it really was two things: 1) a matter of service coverage and expense because stepping up to the Pre3 meant severing my 13y.o Sprint plan (still w/o the add'l $10 smartphone fee) and switching to a GSM provider; as well as 2) accepting the very solitary feeling of the unsupported Pre3, which has a lot of threads here reporting phones with hardware issues. I've had a lot of Pre1s, and became paranoid about lack of replacements and support.
Originally Posted by kevets
I couldn't find satisfactory H+ service where I lived without it causing serious power drain issues (battery was emptying from so much H+ to Edge flip-flopping); experienced annoying glitchiness when trying to stream Pandora to my BT headset; and became very paranoid about damaging the phone, since I'd previously dropped/cracked the glass on my FrankenPre2. So frantically I bought a bunch of batteries, then a 2nd Pre3 to be a spare -- then realized I was way over-committed cash-wise to a phone. I suddenly felt like I just mortgaged the house to buy an Edsel. (hopefully you are old enough to get that metaphor) It was then that I comparison-shopped service plans and realized I was getting the best value on my Sprint family plan anyway, and couldn't justify switching away from it. This mainly because i'm using about 3Gb of data per mo.
That meant staying with CDMA vs. GSM, so I took advantage of the Christmas buying frenzy and sold all the Pre3 hardware I'd collected up; recovered most of my investment and got a donor Pre2 and repaired my Franken, which is in the middle of OTA updating to 2.2.4 right now.
in the end it became an expensive experiment in GSM pre-paid. If i could justify switching to ATT, i would have kept the Pre3. But that would have been about a $35mo. increase. Or if STalk offered 3Gig data on their plan, and their svc. agreement wasn't worded so iron-fisted, like they will pull the plug on you for any reason at any time. I felt like a dog on a short leash and choke collar, vs. running free-off-the-chain with Sprint Unlimited.
If I could have gotten the Pre3 onto Sprint somehow, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN IDEAL but it could never be, so the FrankenPre2 is as close as i'll get to that dream.