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  1. #1
    Rob Cook
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    Hi,

    I'm looking for a little advice on whether to re-up my contract or
    wait to see what number portability brings.

    I've been with Sprint for sometime now. I have no real complaints
    with their service. The customer non-service lines are another story,
    but they seem to be terrible everywhere.

    My contract runs out on October 14th. I've been offered my same rate
    plan, but with 8:00 evenings if I'll sign on for another year. I have
    to make a decision by Sept 12th.

    I really like the idea of not having a contract, especially with
    number portability on the horizon. Does this mean that my bill goes up
    by $10/month without a contract?

    Should I renew my contract now, or wait to see if the deals get
    better come November 24th?

    All input/experiences are appreciated.

    --Rob

    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



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  2. #2
    Paulw
    Guest

    Re: Should I re-sign a contract?

    They offered me an extra 100 minutes and 8PM night and week ends. I
    prefer to be contact free.



    > Hi,
    >
    > I'm looking for a little advice on whether to re-up my contract or
    > wait to see what number portability brings.
    >
    > I've been with Sprint for sometime now. I have no real complaints
    > with their service. The customer non-service lines are another story,
    > but they seem to be terrible everywhere.
    >
    > My contract runs out on October 14th. I've been offered my same

    rate
    > plan, but with 8:00 evenings if I'll sign on for another year. I have
    > to make a decision by Sept 12th.
    >
    > I really like the idea of not having a contract, especially with
    > number portability on the horizon. Does this mean that my bill goes up
    > by $10/month without a contract?
    >
    > Should I renew my contract now, or wait to see if the deals get
    > better come November 24th?
    >
    > All input/experiences are appreciated.
    >
    > --Rob
    >
    > [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular

    groups]
    >





  3. #3
    Phillipe
    Guest

    Re: Should I re-sign a contract?

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

    > Hi,
    >
    > I'm looking for a little advice on whether to re-up my contract or
    > wait to see what number portability brings.
    >
    > I've been with Sprint for sometime now. I have no real complaints
    > with their service. The customer non-service lines are another story,
    > but they seem to be terrible everywhere.


    Ask your friends, it's certainly the path of least resistance to stay
    with Sprint, and in many areas, Sprint offers the best coverage.

    If you go to a Sprint Company store, and ask "What would you offer me as
    an inducement to renew my contract", you may be pleasantly surprised.
    Basically I would refuse their first offer and say "I thought you could
    do better". You might get more minutes for same price, or Unlimited
    Nights and Weekends, or $100 off a new phone, or all three. Depends on
    how good a negociator you are. Also depends how much you pay a month, and
    whether you've been paying on time. They're more aggresive in keeping
    good customers. It's akin to buying a car.

    >
    > My contract runs out on October 14th. I've been offered my same rate
    > plan, but with 8:00 evenings if I'll sign on for another year. I have
    > to make a decision by Sept 12th.


    You dont have to decide by September 12. What plan do you have now?
    Are you interested in a new phone?

    >
    > I really like the idea of not having a contract, especially with
    > number portability on the horizon. Does this mean that my bill goes up
    > by $10/month without a contract?


    Mine didn't. I was without a contract for 6 months.

    >
    > Should I renew my contract now, or wait to see if the deals get
    > better come November 24th?
    >


    Between the availability of Number portability, and possible Xmas
    promotions, that may be the best course of action.

    > All input/experiences are appreciated.




  4. #4
    Rob Cook
    Guest

    Re: Should I re-sign a contract?



    Phillipe <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > [email protected] (Rob Cook) wrote:
    >
    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > I'm looking for a little advice on whether to re-up my contract or
    > > wait to see what number portability brings.
    > >
    > > I've been with Sprint for sometime now. I have no real complaints
    > > with their service. The customer non-service lines are another story,
    > > but they seem to be terrible everywhere.

    >
    > Ask your friends, it's certainly the path of least resistance to stay
    > with Sprint, and in many areas, Sprint offers the best coverage.


    *****In the Boise area, Sprint has provided me with the best
    service/coverage of any of the 4 providers I've been with. For the
    record AT&T was the absolute worst.

    >
    > If you go to a Sprint Company store, and ask "What would you offer me as
    > an inducement to renew my contract", you may be pleasantly surprised.
    > Basically I would refuse their first offer and say "I thought you could
    > do better". You might get more minutes for same price, or Unlimited
    > Nights and Weekends, or $100 off a new phone, or all three. Depends on
    > how good a negociator you are. Also depends how much you pay a month, and
    > whether you've been paying on time. They're more aggresive in keeping
    > good customers. It's akin to buying a car.
    >


    *****I've been told at the store that I have $150 credit towards a new
    phone. Problem is, I want a small Vision capable phone without a low
    res camera on it.


    > >
    > > My contract runs out on October 14th. I've been offered my same rate
    > > plan, but with 8:00 evenings if I'll sign on for another year. I have
    > > to make a decision by Sept 12th.

    >
    > You dont have to decide by September 12. What plan do you have now?
    > Are you interested in a new phone?
    >


    *****The e-mail they sent me says the offer expires on Sept 12. I
    figure there will be others. I currently have the $45/500 w/ unlim
    night/weekends @ 9, and the $10 unlimited Vision. I have the Sanyo
    4900, a little bulky but with the best reception/battery life I've ever
    had.

    > >
    > > I really like the idea of not having a contract, especially with
    > > number portability on the horizon. Does this mean that my bill goes up
    > > by $10/month without a contract?

    >
    > Mine didn't. I was without a contract for 6 months.
    >


    *****Good to know, I'm about sick of everyone(Cell phones, satellite tv,
    gyms) wanting a contract anymore. Seems to me if the service was good,
    you'd stay for that alone.

    > >
    > > Should I renew my contract now, or wait to see if the deals get
    > > better come November 24th?
    > >

    >
    > Between the availability of Number portability, and possible Xmas
    > promotions, that may be the best course of action.


    ******I'm really curious to see how portability plays out. I want to
    see what kind of run around a person will have between 2 providers.

    >
    > > All input/experiences are appreciated.


    *****Thanks for the feedback.

    --Rob

    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



  5. #5
    Phillipe
    Guest

    Re: Should I re-sign a contract?

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


    > >
    > > Ask your friends, it's certainly the path of least resistance to stay
    > > with Sprint, and in many areas, Sprint offers the best coverage.

    >
    > *****In the Boise area, Sprint has provided me with the best
    > service/coverage of any of the 4 providers I've been with. For the
    > record AT&T was the absolute worst.


    If you know for a fact that Sprint has best coverage in your area, you
    want to stay with them. Just keep that a secret when your asking about a
    contract renewal, and perks for renewing.


    I know someone in North Carolina that says in their area (Charlotte?)
    AT&T is the best.
    >


    > *****I've been told at the store that I have $150 credit towards a new
    > phone. Problem is, I want a small Vision capable phone without a low
    > res camera on it.


    Sprint spent a bundle on 3G and needs for more customers to use it so
    they can pay for it.
    >
    >
    >
    > ******I'm really curious to see how portability plays out. I want to
    > see what kind of run around a person will have between 2 providers.


    Sprint has already said they won't release your number until your
    account is 100% paid off. Then it's not obvious which companies will
    have a fee at which end of the portability transaction. I suppose you
    could get charged coming and going.


    >
    > >
    > > > All input/experiences are appreciated.

    >
    > *****Thanks for the feedback.


    You're welcome and good luck.



  6. #6
    p lane
    Guest

    Re: Should I re-sign a contract?

    All this sounds like really well thought out, good advice.

    Phillipe <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > [email protected] (Rob Cook) wrote:
    >
    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > I'm looking for a little advice on whether to re-up my contract or
    > > wait to see what number portability brings.
    > >
    > > I've been with Sprint for sometime now. I have no real complaints
    > > with their service. The customer non-service lines are another story,
    > > but they seem to be terrible everywhere.

    >
    > Ask your friends, it's certainly the path of least resistance to stay
    > with Sprint, and in many areas, Sprint offers the best coverage.
    >
    > If you go to a Sprint Company store, and ask "What would you offer me as
    > an inducement to renew my contract", you may be pleasantly surprised.
    > Basically I would refuse their first offer and say "I thought you could
    > do better". You might get more minutes for same price, or Unlimited
    > Nights and Weekends, or $100 off a new phone, or all three. Depends on
    > how good a negociator you are. Also depends how much you pay a month, and
    > whether you've been paying on time. They're more aggresive in keeping
    > good customers. It's akin to buying a car.
    >
    > >
    > > My contract runs out on October 14th. I've been offered my same rate
    > > plan, but with 8:00 evenings if I'll sign on for another year. I have
    > > to make a decision by Sept 12th.

    >
    > You dont have to decide by September 12. What plan do you have now?
    > Are you interested in a new phone?
    >
    > >
    > > I really like the idea of not having a contract, especially with
    > > number portability on the horizon. Does this mean that my bill goes up
    > > by $10/month without a contract?

    >
    > Mine didn't. I was without a contract for 6 months.
    >
    > >
    > > Should I renew my contract now, or wait to see if the deals get
    > > better come November 24th?
    > >

    >
    > Between the availability of Number portability, and possible Xmas
    > promotions, that may be the best course of action.
    >
    > > All input/experiences are appreciated.


    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



  7. #7
    Steven J Sobol
    Guest

    Re: Should I re-sign a contract?

    Phillipe <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I know someone in North Carolina that says in their area (Charlotte?)
    > AT&T is the best.


    HEY! You must sell ATTWS service or work for ATTWS.

    (*snicker*)

    I'm sorry. I just couldn't resist.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & Multimedia Services
    22674 Motnocab Road * Apple Valley, CA 92307-1950
    Steve Sobol, Proprietor
    888.480.4NET (4638) * 248.724.4NET * [email protected]



  8. #8
    Steven J Sobol
    Guest

    Re: Should I re-sign a contract?

    Phillipe <[email protected]> wrote:

    >>
    >> I really like the idea of not having a contract, especially with
    >> number portability on the horizon. Does this mean that my bill goes up
    >> by $10/month without a contract?

    >
    > Mine didn't. I was without a contract for 6 months.


    I'm pretty sure the $10 extra only applies if you start out without
    a contract. Hold on a second, I'm calling Customer Care to see if I'm
    still under contract...

    ....Yes, I am. I had forgotten that I agreed to a one-year Advantage
    Agreement when we took advantage of the bonus minutes and $5 unlimited
    PCS-to-PCS option back in November of last year.

    But if I decide to activate another line on my account, I do have the
    option of paying $10 additional per month to not be under contract.
    According to the CSR, this doesn't apply if I set up the phones on a
    shared-minute plan, in which case the secondary phones never have a
    contract. (That agrees with what I've read here on the newsgroup.)

    > Between the availability of Number portability, and possible Xmas
    > promotions, that may be the best course of action.


    I actually agree with Phillipe here. (Film at 11!)

    I suspect that at the time WLNP goes into effect, aside from the fact
    that we'll already be in the heart of the Christmas buying season, the
    increased pressure to retain existing customers and win new ones will
    bring a buttload of promotions -- from all of the carriers.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & Multimedia Services
    22674 Motnocab Road * Apple Valley, CA 92307-1950
    Steve Sobol, Proprietor
    888.480.4NET (4638) * 248.724.4NET * [email protected]



  9. #9
    Lawrence G. Mayka
    Guest

    Re: Should I re-sign a contract?

    "Phillipe" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]
    > Sprint has already said they won't release your number until your
    > account is 100% paid off. Then it's not obvious which companies will


    Yes, but Sprint's planned restriction directly violates an official letter of
    interpretation from the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Sprint claims
    the letter is "nonbinding," but hopefully the full FCC will disagree. Here is
    an excerpt from

    http://www.eweek.com/print_article/0...a=55552,00.asp

    ---
    The latest major WCG filing addresses a July 3 letter from John Muleta, chief of
    the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, in Washington, to the CTIA, which is
    the wireless industry's largest lobbying group.
    Muleta's letter indicated that carriers cannot refuse to port a customer's phone
    number to another carrier while attempting to collect delinquent fees from that
    customer. (Muleta's letter followed a previous filing from Verizon warning
    against the "schemes" of its competitors to fight the porting process.)

    Dated Aug. 1, the WCG's lengthy response to the letter states that the group
    does not consider Muleta's statement to be a binding rule.

    "Due to the new and novel issue the WTB letter addresses and the dramatic impact
    that a directive on unconditional porting would have on carriers' operations and
    contracts, it does not appear that the Commission would treat the WTB letter as
    having a binding effect," the WCG filing says.





  10. #10
    Phillipe
    Guest

    Re: Should I re-sign a contract?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Lawrence G. Mayka" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Phillipe" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news[email protected]
    > > Sprint has already said they won't release your number until your
    > > account is 100% paid off. Then it's not obvious which companies will

    >
    > Yes, but Sprint's planned restriction directly violates an official letter of
    > interpretation from the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Sprint claims
    > the letter is "nonbinding," but hopefully the full FCC will disagree. Here is
    > an excerpt from
    >
    > http://www.eweek.com/print_article/0...a=55552,00.asp



    All absolutely true, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
    Another (although minor) factor in my decision not to wait for November
    and do a switch. I didn't want to go through that while policies might
    be changing on the fly, imagine the grief *2 folks would have if
    policies were changed; we saw that when Contract Cancellations without
    ETF were allowed due to imposition of Portability and Pooling Fee by
    SprintPCS, and sometimes *2 folks didn't get the word (or worse).



  11. #11
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: Should I re-sign a contract?


    "Phillipe" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > [email protected] (Rob Cook) wrote:
    >
    > I know someone in North Carolina that says in their area (Charlotte?)
    > AT&T is the best.


    Not in Charlotte. From speaking from my experience, and with friends with
    other providers, coverage with Cingular, SPCS & Verizon are pretty damn
    good. A friend who has ATTW said he isn't happy with his coverage, and plans
    to move to SPCS when his ATTW contract expires.

    Bob





  12. #12
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: Should I re-sign a contract?

    Rob Cook wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I'm looking for a little advice on whether to re-up my contract or
    > wait to see what number portability brings.
    >
    > I've been with Sprint for sometime now. I have no real complaints
    > with their service. The customer non-service lines are another story,
    > but they seem to be terrible everywhere.
    >
    > My contract runs out on October 14th. I've been offered my same
    > rate plan, but with 8:00 evenings if I'll sign on for another year.
    > I have to make a decision by Sept 12th.


    We contacted you about this offer, right? I've heard that we're doing that,
    but haven't examined the details, since it's not handled by us.

    >
    > I really like the idea of not having a contract, especially with
    > number portability on the horizon. Does this mean that my bill goes
    > up by $10/month without a contract?


    Absolutely not. The billing code for your contract will remain in our
    billing system even after you've met it. As a result, you continue paying
    what you're paying now.

    >
    > Should I renew my contract now, or wait to see if the deals get
    > better come November 24th?
    >
    > All input/experiences are appreciated.
    >
    > --Rob


    I always hesitate to answer "Should I...?" questions, because that's a very
    personal decision. But maybe I'll reword the question a bit to see if it
    helps you come to a decision:

    Are you happy with your sprint Service and phone? Do you foresee yourself
    being unhappy with it as it is? Do you think you'd use those 8PM hours if
    given them?

    If you're happy with your service overall, and would use what it provides,
    you can *still* take advantage of any specials we provide to the market come
    WLNP. Obviously, as a customer outside a contract, maybe we'll come up with
    something more. That's always a risk, whether you're buying a phone, a
    service plan, a PC, a car... most anything. But if you're happy with what
    you have, and would use what you're offered, is there any concrete reason
    not to accept, other than maybe there'll be something better later?
    --
    -+-
    R
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint
    I *don't* speak for them





  13. #13
    Rob Cook
    Guest

    Re: Should I re-sign a contract?



    "O/Siris" <[email protected]ntpcs.cm> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > Rob Cook wrote:
    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > I'm looking for a little advice on whether to re-up my contract or
    > > wait to see what number portability brings.
    > >
    > > I've been with Sprint for sometime now. I have no real complaints
    > > with their service. The customer non-service lines are another story,
    > > but they seem to be terrible everywhere.
    > >
    > > My contract runs out on October 14th. I've been offered my same
    > > rate plan, but with 8:00 evenings if I'll sign on for another year.
    > > I have to make a decision by Sept 12th.

    >
    > We contacted you about this offer, right? I've heard that we're doing that,
    > but haven't examined the details, since it's not handled by us.


    *****The contact came via my @sprintpcs e-mail address. A one year
    contract = 8:00 nights. A two year = 8:00 nights + unlimited PCS-PCS
    calling.
    >
    > >
    > > I really like the idea of not having a contract, especially with
    > > number portability on the horizon. Does this mean that my bill goes
    > > up by $10/month without a contract?

    >
    > Absolutely not. The billing code for your contract will remain in our
    > billing system even after you've met it. As a result, you continue paying
    > what you're paying now.


    *****Good to hear. My exes would probably say the contract has
    something to do with my fear of commitment.


    >
    > >
    > > Should I renew my contract now, or wait to see if the deals get
    > > better come November 24th?
    > >
    > > All input/experiences are appreciated.
    > >
    > > --Rob

    >
    > I always hesitate to answer "Should I...?" questions, because that's a very
    > personal decision. But maybe I'll reword the question a bit to see if it
    > helps you come to a decision:
    >
    > Are you happy with your sprint Service and phone? Do you foresee yourself
    > being unhappy with it as it is? Do you think you'd use those 8PM hours if
    > given them?


    ***** I have the Sanyo 4900 and I have to say it's the best phone I've
    ever owned. In the 10 months I've had it, it has NEVER dropped a call.
    Samsungs always seemed to drop calls both on Sprint and Verizon. The
    8:00 thing is pretty attractive to me, even though I don't generally use
    but 1/4 of my day time minutes.

    >
    > If you're happy with your service overall, and would use what it provides,
    > you can *still* take advantage of any specials we provide to the market come
    > WLNP. Obviously, as a customer outside a contract, maybe we'll come up with
    > something more. That's always a risk, whether you're buying a phone, a
    > service plan, a PC, a car... most anything. But if you're happy with what
    > you have, and would use what you're offered, is there any concrete reason
    > not to accept, other than maybe there'll be something better later?
    > --
    > -+-
    > R
    > O/Siris
    > I work for Sprint
    > I *don't* speak for them
    >
    >


    *****Thanks for the input.

    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



  14. #14
    Yeechang Lee
    Guest

    Re: Should I re-sign a contract?

    I've been reading this thread with interes because I'm in the same
    situation as Rob; main difference is that my contract actually expired
    back in July. I have 500 anytime and 4500 night+weekend minutes for
    $49.99.

    Rob Cook <[email protected]> wrote:
    > The contact came via my @sprintpcs e-mail address. A one year
    > contract = 8:00 nights. A two year = 8:00 nights + unlimited
    > PCS-PCS calling.


    No @sprintpcs email for me. I did get a call from Sprint PCS's
    retention department last week, offering me 8pm n+w start and (I
    think) unlimited n+w for $0.01 more. I declined, telling the
    representative I was waiting for LNP to arrive first.

    > I have the Sanyo 4900 and I have to say it's the best phone I've
    > ever owned. In the 10 months I've had it, it has NEVER dropped a
    > call. Samsungs always seemed to drop calls both on Sprint and
    > Verizon. The 8:00 thing is pretty attractive to me, even though I
    > don't generally use but 1/4 of my day time minutes.


    I have a three-year old Sanyo 4500 (my first phone) and have also been
    satisfied. That said, I do look with envy at the new, tiny phones
    coming out. For example, the Siemens S55/S56 offers Bluetooth (which I
    could use with my new Sony Cli UX50 Palm OS PDA) *and* possibly the
    first usable speakerphone on such a tiny phone, but 1) it's only GSM
    and 2) is only available through Cingular and ATT.

    I've thought about switching to Verizon when LNP arrives only because
    it gets such consistently good rankings by the JD Powers and _Consumer
    Reports_ of the world, not because I've had such awful problems with
    Sprint PCS' coverage or customer service. Funny thing; I remember that
    when I first signed up with Sprint three years ago, *they* were the
    general consensus for best wireless service.

    --
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    143 processes: 139 sleeping, 3 running, 1 zombie, 0 stopped
    CPU states: 14.5% user 17.4% system 67.9% nice 0.0% iowait 0.0% idle



  15. #15
    P. Reality
    Guest

    Re: Should I re-sign a contract?

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

    > I've been reading this thread with interes because I'm in the same
    > situation as Rob; main difference is that my contract actually expired
    > back in July. I have 500 anytime and 4500 night+weekend minutes for
    > $49.99.
    >
    > Rob Cook <[email protected]> wrote:
    > > The contact came via my @sprintpcs e-mail address. A one year
    > > contract = 8:00 nights. A two year = 8:00 nights + unlimited
    > > PCS-PCS calling.

    >
    > No @sprintpcs email for me. I did get a call from Sprint PCS's
    > retention department last week, offering me 8pm n+w start and (I
    > think) unlimited n+w for $0.01 more. I declined, telling the
    > representative I was waiting for LNP to arrive first.
    >
    > > I have the Sanyo 4900 and I have to say it's the best phone I've
    > > ever owned. In the 10 months I've had it, it has NEVER dropped a
    > > call. Samsungs always seemed to drop calls both on Sprint and
    > > Verizon. The 8:00 thing is pretty attractive to me, even though I
    > > don't generally use but 1/4 of my day time minutes.

    >
    > I have a three-year old Sanyo 4500 (my first phone) and have also been
    > satisfied. That said, I do look with envy at the new, tiny phones
    > coming out. For example, the Siemens S55/S56 offers Bluetooth (which I
    > could use with my new Sony Cli UX50 Palm OS PDA) *and* possibly the
    > first usable speakerphone on such a tiny phone, but 1) it's only GSM
    > and 2) is only available through Cingular and ATT.
    >
    > I've thought about switching to Verizon when LNP arrives only because
    > it gets such consistently good rankings by the JD Powers and _Consumer
    > Reports_ of the world, not because I've had such awful problems with
    > Sprint PCS' coverage or customer service. Funny thing; I remember that
    > when I first signed up with Sprint three years ago, *they* were the
    > general consensus for best wireless service.


    In many geographic areas, if local coverage is your main concern
    SprintPCS is best. Just pray you never have to deal with Customer
    Service.

    I currently have 600 Anytime, and unlimited N&W starting at 8 PM for
    $30.00; if you got that you'd save $240/year plus the taxes on that.

    You may be best served by waiting till Thanksgiving when number
    portability kicks in, and seeing what promotions are then available.



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