Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Palm Pre

Sprint has a new phone coming out on June 6, 2009. It's the Palm Pre and it's supposed to be some crazy awesome phone. I've been thinking I might buy one because my Treo has been quite temperamental lately and I'm worried it's going to just up and die on me. It's been randomly restarting when it gets overloaded and just hasn't been very cooperative lately. But then I read this on Engadget that says I won't be able to just add this phone to my existing SERO plan.

Sprint is taking a play out of the AT&T book and making its subscribers sign up for one of their "everything" plans. The cheapest plan they offer is $70/month for 400 minutes plus messaging and data, when I'm paying $30/month for 500 minutes plus messaging and data. Having a much higher monthly bill is completely not worth the super-cool new phone. I guess I'll have to start investigating other phones they have available. I really hope that all the phones I'm interested in don't have the Everything plan requirement because I won't buy that. I just don't need it. But I do need a new phone. Maybe it'll be back to eBay for me. That's where I bought the phone I had before the Treo 650 I currently have.

4 comments:

Tonya said...

I hate to be the total buzzkill, but I'm pretty sure that Sprint will make you get a new plan with whatever new phone you buy. It doesn't hurt to call and ask, or you can even just go online and chat with them also. I have the Everything 450 plan and love it, but it sounds like yours is WAY cheaper.

Stephanie said...

I think they'll only "make" me switch plans on a different phone if I buy it with the discount. If I buy one at full price, I think I can just stick it on whatever plan I have. That's what I've done with the last two phones I've had. I've gotten them from other people, not directly from Sprint and just let them know that I have a new phone. Hopefully that is still something I can do because I'm not switching off the plan I have now. It's too good! :-)

Pappy said...

I feel your pain. I, too, am lusting after the Pre but don't want to give up my SERO. Basically, if you go with any 'modern' smart-phone (starting with the Treo Pro, I think), Sprint will force you to switch. If you stick with one of the so-called 'feature-phones' (even discounted), you should be fine. But who wants one of those?! :)

Stephanie said...

Seriously?!?!? Wow, that totally blows! Well, as soon as I'm done with my work stuff, I'm going to take a trip out to the Sprint store (or maybe call) and figure out which phone I can switch to without changing plans. BOOOOOOO...