I Changed my Palm Pre Plan Thanks to Sprint’s “Any Mobile, Anytime”

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palm-pre-nfl-mobileI often complain about the control wireless carriers have here in the U.S., but things are slowly getting better. Competition between the big four is at an all-time high in my opinion, thanks to a few developments. Google Android (s goog) is helping to open people’s eyes to T-Mobile and their network. Verizon Wireless (s vz) and Sprint (s s) are working with Research in Motion (s rimm) and Palm (s palm) on hot handsets to compete with AT&T (s t) and their iPhone cash cow. And calling plans are opening up to offer unlimited calls outside of the carrier’s network.

T-Mobile started it with My Faves and eventually, Verizon followed suit. AT&T starts up their own version of such a plan at the end of this week with their “A-List” program. Sprint just added unlimited mobile-to-mobile minutes to their Sprint Everything Data plans, calling it “Any Mobile, Anytime.” As I said, it’s taking a while to get there, but competition is slowly opening up the market for consumers. As soon as I heard about the unlimited mobile-to-mobile offering by Sprint, I immediately modified the plan for my Palm Pre (s palm).

When I bought the Pre, I opted for the $99.99 Simply Everything plan because it covered everything — text messages, web, data, NASCAR and NFL Mobile, navigation, minutes, and more are all unlimited. But you can use one of two lesser priced Everything Data plans with the Pre as well. The only difference between the two cheaper plans and the one I originally had is that the voice minutes are metered. For $69.99, you get 450 minutes or for $89.99 you get 900 minutes. All other services are completely unlimited, just like the $99.99 plan.

So why did I leave the $99,99 plan for the $69.99 plan? Two reasons. I really don’t call anyone on a landline these days, so the new “Any Mobile, Anytime” deal will cover most, if not all, of my outgoing calls from the Pre. As long as my incoming calls are held to under 450 minutes,  I won’t have any overages and I’ll save $30 a month. The best part — I don’t lose the “unlimited” tag for web, data, messages, navigation or anything else. And Sprint allows you to change to a lesser or greater plan at anytime with no contract extension and no fees.

The other reason I can make this change is because I have a second phone. Barb and I each have an iPhone 3GS (s aapl) with AT&T and of course, we’ll be using the new “A-List” program with the numbers that we call the most. If it looks like I’m nearing my 450 minutes with Sprint, I’ll simply rely more on my iPhone for incoming calls. That’s easy to manage, courtesy of Google Voice. Using GV, it’s a snap to have incoming calls go to my iPhone instead of (or in addition to) my Palm Pre.

We’re still not at a point where we have the flexibility to move phones to different carriers easily. And our data plan choices need a total revamp since the cheaper, $40 a month plans usually offer 250MB of so. That leads most people to the only other choice available — $60 a month for a 5GB plan. But competition is helping on the voice side and I’m going to take advantage of it while I can.

Have you lowered you monthly plan recently due to these types of deals?

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Ben L.

Just talked to Sprint CS, got my breakdown of land vs. AnyMobile.

They also offer “Pick 3” for $5/mo….pick any 3 landline for unlimited in/out Cell

Might add my GV# to that and try to make all calls from there for one heck of a lot less $ than I’m paying now.

Rwalford79

You could also call Sprint, talk to Account Relations, and ask for Pick 3 calling, its 3 Unlimited numbers you can call, much like A-List on AT&T. Its FREE, and shouldnt require a contract extention.

If you want to lower your $69.99 bill even more, call Sprint and tell them you are a member of Alliant Credit Union and they gave you a code for 25% off your monthly bill. That code is NAACU_ZZZ.

Dave

Can anyone confirm what Ben L. said about Google Voice (GV) not counting as part of the any mobile, any time (anymobile) promotion?

I have Pick 3 and do not have an Everything Data plan. If I switch and get a Pre, will I lose my Pick 3? If so, and if Google Voice doesn’t count as part of their anymobile free minutes program, then using Google Voice would use anytime minutes . . .not cool!

Daniel

Dave, you should not lose your pick 3. I switched and my add-ons stayed. I don’t think GV will be seen as a mobile number so I can see why it wouldn’t count. But you still have ur pick 3 to choose from aside from a mobile #.

Dennis

Also I’m sure a lot of people would much rather pay 99 dollars a month, get rid of their landline phone, and never have to worry about being charged cell phone overagess.

Ryan

US Wireless providers have been getting better at marketing plans which make the customer percieve a higher value at a lower cost — when in reality, with plans like the “My Favs,” Sprint’s “Unlimited,” AT&T’s rollover minutes, and providers with “Unlimited” plans, the customers are actually paying MORE for the same level of service and usage.

As am example, I have been a Sprint customer for many years. I have been reluctant to change my phone or plan because all the current plans Sprint offers actually cost MORE by about $10 for the exact same voice and data service level. Furthermore, for some devices switching to an ‘Unlimited’ plan is actually required (eg: Palm Pre) which would almost double the cost of my phone service, and with my level of usage would provide me with zero gain. While this example does not conclusively prove my point, it is nevertheless very evident to most long-term customers that the unlimited plans do not save the average consumer any money. Anyone who perceives the companies as loosing money, is failing to take into account the vast number of customers who pay for the higher level of service and don’t need it, and are often required by the provider to have it.

The primary purpose of offering ‘Unlimited’ service plans is to bait people into paying more for something they don’t really need.

Dennis

Basically you’re just cheap. The average person these days uses their phone for more than calling. They use it for texting, Picture messaging, web browsing, email, etc. Any smart phone requires a data plan, and it’s understandable why. The primary purpose of offering Unlimited service plans, is that there has always been unlimited service plans for at least 6 years now. Only more recently have they become less costly. Sprints used to be 200 and now its 99. It has nothing to do with baiting, just competing with other carriers. Stop spreading nonsense that you know nothing about.

Ben L.

When I began with Nextel (Sprint) they will billing cell usage in SECONDS not minutes (altho the 1st minute was always rounded up). You want to guess how many less minutes you use when you are billed for 1:02 minutes instead of 2?

Melvin

I don’t think you could be more wrong. I seriously doubt people are buying these unlimited plans if they have no use for them. I also seriously doubt people are buying sprint phones if they don’t have a want or need to use data services.

People who switch to these plans are either A) saving money on overage fees they get for exeded data and voice limits or B) getting more value out of their phone.

Sure an unlimited plan, might double the cost of your plan if you bought a pre. But imagine how much you would spend in data service overages without an unlimited plan, once you consider what the pre does (streaming music, video, live sports updates, constant syncin with facebook, gmail, etc)

and once again, those have no want or need for those services, wouldn’t (shouldn’t) be interested in the phone.

Chris Fabri

Kevin-

I just found it to be an amusing workaround that most people couldn’t employ, and couldn’t resist giving you a hard time. No confusion on my part, although I may have added some. :)

Kevin C. Tofel

I hear ya! :) Honestly, I’d be dropping to the lower-priced Sprint plan now even if that was my only phone. ;) There’s simply no point for me not to.

Ben L.

I just called Sprint Cust Care (1st line support), the very nice CSR gave me some insights –

1. This “Any mobile” thing doesn’t start until your next bill cycle begins (something those that made recent changes might want to be aware of)

2. I asked what constitutes a mobile # hoping my GV # would count, but alas no. I would think you could add something they used to offer called “phone home” for $5 with unlimited in/out to your GV # if you wanted that, but yes I failed to ask and confirm this option was available

3. I asked if there was a tool either online or that she could run and verbally give me the results to measure my past usage based on the new program (what % of my recent bill/mins were used calling other cell phones vs. non-cell), she said not yet but she was hoping they would have such a tool available – seemed to only make sense to her. She suggested in the meantime if I really wanted to be sure I could drop off my $99/SEP Unlimited to the $89/SEP (900 minutes) and the bill would *HAVE* to be broken down for me – as this is not a contract change she didn’t really see the harm in it, I’ll wait another month see if they have a tool first.

4. They pointed me to http://sprint.com/anymobile for further questions.

Chris Fabri

Kevin-

You lost me when you said something about if you’re about to go over you’ll just use a different cell phone. A. I don’t have another cell phone and B. A 2nd cell phone( nevermind a 3rd or, uh, how many phones do you have? ) costs more than the overage.

Although it does sound like you don’t need to worry about this. It just seemed like a weird way to point out how you’ll save $30 by having $70 plan as a backup. :)

Kevin C. Tofel

True Chris, I already have a 2nd phone and voice line. James has 4. So yes, we’re not the average consumer. However, my point is that some folks (not all) might be able to save up to $30 a month on Sprint thanks to the new Any Mobile, Anytime deal. Each person has to review their own calling habits and price plans, of course.

I didn’t buy the Sprint plan as a backup to my existing cell phone though. If it came across that way, I apologize for the confusion. I bought it to get a Palm Pre as I’m excited about the platform. ;)

Kevin C. Tofel

Actually, I just noticed it right out in the open when looking at the high-level deets of the Everything Data plan. It’s now the very first bullet point:

“Any Mobile, Anytime: Unlimited domestic calls from the Sprint network to and from ANY U.S. mobile phone regardless of carrier.”

Sweet! I definitely have no need for the $99 unlimited plan now. :)

Bryan

I talked with sprint at the store n on phone…as a backup…the anymobile is to and from any mobile not just calls going out of your fone..thought you should know…check it out on *r or sprint store…bye

Kevin Kendrick

Kevin Tofel have you tried to add Pick 3 to your account? Your favorite 3 callers free incoming and outgoing? Call retentions!!

HG

What if you have left your 99.99 unlimited everything plan on Sprint with the Pre and use GV to forward all your calls to it? Will that be better than using your iPhone with GV?

Kevin C. Tofel

I do use GV with both handsets already, but there’s no need for me to pay the extra $30 for the $99 plan now. I can forward GV calls to either specific handset, but I often FW to both and pick up on the one of my choosing. Makes it easier for me to manage any minute limitations that way. ;)

DaveZatz

I think the goal was for Sprint to attract new customers, not get existing customers to give them less money each month. ;)

I’ll tell you what, though… the Tevenav GPS service (plus all the other data features) and unlimited cell-to-cell calling for $70 is a real bargain. It’s got me contemplating a switch, for sure.

bluespapa

I’ve got four people sharing time, which is expensive since they all have to have (but also want to have) data. Even with four people, one teen, one who has been a teen until recently, and particularly with a long-winded papa, we’ve never come close to 450 minutes since they had been making Sprint to Sprint free.

Bret

When I got the pre I opted for the 450 unlimited data plan. For the last two months I have been nearing my limit each month so i was considering increasing the plan, then I saw a Sprint ad advertising unlimited mobile to mobile. I went to my online account and sure enough I now have unlimited mobile to mobile, so now I have no need to increase my minutes.

My only concern now is how this will effect Sprint’s revenue. I am sure many people will make the same switch you did, but will enough people switch to Sprint to make up for those loses?

INsano

My man, Any mobile Anytime is dialing OR receiving, you don’t have to worry about keeping your received calls under 450 minutes as long as they’re coming from a mobile. The 450 is for landlines ONLY!

Kevin C. Tofel

Hmm…. I’d like to think you’re right, but the official press release says:

“With the new Any Mobile, Anytime, Sprint customers get unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling from the Sprint Network to ANY wireless phone on any U.S. wireless carrier network at any time.”

This appears to be for outgoing calls, not for received calls as I read it.

vara411

Now that you’ve had the Palm Pre for a while, would you care to speak on Palm Pre vs. iPhone 3GS? Many reviewers talk about it but almost none own both phones to make a decent, fair comparison.

Me personally, I had the original iPhone, but find the Pre to be superior overall. (Especially when taking carriers into consideration… AT&T sucks!)

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