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My SERO 500 plan expires in two weeks. I want to renew my plan but upgrade to a smart phone. I am thinking about the Palm Treo 800. However, in reading through some of the threads here it seems that some of the phone upgrades require you to switch plans. My main goal is to keep SERO. Does anybody know what smart phones I can upgrade to without losing SERO?

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Last Edited by GRISHNAKH November 30, 2011 at 07:06 PM
Steps to getting both the $70 contract renewal credit plus ordering a new phone. These steps worked for me twice as of 2010-04-24 on the new upgraded Sprint web site:

Assuming you've been on SERO for 2 years, you can get a $70 service credit for renewing your contract for another two years.

To do so, log into your sprint account at www.sprint.com

Go to the support page and select the Email link on the right.

Select Plans, Features and Services from the first drop down in the contact form.

Select Plan Inquiries from the second drop down.

In the text field, say something like:

“I heard that there is a $70 service credit available if I renew my plan for another term. I am interested in having this credit applied to my account. Thank you.”

Now you have to wait up to a couple days for them to send you an email. If all goes well, you should get a response back saying that the credit is available and they have applied it to your account. You should see the credit on your account when you log in to your sprint account (if you get an email saying you can get the $70 credit OR a new phone credit, wait a week or so and try contacting them again through the email support link)

Now that you have the credit, you can upgrade your phone. Since you have been on Sprint for two years, you qualify for a $150 credit toward the purchase of a new phone.

To order the phone, go here:

http://delivery.sprint.com/m/p/nxt/epc/epclanding.asp

In the fields, enter this info:

Russ.S.Mcguire@sprint.com and his CID of 383

After logging in using Russ’ info (he is a VP or something at Sprint), go to www.sprint.com and log into your real sprint account.

You should see your current phone shown with a green “i” over it. Over toward the right you should see the words “I want to…”. Point at the “I want to” and select “Get a new phone” from the menu that pops up.

From here, you should be taken to the phones page and be allowed to purchase a new phone without it telling that you need to change plans (make sure you do your research and select a phone that will work on SERO otherwise you will not be able to activate the phone once you receive it).

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Sprint will buy back your old phone if you decide or don't want to hastle with selling it. They offered me $44.17 for my 3 year old touch. Brings my final cost to $85(+tx) They pay for shipping your old phone back.

https://secure2.sprintbuyback.com/consumer/



From post #82:

OK, I am going to help out all of you old SERO users to renew your contract and come out as good as you can. You will need to follow this tutorial in the proper order to get everything to work the way it should. I have four old SERO $30 plans and this worked for me.

1. At 22 months you are eligible to renew your contract. When you are eligible, login to your account at sprint.com and click on the "contact us" link at the top right of the page in the black bar. If you get a security warning about the content being delivered securely, choose No. Click on the "Email us" link and choose No if you get the security warning again. Search for something like "renew contract" and if you get the security warning, choose No. Now you should finally be at the web form to submit an email to Sprint ecare. For topic select "Plans, features, and services" and for subtopic select "Plan inquires." In the text box say that you have heard that there is a $70 service credit available for renewing your contract and you would like to take advantage of that. Put your real email address in the box and then submit email. Wait for a day or so for a response and if they offer the service credit, then just reply to the email that you accept. Not everyone is eligible for the service credit so you might not get it, but worth a try.

2. After the sevice credit issue is resolved one way or the other then you can get your new phone. Don't try to get the phone before the service credit because the credit MUST come first. Go to http://delivery.sprint.com/m/p/sprint/epc/epclanding.asp and use the employee address for Russ.S.Mcguire@sprint.com and his CID of 383. Don't worry about using his info, he is a VP or something and put the info on the web for people to use. If you don't beleive me, just google it. Now you can shop for phones. Pick any one that you want except the Palm Pre or the Instinct, they won't work with SERO. Blackberrys can work with SERO, but if you need my help with renewing, then you aren't ready for the hassle of a Blackberry on SERO. Once you have picked a phone, then choose the upgrade/replace option and you will be asked for your regular login you use to access your Sprint.com account. Go ahead and login and you will be asked to indicate which line you want to upgrade. Now you are in business and never have to talk to anyone. You should get free activation and free overnight shipping, sweet!

3. After your new phone arrives and you are looking for someone to call, dial *2 to get customer service. As you go through the prompts, choose "cancel service." Don't worry, you aren't really going to cancel, this just gets you to the retentions department. Before you call, figure out three phone numbers you call a lot, that aren't Sprint numbers. When you get retention and they ask you what you are calling about, say a friend (me!) told you about a feature they offer called "pick 3." They might ask you if you are thinking about canceling, so say yes you are thinking about it. They will then ask you for the three numbers. Once they add the numbers you will free unlimited calling to those numbers. If they offer it with a monthly fee, just say no thanks and hang up. Try again another time.

EDIT: pick 3 is no longer offered by Sprint, so don't bother with step 3

If you got through all this, you should now have a new 2 year SERO contract, a new phone of your choice at new subscriber pricing, a $70 credit on your account, and a new pick 3 option giving you a bunch of extra minutes. Good luck!

Android on SERO
Rumor Confirmed - Android phones will be available for SERO 10/1
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2136974



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#3
i know the instinct requires a data everything plan...but you should be able to get a blackberry or like a touch pro.
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I too would like to know how this turns out. Mine officially ran out in January.
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#5
I currently have a HTC Touch Pro, Blackberry Curve 8330 and a Mogul all on SERO plans. The only phone I know of that they require you to switch plans on is the Instinct.
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As a side note, if you found a phone you wanted to get, I have seen success in first emailing customer care about a phone and then telling them what you want, they can upgrade the phone for you and make sure your plan is in tact.
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Quote from dst1 View Post :
My SERO 500 plan expires in two weeks. I want to renew my plan but upgrade to a smart phone. I am thinking about the Palm Treo 800. However, in reading through some of the threads here it seems that some of the phone upgrades require you to switch plans. My main goal is to keep SERO. Does anybody know what smart phones I can upgrade to without losing SERO?
I've got the centro on sero

<edit>nvm, centro was originally the 800 but the new 800 is a completely different phone
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#8
they told me i couldn't get a blackberry for my sero plan. multiple people have told me that the 800w is not a good phone to get (two sprint employees and someone else from these forums) so i'm not sure if i actually want to get that or not. i think you have to call the sprint employee plan line to upgrade your phone then...it's 888-876-8381. let me know how that goes.
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Quote from dst1 View Post :
My SERO 500 plan expires in two weeks. I want to renew my plan but upgrade to a smart phone. I am thinking about the Palm Treo 800. However, in reading through some of the threads here it seems that some of the phone upgrades require you to switch plans. My main goal is to keep SERO. Does anybody know what smart phones I can upgrade to without losing SERO?
Thanks for the replies thus far. I was looking at the HTC Pro but that is really more money than I want to spend.

Any further input?
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#10
I need to upgrade as well. Do we call customer service? Go to Sprint Store? Do it from a website? Thanks.
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I need to upgrade as well. Do we call customer service? Go to Sprint Store? Do it from a website? Thanks.
My understanding is that you can't do SERO in store. You might be able to do it on-line but I wouldn't trust it. I'd call or e-mail.
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I have the Touch Pro, and it is an AMAZING phone if you like to fiddle with your device, and is more on the techy side. It can do everythin and anything you want. I have also heard from multiple people that the Treo 800W sucks. You could probably wait for the new phones to come out pretty soon. The Palm Treo Pro is supposed to be out now/soon. Check best buy, because they usually have phones before the store. I purchased my Treo Pro from Best Buy, extending my SERO contract without changing anything. The Palm Pre is supposed to be coming out in summer as well, and that seems to be a pretty cool phone.
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I have the Touch Pro, and it is an AMAZING phone if you like to fiddle with your device, and is more on the techy side. It can do everythin and anything you want. I have also heard from multiple people that the Treo 800W sucks. You could probably wait for the new phones to come out pretty soon. The Palm Treo Pro is supposed to be out now/soon. Check best buy, because they usually have phones before the store. I purchased my Treo Pro from Best Buy, extending my SERO contract without changing anything. The Palm Pre is supposed to be coming out in summer as well, and that seems to be a pretty cool phone.
best buy has told me two separate times that sprint's palm treo pro has been recalled. i asked once at an actual best buy and again at a best buy mobile store in the mall.
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Go month to month until palm pre comes out, I heard battery life is really bad on the 800w.

Quote from dst1 View Post :
My SERO 500 plan expires in two weeks. I want to renew my plan but upgrade to a smart phone. I am thinking about the Palm Treo 800. However, in reading through some of the threads here it seems that some of the phone upgrades require you to switch plans. My main goal is to keep SERO. Does anybody know what smart phones I can upgrade to without losing SERO?
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I would also advise you to stay away from the 800W. I know two people who bought it...one took it back within the 30 days and the other complains about it constantly.

I say you should do what toology says and let your contract run out and go month to month until the Pre comes out.

And definitely renew either via echat or Executive Services...although executive services has been pushing to move people off of SERO and onto the new SEP plans lately
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