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  1. #1
    Rick
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    First, thanks to all the responses to my post on the the conflicting
    info that different Sprint reps were giving me. I'm a potential new
    subscriber, to the 300 min. 1-year Free & Clear plan, Sanyo RL-4920
    phone.

    But just as I was getting close to signing up, Sprint's reps have now
    got me puzzled with conflicting answers on a different topic: Web
    access. I'm looking for the ability for occasional, light internet
    usage from the phone -- don't need all the Vision extras. So I'm
    trying to find out of there is a way to get internet access without
    the $15/month Vision option.

    On the plans description page of sprintpcs.com, there is a footnote
    citing internet charges of $.01 per kb for net usage on web-enabled
    phones. To me this looked like ad hoc charges that would show up on
    the next bill.

    But CS Rep #1 told me that ad hoc net-usage charges are not an option.
    Instead, I could purchase no-expration prepaid web-usage cards, such
    as $40 for 20 mb or $60 for 40 mb. Somewhere within the bowels of the
    the site I ran across a link that looked like it might be a
    description of this process/costs, but it appeared to be a dead link.

    CS Rep #2, said, "Oh, you mean you're looking for an option for light
    internet usage? I don't think we offer that anymore, but let me
    check." She came back and said, "No, apparently they took that option
    away," and told me the only way to access the web form the RL-4920
    would be to subscribe to Vision with the monthly $15 charge.

    Once again, any help from actual users as to what the true story is
    would be appreciated (of course, I wonder if some folks may be
    currently getting a plan that isn't being offered to new
    subscribers??).

    Thanks in advance.
    Rick



    See More: MORE Conflicting Info From Sprint - Now re Web Access




  2. #2
    Rřbert M.
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    Re: MORE Conflicting Info From Sprint - Now re Web Access

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

    > First, thanks to all the responses to my post on the the conflicting
    > info that different Sprint reps were giving me. I'm a potential new
    > subscriber, to the 300 min. 1-year Free & Clear plan, Sanyo RL-4920
    > phone.
    >
    > But just as I was getting close to signing up, Sprint's reps have now
    > got me puzzled with conflicting answers on a different topic: Web
    > access. I'm looking for the ability for occasional, light internet
    > usage from the phone -- don't need all the Vision extras. So I'm
    > trying to find out of there is a way to get internet access without
    > the $15/month Vision option.
    >
    > On the plans description page of sprintpcs.com, there is a footnote
    > citing internet charges of $.01 per kb for net usage on web-enabled
    > phones. To me this looked like ad hoc charges that would show up on
    > the next bill.
    >
    > But CS Rep #1 told me that ad hoc net-usage charges are not an option.
    > Instead, I could purchase no-expration prepaid web-usage cards, such
    > as $40 for 20 mb or $60 for 40 mb. Somewhere within the bowels of the
    > the site I ran across a link that looked like it might be a
    > description of this process/costs, but it appeared to be a dead link.
    >
    > CS Rep #2, said, "Oh, you mean you're looking for an option for light
    > internet usage? I don't think we offer that anymore, but let me
    > check." She came back and said, "No, apparently they took that option
    > away," and told me the only way to access the web form the RL-4920
    > would be to subscribe to Vision with the monthly $15 charge.
    >
    > Once again, any help from actual users as to what the true story is
    > would be appreciated (of course, I wonder if some folks may be
    > currently getting a plan that isn't being offered to new
    > subscribers??).
    >
    > Thanks in advance.
    > Rick


    And many web sites of course do not work on the small Cellular screens,
    but require special "WAP" versions. SprintPCS does offer a nice variety
    of WAP portals, but its certainly not exhaustive.



  3. #3
    Steven J Sobol
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    Re: MORE Conflicting Info From Sprint - Now re Web Access

    Rick <[email protected]> wrote:

    > But just as I was getting close to signing up, Sprint's reps have now
    > got me puzzled with conflicting answers on a different topic: Web
    > access. I'm looking for the ability for occasional, light internet
    > usage from the phone -- don't need all the Vision extras. So I'm
    > trying to find out of there is a way to get internet access without
    > the $15/month Vision option.
    >
    > On the plans description page of sprintpcs.com, there is a footnote
    > citing internet charges of $.01 per kb for net usage on web-enabled
    > phones. To me this looked like ad hoc charges that would show up on
    > the next bill.
    >
    > But CS Rep #1 told me that ad hoc net-usage charges are not an option.


    I don't know why. Everything I've heard indicates otherwise.

    > CS Rep #2, said, "Oh, you mean you're looking for an option for light
    > internet usage? I don't think we offer that anymore, but let me
    > check." She came back and said, "No, apparently they took that option
    > away," and told me the only way to access the web form the RL-4920
    > would be to subscribe to Vision with the monthly $15 charge.


    I can't comment. (a) I have a Samsung 660 and just received it today, (b)
    I am using the $15/month Vision option, and (c) I've not received a bill
    for my phone and my wife has a Vision-capable phone but doesn't use Vision...

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  4. #4
    .com
    Guest

    Re: MORE Conflicting Info From Sprint - Now re Web Access

    > But CS Rep #1 told me that ad hoc net-usage charges are not an option.

    I don't know why. Everything I've heard indicates otherwise.
    ======================
    Typical CSR lying to sell Vision and meet their upsell quota.



  5. #5
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: MORE Conflicting Info From Sprint - Now re Web Access


    "Rick" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > First, thanks to all the responses to my post on the the conflicting
    > info that different Sprint reps were giving me. I'm a potential new
    > subscriber, to the 300 min. 1-year Free & Clear plan, Sanyo RL-4920
    > phone.
    >
    > But just as I was getting close to signing up, Sprint's reps have now
    > got me puzzled with conflicting answers on a different topic: Web
    > access. I'm looking for the ability for occasional, light internet
    > usage from the phone -- don't need all the Vision extras. So I'm
    > trying to find out of there is a way to get internet access without
    > the $15/month Vision option.
    >
    > On the plans description page of sprintpcs.com, there is a footnote
    > citing internet charges of $.01 per kb for net usage on web-enabled
    > phones. To me this looked like ad hoc charges that would show up on
    > the next bill.
    >
    > But CS Rep #1 told me that ad hoc net-usage charges are not an option.
    > Instead, I could purchase no-expration prepaid web-usage cards, such
    > as $40 for 20 mb or $60 for 40 mb. Somewhere within the bowels of the
    > the site I ran across a link that looked like it might be a
    > description of this process/costs, but it appeared to be a dead link.
    >
    > CS Rep #2, said, "Oh, you mean you're looking for an option for light
    > internet usage? I don't think we offer that anymore, but let me
    > check." She came back and said, "No, apparently they took that option
    > away," and told me the only way to access the web form the RL-4920
    > would be to subscribe to Vision with the monthly $15 charge.
    >
    > Once again, any help from actual users as to what the true story is
    > would be appreciated (of course, I wonder if some folks may be
    > currently getting a plan that isn't being offered to new
    > subscribers??).
    >
    > Thanks in advance.
    > Rick


    Tethering a phone to a laptop for web surfing is not allowed in the TOS. In
    saying that, those of us with Vision on our account will do so occasionally
    while on the road, and so far, none of us here have been busted on it.

    Please note, that I said "occasional". It is not replace a regular ISP
    connection.

    Bob





  6. #6
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: MORE Conflicting Info From Sprint - Now re Web Access


    ".com" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > > But CS Rep #1 told me that ad hoc net-usage charges are not an option.

    >
    > I don't know why. Everything I've heard indicates otherwise.
    > ======================
    > Typical CSR lying to sell Vision and meet their upsell quota.


    The only liar in this thread Phillipe is you. There was nothing wrong with
    either reps remarks. The first CS said if you want to surf the web, then get
    on a PC card plan.

    The second rep, said that the only way to access the web on the 4920 was to
    get the Vision option. The second rep also said that the option to surf via
    tethered use was not allowed. The rep did say that the OP could access the
    web through the handset.

    Bob





  7. #7
    Steven J Sobol
    Guest

    Re: MORE Conflicting Info From Sprint - Now re Web Access

    ..com <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> But CS Rep #1 told me that ad hoc net-usage charges are not an option.

    >
    > I don't know why. Everything I've heard indicates otherwise.
    > ======================
    > Typical CSR lying to sell Vision and meet their upsell quota.


    I don't work for Sprint, idiot. Come on, this lie isn't even believable for
    people with enough intelligence to read my signature. Of course, intelligence
    and/or common sense aren't your strong points.

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  8. #8
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: MORE Conflicting Info From Sprint - Now re Web Access

    In article <[email protected]>,=20
    [email protected] says...
    > First, thanks to all the responses to my post on the the conflicting
    > info that different Sprint reps were giving me. I'm a potential new
    > subscriber, to the 300 min. 1-year Free & Clear plan, Sanyo RL-4920
    > phone.
    >=20
    > But just as I was getting close to signing up, Sprint's reps have now
    > got me puzzled with conflicting answers on a different topic: Web
    > access. I'm looking for the ability for occasional, light internet
    > usage from the phone -- don't need all the Vision extras. So I'm
    > trying to find out of there is a way to get internet access without
    > the $15/month Vision option.


    I'm not sure what you mean by "light Internet Access." You mean=20
    using a PC via the phone, sort of like a modem? Or do you just want=20
    a "lite version" Vision pack to allow you unlimited usage?

    >=20
    > On the plans description page of sprintpcs.com, there is a footnote
    > citing internet charges of $.01 per kb for net usage on web-enabled
    > phones. To me this looked like ad hoc charges that would show up on
    > the next bill.


    Exactly. I can't believe some of the stories you were told. With no=20
    pack in place, you pay a penny per KB of data transmitted to or from=20
    the phone. Billed to you on the next bill after they occur. =20
    Warning: this adds up RAPIDLY. I got involved in a debate about this=20
    on a web site in whose forums I participate. 38.5 MB in 5 days. =20
    Total charge, $385.

    >=20
    > But CS Rep #1 told me that ad hoc net-usage charges are not an option.
    > Instead, I could purchase no-expration prepaid web-usage cards, such
    > as $40 for 20 mb or $60 for 40 mb. Somewhere within the bowels of the
    > the site I ran across a link that looked like it might be a
    > description of this process/costs, but it appeared to be a dead link.


    This rep appears to have at least come CLOSE to the truth, but still=20
    left out a ton. Plus a misunderstanding. The only "card" involved=20
    at that point is a PCMCIA or CompactFlash card to physically plug=20
    into your laptop, and for which we have limited MB plans. As of=20
    right now, that is the only supported option for using Vision to get=20
    a PC on the Internet.

    However, ad-hoc (what we call "casual") usages charges *are* an=20
    option.

    >=20
    > CS Rep #2, said, "Oh, you mean you're looking for an option for light
    > internet usage? I don't think we offer that anymore, but let me
    > check." She came back and said, "No, apparently they took that option
    > away," and told me the only way to access the web form the RL-4920
    > would be to subscribe to Vision with the monthly $15 charge.


    Wow. Plainly: not true. If you're going to use more than 1.5=20
    MB/month, then the pack will *still* save you money, bells and=20
    whistles or not. But you *absolutely* do not have to sign up for the=20
    pack. BTW, if you try it for a couple of months, and still don't=20
    want to pay $15, there's a $10/month option that is currently in=20
    testing, but available nationwide. Right now, it's only offered=20
    reactively, but it's there.

    >=20
    > Once again, any help from actual users as to what the true story is
    > would be appreciated (of course, I wonder if some folks may be
    > currently getting a plan that isn't being offered to new
    > subscribers??).
    >=20
    > Thanks in advance.
    > Rick
    >=20


    Hopefully, I've provided you some good info as well. Good luck,=20
    either way.

    --=20
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them



  9. #9
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: MORE Conflicting Info From Sprint - Now re Web Access

    In article <[email protected]>,=20
    [email protected] says...
    > Tethering a phone to a laptop for web surfing is not allowed in the TOS. =

    In
    > saying that, those of us with Vision on our account will do so occasional=

    ly
    > while on the road, and so far, none of us here have been busted on it.
    >=20
    > Please note, that I said "occasional". It is not replace a regular ISP
    > connection.
    >=20
    > Bob
    >=20


    Just to be precise, tethered usage is *not* prohibited. All the TOS=20
    say are that our unlimited use Vision packs don't cover it. We also=20
    don't provide tech support on it unless you're using one of our data=20
    cards.

    But it's not flat-out prohibited.

    --=20
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them



  10. #10
    Steven J Sobol
    Guest

    Re: MORE Conflicting Info From Sprint - Now re Web Access

    O/Siris <[email protected]?ntpcs.com> wrote:

    > Just to be precise, tethered usage is *not* prohibited. All the TOS
    > say are that our unlimited use Vision packs don't cover it. We also
    > don't provide tech support on it unless you're using one of our data
    > cards.


    In other words, tethered use will be charged per KB even if you have
    an unlimited plan, unless you pay for the unlimited plan that includes data.
    (Right?)

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  11. #11
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: MORE Conflicting Info From Sprint - Now re Web Access


    "O/Siris" <[email protected]întpcs.com> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] says...
    > Tethering a phone to a laptop for web surfing is not allowed in the TOS.

    In
    > saying that, those of us with Vision on our account will do so

    occasionally
    > while on the road, and so far, none of us here have been busted on it.
    >
    > Please note, that I said "occasional". It is not replace a regular ISP
    > connection.
    >
    > Bob
    >


    Just to be precise, tethered usage is *not* prohibited. All the TOS
    say are that our unlimited use Vision packs don't cover it. We also
    don't provide tech support on it unless you're using one of our data
    cards.

    But it's not flat-out prohibited.

    --
    RX_
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them

    Thanks for the clarification Rob.

    Bob ::thinking its time for Rob to get another newsreader ... ::





  12. #12
    Jerome Zelinske
    Guest

    Re: MORE Conflicting Info From Sprint - Now re Web Access

    Even if you had an unlimited voice plan that included Vision, (do
    they have an unlimited voice plan?), it would not cover usage connected
    to a laptop. Rob said that the only laptop data that they had tech.
    support for was with a Connection Card. And none of those plans are for
    unlimited data. The max. included data is 300 MB.


    Steven J Sobol wrote:

    > O/Siris <[email protected]?ntpcs.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>Just to be precise, tethered usage is *not* prohibited. All the TOS
    >>say are that our unlimited use Vision packs don't cover it. We also
    >>don't provide tech support on it unless you're using one of our data
    >>cards.

    >
    >
    > In other words, tethered use will be charged per KB even if you have
    > an unlimited plan, unless you pay for the unlimited plan that includes data.
    > (Right?)
    >





  13. #13
    Robert M.
    Guest

    Re: MORE Conflicting Info From Sprint - Now re Web Access

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

    > Even if you had an unlimited voice plan that included Vision, (do
    > they have an unlimited voice plan?), it would not cover usage connected
    > to a laptop. Rob said that the only laptop data that they had tech.
    > support for was with a Connection Card. And none of those plans are for
    > unlimited data. The max. included data is 300 MB.


    Hidden away on the SprintPCSweb site:

    http://www.sprint.com/business/produ...rPCSVision.jsp

    unlimited data for $80.



    >
    >
    > Steven J Sobol wrote:
    >
    > > O/Siris <[email protected]?ntpcs.com> wrote:
    > >
    > >
    > >>Just to be precise, tethered usage is *not* prohibited. All the TOS
    > >>say are that our unlimited use Vision packs don't cover it. We also
    > >>don't provide tech support on it unless you're using one of our data
    > >>cards.

    > >
    > >
    > > In other words, tethered use will be charged per KB even if you have
    > > an unlimited plan, unless you pay for the unlimited plan that includes data.
    > > (Right?)
    > >




  14. #14
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: MORE Conflicting Info From Sprint - Now re Web Access


    "Robert M." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > Jerome Zelinske <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > Even if you had an unlimited voice plan that included Vision, (do
    > > they have an unlimited voice plan?), it would not cover usage connected
    > > to a laptop. Rob said that the only laptop data that they had tech.
    > > support for was with a Connection Card. And none of those plans are for
    > > unlimited data. The max. included data is 300 MB.

    >
    > Hidden away on the SprintPCSweb site:
    >
    > http://www.sprint.com/business/produ...rPCSVision.jsp
    >
    > unlimited data for $80.


    What you don't mention Phillipe, is that if someone wants that plan, they
    have to qualify as a business.

    Bob





  15. #15
    Steven J Sobol
    Guest

    Re: MORE Conflicting Info From Sprint - Now re Web Access

    Jerome Zelinske <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Even if you had an unlimited voice plan that included Vision, (do
    > they have an unlimited voice plan?), it would not cover usage connected
    > to a laptop. Rob said that the only laptop data that they had tech.
    > support for was with a Connection Card. And none of those plans are for
    > unlimited data. The max. included data is 300 MB.


    I didn't mean unlimited voice. I meant unlimited Vision usage from the
    handset - the plan they offer for $15/month.

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