01/27/2012, 11:46 AM
Blargh. Had a very unpleasant call with Sprint last night. When I grabbed the Palm Pre- and took it to a sprint store to transfer numbers from the feature phone they said I'd have to call to get it activated, but that, since it's a pretty old phone, I should be able to get away with activating it on nothing more than a $15 data add-on plan. Go home, call Sprint, and...nope! That clerk was full of **** ("We are very sorry you received incorrect information from one of our representatives."--not that we are going to do anything about it). Activating an antiquated 2009 smartphone will require nothing less than a full unlimited data plan, with the $10 premium data fee, to boot (when I asked how a 2009 smartphone manages to incur a "premium data" fee that was not introduced until the 4G Epic and Evo phones came around, or who exactly uses an Unlimited Data plan that does not get that fee if all smartphones require that fee--she couldn't give me an answer).
The short of it is that my monthly bill would immediately jump by $70. Not $15, as I had hoped, or even $40, as I thought, because due to the old family plan that is no longer offered and that we're grandfathered into, I'm only paying $10 a month on this feature phone line. But a full-blown $70. And that's simply unacceptable. Certainly not for a Pre-. I am going to wait for the Pre 2 to come in the mail and play around with it in wifi mode. But I doubt I would find it worth it for a Pre 2 either, given the current state of Android phones I could be getting if I'm going to start paying out the *** for an unlimited plan.
I'm also tempted to terminate my contract with Sprint right now and leave in protest, but then comes that lovely ETF.