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Poking around my Sprint account looking at the free phone upgrades... What? No iPhones?

Carolyn Tann Starr 2011

Poking around my Sprint account looking at the free phone upgrades... What? No iPhones?

I've been a client of Sprint for over ten years and really like their service. I'm wandering around my apartment trying to find the last two cell phone bills but there's this tiny voice in the back of my head that wont stop whispering that I may have placed them in the shred pile. Hmm... That's not a good thing because I really need them nooooooowwww (LOL).

What's a girl to do besides go online and print out the PDFs... Problem is I have now discovered my LG phone is old school entitled to a $150 upgrade and there are a bunch of neat free phones to choose from. I have been holding out for when the iPhone makes its way to my calling platform of choice. I kept thinking Apple might get around to it in time for them making my very merry 2011 Christmas. Am I an idiot to hold on to that pipe dream or a savvy Mac Baby to patiently wait my turn for a cool social media business toy?

My gal pal has a $349 BlackBerry® Curve™ 3G smartphone that I can get for free if I simply click the upgrade link. Being the Queen of Free I really like that thought. However, that means if the iPhone does eventually come out on Sprint I just blew my upgrade credit and/or have to wait for version 5 to come along. You do realize there will one day be a version 5 right? It's Apple. They can't help themselves. They're always inventing an improvement (LOL). ;-)

Do I click or do I go now? After all, I'm supposed to be printing out a bunch of business PDFs.

Here's the Specification Highlights: "Get wireless Wi-Fi access in more places * Scroll through and play your voice messages in any order with Visual Voicemail. Key Features * 3G speeds where available * Chat-style messaging * Music capable * Sprint TV® * GPS Navigation enabled * Web browsing capable * Email capable * Camera * Bluetooth® Wireless * Memory card slot * Voice activated dialing..."

What would you do?

 

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Comment balloon 20 commentsC Tann-Starr • March 07 2011 06:28PM

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Having phone commitment issues myself...I would not click! I have an iPhone 3G with AT&T and have been wanting to switch over to VZW (due to better coverage) but I'm desperately waiting for my new phone to call my name. It's Android vs. iPhone for me and even though I'm out-of-contract, I'm still sitting idle. Just go for the one that calls out to you, whenever it does! ;)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) over 9 years ago

Leilani, I'm going to take your advice because I really want an iPhone one day. Thank you. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

I know... I'm a sprint customer too... for many years... and it's killing me that I can't have an iphone without switching service.

Posted by Alan May, There's no place like home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

I second Alan's comment.  When I recently upgraded, I went with the Blackberry.  I need to stay with Sprint because of family plan I've got. 

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Alan, I second that in spades. :-)

Sondra, I have a great family plan with five available lines and know people who pay more for less features. I'll keep their carrier and plan to myself (LOL). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

C Tann,

I've been an iPhone user for several years, and there is nothing comparable.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

I think you are in for a long wait. That said, there are plenty of cool smart phones out there on the Sprint platform. You are in a no lose situation. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 9 years ago

Rich, I ama huge Apple fan.:-)

JPF, you may be right about that horribly long wait. I may have to start an APPLE STOP DRAGGING YOUR FEET AND MAKE ME HAPPY campaign (LOL). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Sprint's response to me, when I asked if/when Sprint will be getting the i-phone.  They told me that what was holding them back was that the I-phone wasn't designed for a CDMA network (which Sprint is)... but NOW... Verizon is also a CDMA network.  So if Apple has been able to create an i-phone that works on the CDMA network, do you really think that Sprint can be far behind?

Posted by Alan May, There's no place like home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

Alan, it is my greatest wish that the shorties can grab daddy's new phone and do visual calls to mama. I really, really crave this. I wanna iPhone and can't wait for Sprint to get them. Big hint Sprint: go bug Apple  (LOL). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Here's what nobody else will say: 

The iPhone is a absolutely wonderful handheld computing device; but it is a lousy telephone.  It does not nest comfortably in one's hand, and it is often hard to find the right angle at which to place the teeny tiny speaker against one's ear to actually hear what the other party is saying.

I am so tempted to get something like a Jitterbug to use a a phone and keep the iPhone as a PDA.

Posted by Cheryl Johnson over 9 years ago

Oooooooooo - Cher - the Jitterbug is mad cool. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Of course it is.  It was first designed for us ... ahem ... seniors.  :-)

Posted by Cheryl Johnson over 9 years ago

Hahahahahaaaaaaa!!!! Heheheeeeee. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Ok...I got the answer. I have Sprint too. I got the Samsung Galaxy Tab and then a basic phone. I love it. It's only 7" so it fits in my purse and I have all the neat capabilities of the iphone...more really. I can download and forward PDFs and use my full MLS...the Tab has Adobe programs which the "i"s don't. The ONLY thing I can't do is write on AR...ugh, but I hope they are working on it.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 9 years ago

OMG - Karen - show me a phone that will let me keep my Adobe and write on AR while I'm running the streets and you'll have made an instant convert. :-0  ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Personally Carolyn, I go with the DEVICE I want first and have to deal with the carrier it is on, but unless the coverage for the other three carriers are not good in your area, GO DEVICE first. I am on my third iPhone already and love it. Many like Android based units too.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Gary, my girlfriend Cindy has a very cool smart phone and I have considered the Android, I'm just stuck on drooling over iPhones (LOL). I am going to hang on to the upgrade credit and see what Apple does. My LG can hang for a while longer... :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Just work with me to get AR to fix their code....and this will do it. Bob said he'd look into it...so bug him and you would be sooooo happy with this thing.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 9 years ago

Karen, I will start stalking Bob after dinner. I have to keep reminding myself there is a three hour time difference (LOL). :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

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