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Switching to Sprint? Opinions?

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

  1. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     



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  2. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  3. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  4. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  5. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  6. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  7. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  8. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  9. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  10. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  11. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  12. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  13. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  14. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  15. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  16. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  17. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  18. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  19. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     
  20. In alt.cellular.sprintpcs deb.milner@att.net wrote:

    > $5.00 per month to get a true national plan without roaming charges.
    > It just torques me.


    Yes, but if you get a true nationwide plan -- say, Verizon National Single-
    Rate, or Alltel Total Freedom, or Cingular Nation -- it will still cost
    more than the equivalent preferred-network plan -- Verizon America's Choice,
    Alltel National Freedom, or Cingular Preferred. The preferred network plans
    allow you to roam nationwide on the carrier's network and on the networks
    of certain other carriers where they've negotiated inexpensive roaming
    agreements. Everywhere else you pay for roaming. Sprint Free & Clear is
    a preferred-network plan (albeit one that only includes Sprint networks).
    Always has been. And the reason those other preferred-network plans were
    introduced was to compete with F&C, which was at the time a much better
    deal than pioneering plans like AT&T's Digital One-Rate (the first-ever
    true nationwide plan).

    The true nationwide plans will always be more, and in some cases will cost
    more than $5/month above the preferred-network plans.

    The real issue is that with the possible exception of Cingular, the others
    don't limit you to a certain percentage of your calls being on the carrier's
    own network. But the cost is in line with, and is often less than, other
    carriers' equivalent true nationwide plans. You *will* pay more because
    when you roam, the carriers pay the roaming networks for the privilege of
    letting you roam and on the true nationwide plans, they *can't* bill those
    minutes back to you as roaming minutes, so they eat the roaming charges.

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & New Media Services, http://JustThe.net/
    Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / 888.480.4NET (4638) / sjsobol@JustThe.net
    PGP Key available from your friendly local key server (0xE3AE35ED)
    Apple Valley, California Nothing scares me anymore. I have three kids.
     

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