Originally Posted by gwmac
I have not had SERO since 1998, I got it only two years ago. But you are correct that it is no longer offered, but the new SERO plan is called Everything Plus where the Pre is available along with the new HTC Hero runnning Android. That plan is currently available and open to everyone. Take a look at the first post for details. http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/846333/
WTF? You've linked to a year old post that claims some kind of back door code to get a deal, with subsequent posters saying it no longer works.
Basically, for $60 a month you get an all you can eat buffet of data, text, unlimited calling to any mobile phone on any network, and 500 anytime minutes from 7PM if calling landlines. Since my SERO plan does not include unlimited calling, I pay the $10 fee for that privilege which still works out to be $20 cheaper than the new plan. Why Sprint is losing customers is a mystery. I am extremely happy with Sprint and most of all love saving about $780 a year vs. the AT&T iPhone plan which offers even less features than my plan.
Look, I have no idea what existing Spring customers have managed to finagle. It doesn't seem terribly unreasonable, if we're going to compare pricing, to forswear "pssst, buddy, I've got a deal for you" internet discussion board posts and go with published rates.
At Sprint's website, they offer unlimited data and 900 minutes for $89.99. That includes unlimited messaging. At AT&T, they offer unlimited data and 900 minutes for..... 89.99.
That doesn't include unlimited messaging, which is another $20, so, yes, Sprint is cheaper if you want unlimited messaging. If you want unlimited voice and data, Sprint is $20 less plus the $20 bucks for messaging, so the best case scenario for Sprint is if you want unlimited everything, in which case you can get that for $40 less than AT&T.
But for the average user it's probably going to be $20 cheaper to go with Sprint, which is cheaper but it's not amazingly cheaper, and certainly not as amazingly cheaper as these convoluted tales of "I had this but added this for that and kept this and upgraded this" make out. At least not by Sprint's published rates. If they have better rates, I would think they would want to advertise them?
And while you may not have any idea why customers are abandoning Sprint, there must be a reason, don't you think? I mean, people aren't going through hassle of changing their carrier just on a whim, presumably, so there has to be a down side, and I contend that that down side is why Sprint is any cheaper at all in the first place-- they have to be.
Verizon isn't losing customers, and their rates are right in line with AT&T. Funny how that works.
As far as your point about a slower connection, that is moot. The connection you are talking about is only for data. Inside my home I would tend to use wifi which is far faster than any 3G service as would most people with an iPhone. As far as voice, it is the same. You might have to pay $5 a month extra if you have poor indoor coverage, but since Sprint's plan includes unlimited calling to ANY mobile network that would still be a far better deal than having to pay an additional $20 on AT&T. By my Math Sprint would cost you $65 and AT&T iphone w/ 450 minutes, 1500 messaging, data is $85 plus an additional $20 for the femtocell brings it to $105.
Mind you as an avid Apple user, I want an iPhone. But not so much that I am willing to shell out an additional $780 for one. Maybe Apple will loosen up and bring it to a network that could actually handle the data. Until then my HTC Touch Pro 2 will have to do.
My math works like this: if I have poor service in my home, with AT&T I purchase a Microcell for $150. I continue to pay $89 a month for unlimited data and 900 talk minutes. I can use the higher speed data services and talk at the same time, which you cannot do on Sprint, so I can see why the data speeds don't mean anything to you.
Or, if I have Sprint and want better in-house coverage, I can get a $99 microcell, pay $89.99 for unlimited data and 900 talk minutes plus $5 monthly service fee for the microcell. If I want unlimited texting on both services, I'll come out $15 a month ahead on Sprint. For the slower, no voice and data at the same time service.
So, yes, cheaper. But not crazy cheaper, unless you work out some elaborate scenario designed to make it that way, but that's not what the average customer comparing services is going to do.