Comments on: Dear Sprint Linux. GNU. Freedom. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:04:15 +0000 hourly 1 By: Dara Adib Wed, 13 Aug 2008 19:50:42 +0000 @Ropetin
Yes, you can do that, but that would be a locked phone. Aaron Toponce wants to be able to buy an unlocked CDMA phone of his choice and use Sprint. According to the representative, this is not possible for some reason.

"Even if the phone is a triband CDMA phone, that works on their frequencies, it’s a dead end. No activating unlocked phones with Sprint."

@ Aaron Toponce
What is the point of buying a CDMA locked phone? There are only two major CDMA carriers in the US--Sprint (not Nextel iDEN) and Verizon; the rest of the world uses GSM. I am not sure of the extra cost for an unlocked phone is justified by the ability to switch only to Verizon. If this was a GSM phone, that would be another story, though AT&T and T-Mobile are the only major GSM carriers in the US.

Text messaging (SMS) in the US is a real rip-off. All of the carriers keep raising prices. I don't understand how a few bytes of transfer (160 7-bit characters max = 140 bytes max) costs 20 cents, while a voice call, which definitely uses a lot more bandwidth, are free during nights and weekends. Imagine if it cost over $1,500 per megabyte to transfer data. That is what text messages cost, assuming the message body is completely filled, which is rarely the case. Of course, I should mention that each text messages contains more than the 140 bytes (160 characters) in the message body like who sent it, to whom it was sent, transmitting tower ID, etc. But still, come on, this is ridiculous. Data plans should be used for text messaging; the price per message still would come out way cheaper. I'm sure people have done this for outgoing messages, but there is no way that I know of to do this for incoming text messages.

I remember when I got my plan from AT&T Wireless (several years ago before AT&T Wireless was sold to Cingular and then regained by AT&T when it bought BellSouth), I got free incoming text messages (like Europeans) and 10 cents per outgoing text message. Now AT&T charges 20 cents for each outgoing OR incoming text messages. ??!!

See the following Slashdot articles on the same topic.

SMS 4x More Expensive Than Data From Hubble:

The True Cost of SMS Messages:

By: Ropetin Again Wed, 13 Aug 2008 00:15:55 +0000 Just FYI, you can definitely get another Sprint phone, and transfer your current service into it. There are lots of them available online in all the usual places, used and (like) new. Basically you give the Sprint reps a couple of numbers found on the box or a sticker under the battery, and you're good to go. I have a lot of users who like to drop, mangle or otherwise destroy their phones, so I've done it more than once.

Also, they can forward the number to another number for you, but last time I checked it was 25c a minute, or something equally silly.

By: Richard Tue, 12 Aug 2008 23:36:21 +0000 I'm a verizon customer and I say that sprint is much better than verizon. With verizon not only do not let feature filled phones in (excluding smart phones that have higher plans) but they purposefully limit the phone's capability by putting their software on it.

Also they have consistently ripped off their customer base. When I first signed up text overages were 10 cents a text then 15, and now 20 cents! they also recently switched to the new nationwide plan that charges your for all KB usage instead of using your minutes like they used to.

By: Anonymous Tue, 12 Aug 2008 17:48:07 +0000 >>2 @russ- You need the faves-enabled phone in order to set your 5-faves up *on the phone*.

I'm defending T-Mobile because they've been exceptionally good to me. I called a couple months ago asking for help with my ppp options file on linux and they were able to give me the necessary voodoo. I was a Sprint customer for over 10 years before I become a T-Mobile customer- I had no idea how much better it was elsewhere.

By: Aaron Tue, 12 Aug 2008 15:10:57 +0000 @mossholderm- Yes, you are correct. My error. Post updated. Sprint is CDMA, while T-Mobile and AT&T are GSM.

@all- Sprint phones don't use SIM cards, so swapping out my SIM card from one phone to another doesn't exist. That is unique only to GSM-based services.

By: J Wynia Tue, 12 Aug 2008 15:06:09 +0000 I've used unlocked phones on several services without a problem by just swapping the SIM cards. They've never needed any sort of activation. My current TMobile SIM card has worked in 5 different phones, only one of which was my "official" phone from TMobile. 3 of those phones were unlocked GSM and 1 was my wife's locked phone. Never once talked to TMobile about it and it always worked.

By: mossholderm Tue, 12 Aug 2008 14:45:57 +0000 Yeah, Sprint is CDMA based, not GSM. You couldn't use OpenMoko, even if you wanted to. You would need to go with someone like T-Mobile or AT&T.

By: EtienneG Tue, 12 Aug 2008 13:15:20 +0000 Ho wait ... Sprint network is CDMA. The above is GSM-specific. I think you are out-of-luck.

By: EtienneG Tue, 12 Aug 2008 13:10:06 +0000 "Activating" an unlocked phone:

1. Put SIM card into unlocked phone
2. Power on unlocked phone
3. Profit!

Unless Sprint is doing something funny with their network, I see no reason why this would not work.

By: Russ Tue, 12 Aug 2008 06:35:11 +0000 Don't listen to customer service. They lie, especially on the side of you buying a new phone or extending the contract. Like when T-Mobile told me that I needed to buy a special faves enabled phone to support their fave-5 feature.

I would just try moving the SIM card. Or find a really cheap unlocked GSM phone a craigslist.

By: dontpay Tue, 12 Aug 2008 03:57:46 +0000 Don't pay to cancel the contract, let them know you are unable to obtain service anymore and since they can't abide by their side of the contract, you are not responsible for the cancellation fees. I've done that several times in the past with different providers.