perspective and decide if you don't mind sticking with outdated technology... (is like keeping a computer running Windows 2000)
- 05-17-2010, 12:22 AM #5
You do realize that Sprint has lost money every quarter since the merger with Nextel? They have a change to actually become profitable again and you fell they are making a bad business move. Even at $80 a month they are the cheapest in the industry for what that plan offers.
Also you feel its an inferior plan but many people value any mobile any time over 1250 minutes. My calling is almost exclusively to cellphones so its unlimited minutes for me. This will also allow the use of 4g in areas that are available which yours does not.
Finally windows mobile is garbage.
- 05-17-2010, 12:30 AM #8
- 05-17-2010, 12:33 AM #10
This topic was beaten to death when the Pre came out last year and there really isnt much more to say on it now. The new plans are more expensive than SERO yes, but still cheaper feature for feature than the other carriers.
If you really want to keep your SERO plan, but want a new phone, I think you can activate a Touch Pro 2 on SERO.
- 05-17-2010, 12:35 AM #11
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- 05-17-2010, 12:44 AM #16
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I understand how you feel. I planed to keep my $30 sero and htc mogul for a long time, but phones are just advancing too much to walk around with this dinosaur on my hip. So I went ahead and gave up my sero plan the other day, reluctantly. If you do it now as oppose to when you buy the EVO you are more likely to get the $10/24 month discount and $70 loyalty renewal credit just make sure you keep you $150 upgrade.
- 05-17-2010, 12:47 AM #18
I think you would be surprised how low margins on their customers actually are. If you have above average usage at below average cost and the company providing the service is losing money on the whole then you can safely bet that they lose money on you.
- 05-17-2010, 12:52 AM #20
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Marc, I know the pricing (the extra 10 bucks per Evo) is an issue for me. I'm not whining or complaining, just stating that with that charge for multiple Evos, I am reconsidering my plan to switch to Sprint from Verizon. It's barely going to be a savings after all! I think Sprint is making a mistake--this seemed like a BIG opportunity for them to get ship-jumpers from other carriers. Wonder if this charge will backfire on them.
- 05-17-2010, 12:54 AM #21
- 05-17-2010, 12:56 AM #22
#2) Was this the first smartphone you've ever been interested in on Sprint? Because I figure it has to be if you thought there was a chance in hell that your sero plan would still work. Seems to speak volumes about you that you thought it might work
#3) Get a corporate discount
#4) where in the world do you get $2000?
Listen, if you're not not going to use more than 450 anytime minutes to LANDLINES between the hours of 7am - 7pm when most people should be working then what do you care if it's technically 'less'?
If you're not using it, you're not using it.
#5) You're worried about being 'tied down to a contract'?
Really? What good is not being in a contract going to do for you right now? Anywhere you go is going to be a ton more expensive than your current plan so I see no advantage for worrying about getting into a 2 yr contract with sprint again.
#6) Use PDA net to tether, and don't compare your tethering to the tethering you'd get with the mobile hotspot feature. Apples and oranges.
Man...you cheap people kill me.
- 05-17-2010, 01:16 AM #23
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- 05-17-2010, 01:19 AM #24
Plus, once again, forumsid987 could have made his points in a much more polite and respectful manner...Marc