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  1. #1
    Rob Findlay
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    Hey everyone, i just got the sprintPCS free and clear plan, 45 for 500
    minutes. Do you get charged extra for long distance?

    Maybe its a lame question but i'm wondering.



    Rob



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  2. #2
    Scott Nelson
    Guest

    Re: long distance...

    Uh, did you read the contract at all, BEFORE you signed up for service? :-)
    Unless you are roaming, long distance to anyone in the CONUS is included.

    Feel free to browse the http://www.sprintpcs.com website to see what other
    features your plan allows and contains, coverage maps, etc.

    v/r

    Scotty


    "Rob Findlay" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Hey everyone, i just got the sprintPCS free and clear plan, 45 for 500
    > minutes. Do you get charged extra for long distance?
    >
    > Maybe its a lame question but i'm wondering.
    >
    >
    >
    > Rob






  3. #3
    Robert M.
    Guest

    Re: long distance...

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Scott Nelson" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Feel free to browse the http://www.sprintpcs.com website to see what other
    > features your plan allows and contains, coverage maps, etc.


    I see that on their web page, Sprint no longer brags about signing up
    for industry's Consumer Code. Good thing, because all these many months
    later they still don't have a proper coverage map, just very small scale
    maps that fail to show dead zones.



  4. #4
    Scott Nelson
    Guest

    Re: long distance...

    None of the carriers have really fine detailed maps that absolutely show
    dead zones.

    I do drive tests all the time and have found holes in all of the maps.
    From SprintPCS's website:

    "Service area maps approximate our service areas based on computer-generated
    radio-frequency coverage projections and information provided by third
    parties, but are not a guarantee of service availability. Actual coverage,
    quality and availability of coverage may vary based on network capacity,
    problems, signal strength, your equipment, terrain, weather and other
    limitations or conditions.
    Planned service areas are subject to change. Local service in some areas is
    managed and provided under contract with Sprint by independent Affiliates."

    I haven't seen any of the other carriers to be any different really. From
    their perspective, they would have to hire a couple of hundred people per
    area to do drive/walk tests *every day* as the weather, new walls, new
    buildings, moving cars, ice, snow, etc., etc., affect all wireless
    transmissions.
    Sites move and get added as well. Still doesn't cover residences, big
    buildings, etc.
    Plus the fact that, as a carrier, I wouldn't want to get too specific for
    security reasons.
    It's easier for them to just give new users a 15 day trial period and let
    them do their own coverage tests.
    Bit more accurate and cheaper as well. I would rather get lower rates and
    let me do my own coverage test before I buy, then pay more per plan to have
    this provided to me.

    Scotty


    "Robert M." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > "Scott Nelson" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > Feel free to browse the http://www.sprintpcs.com website to see what

    other
    > > features your plan allows and contains, coverage maps, etc.

    >
    > I see that on their web page, Sprint no longer brags about signing up
    > for industry's Consumer Code. Good thing, because all these many months
    > later they still don't have a proper coverage map, just very small scale
    > maps that fail to show dead zones.






  5. #5
    Robert M.
    Guest

    Re: long distance...

    In article <[email protected].gnilink.net>,
    "Scott Nelson" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > None of the carriers have really fine detailed maps that absolutely show
    > dead zones.
    >


    >
    > I haven't seen any of the other carriers to be any different really.


    Six wrongs do not make one right. Sprint agreed to proper coverage maps
    and has not provided any yet. The Inudstry Consumer Code is a sham.



  6. #6
    Rob Findlay
    Guest

    Re: long distance...

    "Scott Nelson" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > Uh, did you read the contract at all, BEFORE you signed up for service? :-)
    > Unless you are roaming, long distance to anyone in the CONUS is included.


    LOL, well i was in a hurry, and the salesmen explained alot, but i
    think i forgot most of it.


    Rob

    > Feel free to browse the http://www.sprintpcs.com website to see what other
    > features your plan allows and contains, coverage maps, etc.
    >
    > v/r
    >
    > Scotty
    >
    >
    > "Rob Findlay" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > Hey everyone, i just got the sprintPCS free and clear plan, 45 for 500
    > > minutes. Do you get charged extra for long distance?
    > >
    > > Maybe its a lame question but i'm wondering.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > Rob




  7. #7
    Robert M.
    Guest

    Re: long distance...

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (Rob Findlay) wrote:

    > "Scott Nelson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:<[email protected]>...
    > > Uh, did you read the contract at all, BEFORE you signed up for service?
    > > :-)
    > > Unless you are roaming, long distance to anyone in the CONUS is included.

    >
    > LOL, well i was in a hurry, and the salesmen explained alot, but i
    > think i forgot most of it.



    Sign in a hurry, repent at liesure.



  8. #8
    Scott Nelson
    Guest

    Re: long distance...

    Where has SprintPCS agreed to "proper coverage maps"?

    All I see is statement on their website with their coverage maps stating:

    "Service area maps approximate our service areas based on computer-generated
    radio-frequency coverage projections and information provided by third
    parties, but are not a guarantee of service availability. Actual coverage,
    quality and availability of coverage may vary based on network capacity,
    problems, signal strength, your equipment, terrain, weather and other
    limitations or conditions.
    Planned service areas are subject to change. Local service in some areas is
    managed and provided under contract with Sprint by independent Affiliates."

    The "Industry Consumer Code" says:

    "Make Available Maps Showing Where Service is Generally Available:
    Carriers will make coverage maps available at retail locations and on their
    web sites."

    They have done this.
    "Generally" being the key word.

    The same code also says:

    "Allow a Trial Period for New Service: New customers will be given at least
    14 days to trial a carrier's service; with no early termination fees
    applicable if service is cancelled in that period. Any used airtime would
    still be charged, and the customer would still need to return the equipment
    as per carrier policy."

    Individuals are going to do a far better job of finding their own areas
    coverage better then the hired testers are.

    Scotty


    "Robert M." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > "Scott Nelson" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > None of the carriers have really fine detailed maps that absolutely show
    > > dead zones.
    > >

    >
    > >
    > > I haven't seen any of the other carriers to be any different really.

    >
    > Six wrongs do not make one right. Sprint agreed to proper coverage maps
    > and has not provided any yet. The Inudstry Consumer Code is a sham.






  9. #9
    Scott Nelson
    Guest

    Re: long distance...

    > Sign in a hurry, repent at leisure.

    -->Very very true.
    There is always time to do it right the second time around........ ;-)

    Scotty


    "Robert M." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > [email protected] (Rob Findlay) wrote:
    >
    > > "Scott Nelson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:<7hZXb.[email protected]>...
    > > > Uh, did you read the contract at all, BEFORE you signed up for

    service?
    > > > :-)
    > > > Unless you are roaming, long distance to anyone in the CONUS is

    included.
    > >
    > > LOL, well i was in a hurry, and the salesmen explained alot, but i
    > > think i forgot most of it.

    >
    >






  10. #10
    Robert M.
    Guest

    Re: long distance...

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Scott Nelson" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > The "Industry Consumer Code" says:
    >
    > "Make Available Maps Showing Where Service is Generally Available:
    > Carriers will make coverage maps available at retail locations and on their
    > web sites."


    1" to 100 miles where 50 miles swaths are white washed ignoring known
    dead zones does not fit that definition.



  11. #11
    Floyd in Tampa
    Guest

    Re: long distance...

    > Hey everyone, i just got the sprintPCS free and clear plan, 45 for 500
    > minutes. Do you get charged extra for long distance?
    >

    If you look closely at the promotional literature or advertising, you will
    see that there is a caveat for the "Nationwide Free Long Distance" that says
    something like: "......as long as you are on the SprintPCS network."
    What that normally means is that your phone must be communicating with a
    SprintPCS tower, or one that is included as a business partner of SprintPCS.
    If you go out into the boonies and make a call using a tower from another
    carrier, that is called "roaming", and you may be charged extra for that
    call.
    If you have a dual-band phone there is a menu option which allows you to put
    the phone in a "PCS-only" mode, and that will prevent any off-network calls.
    You could always change it back if you go on vacation and have to place a
    call off-network.
    Sprint has some plan options that will allow you some roaming minutes.





  12. #12
    Robert M.
    Guest

    Re: long distance...

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Floyd in Tampa" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > > Hey everyone, i just got the sprintPCS free and clear plan, 45 for 500
    > > minutes. Do you get charged extra for long distance?
    > >

    > If you look closely at the promotional literature or advertising, you will
    > see that there is a caveat for the "Nationwide Free Long Distance" that says
    > something like: "......as long as you are on the SprintPCS network."
    > What that normally means is that your phone must be communicating with a
    > SprintPCS tower, or one that is included as a business partner of SprintPCS.
    > If you go out into the boonies and make a call using a tower from another
    > carrier, that is called "roaming", and you may be charged extra for that
    > call.


    and extra again for long distance.



  13. #13
    Isaiah Beard
    Guest

    Re: long distance...

    Robert M. wrote:

    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > "Scott Nelson" <[email protected]> wrote:


    >
    > I see that on their web page, Sprint no longer brags about signing up
    > for industry's Consumer Code. Good thing, because all these many months
    > later they still don't have a proper coverage map, just very small scale
    > maps that fail to show dead zones.


    And this has to do with the original question, how?

    --
    E-mail fudged to thwart spammers.
    Transpose the c's and a's in my e-mail address to reply.




  14. #14
    Robert M.
    Guest

    Re: long distance...

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Isaiah Beard <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    > And this has to do with the original question, how?


    If you're paying for roaming, you pay again for long distance.

    Go ahead ignore Sprint PCS failure to put out a required map.

    Typical blind Sprint PCS apologist.



  15. #15
    Jerome Zelinske
    Guest

    Re: long distance...

    Setting the phone to "PCS only", might not prevent the phone from
    roaming onto other PCS CDMA networks, like verizon's.


    Floyd in Tampa wrote:

    >>Hey everyone, i just got the sprintPCS free and clear plan, 45 for 500
    >>minutes. Do you get charged extra for long distance?
    >>

    >
    > If you look closely at the promotional literature or advertising, you will
    > see that there is a caveat for the "Nationwide Free Long Distance" that says
    > something like: "......as long as you are on the SprintPCS network."
    > What that normally means is that your phone must be communicating with a
    > SprintPCS tower, or one that is included as a business partner of SprintPCS.
    > If you go out into the boonies and make a call using a tower from another
    > carrier, that is called "roaming", and you may be charged extra for that
    > call.
    > If you have a dual-band phone there is a menu option which allows you to put
    > the phone in a "PCS-only" mode, and that will prevent any off-network calls.
    > You could always change it back if you go on vacation and have to place a
    > call off-network.
    > Sprint has some plan options that will allow you some roaming minutes.
    >
    >





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