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  1. #1
    TCS
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    I've a phone that dying and was interested in buying a phone from sprint.
    The last phone I bought from them was in november of 2001.

    I just found out that if you buy your own phone, you're disqualified from
    any sprint discounts for 18 months.

    If I was a new customer, I'd save $180. Be a customer for 4 years and
    you can just go and **** yourself.

    Spring must be trying to reduce their customer base.



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  2. #2
    Mij Adyaw
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    Re: Buy your own phone, lose out on rebates for 18 months

    What is "Spring"? Is this a new cell phone service? :-)

    "TCS" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > I've a phone that dying and was interested in buying a phone from sprint.
    > The last phone I bought from them was in november of 2001.
    >
    > I just found out that if you buy your own phone, you're disqualified from
    > any sprint discounts for 18 months.
    >
    > If I was a new customer, I'd save $180. Be a customer for 4 years and
    > you can just go and **** yourself.
    >
    > Spring must be trying to reduce their customer base.






  3. #3
    TCS
    Guest

    Re: Buy your own phone, lose out on rebates for 18 months

    On Tue, 15 Feb 2005 16:24:24 -0800, Mij Adyaw <[email protected]> wrote:
    >What is "Spring"? Is this a new cell phone service? :-)


    Uh.... that's how the offshore telephone operator (I mean, customer
    disservice technician) prounounced it.



  4. #4
    Steve Sobol
    Guest

    Re: Buy your own phone, lose out on rebates for 18 months

    TCS wrote:
    > I've a phone that dying and was interested in buying a phone from sprint.
    > The last phone I bought from them was in november of 2001.
    >
    > I just found out that if you buy your own phone, you're disqualified from
    > any sprint discounts for 18 months.


    No, I don't think so. Only if you buy from Sprint. I thought what you thought
    too, but it isn't true of phones you get from other sources; I've checked.


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  5. #5
    Sept1967
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    Re: Buy your own phone, lose out on rebates for 18 months

    He is correct. Any new phone activation resets the 18month counter.

    I had service for 20 months on a phone, then bought my own phone to replace
    it (OfficeDepot clearance). A year after that, I called about a credit
    towards a new phone, but since the OfficeDepot phone had only been in
    service 12 months, I didnt qualify.

    If you have service 6 months, and your phone gets replaced due to a warranty
    issue? You start over as it is a new NAM activation, even if it is the same
    number or service.

    You have to have the same phone unit, 18 months. No matter where you buy it.

    "Steve Sobol" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > TCS wrote:
    >> I've a phone that dying and was interested in buying a phone from sprint.
    >> The last phone I bought from them was in november of 2001.
    >>
    >> I just found out that if you buy your own phone, you're disqualified from
    >> any sprint discounts for 18 months.

    >
    > No, I don't think so. Only if you buy from Sprint. I thought what you
    > thought too, but it isn't true of phones you get from other sources; I've
    > checked.
    >
    >
    > --
    > JustThe.net - Apple Valley, CA - http://JustThe.net/ - 888.480.4NET (4638)
    > Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / [email protected] / PGP: 0xE3AE35ED
    >
    > "In case anyone was wondering, that big glowing globe above the Victor
    > Valley is the sun." -Victorville _Daily Press_ on the unusually large
    > amount of rain the Southland has gotten this winter (January 12th, 2005)






  6. #6
    John Richards
    Guest

    Re: Buy your own phone, lose out on rebates for 18 months

    "Steve Sobol" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
    > TCS wrote:
    >> I just found out that if you buy your own phone, you're disqualified from
    >> any sprint discounts for 18 months.

    >
    > No, I don't think so. Only if you buy from Sprint. I thought what you thought
    > too, but it isn't true of phones you get from other sources; I've checked.


    Logically, you'd think that was the case. However, I'm pretty sure that
    O/Siris has stated several times that the 18 month clock is reset anytime
    a new phone is activated, regardless of the purchase source. The only time
    it is not reset is when you activate a used (previously activated) phone.

    --
    John Richards



  7. #7
    Steve Sobol
    Guest

    Re: Buy your own phone, lose out on rebates for 18 months

    John Richards wrote:

    > Logically, you'd think that was the case. However, I'm pretty sure that
    > O/Siris has stated several times that the 18 month clock is reset
    > anytime a new phone is activated, regardless of the purchase source. The
    > only time
    > it is not reset is when you activate a used (previously activated) phone.


    Ahhhh - THAT'S it. yes.



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    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / [email protected] / PGP: 0xE3AE35ED

    "In case anyone was wondering, that big glowing globe above the Victor
    Valley is the sun." -Victorville _Daily Press_ on the unusually large
    amount of rain the Southland has gotten this winter (January 12th, 2005)



  8. #8
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: Buy your own phone, lose out on rebates for 18 months

    In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    > John Richards wrote:
    >
    > > Logically, you'd think that was the case. However, I'm pretty sure that
    > > O/Siris has stated several times that the 18 month clock is reset
    > > anytime a new phone is activated, regardless of the purchase source. The
    > > only time
    > > it is not reset is when you activate a used (previously activated) phone.

    >
    > Ahhhh - THAT'S it. yes.
    >
    >


    By George, I think he's got it.

    --
    R
    O/Siris
    -+-
    A thing moderately good
    is not so good as it ought to be.
    Moderation in temper is always a virtue,
    but moderation in principle is always a vice.
    +Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man", 1792+



  9. #9
    TCS
    Guest

    Re: Buy your own phone, lose out on rebates for 18 months

    On Tue, 15 Feb 2005 19:45:02 -0800, Steve Sobol <[email protected]> wrote:
    >TCS wrote:
    >> I've a phone that dying and was interested in buying a phone from sprint.
    >> The last phone I bought from them was in november of 2001.
    >>
    >> I just found out that if you buy your own phone, you're disqualified from
    >> any sprint discounts for 18 months.


    >No, I don't think so. Only if you buy from Sprint. I thought what you thought
    >too, but it isn't true of phones you get from other sources; I've checked.


    That's not what the asshole at sprint said. He might be completely wrong
    and I'll try a different rep, somebody who cares if I leave or not.




  10. #10
    Notan
    Guest

    Re: Buy your own phone, lose out on rebates for 18 months

    TCS wrote:
    >
    > On Tue, 15 Feb 2005 19:45:02 -0800, Steve Sobol <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >TCS wrote:
    > >> I've a phone that dying and was interested in buying a phone from sprint.
    > >> The last phone I bought from them was in november of 2001.
    > >>
    > >> I just found out that if you buy your own phone, you're disqualified from
    > >> any sprint discounts for 18 months.

    >
    > >No, I don't think so. Only if you buy from Sprint. I thought what you thought
    > >too, but it isn't true of phones you get from other sources; I've checked.

    >
    > That's not what the asshole at sprint said. He might be completely wrong
    > and I'll try a different rep, somebody who cares if I leave or not.


    "That's not what the asshole at sprint said."

    Approach Sprint with that kind of attitude and I can *guarantee*
    that they won't care if you leave.

    Notan



  11. #11
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: Buy your own phone, lose out on rebates for 18 months


    "Sept1967" <[email protected](Erase)net> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > He is correct. Any new phone activation resets the 18month counter.
    >
    > I had service for 20 months on a phone, then bought my own phone to

    replace
    > it (OfficeDepot clearance). A year after that, I called about a credit
    > towards a new phone, but since the OfficeDepot phone had only been in
    > service 12 months, I didnt qualify.
    >
    > If you have service 6 months, and your phone gets replaced due to a

    warranty
    > issue? You start over as it is a new NAM activation, even if it is the

    same
    > number or service.
    >
    > You have to have the same phone unit, 18 months. No matter where you buy

    it.

    Well, I just replaced my daughter's Samsung A500 with a brand spanking new
    LG-325 two weeks ago. I paid full price for the phone @ our local SPCS
    store. In checking the rebate qualification page on SPCS's site, it says "
    The Sprint PCS Phone activated with this Sprint PCS Phone number meets the
    18 month age requirement. Yes "

    When I sign onto my account @ SPCS's site and select her phone number, it
    shows here new model. So, maybe SPCS has changed their philosophy on what
    qualifies.

    Bob





  12. #12
    Jackf
    Guest

    Re: Buy your own phone, lose out on rebates for 18 months

    Bob Smith wrote:
    > "Sept1967" <[email protected](Erase)net> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    >
    >>He is correct. Any new phone activation resets the 18month counter.
    >>
    >>I had service for 20 months on a phone, then bought my own phone to

    >
    > replace
    >
    >>it (OfficeDepot clearance). A year after that, I called about a credit
    >>towards a new phone, but since the OfficeDepot phone had only been in
    >>service 12 months, I didnt qualify.
    >>
    >>If you have service 6 months, and your phone gets replaced due to a

    >
    > warranty
    >
    >>issue? You start over as it is a new NAM activation, even if it is the

    >
    > same
    >
    >>number or service.
    >>
    >>You have to have the same phone unit, 18 months. No matter where you buy

    >
    > it.
    >
    > Well, I just replaced my daughter's Samsung A500 with a brand spanking new
    > LG-325 two weeks ago. I paid full price for the phone @ our local SPCS
    > store. In checking the rebate qualification page on SPCS's site, it says "
    > The Sprint PCS Phone activated with this Sprint PCS Phone number meets the
    > 18 month age requirement. Yes "
    >
    > When I sign onto my account @ SPCS's site and select her phone number, it
    > shows here new model. So, maybe SPCS has changed their philosophy on what
    > qualifies.
    >
    > Bob
    >
    >

    I've replaced several phones through Best Buy warranty, doing an ESN
    swap. They have never reset the 18 month clock.



  13. #13
    John Richards
    Guest

    Re: Buy your own phone, lose out on rebates for 18 months

    "Bob Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
    >
    > Well, I just replaced my daughter's Samsung A500 with a brand spanking new
    > LG-325 two weeks ago. I paid full price for the phone @ our local SPCS
    > store. In checking the rebate qualification page on SPCS's site, it says "
    > The Sprint PCS Phone activated with this Sprint PCS Phone number meets the
    > 18 month age requirement. Yes "
    >
    > When I sign onto my account @ SPCS's site and select her phone number, it
    > shows here new model. So, maybe SPCS has changed their philosophy on what
    > qualifies.


    That's very strange! The two phones I bought at Costco 17 months ago still
    show as not eligible at http://pcshandsetupgrade.sprint.com, becoming
    eligible for the handset upgrade next month.

    --
    John Richards



  14. #14
    John Richards
    Guest

    Re: Buy your own phone, lose out on rebates for 18 months

    "Jackf" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
    > I've replaced several phones through Best Buy warranty, doing an ESN
    > swap. They have never reset the 18 month clock.


    Were the replacements brand new or refurbished? Used/refurbished
    replacements don't reset the 18 month clock.

    --
    John Richards



  15. #15
    TCS
    Guest

    Re: Buy your own phone, lose out on rebates for 18 months

    On Wed, 16 Feb 2005 08:49:23 -0700, Notan <[email protected]> wrote:
    >TCS wrote:
    >>
    >> On Tue, 15 Feb 2005 19:45:02 -0800, Steve Sobol <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> >TCS wrote:
    >> >> I've a phone that dying and was interested in buying a phone from sprint.
    >> >> The last phone I bought from them was in november of 2001.
    >> >>
    >> >> I just found out that if you buy your own phone, you're disqualified from
    >> >> any sprint discounts for 18 months.

    >>
    >> >No, I don't think so. Only if you buy from Sprint. I thought what you thought
    >> >too, but it isn't true of phones you get from other sources; I've checked.

    >>
    >> That's not what the asshole at sprint said. He might be completely wrong
    >> and I'll try a different rep, somebody who cares if I leave or not.


    >"That's not what the asshole at sprint said."


    >Approach Sprint with that kind of attitude and I can *guarantee*
    >that they won't care if you leave.


    Get over yourself. I'll call an asshole an asshole and it doen't have
    anything to do with how the conversation went.




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