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Duckman2008
Jan 6, 2010

TFW you see Flyers goaltending.

Grimey Drawer

Plans! Sprint has a few diverse options plans wise as there are both the "normal" regular plans that everyone can get, and there are "referral" plans that you can get if you know a corporate Sprint employee. Which one is right for you? Well, do the math and find out!

First things first. All you die hards who refused to change from SERO, you have been rewarded, if you want to pay more money.

$30 - SERO - dumbphones only
$50 - SERO Premium - Smartphones

Sales line for SERO users - 888 882 4030

Note for SERO users: you just buy phones through sprint corporate. The website normally fucks up and says you have to change your plan to upgrade. Ignore that and call the sales line.


Sprint current plans: to be updated. Sprint coverage also still not matching the other 3.

So unless you have SERO, you probably should look at switching to another carrier. I would read the cut your bill in half promos carefully.




FAQs:

Q. I logged online and the person had no idea about XX new phone that was just announced as coming soon!!! WTF man, Sprint needs to have their employees get there poo poo together!!!

A.

WoG posted:

Any sprint employee you can get on the phone has absolutely no more information than what's already widespread among internet phone nerds. None.

Seriously, employees are commission based and will want to sell you what is in store. Phone reps are usually morons. Online/phone support is worse. Only use those for general info and questions (like paying a bill).




Q. How do I completely erase my phone, including my Sprint Data profile?

A.

McPhearson posted:

Dial ##786#, hit the menu button, choose reset, and enter your MSL. That removes all programming info and sets the phone to how it was when you got it.

*Sprint customer service will give you your MSL.


Q. Sprint coverage sucks but i hear it MIGHT get better?

A. It will, but it has been excruciatingly slow to get better. And you will see service issues in the meantime


Q. i have SERO/EPRP, can I buy from Best Buy?

A. Some will disagree, but my opinion is still if you have a Sprint corporate oriented plan, don't let a 3rd party person touch it. Go through a corporate store or online.


Q. Holy poo poo I lost my phone and don't have insurance, help!

A. Sprint tends to have a few refurbs on the website for $50 no contract, check there first. Otherwise buy something off craigslist if you are not eligible for an upgrade.


Q. I have lovely-no service at my house, how can I get this fixed?

A. Maybe. Sprint used to give out Airvanas (Microcells) like crazy but apparently they are cutting back on it. If they give you one the requirements are:


Requirements:
Available Line
3MB+ home internet speeds (cable is preferable)

There is no contract, although if you cancel Sprint you have to return it. Using the "upgrade eligibility" on an Airrave line is officially taboo on Sprint, if any 3rd party is actually willing to do it for you it will A. potentially gently caress up your airrave and B. they won't get paid (hence they have no incentive to even try).

If you don't qualify for a free one, try searching craigslist/ebay, the Airrave (old one) and Airvana occasionally pop up. I think the new pricepoint is $150, but this shouldn't be a problem unless you never pay your bill.

Duckman2008 fucked around with this message at 01:39 on Aug 13, 2015

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uapyro
Jan 13, 2005


Anyone know when the Sprint/Google Voice thing goes live?

Duckman2008
Jan 6, 2010

TFW you see Flyers goaltending.

Grimey Drawer

uapyro posted:

Anyone know when the Sprint/Google Voice thing goes live?

No, likely in a few months.

torb main
Jul 28, 2004

SELL SELL SELL


If anyone needs a referral, let me know.

A Bad Poster
Sep 25, 2006
Seriously, shut the fuck up.



"Don't buy the Echo" should be in there.

FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

daef





A Bad Poster posted:

"Don't buy the Echo" should be in there.

Also "If you have the money for an Epic, buy the Evo Shift or the Evo if you must have a phone right this very second."

Additionally, from the previous thread:

Choicecut posted:

I think you will have to use the RUU to get her up to a more recent version in order to root the phone. Once it's rooted you can do whatever you want. It's really easy to do, just back everything up that you want to keep.

Okay - I'm running into some issues here with planning everything out. I'm looking for the RUU, and I think I ran across it: http://geekfor.me/hero/ruu-hero/sprint_ruu_156/ - is this what you're referring to?

FAUXTON fucked around with this message at 12:16 on Mar 26, 2011

Choicecut
Apr 24, 2002
"I don't want to sound gay or anything, but I'd really like to have sex with you tonight.
I like postcards too."

--Choicecut, TYOOL 2016


The Entire Universe posted:

Also "If you have the money for an Epic, buy the Evo Shift or the Evo if you must have a phone right this very second."

Additionally, from the previous thread:


Okay - I'm running into some issues here with planning everything out. I'm looking for the RUU, and I think I ran across it: http://geekfor.me/hero/ruu-hero/sprint_ruu_156/ - is this what you're referring to?

That looks like 1.56, you need 2.27 or higher to root using the revoked exploit I believe. Here is an article I wrote on my website that lays out everything for you with all the links to poo poo you need. I wrote it back in August but everything should still apply:

How To Root Hero CDMA

FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

daef





Choicecut posted:

That looks like 1.56, you need 2.27 or higher to root using the revoked exploit I believe. Here is an article I wrote on my website that lays out everything for you with all the links to poo poo you need. I wrote it back in August but everything should still apply:

How To Root Hero CDMA

Beautiful. Thanks!

I'm also looking at just yanking it all through CWM/ROM Manager (http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/index.p...ll_Update_Guide) once rooted. I like the idea of what amounts to cloud-based ROM management.

Now if only the Epic wasn't outed as a total piece early on I might have some CM7 goodness going on. Unfortunately they're just getting things rolling with a thimbleful of developers.

Geekslinger
Jan 30, 2005



Carry over from the last thread. If you use MMS on Sprint there is a good chance all of the pictures of your dicks and tits are saved on Sprint's Picture Mail site.

http://pictures.sprintpcs.com

Geekslinger fucked around with this message at 14:14 on Mar 26, 2011

ExcessBLarg!
Aug 31, 2001


The Entire Universe posted:

Also "If you have the money for an Epic, buy the Evo Shift or the Evo if you must have a phone right this very second."
So with the latest Epic Froyo update (EC05, the one they haven't pulled yet), the phone is basically more or less what it should've been at launch. GPS works, Camera works, Bluetooth reportedly works, etc.

So for folks who want a 4.0" AMOLED with a nice GPU and audio DAC, and specifically a hardware keyboard, and Epic isn't an utter terrible option at this point. Probably used (since folks still think they suck and are dumping them for Evos). Admittedly eventual Gingerbread support is a crapshoot.

Of course, if you don't care or don't want the hardware keyboard, wait for the Nexus S 4G.

FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

daef





ExcessBLarg! posted:

So with the latest Epic Froyo update (EC05, the one they haven't pulled yet), the phone is basically more or less what it should've been at launch. GPS works, Camera works, Bluetooth reportedly works, etc.

So for folks who want a 4.0" AMOLED with a nice GPU and audio DAC, and specifically a hardware keyboard, and Epic isn't an utter terrible option at this point. Probably used (since folks still think they suck and are dumping them for Evos). Admittedly eventual Gingerbread support is a crapshoot.

Of course, if you don't care or don't want the hardware keyboard, wait for the Nexus S 4G.

Gingerbread is reliably in the pipes for the European SGS phones, but yeah, a crapshoot for the North American SGS Diaspora.

Additionally, I've never gotten a lock with GPS on my phone. I wish that was enough to bring it back to Sprint, even after this long, but I've had it since very shortly after release.

Having that Super AMOLED is like having a Ferrari that punches you in the balls every time you get behind the wheel. Sure, it's pretty, and shiny, and the rest of the hardware looks nice on paper, but every drat time you try and use it you're reminded of how much of a fuckup it was to buy the drat thing.

FAUXTON fucked around with this message at 16:35 on Mar 26, 2011

Duckman2008
Jan 6, 2010

TFW you see Flyers goaltending.

Grimey Drawer

Geekslinger posted:

Carry over from the last thread. If you use MMS on Sprint there is a good chance all of the pictures of your dicks and tits are saved on Sprint's Picture Mail site.

http://pictures.sprintpcs.com

I like this much better then what I have:

Sprint Megathread: Free and Automatic Porn Storage for Your Convenience

Mods, can we change it?

mcpringles
Jan 26, 2004



My Touch Pro 2 has this weird rainbow effect on the middle of the screen that you can only see when the screen is off. Would this be covered by TEP or would I have to pay $100 to get the screen replaced/fixed?

joyfulgirl129
Aug 22, 2006



Alman posted:

If anyone needs a referral, let me know.

I very much might need this in the next week or so.

Thanks! I just sent a reply using my "real" email address.

joyfulgirl129 fucked around with this message at 20:52 on Mar 26, 2011

torb main
Jul 28, 2004

SELL SELL SELL


joyfulgirl129 posted:

I very much might need this in the next week or so.

Sent, feel free to edit out your e-mail address if you'd like

Mahoning
Feb 3, 2007


ZeroAX posted:

My Touch Pro 2 has this weird rainbow effect on the middle of the screen that you can only see when the screen is off. Would this be covered by TEP or would I have to pay $100 to get the screen replaced/fixed?

This is actually pretty common. They probably won't cover it because it's cosmetic.

Stevie Lee
Oct 8, 2007

by Cyrano4747


You would recommend the Blackberry Style over the Arrive? Why?

Duckman2008
Jan 6, 2010

TFW you see Flyers goaltending.

Grimey Drawer

Stevie Lee posted:

You would recommend the Blackberry Style over the Arrive? Why?

Well, it actually was just the order that I thought of them in. But for hardcore Blackberry users and first time smartphone users sometimes the Style is a good choice. Maybe I'll switch the order if that reads weird, but the Style is not an awful choice by any means for a low end user.

bamhand
Apr 15, 2010


Virgin Mobile uses the same network as Sprint and has dirt cheap pay as you go plans. You have a very limited selection of phones though. I'm currently paying 25/month for unlimited data/text and 250 voice minutes.

Khorne
May 1, 2002

Goonstone Champ x2

I currently have an HTC Diamond. There's really long delay between someone calls me and when my phone starts ringing, and also a really long delay between when I call someone and when their phone starts ringing. In both (incoming/outgoing cases) it rings a ton of time before the other phone actually rings. I have 3-4 bars when this happens, but it happens with similar delays at 1-2 bars. Is this related to my provider, or is it my phone being terrible?

It might be worth noting that my calls never drop and are fine once I manage to get in one. I also plan on getting a new phone (android) some time in the next few months, which is why I am asking this. If it is related to my signal/carrier I will be switching despite my wallet's objections, but if it is because of my phone I will be ecstatic because it's in bad shape as is. I never used to have this problem with verizon and a dumb phone. Maybe I can force roaming and see if it happens.

Mistikman
Jan 21, 2001

I was born ready. I'm Ron Fucking Swanson.

I am on a SERO plan still because I guess I am a rad dude or something, and I am wondering how big a deal having a 4g phone is over a normal smartphone.

My options right now are to go for the LG Optimus S and pay $0 and get a $40 a month SERO plan, or to pay $150 for an HTC Evo Shift and get a $50 a month SERO plan.

Can anyone explain what I am really getting for $150 up front and $10 a month with the HTC Evo Shift?

Also it's important to note that I really don't care for the little slide out keyboard, and would instead prefer a phone form factor more like the normal HTC Evo and LG Optimus S.

I have never had a smart phone before, if that matters. I would be upgrading from a 2 1/2 year old clamshell style dumb phone.

mcpringles
Jan 26, 2004



4G isn't really a big deal unless you plan on streaming HD videos all day or using your phone as a mobile hotspot.

Vykk.Draygo
Jan 17, 2004

I say salesmen and women of the world unite!

Since you've never had a smartphone, get the Optimus. It's pretty much the best you can do for baby's first smartphone. The EVO is awesome (I guess the shift probably is too) but since you don't have anything to compare to, you shouldn't have any problems with the Optimus except maybe some typing difficulty with the smallish screen.

OilSlick
Dec 29, 2005

Population: Buscuit

Khorne posted:

I currently have an HTC Diamond. There's really long delay between someone calls me and when my phone starts ringing, and also a really long delay between when I call someone and when their phone starts ringing. In both (incoming/outgoing cases) it rings a ton of time before the other phone actually rings. I have 3-4 bars when this happens, but it happens with similar delays at 1-2 bars. Is this related to my provider, or is it my phone being terrible?

I don't even live in the country Sprint is in, but I'd say it's the phone being terrible. We sold that phone in Canada, and it along with it's cousins were all horribly defective pieces of poo poo.

Ned_Perfel
Jan 15, 2003


My bill is right about $87 before tax. What's the cheapest way to get it above $90 so I can get in premier gold and get the 12 month upgrades? I already have phone insurance.

Ozmodiar
Sep 25, 2003

Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem

Ned_Perfel posted:

My bill is right about $87 before tax. What's the cheapest way to get it above $90 so I can get in premier gold and get the 12 month upgrades? I already have phone insurance.

What options do you currently have on your phone?

Can you add TEP?
Roadside Assistance?

Those are the first two things that come off the top of my head that you might not have...

chizad
Jul 9, 2001

'Cus we find ourselves in the same old mess
Singin' drunken lullabies

Ned_Perfel posted:

My bill is right about $87 before tax. What's the cheapest way to get it above $90 so I can get in premier gold and get the 12 month upgrades? I already have phone insurance.

As I understand it, insurance, the $10 smartphone fee, etc don't count towards premier gold status (and discounts don't count against you either). Your base plan has to be above the $89.99/mo mark for you to be gold. As an individual this means the $99.99/mo Simply Everything plan or the 900 min/mo Everything Data plan at $89.99.

Ozmodiar
Sep 25, 2003

Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem

chizad posted:

As I understand it, insurance, the $10 smartphone fee, etc don't count towards premier gold status (and discounts don't count against you either). Your base plan has to be above the $89.99/mo mark for you to be gold. As an individual this means the $99.99/mo Simply Everything plan or the 900 min/mo Everything Data plan at $89.99.

Yep. You're correct now that I did a little Googling.

http://premier.sprint.com/premierupdate/index.php

Which means that you have to be on the "Simply Everything" plan for $99.99, or on the "Everything Data 900" plan for 89.99.

Ozmodiar fucked around with this message at 03:37 on Mar 27, 2011

Mahoning
Feb 3, 2007


Let me make one thing clear.....the $99 Simply Everything plan is not eligible for any employer discounts, the $89 900 Minute Everything Data plan is though. So there is one clear way to go in this situation.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Mahoning posted:

This is actually pretty common. They probably won't cover it because it's cosmetic.

Correct, the TP2 is fairly prone to this oil-slick effect. Sprint kept calling it cosmetic. My dad has the phone now and apparently has never noticed it.

Duckman2008
Jan 6, 2010

TFW you see Flyers goaltending.

Grimey Drawer

Ozmodiar posted:

What options do you currently have on your phone?

Can you add TEP?
Roadside Assistance?

Those are the first two things that come off the top of my head that you might not have...

I will have to adjust the op to be more clear, but yeah, you would need the $89.99 plan. Here's the thing, why not just put aside the $20 a month you would be paying, and then use that with a one year upgrade to get mostly the same price. At least you get interest.

mophomanners
Feb 6, 2008


Ok, someone suggest a plan for this. My ol lady and my 2 kids all need phones with a small bucket. 500 would be more than plenty with mobile to mobile and text interweb would be a plus. What would be the best plan for this? Looking at the plans it would be cheaper to use virgin but, I'd rather not go that way. and dumb text type phone for the kids and a random pos smart phone for her. She has a800w and it looks like it just came out of the box. She's also never had data on it.

Duckman2008
Jan 6, 2010

TFW you see Flyers goaltending.

Grimey Drawer

mophomanners posted:

Ok, someone suggest a plan for this. My ol lady and my 2 kids all need phones with a small bucket. 500 would be more than plenty with mobile to mobile and text interweb would be a plus. What would be the best plan for this? Looking at the plans it would be cheaper to use virgin but, I'd rather not go that way. and dumb text type phone for the kids and a random pos smart phone for her. She has a800w and it looks like it just came out of the box. She's also never had data on it.

Are you on the plan as well? This is where Sprint sometimes falls short fyi, where one person wants a smartphone, the rest don't.

Smartphone: If even one line gets a smartphone you MUST get the Everything Data 1500 plan. Plan is base of $129.99, $19.99 each for lines 3 and 4. $10 per line if you get a smartphone. So if you have 3 lines, 1 smartphone that is $129.99 + $19.99 + $9.99 = $159.99 a month.

Non-Smartphone: If you are not on the plan, the question arises does your "ol lady" even need a smartphone? I would recommend getting 3 Rumor Touches and going on the Everything Messaging Plan $99.99. Still way more mins than they need, only $109.99 for 3 lines so you save $50 a month, and unlimited texting.

Remember you can pretty easily find a discount off any of those plans.

mophomanners
Feb 6, 2008


Duckman2008 posted:

Are you on the plan as well? This is where Sprint sometimes falls short fyi, where one person wants a smartphone, the rest don't.

Smartphone: If even one line gets a smartphone you MUST get the Everything Data 1500 plan. Plan is base of $129.99, $19.99 each for lines 3 and 4. $10 per line if you get a smartphone. So if you have 3 lines, 1 smartphone that is $129.99 + $19.99 + $9.99 = $159.99 a month.

Non-Smartphone: If you are not on the plan, the question arises does your "ol lady" even need a smartphone? I would recommend getting 3 Rumor Touches and going on the Everything Messaging Plan $99.99. Still way more mins than they need, only $109.99 for 3 lines so you save $50 a month, and unlimited texting.

Remember you can pretty easily find a discount off any of those plans.
i'm on the 99$ everything plan and i use every bit of it

Skeezy
Jul 3, 2007





Checking over my dad's account (which includes my mom and brother) I noticed that both my parents are up for a full upgrade ($150 off etc etc). My dad doesn't care much for upgrading his BB Bold and my mom's comfortable with her Curve. Would I be able to use my mom's upgrade to get my brother the Optimus S?

He's coming from my old Hero and I think an Optimus would be a nice upgrade that won't cost anything.

Vykk.Draygo
Jan 17, 2004

I say salesmen and women of the world unite!

Skeezy posted:

Checking over my dad's account (which includes my mom and brother) I noticed that both my parents are up for a full upgrade ($150 off etc etc). My dad doesn't care much for upgrading his BB Bold and my mom's comfortable with her Curve. Would I be able to use my mom's upgrade to get my brother the Optimus S?

He's coming from my old Hero and I think an Optimus would be a nice upgrade that won't cost anything.

If there's no mail-in rebate, then yes. If there is a rebate, then maybe. Buy it, immediately put it on his line and don't put it on any other lines until you get your rebate check. They don't have to give you the rebate if it's not put on the upgraded line but they usually do.

Charles
May 9, 2004

zoom-zoom


Toilet Rascal

I'm gonna repost this question from the last thread since it got closed.

quote:

I never really investigated Google Voice before. I just changed my Voicemail provider to them. I don't think it's the new Sprint system that will become available. Any idea if when it does it will make a regular voicemail notification on the phone? I went ahead and did it now because I will be out of the country for six weeks, so getting messages through email is quite useful.

Ozmodiar
Sep 25, 2003

Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem

CharlesM posted:

I'm gonna repost this question from the last thread since it got closed.

You can get a notification of a new voicemail 3 way from Google Voice:

1. Through the Google Voice App. (Which also displays the text transcription, and you can play the voicemail from within the app. No need to "call in" by holding #1 on your dialpad).

2. Via Gmail.

3. Via SMS.

If you have a smartphone, you can do any combination of all 3. If you have a dumbphone, you can still get notification of a new voicemail via SMS, and you can then call in to your Google Voice number and access your voicemail that way.

Mahoning
Feb 3, 2007


Vykk.Draygo posted:

If there's no mail-in rebate, then yes. If there is a rebate, then maybe. Buy it, immediately put it on his line and don't put it on any other lines until you get your rebate check. They don't have to give you the rebate if it's not put on the upgraded line but they usually do.

Don't forget everybody, corporate Sprint stores as of today are mail-in-rebate-free. Hurry and take advantage while it lasts! (til April 16)

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goku chewbacca
Dec 14, 2002


Skeezy posted:

He's coming from my old Hero and I think an Optimus would be a nice upgrade that won't cost anything.
The Optimus S isn't much of an improvement and isn't worth burning an upgrade, in my opinion.Only really a faster GPU. You should try rooting the Hero and installing CyanogenMod7 and overclocking.

Or buy a eBay/Craigslist Optimus and selling the Hero. Might only cost you $50.

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