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18 responses to “Sprint Playbook Details Forthcoming Changes”

  1. Vi

    “Sprint’s instant rebate promotion will end on July 23rd ahead of the launch of the Motorola Titanium, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung Replenish in Berry on the 24th and the Motorola Photon 4G on the 31st. An AMEX prepaid card will be offered by Sprint instead of a check by mail from now on.”

    Looks like Sprint is cash poor and looking for it’s customers to pony up some cash, like “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today (Popeye cartoons)”.

  2. F1

    “The Samsung Nexus S 4G has received a price cut to $99. 99 after new agreement and mail-in rebate as of yesterday until the 24th…”??

    For 10 days only?
    MIR is back since yesterday?
    Bizzare Promo, given that the Nexus Prime/HD is in the pipes!

    Could anyone please share their experience post this week’s “Firmware update” on Nexus S 4G, has it made any “real” call quality/feature difference?

    Thank You

  3. F1

    Just like to add, while attempting to run at Best Buy, the Samsung Nexus S 4G, indicated lack of Flash support.

    Thank You

  4. Akbar's Hijad

    I work for Sprint corporate in a retail store and all I can say at the moment is Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! for bringing the MIRs back. Ever since we waived the MIRs in the retail store, our accessory dollars tanked worse than the sinking of the Titanic on her maiden voyage.

  5. josh

    was hoping they were going to announce ditching the asinine “premium data” fee.

  6. bottomline

    It’s all good, Go Sprint!!!

  7. Alex Ferda

    Without the premium data fee for high data consumption devices (smartphones), Sprint would be unable to be the only carrier to offer true unlimited data plans. If you are a high-end data user (Pandora, TV, Google Music, etc.), Sprint is your only viable option.

  8. Vince Caruso

    Bringing back mail in rebates is a very big mistake. The third party stores like Best Buy, Radio Shack and Sprint branded Wireless Connection, I-Wireless stores etc will eat the Sprint corporate stores alive.
    Who in their right mind is going to give a corporate Sprint store an extra $50 or $100 per phone and wait 2 months or more to get it back in the mail when they can go down the street to a Best Buy or Radio Shack store and get the same phone without the added price or hastle of filling out and mailing in paperwork?
    I love Sprint’s plans, and their service is better than most. But the mail in rebates are a deal breaker for me.

  9. sam somwaru

    burn thru data with some adult sites we stream. sprint is only option.

  10. dj

    hey bottomline, how does it feel to be a cheerleader for a carrier that is now officially in last place?

  11. Damiel

    I haven’t noticed any real improvement with signal quality on my Nexus 4G, but I like how the NFC is now working. I just need an app that will let me program my work NFC badge into the phone just in case I forget to bring my badge.

  12. F1

    On a different subject,

    According to a contracted SPRINT source, the iPhone4 (CDMA 3G has been on the table) will be at last joining the SPRINT line up, as it’s very first iPhone. Available for purchase by late August, early September.

    My analysis is however, that there will be no 4G WiMax, the 4G editions wil be exclusively LTE, hence for now, limited to AT&T and VZW as the iPhone5.
    For now, U.S. “LTE roaming”, will be out of the question, since these two current editions are of 12 approved versions of LTE worldwide today, which at least for the forseeable future will not be compatible, unless SPRINT, provisions it’s LTE as one of the two current U.S. versions, something not unlike the current CDMA roaming agreement with VZW.

    Thank You

    Thank You

  13. F1

    @ Damiel

    Thank you kindly for your response to my question!
    Does your Nexus S 4G, have the GRJ 90 version update, and would you consider it again, if you had to purchase a device of your choice today?

    Thank You

  14. F1

    Since there is no current “Phonenews” iPhone thread:
    bgr dot com/2011/07/18/apple-to-launch-low-priced-iphone-for-350-iphone-4s5-end-of-summer/#comments

    Mod Edit: The reposting of complete articles without permission from other organizations will not be tolerated. Consider this a warning.

  15. F1

    @ Dear Phonenews,
    Consider this a warning for your conduct, regarding “Corporate censorship” & violating of “Freedom of Speech” and “The “fair use” doctrine”!

    “Corporate censorship”: According to Wikipedia is the process by which editors in corporate media outlets intervene to disrupt the publishing of information that portrays their business or business partners in a negative light, or intervene to prevent alternate offers from reaching public exposure.

    Is “Phonenews” any longer a viable Tech-blog?

    1. Hardly any “News” on anything that matters anymore!
    2. If one attempts to post a “Link”, Phonenews eliminates the article as a whole!
    3. There is no Law/Copyright Law violated, when one credits the origin’s of the Article, as it has been in EVERY SINGLE CASE of F1 postings!
    4. Having been forced to creatively post a “modified” i.e. “Dot” Link, which in turn, individual readers would have to modify and paste the copied link once again, thereby defeating the whole purpose of “posting” a “timesaving” Link to begin with!
    5. “Phonenews”, not only lacks gratitude for enrichment of it’s news & knowledge pool, it actively causes hindering and obstruction of access of information; perhaps it is time once again, to “rename” the website, to something that actually applies.

    Furthermore let me enlighten and update “Phonenews’s” legal team’s knowlegebase on
    the “fair use” doctrine:

    Legal Trouble, Newspapers
    Judge Rules that Reposting an Entire Article Without Permission Is ‘Fair Use’
    By Ujala Sehgal on June 21, 2011 3:37 PM

    A federal judge ruled in favor of a defendant who reposted an entire article in a copyright case on Monday, Wired reports. The lawsuit was brought by Righthaven, a Las Vegas-based “copyright litigation factory,” according to Wired, that has sued more than 200 websites, bloggers, and commenters for copyright infringement…

    The “fair use” doctrine can be used as a copyright infringement defense in a situation where a defendant has used a copyrighted work without permission. In short, it provides a defense where the work has been used for limited, noncommecial purposes, including commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, and scholarship. Whether or not “fair use” applies is based on a balancing test.

    For one, the doctrine looks at the effect of the reproduction on the monetary value of the original piece. While Righthaven argued that Hoehn’s reposting had cost the article’s original website some eyeballs, the judge found that no evidence was presented that “the market for the work was harmed.”

    Second, the doctrine considers whether the reproduction itself is intended to make money off of using the original work. In this case, the judge found that Hahn’s use was “noncommercial,” and just for the purposes of “online discussion.”

    Third, the doctrine looks at the original work itself. Intriguingly, here the judge took into account the fact that only five of the editorial’s 19 paragraphs were “purely creative opinions” of the author. That was “not enough to consider the work a purely ‘creative work’ in the realm of fictional stories, song lyrics, or Barbie dolls,” the judge wrote.

    Finally, the doctrine considers the sheer amount of the original work taken. In this case, clearly the entire article was reposted. But set against the other factors, it was not enough.
    (Please see modified link below)
    mediabistro dot com/fishbowlny/reposting-aggregation-fair-use_b38173#more-38173

    Food for Thought:

    Not too long ago, on any given day,on this very website, you would see “hundreds” of postings, it has dwindled down to half a dozen of “regulars” and individuals sharing ideas & information, I wonder why?!

    Thank You for your consideration,
    contributor since 2007: F1

  16. Christopher Price

    F1, we’ve invested thousands in new tech for recently. You’re starting to see the benefits of that already.

    But you are not allowed to copy entire articles from other sites, and post them in your comments. We’ve warned you about this before.

    You have the freedom to say whatever you want… on your own website. We have the legal right to, and proudly will, moderate, edit, and outright delete any comment we feel it is necessary to do so. If you don’t want your comments edited in the future, please do not verbatim copy-and-paste entire articles (or major sections of articles) in your comments. A simple link and your argument will suffice.

  17. Duker

    Mail in rebates are a pain for both the customer and the employees, but the bottom line is 50% of the people never get them……probably a big reason they are bringing it back.