Rumor Confirmed - Android phones will be available for SERO 10/1
This post begins the discussion which will play out for a while on several forums, but there should be more details to come in a press statement by Sprint, rumored to be released to legacy users on 9/1.
The rumored details:
1) October 1st, the restrictions on legacy plans will be lifted
2) Android will cost $10 extra per month for my plan
3) Evo4G would cost an additional $10 per month, for $50 total ($30+10+10)
4) Information will be printed in upcoming bills
5) Customer care received this information recently, but wasn't supposed to say anything until 2 days ago.
If this is posted in the wrong section please forgive me and move the thread. Thank you for your patience.
I’ve gotten lots of comments and notes today asking an obvious question for those long-term customers that either already have or are considering upgrading to the SERO Premium plan - does this mean that SERO Premium customers will have to pay another $10 on top of the $10 step up just required on October 1 so that SERO customers could enjoy smartphones?
Good news - the answer is no. You will not be charged another $10 Premium Data charge for most smartphones - it’s included in SERO Premium.
As we’ve discussed at length here, the SERO Premium plans were introduced for precisely the same reason the Premium Data fee is being extended to all smartphones - in recognition of the higher cost associated with devices that naturally drive lots more traffic onto our network. Today’s announcement is just following the same logic for Sprint’s current postpaid plans that was applied for SERO Premium.
To upgrade to SEROP from SERO or if your plan went from SERO to Fair and Flexible and you want Sprint to switch you back:
- call 888-876-8381
- or email : email@example.com]
Russ McGuire's blog if you have a question you need answered:
October 7th, 2010 at 3:50 pm
TJ - I just verified. Customers can switch from SERO Premium back to SERO Basic with no problem. Not just in the first 30 days. Of course, you can’t use an iconic device on a SERO Basic plan, but other than that, no problem switching.
I am a SERO customer considering an upgrade and understand SERO rate plans aren't compatible with all devices. What devices aren't compatible with these plans?
The Samsung Instinct, Samsung Instinct S30, Samsung Instinct HD, Samsung Moment, HTC Hero, Palm Pre, Palm Pixi, HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Epic 4G are not compatible with current SERO rate plans. If you are considering an upgrade to one of these devices, you will need to also upgrade your rate plan to one of the Everything Plus Data (Individual or Family) rate plans. HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Epic 4G also require the $10 Premium Data add-on. Effective 10/1/10, new SERO Premium rate plans will be available which will be compatible with the devices listed above. Only customers on a current SERO rate plan as of 10/1/10 will be eligible to swap to a SERO Premium plan.
What are the plan details of the new SERO Premium rate plans?
As of 10/1/10, there will be two SERO Premium plans available, SERO Premium 500 at $40/month and SERO Premium 1250 at $59.99/month. SERO Premium plans will match current SERO rate plans with two added features, Any Mobile Anytime and Unlimited GPS Navigation. SERO Premium rate plans will be compatible with all devices offered by Sprint. Only customers on a current SERO rate plan as of 10/1/10 will be able to swap to a SERO Premium rate plan. 4G handsets such as HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Epic 4G will also require the $10 Premium Data add-on.
Just to summarize...
This is only for current SERO plan holders. The wording specifically states "by 10/1/10" so if you can find another current SERO user from possibly this thread..
..to duplicate their line (cloning) and transfer it out to you before October 1st, you may be eligible for the new SERO Premium when it comes out. It's highly YMMV though.
The SERO 500 $30 plan (the one most of us are currently on...) will still be available "as long as the plan code is available" as stated by a CSR. This could mean anything, but it should stick around hopefully.
The new plan will be called SERO Premium it includes Any Mobile Anytime (free calling to 280m+ people on on any mobile phone on any network) and GPS navigation, in addition to whatever you currently have on your SERO plan (unlimited text, data..all stay etc.).
You should think of this as a three tiered plan.
- SERO 500 - $30
- SERO Premium 500 - $40
- SERO Premium 500 $40 +$10 "Premium data" fee for 4G devices for a total of $50
For SERO 1250 users, your plan will be $9.99 more across...$49.99 SERO Premium 150...$59.99 with 4G data fee.
This is especially nice since you will be saving money originally anyway. I believe you still can stay on SERO 1250 @ $50 if you wanted..but I don't see why since the new SERO 1250 Premium starts at $49.99...so you get more for less.
@ $30 (your current rate plan)-You get Windows Mobile smartphones plus any other phones they have on their line-up excluding Android/WebOS/4G devices
@ $40 (SERO Premium)..you get their full line-up but...
@ $50 you get their 4G devices. Remember though it is not a tier, though you can consider it as one, because it is actually SERO Premium @ $40 with the $10 Premium data add-on (which is for all Sprint plans and is not just a SERO designated fee.)
BlackBerry users should have received a letter in the mail by now..or very soon..that they will have to upgrade to SERO Premium @ $40 with BIS. You will not be able to stay on SERO 500 @ $30 if you had BIS waived. This is the only downside of the new plans...BIS was supposed to be a $10 add-on but if you got it waived by a CSR, then it will suck for you.
Currently looking at the Sprint Upgrade list, to give you an idea of which phones cost what here is a list:
@ $30 plan phones
-HTC Touch Pro 2
@$40 plan phones
-HTC Hero with Google
-Blackberry Bold 9650
@$50 plan phones
-Samsung Epic 4G
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Quote :What are the plan details of the new SERO Premium rate plans?
As of 10/1/10, there will be two SERO Premium plans available, SERO Premium 500 at $40/month and SERO Premium 1250 at $59.99/month. SERO Premium plans will match current SERO rate plans with two added features, Any Mobile Anytime and Unlimited GPS Navigation. SERO Premium rate plans will be compatible with all devices offered by Sprint. Only customers on a current SERO rate plan as of 10/1/10 will be able to swap to a SERO Premium rate plan. SERO Premium rate plans will not be discountable – customers on current SERO plans receiving discounts above and beyond the already discounted SERO rate will lose those discounts when moving to a SERO premium plan. 4G handsets such as HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Epic 4G will also require the $10 Premium Data add-on.
+ Access to any Sprint phone
+ Any Mobile Anytime
+ Unlimited GPS Navigation (meaning free access to Sprint's GPS software,redundant on Android/Windows Mobile phones)
- No more additional discounts
- $10 more per month, or $20 for 4G devices
Called Sprint this morning from my house phone at 888-211-4727. I spoke to a lady and told her that I wanted to switch my Blackberry to a HTC Hero. She said ok and asked for the ESN (DEC #). She activated it, I made a test call and I was able to use the phone. She said that my plan is $40, including Any Mobile to Mobile and Sprint Navigation. She told me to keep my old phone off for 24 Hours, and that the data could take up to an hour to work on my Hero. 5 minute wait time and 5 minutes on the phone.
To upgrade to SEROP:
- call 888-876-8381
- or email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Before everyone starts asking, NO, you can not sign up for a new SERO line. The only current way to obtain one is to buy a line off of somebody who currently has one (or get it transferred from a friend/relative).
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