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Andy-J
June 22nd 03, 11:33 PM
Sprint does'nt care about alienating people. They have done it since the
beginning. And this looks like nothing more than the typical bait and
switch. I upgraded my service so that I could get a faster internet
connection than the abysmal 14.4 of the old phone. Mission accomplished.
They said nothing about things being less than unlimited. Granted, I just
use it for downloading and sending email, a few Google searches, and maybe a
little surfing the net while waiting for an appointment--but frankly, Sprint
knew exactly what it was doing when it set these plans up. This was no
goof. They get everyone on a plan and then start squaking about how much
you use the service.

When I called the store (and even Sprint's 800 number for support), I told
them my objective was to be able to use the phone as a modem. "No problem.
Upgrade to Vision, pay $15/mo., get a cable, and you have unlimited access,
sir." As far as I am concerned, they sold me the "Phone Laptop unlimited
plan."

So I will use it as I please.


"Curt Crandall" > wrote in message
...
> So, when I use the T608 to connect via bluetooth to my Powerbook, what
> are they going to be able to do to stop me? Are they going to screw
> with the phones so only bluetooth headsets are compatible (is that even
> possible???)? I can't even use the stupid connection cards with my Clie
> or Powerbook. Perhaps it's time to take my business elsewhere.

David Gunter
June 23rd 03, 02:01 AM
Check out T-Mobile. They have an unlimited internet plan for $30/month which
explicitly allows you to use your cellphone as the modem. I have a friend
with just this sort of plan and I'm waiting to hear back on how it compares
to Sprint's service (speed and connection reliability).

-david

On 6/20/03 8:00 PM, in article c%[email protected], "Rich B."
> wrote:

> I have no problem paying the $80/month for the unlimited data plan, but I
> would like to connect to the network through an 8100 phone and not a
> connections card. I can't understand why this type of plan doesn't exist.

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Lawrence G. Mayka
June 23rd 03, 11:01 AM
"David Gunter" > wrote in message
...
> Check out T-Mobile. They have an unlimited internet plan for $30/month which
> explicitly allows you to use your cellphone as the modem. I have a friend
> with just this sort of plan and I'm waiting to hear back on how it compares
> to Sprint's service (speed and connection reliability).

If you're already on a T-Mobile voice plan of $29.99/month or more, the
Unlimited Internet is only $19.99/month! And yes, it explicitly includes
modem-style usage.

Curt Crandall
June 23rd 03, 01:22 PM
I'm leaning heavily against going with Sprint now and switching to
T-Mobile... my only concern being that my phone is basically a brick
when I live their very limited calling area (although they are one of
the few companies that services the Marinette, WI area... go figure).

When I spoke with T-Mobile about their data service performance, they
said it was 56.6KB/s. Not nearly as good as Verizon which they claim is
45-125KB/s... and I have acquaintences with that service that have seen
over 114KB/s. I have no idea what Sprint's service is for sure, but
their reps at the local store said 40-70KB/s.
AT&T said 40KB/s.

T-Mobile also has "hotspots" at Borders, airports, etc. where, if you
purchase and additional $20/mo plan, you can get broadband speeds there.

This is really quite frustrating. No cell company can provide me with
true unlimited 3G service, digital & analog coverage, and a decent
bluetooth phone. I thought Sprint would be that company, but after
listening to the recent posts concerning Sprint's lack of support for
PDA/laptop connections, I don't think I want to bother with them
anymore.

BTW, where the heck is that T608 I thought was being released today...
still don't see it on the website. I guess it's not coming out now
until 7/4, eh?

"Lawrence G. Mayka" > wrote in article
>:
> "David Gunter" > wrote in message
> ...
> > Check out T-Mobile. They have an unlimited internet plan for $30/month which
> > explicitly allows you to use your cellphone as the modem. I have a friend
> > with just this sort of plan and I'm waiting to hear back on how it compares
> > to Sprint's service (speed and connection reliability).
>
> If you're already on a T-Mobile voice plan of $29.99/month or more, the
> Unlimited Internet is only $19.99/month! And yes, it explicitly includes
> modem-style usage.
>
>

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Carl.
June 23rd 03, 08:03 PM
"Curt Crandall" > wrote in message
...
> When I spoke with T-Mobile about their data service performance, they
> said it was 56.6KB/s. Not nearly as good as Verizon which they claim is
> 45-125KB/s... and I have acquaintences with that service that have seen
> over 114KB/s. I have no idea what Sprint's service is for sure, but
> their reps at the local store said 40-70KB/s.
> AT&T said 40KB/s.

AT&T (on their GSM systems) and T-Mobile both use the same data system
(GPRS). 56.6 is regular landline modem speed, although the GPRS max speed
is actually a tad lower than that (as is a landline, but the 56.6 number is
familiar to people). So the max is 50-something, and the average is said to
be 40.

Sprint and Verizon will both have faster data. They both have the same CDMA
system, although I am not up to date on which upgrade both have. Last I
checked they were both max of a little over 100, but of course the average
will vary.


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