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Switching to Sprint? Opinions?

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by Michael L., Jun 7, 2004.

  1. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >> rollover, so for those months where I use less than the anytime (most
    >> months), they'll bank and be used for the months where I spike.
    >>

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Ok, I hadn't noticed that I had unlimited N&W on the plan I have now.
    However, 8K, 80K or Unlimited makes no real difference to me, since I
    rarely go over 1500 minutes in any month on N&W. The main point is, I
    get a better price for the features I AM using.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    For a 2 year commitment, which I am NOT about to go into with Sprint.
    Keep in mind, that having any amount of minutes is not going to help
    if I can't get a signal or am on roaming a significant percentage of
    the places I travel to.

    For $39.00 per month, I get 450 anytime minutes and more N&W than I'll
    ever use in a month. If I don't use the 450 minutes, the difference
    rolls over. On the Fair and Flexible plan, I get 300 minutes for
    $35.00 a month, a difference of $4.00. Then, for those months where I
    wind up using more than 300 minutes (about 3 - 4 months a year), I am
    paying more than the monthly plan with Cingular. With Cingular, those
    unused minutes bank, which in the long term will be cheaper.

    >For those four months, assuming max usage at 600 minutes, you'd pay an
    >additional $30 each month it happens. And that's not a "use it or lose it"
    >feature. Not nearly the catastrophic cost involved in, for example, running
    >out of rollover minutes and going into $0.40/min usage rates.


    You are leaving out those months where I go between the 300 and 600
    minutes, where the costs are incremental based on minutes used.

    Ok, having figured out my average anytime usage, the Fair and Flexible
    plan will cost me this:

    For the months where I use less than 300, $35.00 per month (I'm
    figuring 5 months making that $175.00)

    For the months I use between 301 and 450, the cost will range between
    $37.50 to $50.00 per month, depending on how many minutes. I'll split
    the difference and we'll call it $45.00 at the 376-400 rate that I'll
    probably hit for 3 of those 5 months making that $225.00 for the 5
    month average.

    The other 2 months of the year will probably be above the 450 per
    month, but less than 600 minutes. Now, I'll pay about $65.00 per
    month for those 2 months, maybe a little less, maybe a bit more.

    An annual total of $530.00 per month for the base service. At the end
    of the year, I have nothing banked.

    Add to that any costs for roaming, if the option I have available now
    at $5.00 per month to get "free roaming", that adds another $60.00
    annually.

    With the Cingular plan, 5 months out of the year, I'll bank a minimum
    of 150 minutes, probably more than that. That is a 750 minute surplus
    once they're banked.

    For another 5 months, I'll bank somewhere between 0 and 150 minutes,
    which adds to the bank, let's call it, conservatively, a total of 50
    minutes for the entire 5 months, giving me 800 banked minutes.

    For the 2 months I spike, I have, 800 minutes in my bank that will be
    used. I could call 800 anytime minutes each month, and still have
    minutes in the bank.

    All this for an annual cost of $468.00 for the base service plan, with
    no additional roaming charges of any kind.

    A minimum savings of over $100.00.

    >So, you've got some coverage issues, and that's certainly a valid reason to
    >be on your way. No question about that. But, when it comes to plan options
    >and monthly costs, it sounds like you've compared Sprint apples to Cingular
    >oranges.


    No, I did the math based on my usage.




    Deb
     



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  2. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >> rollover, so for those months where I use less than the anytime (most
    >> months), they'll bank and be used for the months where I spike.
    >>

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Ok, I hadn't noticed that I had unlimited N&W on the plan I have now.
    However, 8K, 80K or Unlimited makes no real difference to me, since I
    rarely go over 1500 minutes in any month on N&W. The main point is, I
    get a better price for the features I AM using.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    For a 2 year commitment, which I am NOT about to go into with Sprint.
    Keep in mind, that having any amount of minutes is not going to help
    if I can't get a signal or am on roaming a significant percentage of
    the places I travel to.

    For $39.00 per month, I get 450 anytime minutes and more N&W than I'll
    ever use in a month. If I don't use the 450 minutes, the difference
    rolls over. On the Fair and Flexible plan, I get 300 minutes for
    $35.00 a month, a difference of $4.00. Then, for those months where I
    wind up using more than 300 minutes (about 3 - 4 months a year), I am
    paying more than the monthly plan with Cingular. With Cingular, those
    unused minutes bank, which in the long term will be cheaper.

    >For those four months, assuming max usage at 600 minutes, you'd pay an
    >additional $30 each month it happens. And that's not a "use it or lose it"
    >feature. Not nearly the catastrophic cost involved in, for example, running
    >out of rollover minutes and going into $0.40/min usage rates.


    You are leaving out those months where I go between the 300 and 600
    minutes, where the costs are incremental based on minutes used.

    Ok, having figured out my average anytime usage, the Fair and Flexible
    plan will cost me this:

    For the months where I use less than 300, $35.00 per month (I'm
    figuring 5 months making that $175.00)

    For the months I use between 301 and 450, the cost will range between
    $37.50 to $50.00 per month, depending on how many minutes. I'll split
    the difference and we'll call it $45.00 at the 376-400 rate that I'll
    probably hit for 3 of those 5 months making that $225.00 for the 5
    month average.

    The other 2 months of the year will probably be above the 450 per
    month, but less than 600 minutes. Now, I'll pay about $65.00 per
    month for those 2 months, maybe a little less, maybe a bit more.

    An annual total of $530.00 per month for the base service. At the end
    of the year, I have nothing banked.

    Add to that any costs for roaming, if the option I have available now
    at $5.00 per month to get "free roaming", that adds another $60.00
    annually.

    With the Cingular plan, 5 months out of the year, I'll bank a minimum
    of 150 minutes, probably more than that. That is a 750 minute surplus
    once they're banked.

    For another 5 months, I'll bank somewhere between 0 and 150 minutes,
    which adds to the bank, let's call it, conservatively, a total of 50
    minutes for the entire 5 months, giving me 800 banked minutes.

    For the 2 months I spike, I have, 800 minutes in my bank that will be
    used. I could call 800 anytime minutes each month, and still have
    minutes in the bank.

    All this for an annual cost of $468.00 for the base service plan, with
    no additional roaming charges of any kind.

    A minimum savings of over $100.00.

    >So, you've got some coverage issues, and that's certainly a valid reason to
    >be on your way. No question about that. But, when it comes to plan options
    >and monthly costs, it sounds like you've compared Sprint apples to Cingular
    >oranges.


    No, I did the math based on my usage.




    Deb
     
  3. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >> rollover, so for those months where I use less than the anytime (most
    >> months), they'll bank and be used for the months where I spike.
    >>

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Ok, I hadn't noticed that I had unlimited N&W on the plan I have now.
    However, 8K, 80K or Unlimited makes no real difference to me, since I
    rarely go over 1500 minutes in any month on N&W. The main point is, I
    get a better price for the features I AM using.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    For a 2 year commitment, which I am NOT about to go into with Sprint.
    Keep in mind, that having any amount of minutes is not going to help
    if I can't get a signal or am on roaming a significant percentage of
    the places I travel to.

    For $39.00 per month, I get 450 anytime minutes and more N&W than I'll
    ever use in a month. If I don't use the 450 minutes, the difference
    rolls over. On the Fair and Flexible plan, I get 300 minutes for
    $35.00 a month, a difference of $4.00. Then, for those months where I
    wind up using more than 300 minutes (about 3 - 4 months a year), I am
    paying more than the monthly plan with Cingular. With Cingular, those
    unused minutes bank, which in the long term will be cheaper.

    >For those four months, assuming max usage at 600 minutes, you'd pay an
    >additional $30 each month it happens. And that's not a "use it or lose it"
    >feature. Not nearly the catastrophic cost involved in, for example, running
    >out of rollover minutes and going into $0.40/min usage rates.


    You are leaving out those months where I go between the 300 and 600
    minutes, where the costs are incremental based on minutes used.

    Ok, having figured out my average anytime usage, the Fair and Flexible
    plan will cost me this:

    For the months where I use less than 300, $35.00 per month (I'm
    figuring 5 months making that $175.00)

    For the months I use between 301 and 450, the cost will range between
    $37.50 to $50.00 per month, depending on how many minutes. I'll split
    the difference and we'll call it $45.00 at the 376-400 rate that I'll
    probably hit for 3 of those 5 months making that $225.00 for the 5
    month average.

    The other 2 months of the year will probably be above the 450 per
    month, but less than 600 minutes. Now, I'll pay about $65.00 per
    month for those 2 months, maybe a little less, maybe a bit more.

    An annual total of $530.00 per month for the base service. At the end
    of the year, I have nothing banked.

    Add to that any costs for roaming, if the option I have available now
    at $5.00 per month to get "free roaming", that adds another $60.00
    annually.

    With the Cingular plan, 5 months out of the year, I'll bank a minimum
    of 150 minutes, probably more than that. That is a 750 minute surplus
    once they're banked.

    For another 5 months, I'll bank somewhere between 0 and 150 minutes,
    which adds to the bank, let's call it, conservatively, a total of 50
    minutes for the entire 5 months, giving me 800 banked minutes.

    For the 2 months I spike, I have, 800 minutes in my bank that will be
    used. I could call 800 anytime minutes each month, and still have
    minutes in the bank.

    All this for an annual cost of $468.00 for the base service plan, with
    no additional roaming charges of any kind.

    A minimum savings of over $100.00.

    >So, you've got some coverage issues, and that's certainly a valid reason to
    >be on your way. No question about that. But, when it comes to plan options
    >and monthly costs, it sounds like you've compared Sprint apples to Cingular
    >oranges.


    No, I did the math based on my usage.




    Deb
     
  4. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >> rollover, so for those months where I use less than the anytime (most
    >> months), they'll bank and be used for the months where I spike.
    >>

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Ok, I hadn't noticed that I had unlimited N&W on the plan I have now.
    However, 8K, 80K or Unlimited makes no real difference to me, since I
    rarely go over 1500 minutes in any month on N&W. The main point is, I
    get a better price for the features I AM using.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    For a 2 year commitment, which I am NOT about to go into with Sprint.
    Keep in mind, that having any amount of minutes is not going to help
    if I can't get a signal or am on roaming a significant percentage of
    the places I travel to.

    For $39.00 per month, I get 450 anytime minutes and more N&W than I'll
    ever use in a month. If I don't use the 450 minutes, the difference
    rolls over. On the Fair and Flexible plan, I get 300 minutes for
    $35.00 a month, a difference of $4.00. Then, for those months where I
    wind up using more than 300 minutes (about 3 - 4 months a year), I am
    paying more than the monthly plan with Cingular. With Cingular, those
    unused minutes bank, which in the long term will be cheaper.

    >For those four months, assuming max usage at 600 minutes, you'd pay an
    >additional $30 each month it happens. And that's not a "use it or lose it"
    >feature. Not nearly the catastrophic cost involved in, for example, running
    >out of rollover minutes and going into $0.40/min usage rates.


    You are leaving out those months where I go between the 300 and 600
    minutes, where the costs are incremental based on minutes used.

    Ok, having figured out my average anytime usage, the Fair and Flexible
    plan will cost me this:

    For the months where I use less than 300, $35.00 per month (I'm
    figuring 5 months making that $175.00)

    For the months I use between 301 and 450, the cost will range between
    $37.50 to $50.00 per month, depending on how many minutes. I'll split
    the difference and we'll call it $45.00 at the 376-400 rate that I'll
    probably hit for 3 of those 5 months making that $225.00 for the 5
    month average.

    The other 2 months of the year will probably be above the 450 per
    month, but less than 600 minutes. Now, I'll pay about $65.00 per
    month for those 2 months, maybe a little less, maybe a bit more.

    An annual total of $530.00 per month for the base service. At the end
    of the year, I have nothing banked.

    Add to that any costs for roaming, if the option I have available now
    at $5.00 per month to get "free roaming", that adds another $60.00
    annually.

    With the Cingular plan, 5 months out of the year, I'll bank a minimum
    of 150 minutes, probably more than that. That is a 750 minute surplus
    once they're banked.

    For another 5 months, I'll bank somewhere between 0 and 150 minutes,
    which adds to the bank, let's call it, conservatively, a total of 50
    minutes for the entire 5 months, giving me 800 banked minutes.

    For the 2 months I spike, I have, 800 minutes in my bank that will be
    used. I could call 800 anytime minutes each month, and still have
    minutes in the bank.

    All this for an annual cost of $468.00 for the base service plan, with
    no additional roaming charges of any kind.

    A minimum savings of over $100.00.

    >So, you've got some coverage issues, and that's certainly a valid reason to
    >be on your way. No question about that. But, when it comes to plan options
    >and monthly costs, it sounds like you've compared Sprint apples to Cingular
    >oranges.


    No, I did the math based on my usage.




    Deb
     
  5. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >> rollover, so for those months where I use less than the anytime (most
    >> months), they'll bank and be used for the months where I spike.
    >>

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Ok, I hadn't noticed that I had unlimited N&W on the plan I have now.
    However, 8K, 80K or Unlimited makes no real difference to me, since I
    rarely go over 1500 minutes in any month on N&W. The main point is, I
    get a better price for the features I AM using.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    For a 2 year commitment, which I am NOT about to go into with Sprint.
    Keep in mind, that having any amount of minutes is not going to help
    if I can't get a signal or am on roaming a significant percentage of
    the places I travel to.

    For $39.00 per month, I get 450 anytime minutes and more N&W than I'll
    ever use in a month. If I don't use the 450 minutes, the difference
    rolls over. On the Fair and Flexible plan, I get 300 minutes for
    $35.00 a month, a difference of $4.00. Then, for those months where I
    wind up using more than 300 minutes (about 3 - 4 months a year), I am
    paying more than the monthly plan with Cingular. With Cingular, those
    unused minutes bank, which in the long term will be cheaper.

    >For those four months, assuming max usage at 600 minutes, you'd pay an
    >additional $30 each month it happens. And that's not a "use it or lose it"
    >feature. Not nearly the catastrophic cost involved in, for example, running
    >out of rollover minutes and going into $0.40/min usage rates.


    You are leaving out those months where I go between the 300 and 600
    minutes, where the costs are incremental based on minutes used.

    Ok, having figured out my average anytime usage, the Fair and Flexible
    plan will cost me this:

    For the months where I use less than 300, $35.00 per month (I'm
    figuring 5 months making that $175.00)

    For the months I use between 301 and 450, the cost will range between
    $37.50 to $50.00 per month, depending on how many minutes. I'll split
    the difference and we'll call it $45.00 at the 376-400 rate that I'll
    probably hit for 3 of those 5 months making that $225.00 for the 5
    month average.

    The other 2 months of the year will probably be above the 450 per
    month, but less than 600 minutes. Now, I'll pay about $65.00 per
    month for those 2 months, maybe a little less, maybe a bit more.

    An annual total of $530.00 per month for the base service. At the end
    of the year, I have nothing banked.

    Add to that any costs for roaming, if the option I have available now
    at $5.00 per month to get "free roaming", that adds another $60.00
    annually.

    With the Cingular plan, 5 months out of the year, I'll bank a minimum
    of 150 minutes, probably more than that. That is a 750 minute surplus
    once they're banked.

    For another 5 months, I'll bank somewhere between 0 and 150 minutes,
    which adds to the bank, let's call it, conservatively, a total of 50
    minutes for the entire 5 months, giving me 800 banked minutes.

    For the 2 months I spike, I have, 800 minutes in my bank that will be
    used. I could call 800 anytime minutes each month, and still have
    minutes in the bank.

    All this for an annual cost of $468.00 for the base service plan, with
    no additional roaming charges of any kind.

    A minimum savings of over $100.00.

    >So, you've got some coverage issues, and that's certainly a valid reason to
    >be on your way. No question about that. But, when it comes to plan options
    >and monthly costs, it sounds like you've compared Sprint apples to Cingular
    >oranges.


    No, I did the math based on my usage.




    Deb
     
  6. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >> rollover, so for those months where I use less than the anytime (most
    >> months), they'll bank and be used for the months where I spike.
    >>

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Ok, I hadn't noticed that I had unlimited N&W on the plan I have now.
    However, 8K, 80K or Unlimited makes no real difference to me, since I
    rarely go over 1500 minutes in any month on N&W. The main point is, I
    get a better price for the features I AM using.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    For a 2 year commitment, which I am NOT about to go into with Sprint.
    Keep in mind, that having any amount of minutes is not going to help
    if I can't get a signal or am on roaming a significant percentage of
    the places I travel to.

    For $39.00 per month, I get 450 anytime minutes and more N&W than I'll
    ever use in a month. If I don't use the 450 minutes, the difference
    rolls over. On the Fair and Flexible plan, I get 300 minutes for
    $35.00 a month, a difference of $4.00. Then, for those months where I
    wind up using more than 300 minutes (about 3 - 4 months a year), I am
    paying more than the monthly plan with Cingular. With Cingular, those
    unused minutes bank, which in the long term will be cheaper.

    >For those four months, assuming max usage at 600 minutes, you'd pay an
    >additional $30 each month it happens. And that's not a "use it or lose it"
    >feature. Not nearly the catastrophic cost involved in, for example, running
    >out of rollover minutes and going into $0.40/min usage rates.


    You are leaving out those months where I go between the 300 and 600
    minutes, where the costs are incremental based on minutes used.

    Ok, having figured out my average anytime usage, the Fair and Flexible
    plan will cost me this:

    For the months where I use less than 300, $35.00 per month (I'm
    figuring 5 months making that $175.00)

    For the months I use between 301 and 450, the cost will range between
    $37.50 to $50.00 per month, depending on how many minutes. I'll split
    the difference and we'll call it $45.00 at the 376-400 rate that I'll
    probably hit for 3 of those 5 months making that $225.00 for the 5
    month average.

    The other 2 months of the year will probably be above the 450 per
    month, but less than 600 minutes. Now, I'll pay about $65.00 per
    month for those 2 months, maybe a little less, maybe a bit more.

    An annual total of $530.00 per month for the base service. At the end
    of the year, I have nothing banked.

    Add to that any costs for roaming, if the option I have available now
    at $5.00 per month to get "free roaming", that adds another $60.00
    annually.

    With the Cingular plan, 5 months out of the year, I'll bank a minimum
    of 150 minutes, probably more than that. That is a 750 minute surplus
    once they're banked.

    For another 5 months, I'll bank somewhere between 0 and 150 minutes,
    which adds to the bank, let's call it, conservatively, a total of 50
    minutes for the entire 5 months, giving me 800 banked minutes.

    For the 2 months I spike, I have, 800 minutes in my bank that will be
    used. I could call 800 anytime minutes each month, and still have
    minutes in the bank.

    All this for an annual cost of $468.00 for the base service plan, with
    no additional roaming charges of any kind.

    A minimum savings of over $100.00.

    >So, you've got some coverage issues, and that's certainly a valid reason to
    >be on your way. No question about that. But, when it comes to plan options
    >and monthly costs, it sounds like you've compared Sprint apples to Cingular
    >oranges.


    No, I did the math based on my usage.




    Deb
     
  7. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >> rollover, so for those months where I use less than the anytime (most
    >> months), they'll bank and be used for the months where I spike.
    >>

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Ok, I hadn't noticed that I had unlimited N&W on the plan I have now.
    However, 8K, 80K or Unlimited makes no real difference to me, since I
    rarely go over 1500 minutes in any month on N&W. The main point is, I
    get a better price for the features I AM using.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    For a 2 year commitment, which I am NOT about to go into with Sprint.
    Keep in mind, that having any amount of minutes is not going to help
    if I can't get a signal or am on roaming a significant percentage of
    the places I travel to.

    For $39.00 per month, I get 450 anytime minutes and more N&W than I'll
    ever use in a month. If I don't use the 450 minutes, the difference
    rolls over. On the Fair and Flexible plan, I get 300 minutes for
    $35.00 a month, a difference of $4.00. Then, for those months where I
    wind up using more than 300 minutes (about 3 - 4 months a year), I am
    paying more than the monthly plan with Cingular. With Cingular, those
    unused minutes bank, which in the long term will be cheaper.

    >For those four months, assuming max usage at 600 minutes, you'd pay an
    >additional $30 each month it happens. And that's not a "use it or lose it"
    >feature. Not nearly the catastrophic cost involved in, for example, running
    >out of rollover minutes and going into $0.40/min usage rates.


    You are leaving out those months where I go between the 300 and 600
    minutes, where the costs are incremental based on minutes used.

    Ok, having figured out my average anytime usage, the Fair and Flexible
    plan will cost me this:

    For the months where I use less than 300, $35.00 per month (I'm
    figuring 5 months making that $175.00)

    For the months I use between 301 and 450, the cost will range between
    $37.50 to $50.00 per month, depending on how many minutes. I'll split
    the difference and we'll call it $45.00 at the 376-400 rate that I'll
    probably hit for 3 of those 5 months making that $225.00 for the 5
    month average.

    The other 2 months of the year will probably be above the 450 per
    month, but less than 600 minutes. Now, I'll pay about $65.00 per
    month for those 2 months, maybe a little less, maybe a bit more.

    An annual total of $530.00 per month for the base service. At the end
    of the year, I have nothing banked.

    Add to that any costs for roaming, if the option I have available now
    at $5.00 per month to get "free roaming", that adds another $60.00
    annually.

    With the Cingular plan, 5 months out of the year, I'll bank a minimum
    of 150 minutes, probably more than that. That is a 750 minute surplus
    once they're banked.

    For another 5 months, I'll bank somewhere between 0 and 150 minutes,
    which adds to the bank, let's call it, conservatively, a total of 50
    minutes for the entire 5 months, giving me 800 banked minutes.

    For the 2 months I spike, I have, 800 minutes in my bank that will be
    used. I could call 800 anytime minutes each month, and still have
    minutes in the bank.

    All this for an annual cost of $468.00 for the base service plan, with
    no additional roaming charges of any kind.

    A minimum savings of over $100.00.

    >So, you've got some coverage issues, and that's certainly a valid reason to
    >be on your way. No question about that. But, when it comes to plan options
    >and monthly costs, it sounds like you've compared Sprint apples to Cingular
    >oranges.


    No, I did the math based on my usage.




    Deb
     
  8. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >> rollover, so for those months where I use less than the anytime (most
    >> months), they'll bank and be used for the months where I spike.
    >>

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Ok, I hadn't noticed that I had unlimited N&W on the plan I have now.
    However, 8K, 80K or Unlimited makes no real difference to me, since I
    rarely go over 1500 minutes in any month on N&W. The main point is, I
    get a better price for the features I AM using.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    For a 2 year commitment, which I am NOT about to go into with Sprint.
    Keep in mind, that having any amount of minutes is not going to help
    if I can't get a signal or am on roaming a significant percentage of
    the places I travel to.

    For $39.00 per month, I get 450 anytime minutes and more N&W than I'll
    ever use in a month. If I don't use the 450 minutes, the difference
    rolls over. On the Fair and Flexible plan, I get 300 minutes for
    $35.00 a month, a difference of $4.00. Then, for those months where I
    wind up using more than 300 minutes (about 3 - 4 months a year), I am
    paying more than the monthly plan with Cingular. With Cingular, those
    unused minutes bank, which in the long term will be cheaper.

    >For those four months, assuming max usage at 600 minutes, you'd pay an
    >additional $30 each month it happens. And that's not a "use it or lose it"
    >feature. Not nearly the catastrophic cost involved in, for example, running
    >out of rollover minutes and going into $0.40/min usage rates.


    You are leaving out those months where I go between the 300 and 600
    minutes, where the costs are incremental based on minutes used.

    Ok, having figured out my average anytime usage, the Fair and Flexible
    plan will cost me this:

    For the months where I use less than 300, $35.00 per month (I'm
    figuring 5 months making that $175.00)

    For the months I use between 301 and 450, the cost will range between
    $37.50 to $50.00 per month, depending on how many minutes. I'll split
    the difference and we'll call it $45.00 at the 376-400 rate that I'll
    probably hit for 3 of those 5 months making that $225.00 for the 5
    month average.

    The other 2 months of the year will probably be above the 450 per
    month, but less than 600 minutes. Now, I'll pay about $65.00 per
    month for those 2 months, maybe a little less, maybe a bit more.

    An annual total of $530.00 per month for the base service. At the end
    of the year, I have nothing banked.

    Add to that any costs for roaming, if the option I have available now
    at $5.00 per month to get "free roaming", that adds another $60.00
    annually.

    With the Cingular plan, 5 months out of the year, I'll bank a minimum
    of 150 minutes, probably more than that. That is a 750 minute surplus
    once they're banked.

    For another 5 months, I'll bank somewhere between 0 and 150 minutes,
    which adds to the bank, let's call it, conservatively, a total of 50
    minutes for the entire 5 months, giving me 800 banked minutes.

    For the 2 months I spike, I have, 800 minutes in my bank that will be
    used. I could call 800 anytime minutes each month, and still have
    minutes in the bank.

    All this for an annual cost of $468.00 for the base service plan, with
    no additional roaming charges of any kind.

    A minimum savings of over $100.00.

    >So, you've got some coverage issues, and that's certainly a valid reason to
    >be on your way. No question about that. But, when it comes to plan options
    >and monthly costs, it sounds like you've compared Sprint apples to Cingular
    >oranges.


    No, I did the math based on my usage.




    Deb
     
  9. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >> rollover, so for those months where I use less than the anytime (most
    >> months), they'll bank and be used for the months where I spike.
    >>

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Ok, I hadn't noticed that I had unlimited N&W on the plan I have now.
    However, 8K, 80K or Unlimited makes no real difference to me, since I
    rarely go over 1500 minutes in any month on N&W. The main point is, I
    get a better price for the features I AM using.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    For a 2 year commitment, which I am NOT about to go into with Sprint.
    Keep in mind, that having any amount of minutes is not going to help
    if I can't get a signal or am on roaming a significant percentage of
    the places I travel to.

    For $39.00 per month, I get 450 anytime minutes and more N&W than I'll
    ever use in a month. If I don't use the 450 minutes, the difference
    rolls over. On the Fair and Flexible plan, I get 300 minutes for
    $35.00 a month, a difference of $4.00. Then, for those months where I
    wind up using more than 300 minutes (about 3 - 4 months a year), I am
    paying more than the monthly plan with Cingular. With Cingular, those
    unused minutes bank, which in the long term will be cheaper.

    >For those four months, assuming max usage at 600 minutes, you'd pay an
    >additional $30 each month it happens. And that's not a "use it or lose it"
    >feature. Not nearly the catastrophic cost involved in, for example, running
    >out of rollover minutes and going into $0.40/min usage rates.


    You are leaving out those months where I go between the 300 and 600
    minutes, where the costs are incremental based on minutes used.

    Ok, having figured out my average anytime usage, the Fair and Flexible
    plan will cost me this:

    For the months where I use less than 300, $35.00 per month (I'm
    figuring 5 months making that $175.00)

    For the months I use between 301 and 450, the cost will range between
    $37.50 to $50.00 per month, depending on how many minutes. I'll split
    the difference and we'll call it $45.00 at the 376-400 rate that I'll
    probably hit for 3 of those 5 months making that $225.00 for the 5
    month average.

    The other 2 months of the year will probably be above the 450 per
    month, but less than 600 minutes. Now, I'll pay about $65.00 per
    month for those 2 months, maybe a little less, maybe a bit more.

    An annual total of $530.00 per month for the base service. At the end
    of the year, I have nothing banked.

    Add to that any costs for roaming, if the option I have available now
    at $5.00 per month to get "free roaming", that adds another $60.00
    annually.

    With the Cingular plan, 5 months out of the year, I'll bank a minimum
    of 150 minutes, probably more than that. That is a 750 minute surplus
    once they're banked.

    For another 5 months, I'll bank somewhere between 0 and 150 minutes,
    which adds to the bank, let's call it, conservatively, a total of 50
    minutes for the entire 5 months, giving me 800 banked minutes.

    For the 2 months I spike, I have, 800 minutes in my bank that will be
    used. I could call 800 anytime minutes each month, and still have
    minutes in the bank.

    All this for an annual cost of $468.00 for the base service plan, with
    no additional roaming charges of any kind.

    A minimum savings of over $100.00.

    >So, you've got some coverage issues, and that's certainly a valid reason to
    >be on your way. No question about that. But, when it comes to plan options
    >and monthly costs, it sounds like you've compared Sprint apples to Cingular
    >oranges.


    No, I did the math based on my usage.




    Deb
     
  10. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Addendum:

    The plan I am looking at includes either 6K or 8K N&W minutes. More
    than enough, I should think. Heck, if I spent 24 solid hours on the
    phone each weekend, I'm still only using 5760 minutes....Not bloody
    likely in my life.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    What about roaming? How much do I pay for that?


    Deb
     
  11. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Addendum:

    The plan I am looking at includes either 6K or 8K N&W minutes. More
    than enough, I should think. Heck, if I spent 24 solid hours on the
    phone each weekend, I'm still only using 5760 minutes....Not bloody
    likely in my life.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    What about roaming? How much do I pay for that?


    Deb
     
  12. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Addendum:

    The plan I am looking at includes either 6K or 8K N&W minutes. More
    than enough, I should think. Heck, if I spent 24 solid hours on the
    phone each weekend, I'm still only using 5760 minutes....Not bloody
    likely in my life.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    What about roaming? How much do I pay for that?


    Deb
     
  13. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Addendum:

    The plan I am looking at includes either 6K or 8K N&W minutes. More
    than enough, I should think. Heck, if I spent 24 solid hours on the
    phone each weekend, I'm still only using 5760 minutes....Not bloody
    likely in my life.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    What about roaming? How much do I pay for that?


    Deb
     
  14. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Addendum:

    The plan I am looking at includes either 6K or 8K N&W minutes. More
    than enough, I should think. Heck, if I spent 24 solid hours on the
    phone each weekend, I'm still only using 5760 minutes....Not bloody
    likely in my life.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    What about roaming? How much do I pay for that?


    Deb
     
  15. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Addendum:

    The plan I am looking at includes either 6K or 8K N&W minutes. More
    than enough, I should think. Heck, if I spent 24 solid hours on the
    phone each weekend, I'm still only using 5760 minutes....Not bloody
    likely in my life.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    What about roaming? How much do I pay for that?


    Deb
     
  16. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Addendum:

    The plan I am looking at includes either 6K or 8K N&W minutes. More
    than enough, I should think. Heck, if I spent 24 solid hours on the
    phone each weekend, I'm still only using 5760 minutes....Not bloody
    likely in my life.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    What about roaming? How much do I pay for that?


    Deb
     
  17. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Addendum:

    The plan I am looking at includes either 6K or 8K N&W minutes. More
    than enough, I should think. Heck, if I spent 24 solid hours on the
    phone each weekend, I'm still only using 5760 minutes....Not bloody
    likely in my life.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    What about roaming? How much do I pay for that?


    Deb
     
  18. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Addendum:

    The plan I am looking at includes either 6K or 8K N&W minutes. More
    than enough, I should think. Heck, if I spent 24 solid hours on the
    phone each weekend, I'm still only using 5760 minutes....Not bloody
    likely in my life.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    What about roaming? How much do I pay for that?


    Deb
     
  19. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Addendum:

    The plan I am looking at includes either 6K or 8K N&W minutes. More
    than enough, I should think. Heck, if I spent 24 solid hours on the
    phone each weekend, I'm still only using 5760 minutes....Not bloody
    likely in my life.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    What about roaming? How much do I pay for that?


    Deb
     
  20. On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:49:44 GMT, "O/Siris" <0siris@sprîntpcs.cØm>
    wrote:

    >That's a *very* intriguing insight you've provided. More N&W minutes? Our
    >plans provide *unlimited* N&W minutes now. Truly so. Based on a few posts
    >I've seen in the Cingular group, that appears to be not truly unlimited.


    Addendum:

    The plan I am looking at includes either 6K or 8K N&W minutes. More
    than enough, I should think. Heck, if I spent 24 solid hours on the
    phone each weekend, I'm still only using 5760 minutes....Not bloody
    likely in my life.

    >And for $60/month, your phones could be covered under Fair & Flexible
    >America For $65, Unlimited N&W minutes could start at 7.


    What about roaming? How much do I pay for that?


    Deb
     

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