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    So, we've been thinking of getting our daughter a cell phone for Christmas.....we have the everything data plan, so it's going to cost an additional $20/month to add her (which sucks in itself, since she doesn't need all that, I wish we could add her on for $10 without her line being able to access any of the data features, but I know she'd make up for it with the unlimited texts, so I can accept it)

    Anyway, my husband's co-worker is supposed to give us his old phone for her (he's been trying to find his Palm Pre, but so far hasn't found it, but has found a Blackberry Curve, either way, I think it'd be a good phone for her, I'd rather she had the Palm Pre since that's what we have, and I just know how to set up that phone for her better)

    I just checked with Sprint to make sure I was understanding everything correctly, I thought as long as we brought our own phone, we could add a line for her without a contract....NOPE, even if we bring our own phone, she would have a 2 year contract!!!

    We are 1 year into our contracts, so our one option would be to have my husband use his Premiere status to get a new phone for himself, and have my daughter get a new phone for her 2 year contract, and my line would just have an old phone (I think if we went with this, I would take over the new phone from my daughter, and she could have my phone, even if it meant she took my phone number and I got a new number, I don't care, I'm not that attached to that phone number!)...that way my husband and I would have 2 years to go on our phones, and our daughter would only have 1 year left in her contract.

    Or we just wait until next year, and do it then, and all 3 of us get new phones.

    I wish the new Pre would come out soon, I really do like the Palm Pre, I don't know anything really about the other phones, so I hate to switch, seems silly to sign a new 2 year contract to get new Palm Pres which we already have!! I know I don't want a 4G phone simply because I don't want to pay the extra $10/month for it, especially since we don't have the service in our area yet (and I'm guessing we won't for a long time, since we're a small town)
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    wow, vzw doesn't work that way. we pulled an old phone out of the drawer for our daughter, and added her with no contract. done with one phone call to vzw customer service.
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    I read it online that new phone lines require a 2 year contract, but I thought I'd check with the stores (in case I was misunderstanding it)

    I asked if we brought our own phone to add to a new line, if that would mean no contract, and both stores I checked with (one a corporate store, one not), said that it'd be a 2 year contract on the new line.
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    Some areas sprint is great! Others, like your situation, not so great.
    *Patchers STILL make this phone Perfect!
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    I guess like all companies... they make their own policy > you either accept it or not. It sucks, but that's how it is. Sorry. >:-(

    Note: Any new line requires a two year contract. That's just how it is with Sprint.
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    Another option, is to get her a Tracfone this year for Christmas, which isn't as exciting, but then next year, we could all get new phones signing a 2 year contract then (and then have the option of staying with Sprint, or going elsewhere), and she could get a more fun phone that year for Christmas.
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    I'd get her a prepaid phone for this year. Then when your contracts up either renew or go elsewhere. Otherwise you'll be perpetually locked in.
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    Does Sprint not offer any decent prepaid plans? I assume the point of going with Sprint aside from adding her to your own plan was also because your friend was giving you a Sprint phone?
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    You may want to give Sprint a call and talk to a customer retention specialist. The reason I suggest this is that Sprint gives you a phone upgrade credit if you don't use it toward a new phone at the outset of your plan. This is worth $150 or so. Maybe they would be willing to give you a no-contract line if you waived your right to the upgrade credit.

    Worth a shot at least.
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    That solves that. No new phone for daughter. I was just researching the same thing. We are alittle over a year into our contract and my daughter is ready for a phone. Not if she has to sign up for two years. I was just assuming that it would to my contract and we would end next year. We have the same exact issue, we have an old BB Curve I was going to give her or even on Wirefly.com you can get some decent phones cheap or free, even when adding a line. But its like adding a whole new contract. I guess I will start to research pay as you go prepaids.
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    have you looked at metro PCS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Palm-a-PREciation View Post
    So, we've been thinking of getting our daughter a cell phone for Christmas.....we have the everything data plan, so it's going to cost an additional $20/month to add her (which sucks in itself, since she doesn't need all that, I wish we could add her on for $10 without her line being able to access any of the data features, but I know she'd make up for it with the unlimited texts, so I can accept it)

    Anyway, my husband's co-worker is supposed to give us his old phone for her (he's been trying to find his Palm Pre, but so far hasn't found it, but has found a Blackberry Curve, either way, I think it'd be a good phone for her, I'd rather she had the Palm Pre since that's what we have, and I just know how to set up that phone for her better)

    I just checked with Sprint to make sure I was understanding everything correctly, I thought as long as we brought our own phone, we could add a line for her without a contract....NOPE, even if we bring our own phone, she would have a 2 year contract!!!

    We are 1 year into our contracts, so our one option would be to have my husband use his Premiere status to get a new phone for himself, and have my daughter get a new phone for her 2 year contract, and my line would just have an old phone (I think if we went with this, I would take over the new phone from my daughter, and she could have my phone, even if it meant she took my phone number and I got a new number, I don't care, I'm not that attached to that phone number!)...that way my husband and I would have 2 years to go on our phones, and our daughter would only have 1 year left in her contract.

    Or we just wait until next year, and do it then, and all 3 of us get new phones.

    I wish the new Pre would come out soon, I really do like the Palm Pre, I don't know anything really about the other phones, so I hate to switch, seems silly to sign a new 2 year contract to get new Palm Pres which we already have!! I know I don't want a 4G phone simply because I don't want to pay the extra $10/month for it, especially since we don't have the service in our area yet (and I'm guessing we won't for a long time, since we're a small town)
    I am a bit confused as to what your main issue is. Are you worried more about getting the phone upgrades or just with your daughter having to have the two year contract? These are completely separate clocks.
    Treo 600 -> Treo 650 -> Treo 755p -> Pixi -> Pre -> Pixi -> Sprint Pixi Plus Hybrid -> Pre -> Epic 4G
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    she doesnt want the contract. smart to avoid that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cantaffordit View Post
    she doesnt want the contract. smart to avoid that.
    That's what I thought but reading that and one other post she seems to be worried about upgrades. Take another look.
    Treo 600 -> Treo 650 -> Treo 755p -> Pixi -> Pre -> Pixi -> Sprint Pixi Plus Hybrid -> Pre -> Epic 4G
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    This absolutely sucks.
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    I don't want us to be having our contracts ending at different times....if my husband used his upgrade now...his contract would end 2012...if my daughter gets a line the new line would end 2012...so then mine would be up for upgrade/renewal in 2011...and I either use a phone for 3 years and not upgrade....or renew and have my contract end 2013 (of course I could get an used phone off Craigslist to get me through to 2012 when the other 2 expire if I needed to)....basically if we add a line now....it throws off when the contracts all end....I'd like them to all end at the same time to leave our options open. (we were not planning on using my husband's upgrade right now...we would've waited until next year to keep both contract end dates the same...but IF we would do a new line for our daughter extending hers to 2012 then he might as well upgrade now)

    I'm thinking a prepaid phone like Tracfone might be the way to go for a year......it's too bad since whenever I price it out....seems it's a better deal for her to be added on for $20 a month for all the minutes and unlimited texting she'd have, etc....just have to figure out if it's worth extending 2 of our contracts to do so
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    Quote Originally Posted by Palm-a-PREciation View Post
    I don't want us to be having our contracts ending at different times....if my husband used his upgrade now...his contract would end 2012...if my daughter gets a line the new line would end 2012...so then mine would be up for upgrade/renewal in 2011...and I either use a phone for 3 years and not upgrade....or renew and have my contract end 2013 (of course I could get an used phone off Craigslist to get me through to 2012 when the other 2 expire if I needed to)....basically if we add a line now....it throws off when the contracts all end....I'd like them to all end at the same time to leave our options open.

    I'm thinking a prepaid phone like Tracfone might be the way to go for a year......it's too bad since whenever I price it out....seems it's a better deal for her to be added on for $20 a month for all the minutes and unlimited texting she'd have, etc....just have to figure out if it's worth extending 2 of our contracts to do so
    Ok I understand your concern now. Sprint used to have a month-to-month option that required a extra fee (I think it was $20 p/month but I'm not sure). They may still offer it but I doubt anyone who works in a store would know about it. Did you try to call customer service?
    Treo 600 -> Treo 650 -> Treo 755p -> Pixi -> Pre -> Pixi -> Sprint Pixi Plus Hybrid -> Pre -> Epic 4G
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    Quote Originally Posted by Palm-a-PREciation View Post
    I'm thinking a prepaid phone like Tracfone might be the way to go for a year......it's too bad since whenever I price it out....seems it's a better deal for her to be added on for $20 a month for all the minutes and unlimited texting she'd have, etc....just have to figure out if it's worth extending 2 of our contracts to do so
    If texting is your primary concern have you looked into Verizon's prepaid service? I believe they have an unlimited Texting option for their Day-to-Day service that gives unlimited texting as long as your phone is loaded for prepaid call service. It's $20 extra a month but you might be able to keep the cash you have preloaded for calls running month to month. There's also a $10 a month 250 msgs to any mobile and unlimited msgs in-network package, don't know if that's useful to you, would depend on who the people she is texting most have for service.
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    forgive my ignorance here..
    If you husband is a "premier" status Sprint customer, then it's obvious he has been with them for quite some time and has no urge to go elsewhere. So what's the issue?

    If the issue is your under 18 year old daughter being stuck in a 2 year contract (which you can pay a fee and get out of), don't worry. In the USA no minor can enter into a contract.
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    I also think you're probably worrying too much about having one line's contract end a year later than the other two. FYI, you can find the exact amount it would cost you to terminate a two-year contract at any time here: Early Termination Fee

    Terminating after 12 months would cost you a $120 ETF. So, any alternative you decide on in order to avoid a two-year contract, needs to cost you less than $120 total extra (for the phone itself and 12 months of service) to make it even worth your trouble.

    --John
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