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(C|Net)   Sprint raises rates and redefines "unlimited" again. Good thing we aren't reducing competition in the cellular market   ( cnet.com) divider line
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2018-07-12 04:15:17 PM  
I'm still on an old unlimited plan and I use 70-80 gigs a month. When they up the price, I use more. Sometimes I turn streaming tv on and don't even look at it. Suck my data, jerks.
 
2018-07-12 04:34:00 PM  
I went all of 2014 without home broadband, courtesy of Sprint's unlimited plan.  Rooted, custom kernel and new rom hotspotted in my house, not far from a 4g repeater.  Sometimes sustained 20Mbps.

Eventually got a fiber plan.  Year later, phone was stolen with one month left on the lease.  Sprint demanded almost $300 to terminate the agreement, then begged me not to leave after i told them to kiss my ass and port my number after paying

You must have some audacity to pull a move like that on a customer.  Was none too kind to the representative on that call
 
2018-07-12 04:43:21 PM  
Sprint is a horrific company run by bean counters terrified by technology.

I worked there when the Sprint bought ours as a consulting group. They ran a prosperous consulting group into the ground, then fired all 1500 of us by teleconference.

I have nothing but white hot anger for this company and their management. I sincerely hope that T-Mobile does not allow Sprint's culture to infiltrate into any aspect of their business.
 
2018-07-12 04:45:03 PM  
PS - and CNET also sucks. The page locks up on Chrome when I run adblock plus and privacy badger.
 
2018-07-12 04:48:12 PM  

GitOffaMyLawn: Sprint is a horrific company run by bean counters terrified by technology.

I worked there when the Sprint bought ours as a consulting group. They ran a prosperous consulting group into the ground, then fired all 1500 of us by teleconference.

I have nothing but white hot anger for this company and their management. I sincerely hope that T-Mobile does not allow Sprint's culture to infiltrate into any aspect of their business.


I worked at Sprint at the World Headquarters.  When the ATT merger fell thru, I was one of 15,000 people let go in a day.  One of the call centers I supported had the Sheriff there to hand out the notices as HR was too scared.

Less than a week after letting me go, the called me in a panic as things were breaking right and left.  I told them to pound sand and have been mostly happy since then.
 
2018-07-12 05:04:45 PM  
Good thing we aren't reducing competition in the cellular market

That's the problem with having a huge government bureaucracy that keeps putting in thousands and thousands of regulations and rules, for decades on end. If someone wants to try to compete with the long-standing players in the field, they have to not only come up with the money to pay for the infrastructure, they have to spend several years just hiring the right legal and management teams to deal with those rules and regulations.

So if you want lots of competition with Sprint and the rest of the wireless carriers, you have to support massive deregulation first.

Choose.
 
2018-07-12 06:08:44 PM  

Smock Pot: I'm still on an old unlimited plan and I use 70-80 gigs a month. When they up the price, I use more. Sometimes I turn streaming tv on and don't even look at it. Suck my data, jerks.


Same except my current period is at 579 gigs for the month thus far with 2 days left on the cycle.
 
2018-07-12 06:24:01 PM  

GrenadeOConner: Smock Pot: I'm still on an old unlimited plan and I use 70-80 gigs a month. When they up the price, I use more. Sometimes I turn streaming tv on and don't even look at it. Suck my data, jerks.

Same except my current period is at 579 gigs for the month thus far with 2 days left on the cycle.


You are both douchbags. You aren't screwing Sprint, you are slowing down everyone else around you. fark you guys
 
2018-07-12 06:36:52 PM  

chitownmike: GrenadeOConner: Smock Pot: I'm still on an old unlimited plan and I use 70-80 gigs a month. When they up the price, I use more. Sometimes I turn streaming tv on and don't even look at it. Suck my data, jerks.

Same except my current period is at 579 gigs for the month thus far with 2 days left on the cycle.

You are both douchbags. You aren't screwing Sprint, you are slowing down everyone else around you. fark you guys


Considering the state of the majority communications based industries here in the states, and the fact that I was paying a fraction of what I pay now for less than what I received in Korea from 2004-2008, both sprint and you eat me.

I got an unlimited plan for 99 back when I returned to the states and have refused to let them change my plan since. I'm just using what I bought, it's not my fault that you can't.
 
2018-07-12 06:43:55 PM  
both sprint and you can* eat me.
 
2018-07-12 06:45:52 PM  

LifesBouncer: chitownmike: GrenadeOConner: Smock Pot: I'm still on an old unlimited plan and I use 70-80 gigs a month. When they up the price, I use more. Sometimes I turn streaming tv on and don't even look at it. Suck my data, jerks.

Same except my current period is at 579 gigs for the month thus far with 2 days left on the cycle.

You are both douchbags. You aren't screwing Sprint, you are slowing down everyone else around you. fark you guys

Considering the state of the majority communications based industries here in the states, and the fact that I was paying a fraction of what I pay now for less than what I received in Korea from 2004-2008, both sprint and you eat me.

I got an unlimited plan for 99 back when I returned to the states and have refused to let them change my plan since. I'm just using what I bought, it's not my fault that you can't.


But, I can. The issue is the abuse of the service, to the detriment of your nighbours. That makes you an asshole
 
2018-07-12 06:47:58 PM  

GrenadeOConner: Smock Pot: I'm still on an old unlimited plan and I use 70-80 gigs a month. When they up the price, I use more. Sometimes I turn streaming tv on and don't even look at it. Suck my data, jerks.

Same except my current period is at 579 gigs for the month thus far with 2 days left on the cycle.


Whoa. Is that all you or a family plan? Either way, I salute you
 
2018-07-12 06:48:49 PM  

chitownmike: GrenadeOConner: Smock Pot: I'm still on an old unlimited plan and I use 70-80 gigs a month. When they up the price, I use more. Sometimes I turn streaming tv on and don't even look at it. Suck my data, jerks.

Same except my current period is at 579 gigs for the month thus far with 2 days left on the cycle.

You are both douchbags. You aren't screwing Sprint, you are slowing down everyone else around you. fark you guys


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2018-07-12 06:59:39 PM  

tobcc: GitOffaMyLawn: Sprint is a horrific company run by bean counters terrified by technology.

I worked there when the Sprint bought ours as a consulting group. They ran a prosperous consulting group into the ground, then fired all 1500 of us by teleconference.

I have nothing but white hot anger for this company and their management. I sincerely hope that T-Mobile does not allow Sprint's culture to infiltrate into any aspect of their business.

I worked at Sprint at the World Headquarters.  When the ATT merger fell thru, I was one of 15,000 people let go in a day.  One of the call centers I supported had the Sheriff there to hand out the notices as HR was too scared.

Less than a week after letting me go, the called me in a panic as things were breaking right and left.  I told them to pound sand and have been mostly happy since then.


I had the same experience with AT&T. Worked there for 15 years. (that's when they relocated system support / Dev to India)  I got a call within a week "no one knows how to do your job. We got releases going out. We need you, You gotta HELP!!!"   I hung up. Did not give one fark.

I use Google FI and have never had a problem. I highly recommend it.
 
2018-07-12 07:04:13 PM  

cirby: Good thing we aren't reducing competition in the cellular market

That's the problem with having a huge government bureaucracy that keeps putting in thousands and thousands of regulations and rules, for decades on end. If someone wants to try to compete with the long-standing players in the field, they have to not only come up with the money to pay for the infrastructure, they have to spend several years just hiring the right legal and management teams to deal with those rules and regulations.

So if you want lots of competition with Sprint and the rest of the wireless carriers, you have to support massive deregulation first.

Choose.


Keep lovingly tonguing that corporate anus and maybe you'll even be able to provide examples of these regulations that are supposedly so onerous.
For extra credit, pick one that didn't arise from a severe farkup that telcos were expected to self-manage and failed that public trust.
 
2018-07-12 07:29:55 PM  
I find it interesting CNet has an article bashing Sprint's pricing plans and yet they're running T-Mobile ads out the ass on their site...
 
2018-07-12 08:41:13 PM  

no_tan_lines: tobcc: GitOffaMyLawn: Sprint is a horrific company run by bean counters terrified by technology.

I worked there when the Sprint bought ours as a consulting group. They ran a prosperous consulting group into the ground, then fired all 1500 of us by teleconference.

I have nothing but white hot anger for this company and their management. I sincerely hope that T-Mobile does not allow Sprint's culture to infiltrate into any aspect of their business.

I worked at Sprint at the World Headquarters.  When the ATT merger fell thru, I was one of 15,000 people let go in a day.  One of the call centers I supported had the Sheriff there to hand out the notices as HR was too scared.

Less than a week after letting me go, the called me in a panic as things were breaking right and left.  I told them to pound sand and have been mostly happy since then.

I had the same experience with AT&T. Worked there for 15 years. (that's when they relocated system support / Dev to India)  I got a call within a week "no one knows how to do your job. We got releases going out. We need you, You gotta HELP!!!"   I hung up. Did not give one fark.

I use Google FI and have never had a problem. I highly recommend it.


you all are better than me; call me for "free" IT support after firing me and I would gladly walk you thru how to brick every router you push the "solution" onto.
 
2018-07-12 08:55:18 PM  

Syrrh: cirby: Good thing we aren't reducing competition in the cellular market

That's the problem with having a huge government bureaucracy that keeps putting in thousands and thousands of regulations and rules, for decades on end. If someone wants to try to compete with the long-standing players in the field, they have to not only come up with the money to pay for the infrastructure, they have to spend several years just hiring the right legal and management teams to deal with those rules and regulations.

So if you want lots of competition with Sprint and the rest of the wireless carriers, you have to support massive deregulation first.

Choose.

Keep lovingly tonguing that corporate anus and maybe you'll even be able to provide examples of these regulations that are supposedly so onerous.
For extra credit, pick one that didn't arise from a severe farkup that telcos were expected to self-manage and failed that public trust.


First: You might want to note that I was pointing out how AWFUL the corporations are, not how good they are. Keep your insults to yourself until you can read for comprehension.

Second: "Regulatory capture." Yes, it's so common that they even have a special phrase for it. You see, large corporations LOVE more regulations, as long as it keeps possible new competitors out of their way. When you're running a multi-billion dollar cellphone service company, a million-dollar-a-year compliance cost for a new regulation is annoying, but if it keeps that new, local cell company with a two million dollar total budget from getting a toehold in one of your markets, it's easily worth the cost.

Third: An obvious example is the cellular spectrum itself. It was originally, basically, "you have to be in the telecom business to even be considered," then it went to lotteries, and then it went to, well, what we have now (which is annoying and complicated). No, you're not going to be able to open up "Syrrh's Cell Service" any time in the near future, unless you're backed by another gigabucks company that just wants to mess with their competitors.

Fourth: If we did away with a lot of the useless-but-for-regulatory-capture rules, people COULD start local telecom companies. One of the "deregulation" stories from last year was about doing away with TELEGRAPH regulations that were partly "ignored" in 2013 - but there were still some left on the books, that still required paperwork and legal attention. There are literally hundreds of rules covering obsolete hardware that still have to be complied with - even if you don't even own that hardware. The big companies basically have form letters that cover this, but new competitors would get surprises from the FCC...
 
2018-07-12 10:20:26 PM  

chitownmike: You aren't screwing Sprint, you are slowing down everyone else around you. fark you guys


Sprint has the ability to throttle users. The only one slowing down everyone else around you is Sprint if they fail to have the most basic of throttling software running their networks.
 
2018-07-12 10:57:38 PM  

GitOffaMyLawn: PS - and CNET also sucks. The page locks up on Chrome when I run adblock plus and privacy badger.


Thats not a bug, its a feature
 
2018-07-13 10:44:21 AM  
Sprint won't let you buy a phone from them anymore (and phones from other networks won't work on theirs). You can only lease. So you're always paying for a phone.

And they screw you a little more: just added a line. The lease is "$33 a month but we're giving it for half off"

So that would be $16.50, right?

No, they will charge you $33 a month, and then starting with month three credit your bill $16.50, because fark you, that's why. We just added the line so I have yet to see if they "forget" to put that credit on the bill.
 
2018-07-13 12:07:33 PM  
Oh, the farkery has only begun.
 
2018-07-13 09:21:25 PM  
Fark Sprint.  They sent me a letter "We appreciate you so much as a valued customer of over 10 years we are giving you super special VIP treatment to allow a new phone upgrade every ONE year instead of Two!"  I went to their store to get a new phone about 3 months later, (maybe 22 months into a 24 month contract) and was told my super special plan they promised was no longer valid, and i no longer get the VIP customer they told me i was.  I called their customer service line IN THEIR CORPORATE OWNED STORE and loudly let them and the entire customer base in the store know in no uncertain terms how crappy they were and how i felt about that decision.  I mentioned that perhaps the state AG would like to hear about their bait and switch business tactics, etc.  They didnt care, didnt budge a bit.  They had absolutely no concern about losing a 10+ year customer in good standing because they were fraudulent and reneged on an offer they sent me.   I actually cancelled 4 lines and agreed to pay the early termination fee to be done with them quite vocally at the store in front of all customers there.  Went across the street to Verizon and now have much better service.  Both cell phone and customer service.  Yes they are more expensive but you get what you pay for.  I should have fired Sprint 5 years prior.  That is one company i absolutely despise and want to fail spectacularly.
 
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