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    Røbert M.
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    Re: What are the advantages of Sprint PCS

    In article <[email protected]>,
    people786 <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I might switch from T-Mobile, just want to know.
    >
    >
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    > people786
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    = CDMA phones with Analog capability for roaming is the biggest
    advantage.



  3. #3

    Re: What are the advantages of Sprint PCS

    On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 19:27:17 -0500, people786
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >I might switch from T-Mobile, just want to know.


    No advantages that I've been able to find. I moved to Sprint two
    years ago, and will be switching out the end of this month. I would
    have switched last year when my contract was up, but waited for the
    number ports (and now, time to do it).

    I can be standing smack in the middle of my home area (Jax Florida),
    next to I95 in the middle of town, and not be able to get a Sprint
    signal.

    My son lives in Orlando, near Disney. I can't get a signal at his
    apartment, and according to Sprint when I called them, was told that
    "near Disney, and in the Disney area, cell signals just can't get
    through". Funny, my son's Nextel and my sister's Cingular phone have
    no problem. First they told me my phone needed a software upgrade.
    We did that. Still no signal in many dense areas (such as the middle
    of town in Jacksonville, FL) They tried another upgrade. No
    improvement. Had me change the phone to accept other networks than
    Sprint PCS, was able to get a signal then (in Jax, not in Orlando),
    but had to pay .41 per minute roaming to place a call IN MY HOME AREA.
    Then, I'm told it's my phone, I just need to buy a different one.


    I travel extensively with my job. That free and clear plan they
    advertise, with nationwide calling and no roaming? Well, just make
    sure you do not travel to anywhere that is not part of the Sprint PCS
    network, or you will be billed a minimum of .41 per minute for
    roaming/ Oh, there is a way to get "free roaming", just buy the
    additional feature with an additional fee per month, and you can roam
    for "free". Places that I have been hit for roaming, before I added
    the feature (that I have to pay a monthly charge for) that allows
    "free roaming" include: Orlando, Los Angeles, Dallas, Detroit,
    Jacksonville (home area), Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and others. Oh,
    did I mention Jacksonville, FL? My home area?



    I have the airlines I travel on send "trip alerts", to notify me of
    gate changes, flight delays, etc. These are sent via email. However,
    the email that is sent does not make it to my phone. Instead, I get
    an alert from Sprint that says I have email. I then have to connect
    to the web (paying web connect charges, of course, *unless* I purchase
    another add on that gives me x number of Web minutes per month) to
    access my sprint inbox to read the message. A major inconvenience for
    me, my old provider would just transmit the message itself, my
    sister's provider just transmits the message itself....Sprint? No,
    can't do it. I've heard 10 different reasons from them as to why they
    can't, none that make any sense.

    Given a choice, I would not change to Sprint, if I were you. Having
    the choice now, I am leaving them at the end of this billing cycle.





    Deb



  4. #4
    Frank Harris
    Guest

    Re: What are the advantages of Sprint PCS

    I get alerts from airlines sent directly to my phone. As my email
    address, I give them [email protected], not
    [email protected] (which behaves as you described).

    [email protected] wrote:

    <snip>
    >
    > I have the airlines I travel on send "trip alerts", to notify me of
    > gate changes, flight delays, etc. These are sent via email. However,
    > the email that is sent does not make it to my phone. Instead, I get
    > an alert from Sprint that says I have email. I then have to connect
    > to the web (paying web connect charges, of course, *unless* I purchase
    > another add on that gives me x number of Web minutes per month) to
    > access my sprint inbox to read the message. A major inconvenience for
    > me, my old provider would just transmit the message itself, my
    > sister's provider just transmits the message itself....Sprint? No,
    > can't do it. I've heard 10 different reasons from them as to why they
    > can't, none that make any sense.

    <snip>

    --
    Frank Harris in San Francisco with an A620



  5. #5
    Bill Radio
    Guest

    Re: What are the advantages of Sprint PCS

    As a carrier, the only advantage one has over another is coverage. In a
    handful of locations in our state, Sprint PCS has the best, or only, digital
    coverage. However, in those locations I found that T-Mobile serves parts of
    those areas and some of their own. The difference is that a T-Mobile has
    very limited roaming capability. So, if you find one of these areas where
    Sprint and T-Mobile are the coverage leaders, Sprint comes out on top
    because it will most likely have more coverage through its roaming abilties.

    But if you're in an area most carriers serve well, I dare say there is
    little difference. You can price-shop.


    Bill Radio
    Click for Western U.S. Wireless Reviews at:
    http://www.mountainwireless.com


    "people786" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > I might switch from T-Mobile, just want to know.
    >






  6. #6
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: What are the advantages of Sprint PCS


    <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 19:27:17 -0500, people786
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >I might switch from T-Mobile, just want to know.

    >
    > No advantages that I've been able to find. I moved to Sprint two
    > years ago, and will be switching out the end of this month. I would
    > have switched last year when my contract was up, but waited for the
    > number ports (and now, time to do it).
    >
    > I can be standing smack in the middle of my home area (Jax Florida),
    > next to I95 in the middle of town, and not be able to get a Sprint
    > signal.
    >
    > My son lives in Orlando, near Disney. I can't get a signal at his
    > apartment, and according to Sprint when I called them, was told that
    > "near Disney, and in the Disney area, cell signals just can't get
    > through". Funny, my son's Nextel and my sister's Cingular phone have
    > no problem. First they told me my phone needed a software upgrade.
    > We did that. Still no signal in many dense areas (such as the middle
    > of town in Jacksonville, FL) They tried another upgrade. No
    > improvement. Had me change the phone to accept other networks than
    > Sprint PCS, was able to get a signal then (in Jax, not in Orlando),
    > but had to pay .41 per minute roaming to place a call IN MY HOME AREA.
    > Then, I'm told it's my phone, I just need to buy a different one.
    >
    >
    > I travel extensively with my job. That free and clear plan they
    > advertise, with nationwide calling and no roaming? Well, just make
    > sure you do not travel to anywhere that is not part of the Sprint PCS
    > network, or you will be billed a minimum of .41 per minute for
    > roaming/ Oh, there is a way to get "free roaming", just buy the
    > additional feature with an additional fee per month, and you can roam
    > for "free". Places that I have been hit for roaming, before I added
    > the feature (that I have to pay a monthly charge for) that allows
    > "free roaming" include: Orlando, Los Angeles, Dallas, Detroit,
    > Jacksonville (home area), Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and others. Oh,
    > did I mention Jacksonville, FL? My home area?


    Just curious, but what phone do you have, and what are the firmware & PRL
    versions loaded up on it? Also, what plan are you on now, the local plan or
    a national plan?

    I ask as you those complaints you list above, could deal with your phone and
    your plan.

    Bob





  7. #7
    Robert M.
    Guest

    Re: What are the advantages of Sprint PCS

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

    > On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 19:27:17 -0500, people786
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >I might switch from T-Mobile, just want to know.

    >
    > No advantages that I've been able to find. I moved to Sprint two
    > years ago, and will be switching out the end of this month. I would
    > have switched last year when my contract was up, but waited for the
    > number ports (and now, time to do it).
    >
    > I can be standing smack in the middle of my home area (Jax Florida),
    > next to I95 in the middle of town, and not be able to get a Sprint
    > signal.
    >
    > My son lives in Orlando, near Disney. I can't get a signal at his
    > apartment, and according to Sprint when I called them, was told that
    > "near Disney, and in the Disney area, cell signals just can't get
    > through".


    Sounds like a typical CSR, making it up as they go along.




    > Funny, my son's Nextel and my sister's Cingular phone have
    > no problem. First they told me my phone needed a software upgrade.
    > We did that. Still no signal in many dense areas (such as the middle
    > of town in Jacksonville, FL) They tried another upgrade. No
    > improvement. Had me change the phone to accept other networks than
    > Sprint PCS, was able to get a signal then (in Jax, not in Orlando),
    > but had to pay .41 per minute roaming to place a call IN MY HOME AREA.
    > Then, I'm told it's my phone, I just need to buy a different one.
    >
    >
    > I travel extensively with my job. That free and clear plan they
    > advertise, with nationwide calling and no roaming? Well, just make
    > sure you do not travel to anywhere that is not part of the Sprint PCS
    > network, or you will be billed a minimum of .41 per minute for
    > roaming/ Oh, there is a way to get "free roaming", just buy the
    > additional feature with an additional fee per month, and you can roam
    > for "free". Places that I have been hit for roaming, before I added
    > the feature (that I have to pay a monthly charge for) that allows
    > "free roaming" include: Orlando, Los Angeles, Dallas, Detroit,
    > Jacksonville (home area), Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and others. Oh,
    > did I mention Jacksonville, FL? My home area?
    >
    >
    >
    > I have the airlines I travel on send "trip alerts", to notify me of
    > gate changes, flight delays, etc. These are sent via email. However,
    > the email that is sent does not make it to my phone. Instead, I get
    > an alert from Sprint that says I have email. I then have to connect
    > to the web (paying web connect charges, of course, *unless* I purchase
    > another add on that gives me x number of Web minutes per month) to
    > access my sprint inbox to read the message. A major inconvenience for
    > me, my old provider would just transmit the message itself, my
    > sister's provider just transmits the message itself....Sprint? No,
    > can't do it. I've heard 10 different reasons from them as to why they
    > can't, none that make any sense.
    >
    > Given a choice, I would not change to Sprint, if I were you. Having
    > the choice now, I am leaving them at the end of this billing cycle.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > Deb




  8. #8
    Jerome Zelinske
    Guest

    Re: What are the advantages of Sprint PCS

    It could very well be your phone. You said you have been with
    them for 2 years. Is the phone that old? It sounds like you have a
    Wireless Web phone. If it is a 2 year old WW phone, it is likely the
    phone does no longer work at peak efficiency. A new Vision phone is
    probably in order.


    [email protected] wrote:

    > On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 19:27:17 -0500, people786
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I might switch from T-Mobile, just want to know.

    >
    >
    > No advantages that I've been able to find. I moved to Sprint two
    > years ago, and will be switching out the end of this month. I would
    > have switched last year when my contract was up, but waited for the
    > number ports (and now, time to do it).
    >
    > I can be standing smack in the middle of my home area (Jax Florida),
    > next to I95 in the middle of town, and not be able to get a Sprint
    > signal.
    >
    > My son lives in Orlando, near Disney. I can't get a signal at his
    > apartment, and according to Sprint when I called them, was told that
    > "near Disney, and in the Disney area, cell signals just can't get
    > through". Funny, my son's Nextel and my sister's Cingular phone have
    > no problem. First they told me my phone needed a software upgrade.
    > We did that. Still no signal in many dense areas (such as the middle
    > of town in Jacksonville, FL) They tried another upgrade. No
    > improvement. Had me change the phone to accept other networks than
    > Sprint PCS, was able to get a signal then (in Jax, not in Orlando),
    > but had to pay .41 per minute roaming to place a call IN MY HOME AREA.
    > Then, I'm told it's my phone, I just need to buy a different one.
    >
    >
    > I travel extensively with my job. That free and clear plan they
    > advertise, with nationwide calling and no roaming? Well, just make
    > sure you do not travel to anywhere that is not part of the Sprint PCS
    > network, or you will be billed a minimum of .41 per minute for
    > roaming/ Oh, there is a way to get "free roaming", just buy the
    > additional feature with an additional fee per month, and you can roam
    > for "free". Places that I have been hit for roaming, before I added
    > the feature (that I have to pay a monthly charge for) that allows
    > "free roaming" include: Orlando, Los Angeles, Dallas, Detroit,
    > Jacksonville (home area), Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and others. Oh,
    > did I mention Jacksonville, FL? My home area?
    >
    >
    >
    > I have the airlines I travel on send "trip alerts", to notify me of
    > gate changes, flight delays, etc. These are sent via email. However,
    > the email that is sent does not make it to my phone. Instead, I get
    > an alert from Sprint that says I have email. I then have to connect
    > to the web (paying web connect charges, of course, *unless* I purchase
    > another add on that gives me x number of Web minutes per month) to
    > access my sprint inbox to read the message. A major inconvenience for
    > me, my old provider would just transmit the message itself, my
    > sister's provider just transmits the message itself....Sprint? No,
    > can't do it. I've heard 10 different reasons from them as to why they
    > can't, none that make any sense.
    >
    > Given a choice, I would not change to Sprint, if I were you. Having
    > the choice now, I am leaving them at the end of this billing cycle.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > Deb





  9. #9

    Re: What are the advantages of Sprint PCS

    On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 22:02:47 -0700, Frank Harris
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I get alerts from airlines sent directly to my phone. As my email
    >address, I give them [email protected], not
    >[email protected] (which behaves as you described).


    Interesting, that in 2 years and at least a half dozen calls, that
    nobody from Sprint could tell me that.

    Thanks for the tip, I'll try that until the switch.

    >
    >[email protected] wrote:
    >
    ><snip>
    >>
    >> I have the airlines I travel on send "trip alerts", to notify me of
    >> gate changes, flight delays, etc. These are sent via email. However,
    >> the email that is sent does not make it to my phone. Instead, I get
    >> an alert from Sprint that says I have email. I then have to connect
    >> to the web (paying web connect charges, of course, *unless* I purchase
    >> another add on that gives me x number of Web minutes per month) to
    >> access my sprint inbox to read the message. A major inconvenience for
    >> me, my old provider would just transmit the message itself, my
    >> sister's provider just transmits the message itself....Sprint? No,
    >> can't do it. I've heard 10 different reasons from them as to why they
    >> can't, none that make any sense.

    ><snip>


    Deb



  10. #10
    Robert M.
    Guest

    Re: What are the advantages of Sprint PCS

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Jerome Zelinske <[email protected]> wrote:

    > It could very well be your phone. You said you have been with
    > them for 2 years. Is the phone that old? It sounds like you have a
    > Wireless Web phone. If it is a 2 year old WW phone, it is likely the
    > phone does no longer work at peak efficiency. A new Vision phone is
    > probably in order.


    Are phones like tires, they crack with age? Or are they designed to fall
    apart in less than 2 years. Why should you be able to assume a phone
    thats two years old is a problem phone?



  11. #11

    Re: What are the advantages of Sprint PCS

    On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 12:55:12 GMT, "Bob Smith"
    <[email protected]> wrote:


    >> "free roaming" include: Orlando, Los Angeles, Dallas, Detroit,
    >> Jacksonville (home area), Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and others. Oh,
    >> did I mention Jacksonville, FL? My home area?

    >
    >Just curious, but what phone do you have, and what are the firmware & PRL
    >versions loaded up on it? Also, what plan are you on now, the local plan or
    >a national plan?


    I have a Samsung A400. A cheapie, I know. However, I never had these
    kinds of problems with any "cheap" phone from my previous provider.

    I am on a national plan, Free and Clear, since I travel frequently for
    business.

    >
    >I ask as you those complaints you list above, could deal with your phone and
    >your plan.


    I'm sure some of it is my phone. They did yet another update on it
    last night. However, my son, who switched from Sprint last year due
    to similar problems with getting a signal, had a very good phone.
    Actually, has the same "model" of phone with his new provider, and
    gets a very strong signal where he lives now, where it was dead with
    Sprint.

    >
    >Bob
    >


    Deb



  12. #12

    Re: What are the advantages of Sprint PCS

    On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 22:08:00 GMT, Jerome Zelinske
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > It could very well be your phone. You said you have been with
    >them for 2 years. Is the phone that old? It sounds like you have a
    >Wireless Web phone. If it is a 2 year old WW phone, it is likely the
    >phone does no longer work at peak efficiency. A new Vision phone is
    >probably in order.


    The phone is 2 years old, but has behaved the same all along. There
    has been no degradation of signal capability, it has been this way
    from pretty much day one.

    In lieu of a new Vision phone, I will be moving to another provider.

    >
    >
    >[email protected] wrote:
    >
    >> On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 19:27:17 -0500, people786
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>>I might switch from T-Mobile, just want to know.

    >>
    >>
    >> No advantages that I've been able to find. I moved to Sprint two
    >> years ago, and will be switching out the end of this month. I would
    >> have switched last year when my contract was up, but waited for the
    >> number ports (and now, time to do it).
    >>
    >> I can be standing smack in the middle of my home area (Jax Florida),
    >> next to I95 in the middle of town, and not be able to get a Sprint
    >> signal.
    >>
    >> My son lives in Orlando, near Disney. I can't get a signal at his
    >> apartment, and according to Sprint when I called them, was told that
    >> "near Disney, and in the Disney area, cell signals just can't get
    >> through". Funny, my son's Nextel and my sister's Cingular phone have
    >> no problem. First they told me my phone needed a software upgrade.
    >> We did that. Still no signal in many dense areas (such as the middle
    >> of town in Jacksonville, FL) They tried another upgrade. No
    >> improvement. Had me change the phone to accept other networks than
    >> Sprint PCS, was able to get a signal then (in Jax, not in Orlando),
    >> but had to pay .41 per minute roaming to place a call IN MY HOME AREA.
    >> Then, I'm told it's my phone, I just need to buy a different one.
    >>
    >>
    >> I travel extensively with my job. That free and clear plan they
    >> advertise, with nationwide calling and no roaming? Well, just make
    >> sure you do not travel to anywhere that is not part of the Sprint PCS
    >> network, or you will be billed a minimum of .41 per minute for
    >> roaming/ Oh, there is a way to get "free roaming", just buy the
    >> additional feature with an additional fee per month, and you can roam
    >> for "free". Places that I have been hit for roaming, before I added
    >> the feature (that I have to pay a monthly charge for) that allows
    >> "free roaming" include: Orlando, Los Angeles, Dallas, Detroit,
    >> Jacksonville (home area), Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and others. Oh,
    >> did I mention Jacksonville, FL? My home area?
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> I have the airlines I travel on send "trip alerts", to notify me of
    >> gate changes, flight delays, etc. These are sent via email. However,
    >> the email that is sent does not make it to my phone. Instead, I get
    >> an alert from Sprint that says I have email. I then have to connect
    >> to the web (paying web connect charges, of course, *unless* I purchase
    >> another add on that gives me x number of Web minutes per month) to
    >> access my sprint inbox to read the message. A major inconvenience for
    >> me, my old provider would just transmit the message itself, my
    >> sister's provider just transmits the message itself....Sprint? No,
    >> can't do it. I've heard 10 different reasons from them as to why they
    >> can't, none that make any sense.
    >>
    >> Given a choice, I would not change to Sprint, if I were you. Having
    >> the choice now, I am leaving them at the end of this billing cycle.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Deb


    Deb



  13. #13

    Re: What are the advantages of Sprint PCS

    On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 23:36:25 -0600, "Bill Radio"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >As a carrier, the only advantage one has over another is coverage. In a
    >handful of locations in our state, Sprint PCS has the best, or only, digital
    >coverage. However, in those locations I found that T-Mobile serves parts of
    >those areas and some of their own. The difference is that a T-Mobile has
    >very limited roaming capability. So, if you find one of these areas where
    >Sprint and T-Mobile are the coverage leaders, Sprint comes out on top
    >because it will most likely have more coverage through its roaming abilties.
    >
    >But if you're in an area most carriers serve well, I dare say there is
    >little difference. You can price-shop.


    What I found most frustrating, was that when in many parts of
    Jacksonville, FL, not a small city, I could not get a PCS signal.
    Immediately south of the I95/I295 merger south of Jax, the phone has
    always dropped into roaming mode, and stays there until almost St.
    Augustine.

    The same for a large stretch of I10 west of Jacksonville between Jax
    and Lake City. Our church has a fund raiser each year in a town
    called Luster. We all bring our phones with us. All of those on
    other carriers were able to get signals. None of us with Sprint,
    using a variety of phones, could get one.

    >
    >
    >Bill Radio
    >Click for Western U.S. Wireless Reviews at:
    >http://www.mountainwireless.com
    >
    >
    >"people786" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news[email protected]
    >>
    >> I might switch from T-Mobile, just want to know.
    >>

    >


    Deb



  14. #14
    Robert M.
    Guest

    Re: What are the advantages of Sprint PCS

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

    > What I found most frustrating, was that when in many parts of
    > Jacksonville, FL, not a small city, I could not get a PCS signal.
    > Immediately south of the I95/I295 merger south of Jax, the phone has
    > always dropped into roaming mode, and stays there until almost St.
    > Augustine.


    According to Sprint's coverage map they have coverage all along I95.



  15. #15

    Re: What are the advantages of Sprint PCS

    On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 01:05:20 GMT, "Robert M." <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >In article <[email protected]>,
    > [email protected] wrote:
    >
    >> What I found most frustrating, was that when in many parts of
    >> Jacksonville, FL, not a small city, I could not get a PCS signal.
    >> Immediately south of the I95/I295 merger south of Jax, the phone has
    >> always dropped into roaming mode, and stays there until almost St.
    >> Augustine.

    >
    >According to Sprint's coverage map they have coverage all along I95.


    Their map is incorrect then. With 2 different phones, as soon as we
    head south on I95 after getting off I295, we lose signal on PCS, get
    an analog roaming signal, if we get a signal at all.

    The map also claims they have coverage along I10, but between
    Jacksonville and Lake City, they have large gaps in coverage.


    Deb



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