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  1. #1
    The company I used to work for received a discount on SprintPCS plans
    so my plan is considered a business account. I am on a shared minutes
    plan now (2 phones on account now), but need to ADD one more phone (3
    phones total)and want to switch to a family plan w/o the company
    discount. (family plan is actually better than my current business
    plan)

    1 of our phones DOES NOT have a contract, the other DOES, but it
    expires in April. Can I move to a family plan and add the third phone
    now, or do I need to wait until April?

    In addition to adding the third phone, I was wanting to get new phones
    for the original two phones - for free.

    Any ideas on how this will all work?

    Thank you!!!




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  2. #2
    John Richards
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    Re: Can I switch from Business account to Family Plan???

    <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
    > The company I used to work for received a discount on SprintPCS plans
    > so my plan is considered a business account. I am on a shared minutes
    > plan now (2 phones on account now), but need to ADD one more phone (3
    > phones total)and want to switch to a family plan w/o the company
    > discount. (family plan is actually better than my current business
    > plan)


    I'm on a family plan AND get a company discount. Not sure if
    my account is considered a "business" account because of the
    discount.

    --
    John Richards



  3. #3
    O/Siris
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    Re: Can I switch from Business account to Family Plan???

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] says...
    > The company I used to work for received a discount on SprintPCS plans
    > so my plan is considered a business account. I am on a shared minutes
    > plan now (2 phones on account now), but need to ADD one more phone (3
    > phones total)and want to switch to a family plan w/o the company
    > discount. (family plan is actually better than my current business
    > plan)
    >
    > 1 of our phones DOES NOT have a contract, the other DOES, but it
    > expires in April. Can I move to a family plan and add the third phone
    > now, or do I need to wait until April?
    >
    > In addition to adding the third phone, I was wanting to get new phones
    > for the original two phones - for free.
    >
    > Any ideas on how this will all work?
    >
    > Thank you!!!
    >
    >


    As you've already been told, family plans don't preclude business
    discounts. Is there are particular plan you're looking at?

    --
    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+



  4. #4
    John Richards
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    Re: Can I switch from Business account to Family Plan???

    "O/Siris" <r[email protected]st.nt> wrote in message news:[email protected]
    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] says...
    > As you've already been told, family plans don't preclude business

    discounts.

    Does Sprint have a distinction between a business discount and an employer discount?
    I never understood the purpose of Sprint giving a non-business customer
    a discount just because the customer works for a certain employer.
    Especially so when Sprint apparently does not verify the claimed employment.

    --
    John Richards




  5. #5
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: Can I switch from Business account to Family Plan???

    In article <[email protected]>, jr70
    @blackhole.invalid says...
    >
    > Does Sprint have a distinction between a business discount and an employer discount?


    It kind of depends. Companies can setup "Corporate sponsored" accounts,
    and the lines on those accounts can be pooled, as well as take advantage
    of things like Ready-Link only plans, and stuff like that. Unlike
    "family" plans, the pooled plans assign minute plans to each line, but
    then allow the minutes to be shifted from one line to another in order
    to cover what would otherwise be overages on one line.

    > I never understood the purpose of Sprint giving a non-business customer
    > a discount just because the customer works for a certain employer.
    > Especially so when Sprint apparently does not verify the claimed employment.
    >


    As far as Sprint is concerned, it's actually a company benefit, not a
    customer one. But it carries a benefit for Sprint, too.

    For the company, it can use these employee-paid lines in its line totals
    to qualify for larger discounts. When a company is assigned a discount,
    and it is participating in NVP, then Sprint counts both the company-paid
    lines and the employee paid ones signed up under NVP in calculating the
    discount.

    Sprint, obviously, gets another means of adding new subscribers.

    There are actually *are* employees at Sprint that do the verification,
    but it's kind of like in a manufacturing assembly line, where only a
    certain fraction of the full total get verified. And it's not a very
    large fraction, either.

    Plus, I know of at least two companies that have included clauses in
    their NVP agreement to not do a verification. Since it helps their
    discount, they allow even relatives of workers to sign up.

    --
    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+



  6. #6
    stevie
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    Re: Can I switch from Business account to Family Plan???

    when my wife signed up at her company, Sprint called her supervisor to
    verify the employment.
    "O/Siris" <r[email protected]st.nt> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    In article <[email protected]>, jr70
    @blackhole.invalid says...
    >
    > Does Sprint have a distinction between a business discount and an employer
    > discount?


    It kind of depends. Companies can setup "Corporate sponsored" accounts,
    and the lines on those accounts can be pooled, as well as take advantage
    of things like Ready-Link only plans, and stuff like that. Unlike
    "family" plans, the pooled plans assign minute plans to each line, but
    then allow the minutes to be shifted from one line to another in order
    to cover what would otherwise be overages on one line.

    > I never understood the purpose of Sprint giving a non-business customer
    > a discount just because the customer works for a certain employer.
    > Especially so when Sprint apparently does not verify the claimed
    > employment.
    >


    As far as Sprint is concerned, it's actually a company benefit, not a
    customer one. But it carries a benefit for Sprint, too.

    For the company, it can use these employee-paid lines in its line totals
    to qualify for larger discounts. When a company is assigned a discount,
    and it is participating in NVP, then Sprint counts both the company-paid
    lines and the employee paid ones signed up under NVP in calculating the
    discount.

    Sprint, obviously, gets another means of adding new subscribers.

    There are actually *are* employees at Sprint that do the verification,
    but it's kind of like in a manufacturing assembly line, where only a
    certain fraction of the full total get verified. And it's not a very
    large fraction, either.

    Plus, I know of at least two companies that have included clauses in
    their NVP agreement to not do a verification. Since it helps their
    discount, they allow even relatives of workers to sign up.

    --
    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+





  7. #7
    John Richards
    Guest

    Re: Can I switch from Business account to Family Plan???

    I never did a sign-up at the company. I got my Sprint account
    initially as a private customer, later learned in this newsgroup that
    Sprint offered a discount to XYZ employees. I called Sprint and asked
    for the discount, which was granted on the spot without any
    questions asked.

    I don't understand O/Siris claim about employee-paid lines
    being of benefit to the company, since *my* company has no
    knowledge of me having a Sprint account or that I get the
    company discount.

    --
    John Richards


    "stevie" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
    > when my wife signed up at her company, Sprint called her supervisor to
    > verify the employment.
    > "O/Siris" <r[email protected]st.nt> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > In article <[email protected]>, jr70
    > @blackhole.invalid says...
    >>
    >> Does Sprint have a distinction between a business discount and an employer
    >> discount?

    >
    > It kind of depends. Companies can setup "Corporate sponsored" accounts,
    > and the lines on those accounts can be pooled, as well as take advantage
    > of things like Ready-Link only plans, and stuff like that. Unlike
    > "family" plans, the pooled plans assign minute plans to each line, but
    > then allow the minutes to be shifted from one line to another in order
    > to cover what would otherwise be overages on one line.
    >
    >> I never understood the purpose of Sprint giving a non-business customer
    >> a discount just because the customer works for a certain employer.
    >> Especially so when Sprint apparently does not verify the claimed
    >> employment.
    >>

    >
    > As far as Sprint is concerned, it's actually a company benefit, not a
    > customer one. But it carries a benefit for Sprint, too.
    >
    > For the company, it can use these employee-paid lines in its line totals
    > to qualify for larger discounts. When a company is assigned a discount,
    > and it is participating in NVP, then Sprint counts both the company-paid
    > lines and the employee paid ones signed up under NVP in calculating the
    > discount.

    [snip]




  8. #8
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: Can I switch from Business account to Family Plan???

    In article <[email protected]>, jr70
    @blackhole.invalid says...
    > I don't understand O/Siris claim about employee-paid lines
    > being of benefit to the company, since *my* company has no
    > knowledge of me having a Sprint account or that I get the
    > company discount.
    >


    If you're using your company's discount, then you're attached to the
    company's account through something called a "Hierarchy." That's just
    Sprint's term for it. If you'll recall, your bill date probably shifted
    when it happened. Now, if/when your company goes to renegotiate its
    contract with Sprint, people like you count against the number of
    subscriptions the company has for purposes of calculating the discount.
    More subscriptions, higher discount.

    --
    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
    John Richards
    Guest

    Re: Can I switch from Business account to Family Plan???

    "O/Siris" <r[email protected]st.nt> wrote in message news:[email protected]
    In article <[email protected]>, jr70
    @blackhole.invalid says...
    >> I don't understand O/Siris claim about employee-paid lines
    >> being of benefit to the company, since *my* company has no
    >> knowledge of me having a Sprint account or that I get the
    >> company discount.

    >
    >
    >If you're using your company's discount, then you're attached to the
    >company's account through something called a "Hierarchy." That's just
    >Sprint's term for it. If you'll recall, your bill date probably shifted
    >when it happened.


    No, it didn't. Incidentally, my 'company' is a branch of the federal
    government, if that matters.

    --
    John Richards




  10. #10
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: Can I switch from Business account to Family Plan???

    In article <s%[email protected]>, jr70
    @blackhole.invalid says...
    > No, it didn't. Incidentally, my 'company' is a branch of the federal
    > government, if that matters.
    >


    Actually, that does. For some reason only people at much higher levels
    than I worked will ever know, federal government discounts are actually
    a bill plan add-on, much like PCS2PCS was.

    --
    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+



  11. #11
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: Can I switch from Business account to Family Plan???

    In article <s%[email protected]>, jr70
    @blackhole.invalid says...
    >
    > No, it didn't. Incidentally, my 'company' is a branch of the federal
    > government, if that matters.
    >


    Yeah, actually, that does. The reasons why were never told to me, but
    federal government's discount is a plan add-on, like Vision, or like
    PCS2PCS used to be.

    --
    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+



  12. #12
    Brian
    Guest

    Re: Can I switch from Business account to Family Plan???

    O/Siris wrote:
    > In article <s%[email protected]>, jr70
    > @blackhole.invalid says...
    >
    >>No, it didn't. Incidentally, my 'company' is a branch of the federal
    >>government, if that matters.
    >>

    >
    >
    > Yeah, actually, that does. The reasons why were never told to me, but
    > federal government's discount is a plan add-on, like Vision, or like
    > PCS2PCS used to be.
    >


    I currently have a 20% business discount from my last employer on my
    family plan with 4 phones. I now work for a contracting company on a
    contract for the Federal Government. Do I qualify for the Federal
    Government discount? If so is it better than the current 20% I receive?

    Thanks, Brian



  13. #13
    Der Tschonnie
    Guest

    Re: Can I switch from Business account to Family Plan???

    John -

    Does that mean that the federal government went with the lowest-cost
    bidder (hint-hint re: product quality)? Rob/Osiris - that was meant as
    a joke.

    Only kidding. I've been a customer since 1998, have a plan that suits
    me, take advantage of purchasing blocks of minutes if I go over plan,
    and am about ready to ditch the landline and switch the number to a
    third line on the account. We already have two lines coming into the
    house for a home-based business, so we're covered in the event of an
    earthquake or natural disaster. A phone with comparable features (call
    waiting, call forwarding, three-way calling, voicemail, etc.) would
    cost a lot more from SBC than the $10 plus tax that Sprint charges.
    Oh, and no long distance charges. It also wouldn't conflict with my
    WiFi the way my 2.4Ghs phone did.

    I wonder why more people aren't making the switch? How long does SBC
    expect people to remain in the dark about the services they're selling?
    (DSL at 3 mbps for $24.95 "discounted" from $59.95 with a one-year
    contract...)

    Oh, the SBC rep told me how to break the contract without paying the
    $200 early termination fee. She said that I should a) downgrade my
    service to Yahoo! DSL Express (slower product), keep that for a month,
    and then b) discontinue. Apparently that satisfies the contract. Food
    for thought.




  14. #14
    John Richards
    Guest

    Re: Can I switch from Business account to Family Plan???

    "Brian" <[email protected]_removethis.net> wrote in message news:[email protected]
    > O/Siris wrote:
    >> In article <s%[email protected]>, jr70
    >> @blackhole.invalid says...
    >>
    >>>No, it didn't. Incidentally, my 'company' is a branch of the federal
    >>>government, if that matters.
    >>>

    >>
    >>
    >> Yeah, actually, that does. The reasons why were never told to me, but
    >> federal government's discount is a plan add-on, like Vision, or like
    >> PCS2PCS used to be.
    >>

    >
    > I currently have a 20% business discount from my last employer on my
    > family plan with 4 phones. I now work for a contracting company on a
    > contract for the Federal Government. Do I qualify for the Federal
    > Government discount? If so is it better than the current 20% I receive?


    The fed discount is only 5%, but you don't qualify unless your paycheck
    comes directly from Uncle Sam.

    --
    John Richards



  15. #15
    John Richards
    Guest

    Re: Can I switch from Business account to Family Plan???

    "Der Tschonnie" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
    >
    > and am about ready to ditch the landline and switch the number to a
    > third line on the account. We already have two lines coming into the
    > house for a home-based business, so we're covered in the event of an
    > earthquake or natural disaster. A phone with comparable features (call
    > waiting, call forwarding, three-way calling, voicemail, etc.) would
    > cost a lot more from SBC than the $10 plus tax that Sprint charges.
    > Oh, and no long distance charges. It also wouldn't conflict with my
    > WiFi the way my 2.4Ghs phone did.
    >
    > I wonder why more people aren't making the switch?


    For one thing, I have only a single landline (I dropped the second
    line when I got DSL). A landline is needed for fax, DirecTV/TiVo/Dish,
    emergency 911 calls, and of course DSL. What will you use for
    broadband? Cable modem service is quite expensive compared
    to DSL.

    > How long does SBC
    > expect people to remain in the dark about the services they're selling?
    > (DSL at 3 mbps for $24.95 "discounted" from $59.95 with a one-year
    > contract...)


    The discounted DSL price is renewable. Also, $14.95 for 1.5Mbps is a
    real bargain.

    > Oh, the SBC rep told me how to break the contract without paying the
    > $200 early termination fee. She said that I should a) downgrade my
    > service to Yahoo! DSL Express (slower product), keep that for a month,
    > and then b) discontinue. Apparently that satisfies the contract. Food
    > for thought.


    You'd have to keep the $14.95 Express DSL service until the end of the
    contract term, so you're not really breaking the contract. In my state
    (CA) the $200 ETF is not enforceable since consumer law limits the
    ETF to the balance of the remaining monthly payments.

    --
    John Richards



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