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  1. #1
    Rob
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    When Sprint announced that they were offering $15/month PAM (Phone as a
    Modem), I called them up right away to add it to my plan.

    As I assumed, it was too good to be true. In order to get the $15 PAM
    added to my phone, I also had to add a $30 Vision PRO pack.

    Total costs to add usable data to my phone: $45/month aka $540/year

    Well, this was a little much for me to swallow, so I passed on the offer.

    Well tonight, I tried pairing my laptop to my phone and dialing (#777)
    out just for fun. Much to my surprise it actually worked!

    Is sprint now allowing pay-as-you-go PAM connections? When I asked them
    about this before, they said that they would not allow pay-as-you-go PAM
    because folks would rack up large data bills so quick that it wouldn't
    be worth the billing frustration to offer it. This was sad to me, as I
    understand the per KB data pricing, and would just like to have it
    available in a pinch.

    Is this just a glitch on my account, or can other folks also do
    pay-as-you-go PAM without a PAM contract on their phone.

    rob



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  2. #2
    Joel Koltner
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    Re: Per KB PAM Now?

    "Rob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]
    > Is sprint now allowing pay-as-you-go PAM connections?


    Yes, and they have for awhile.

    > Is this just a glitch on my account, or can other folks also do
    > pay-as-you-go PAM without a PAM contract on their phone.


    I believe most people can do pay-as-you-go-PAM. But check your current bill
    on Sprint.Com. In all likelihood you are being charged per kB. If you have
    an older phone and already had a regular Vision plan, you might be getting
    lucky and be "flying under the radar" -- using PAM even though you're not
    actually paying for it as such. (This is technically a violation of your
    contract terms of service and Sprint *might* choose to drop you as a customer
    for it, but if you read through the archives here you'll see this usually only
    happens if you start "excessively" using it -- e.g., more than 1GB/month .)


    >
    > rob






  3. #3
    Rob
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    Re: Per KB PAM Now?

    Joel Koltner wrote:
    > "Rob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news[email protected]
    >> Is sprint now allowing pay-as-you-go PAM connections?

    >
    > Yes, and they have for awhile.
    >
    >> Is this just a glitch on my account, or can other folks also do
    >> pay-as-you-go PAM without a PAM contract on their phone.

    >
    > I believe most people can do pay-as-you-go-PAM. But check your current bill
    > on Sprint.Com. In all likelihood you are being charged per kB. If you have
    > an older phone and already had a regular Vision plan, you might be getting
    > lucky and be "flying under the radar" -- using PAM even though you're not
    > actually paying for it as such. (This is technically a violation of your
    > contract terms of service and Sprint *might* choose to drop you as a customer
    > for it, but if you read through the archives here you'll see this usually only
    > happens if you start "excessively" using it -- e.g., more than 1GB/month .)
    >
    >
    >> rob

    >
    >


    Thanks for your response Joel. I have a newer phone that has the dual
    NAI. When I first got the phone, a little less than a year ago, I could
    surf on the handset, but when I would try to dial-up over Bluetooth, I
    would get a login error.

    Handset vision data usage is currently showing up on the Sprint website,
    but the PAM testing I have done has yet to show up.

    I used to have one of the older non dual NAI phones, so I know of the
    under radar tethering that you speak of. The current phone I am using is
    definitely dual NAI, so Sprint can tell when I am tethering, and when I
    am surfing on the phone. It will be interesting to see what my next bill
    says for data usage charges.

    I currently don't have any data plans on the phone, but now I am tempted
    to add the $15 vision plan just to see if it absorbs the cost of my
    occasional new found tethering capability. ;-)

    rob



  4. #4
    Larry
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    Re: Per KB PAM Now?

    Rob <[email protected]> wrote in newsFark.366261$bC5.247184
    @fe07.news.easynews.com:

    > Well tonight, I tried pairing my laptop to my phone and dialing (#777)
    > out just for fun. Much to my surprise it actually worked!
    >
    > I


    You will be paying some GOD AWFUL $$$/KILObyte rate charges. Just opening
    a webpage could cost you $5-10!

    DO NOT USE THAT CONNECTION......YOU'LL BE VERY SORRY!




  5. #5
    Steve Sobol
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    Re: Per KB PAM Now?

    On 2008-08-22, Larry <[email protected]> wrote:

    > You will be paying some GOD AWFUL $$$/KILObyte rate charges. Just opening
    > a webpage could cost you $5-10!


    This is based on what, Larry? Since when did you become a Sprint customer?



    --
    Steve Sobol / Victorville, CA, USA
    It's all fun and games until someone starts a bonfire in the living room.




  6. #6
    Larry
    Guest

    Re: Per KB PAM Now?

    Steve Sobol <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > On 2008-08-22, Larry <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> You will be paying some GOD AWFUL $$$/KILObyte rate charges. Just
    >> opening a webpage could cost you $5-10!

    >
    > This is based on what, Larry? Since when did you become a Sprint
    > customer?
    >
    >
    >


    You tell 'im smartass. I don't want to see him get a $5000 phone bill
    thinking he's getting something for nothing when Sprint....or any of the
    rest of them....are counting every byte he downloads.....




  7. #7
    Steve Sobol
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    Re: Per KB PAM Now?

    On 2008-08-23, Larry <[email protected]> wrote:

    > You tell 'im smartass. I don't want to see him get a $5000 phone bill
    > thinking he's getting something for nothing when Sprint....or any of the
    > rest of them....are counting every byte he downloads.....


    Sprint's always had more of a clue about this kind of thing than Verizon. And
    I can speak with a little more authority on the subject than you can. At least
    I was a customer from 2000-2005 (the first four years, my wife was on Sprint
    while I was on VZW; the last year, we were both on Sprint). You NEVER were.

    So please pull your pants back up and stop talking out of your ass. This
    is almost as bad as hearing some of your pronouncements about T-Mo. You've
    never used them either, yet you apparently know more about their policies than
    I do, and I'm a current T-Mo customer.

    Please try to remember that you *don't* know everything.


    --
    Steve Sobol / Victorville, CA, USA
    It's all fun and games until someone starts a bonfire in the living room.




  8. #8
    Larry
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    Re: Per KB PAM Now?

    Steve Sobol <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > stop talking out of your ass


    I'm shocked!



  9. #9
    Steve Sobol
    Guest

    Re: Per KB PAM Now?

    On 2008-08-24, Larry <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Steve Sobol <[email protected]> wrote in
    > news:[email protected]:
    >
    >> stop talking out of your ass

    >
    > I'm shocked!


    I'm not. You do it all the time.

    --
    Steve Sobol / Victorville, CA, USA
    It's all fun and games until someone starts a bonfire in the living room.




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