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    Spoke to a wireless support tech from T-Mobile, who said the official start date for T-Mobile GPRS in the United States with the Treo 270 is November 1. I wonder if Handspring will have the software update available to download and install that same day? I am waitng for the official release. The device is too expensive to rik voiding the warranty.
    Last edited by djp24; 10/23/2002 at 05:59 AM.
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    hey cool, thanks for the info...i'll keep my eyes open...
    TM
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    I'm not sure whether or not it's related to this impending GPRS rumor or the Sprint PCS Vision rate reduction but T-Mobile just lowered it's T-Mobile rate plans and added a 50mb and 200mb plans.

    I was on the $59.99 20MB plan and just called and switched to the 50MB plan for the same price. I have a 2 hour bus commute each way every day and I use a LOT of data browsing and emailing.

    YMMV - but at least it's getting cheaper.

    -bostonGuy
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    This might make sense - as companies typically want to have their best foot forward at Comdex (mid-November) - arguably the largest technology show in the country.

    So, I can imagine that Handspring wants to have ALL of their devices enabled with high-speed always-connected access before the show, and will push T-Mo to agree to the GPRS release.

    If this goes beyond the end of the year, I might have to seriously consider a SideKick .....
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    I noticed they got rid of their 5 Megabyte plan at $19.95/mo. Good thing I signed up 2 weeks ago, using the non-official GPRS upgrade. Looks like they are trying to cash in on official Treo GPRS release. Assuming most people would be signing up for 5 Meg plan, that is.

    $40 per month on top of a typical $40 cell phone plan is pretty steep.
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    Originally posted by spittle
    [B]I noticed they got rid of their 5 Megabyte plan at $19.95/mo. Good thing I signed up 2 weeks ago, using the non-official GPRS upgrade.
    Why is it a good thing? Now you can get 10MB for $19.99.

    Still too steep for me, though.
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    What should really chap hides is the fact that I'm enjoying 'T-Zones Pro' >>>GPRS<<< Internet connectivity at $9.99 a month.... I just happened to be one of the lucky ones that got connected and working before they changed it to WAP only....

    Geo
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    Originally posted by UniPalmer


    Why is it a good thing? Now you can get 10MB for $19.99.

    Still too steep for me, though.
    i spoke to t-mobile - they have no idea what plan this is that you're referring to.

    the guy i spoke to though recommended we all email customer support and ***** about a lack of unlimited pricing like the sidekick has.
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    Originally posted by bigmdime


    i spoke to t-mobile - they have no idea what plan this is that you're referring to.

    the guy i spoke to though recommended we all email customer support and ***** about a lack of unlimited pricing like the sidekick has.
    Did you read the current lead article here at TreoCentral? According to the hyperlink in the article, 10MB for $19.99 (as an add-on).
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    It's hard to know what's going on, given that the t-mobile web site seems to change every week.

    I mis-spoke. T-mobile has divided their GPRS plans into voice-plan-add-on, and GPRS-only plans (ie. laptop with PCMCIA GPRS card). So, I subscribed to their 5 Meg plan (which doesn't exist anymore) for $19.95/mo. I have a voice plan with them, so presumably I can call customer service and get this auto-upgraded to the current 10 Meg plan for the same price. Yaaay!

    5 Megs is cutting it close. 10 is plenty for me.

    The price increase with more Megs is also more reasonable now.
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    Sprint has got t-mobile beat. $249, color treo 300, unlimited data for 10 bucks plus the connection is twice as fast. I switch carriers.

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    Yup. Makes me SOOOO glad that I signed for a year at TM about 3/4 months ago...

    *shrug*

    Who woulda known...?

    Geo
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    Has anyone heard what version of the GPRS updater Handspring will be releasing? Is it still 1.1?

    I am away from my computer for a few days around the 1st, and internet+syncing will be difficult. I would love to be able to update before I leave, and just make a quick call to T-Mobile on the 1st to activate.

    -DM
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    If you install 1.1 you will be able to use GPRS with T-Mobile.
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    Originally posted by KRamsauer
    If you install 1.1 you will be able to use GPRS with T-Mobile.
    I just want to be extra cautious. I don't want a fried Treo with 1.1 only to find that there is a newer version and Handspring won't help me.
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    I think they will offer a new download because to fool the former updaters into installing you had to replace a file. I got the feeling that the updater didn't check the file against an online database (which would imply 1.1 will be the release version for T-Mobile). However, it might have been done so quickly I didn't notice the online query.
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    At this point, wait until Nov 1 and see if this materializes. I still think T-Mobile needs to get yet more agressive with the GPRS rates for this device.
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    I agree, they went in the right direction, but Sprint is still WAY more compelling, especially with a $250 purchase price for the 300. If I didn't already have a 270 I'd DEFINITELY go Sprint from here...
    TM
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    Looking at the Sprint forum, it appears Sprint is just a horrible company service-wise. TMO ain't an angel but I've always been quite happy with them.
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    Everyone send an email to T-Mo customer support and complain. Their GPRS plans are way overpriced. Sprint offers unlimited GPRS for $10!

    The best way to get things done is to gripe and moan.
    Last edited by iamosclever; 10/25/2002 at 12:48 AM.
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